Starting to Churn ‘Em out…

July 31, 2015

My first two stories went live across the globe on iTunes! I’m very excited to be sharing the news and hope you’ll find it in your hearts to shell over a few bucks and be entertained at the same time. Struggling authors need to eat too, you know.  🙂

Here’s the links to the iTunes store:

For my short story, Attack of the Killer Hay Bales: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/attack-of-the-killer-hay-bales/id1024159575?mt=11

For my novella, Disaster at Havendale: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/disaster-at-havendale/id1024564484?mt=11

There are many more to come! AOTKHB is the first of a trilogy, and Disaster at Havendale will have a sequel as well. I have outlines for eight more novels as well.

Be blessed, my friends!

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The Final Countdown…

April 3, 2015

The past two months have been a whirlwind of activity around the Davis household; traveling back and forth to Wisconsin, cleaning, assorting, selling off some excess stuff that we didn’t need, and, besides all of that…packing.

Yes, packing.

As in to MOVE.

You see, God has recently opened up some pretty awesome doors in our lives, and we are stepping through them by faith. It is a daunting challenge, knowing that we are leaving our old lives behind to start a new chapter; and yet, my family is excited beyond measure as we anxiously tick off the days until we pull up roots from northern Missouri and plant them back down in the nourishing soils of south central Wisconsin.

A person might ask, why Wisconsin? It’s REALLY cold!

And to this I answer: our daughter Kelsey is going to college in Fond du Lac (about 30 miles from where we’ll be living); we have some dear friends who live there; the people are uber-friendly; job opportunities are in ABUNDANCE; fishing is super crazy, because the town we are moving to sits on the border of a 6,700 acre lake; the spiritual climate is very attractive…and, above everything else…it’s just time for a change.

In a few short weeks, this chapter in our lives will close, and a blank page will open. We don’t know what the future will hold for us, but we know that a wonderful and exciting adventure awaits us! It is one that will be full of hope, of dreams, of ministry, of growth, and of a refreshing sabbatical time.

And before you ask…yes, we will miss people here in the northern MO area; it has been our home for the past twelve years and we have some awesome memories here with family, friends, and some great church people who have become our family as well. It is hard to leave them, but 7 1/2 hours is but a day trip back to Brookfield, and we will still visit as often as we can!

So, the final countdown has begun, my friends. As the day draws closer, there will be more updates and news, plus plenty of pics once the move happens. Please pray for us as we continue to pack, for our move to be as painless possible, and for safe travel mercies there.

More news to come!  🙂


Things to Think About…

February 12, 2015

And here I am again, back from a recent six day vacation stretch to the great northern state of Wisconsin.

Some observations and highlights:

Life is indeed different in various regions of the United States. I have been truly blessed during the past 52 years to have been able to visit all of the continental U.S.; from moving cross country (Los Angeles, CA to Brookfield, MO) as a child, to joining the Navy and seeing many, MANY states, to then traveling with Jeannie and Kelsey all around…lots of sights, lots of things to do, and lots of FUN.

Life the farther north you go is more rugged and harsh. Chalk this one up to bitterly cold winters. Missouri winters don’t have ANYTHING on Wisconsin’s season. When you see people skating and ice fishing on a 6,000+ acre lake that is frozen completely over, then you absolutely know that it’s cold. No ifs, ands, or buts.

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The economy is more robust and wages are indeed higher. I can’t begin to tell you how many places are begging for workers; average starting pay is between $10-15 per hour. The cost of living is comparable to Missouri’s, and since Wisconsin IS the dairy state….well, all I can say is that milk is less than $3 per gallon. LOL.

People are serious about their spiritual state of mind. Churches are thriving across major demographics, and they all work together to get things done within their area. It was very refreshing to see.

All in all, people seemed HAPPIER. Now, don’t get me wrong…this town, along with all towns, has some issues. But it was nice to see people smiling and laughing; associates who were friendly and actually seemed to enjoy working at their jobs; and an overall atmosphere of niceness that permeated the town of Beaver Dam. We were there for six days, and only had bad encounters with TWO people during our stay.

It was wonderful to visit our dear friends Patrick and Courtney Studenec and all of their kiddos, and we hope to see them again soon; perhaps for an even longer stay. 🙂

A big shout out to the AmericInn there in town for making our stay a memorable one with a helpful and welcoming staff; it was a great hotel for an inexpensive price! Also, kudos to the Sake House for some excellent sushi!

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So, one adventure is already in the books for this year…and we’re looking forward to some more awesome trips in the very near future!

Be blessed, my friends!


On the Road Again!

February 5, 2015

On the eve of the first of what will (prayerfully) be a few vacations for 2015, I pause a moment to give thanks to God for the financial means available to take this trip northward.

Our journey begins early tomorrow morning as we trek towards the great state of cheesedom…Wisconsin…and a chance to visit some very dear friends of ours, Patrick and Courtney Studenec and their awesome kiddos.

You see, the Studenecs were the first couple that I was humbled and privileged to perform an actual wedding ceremony for; the year was 2011; the place, Hannibal, MO. Now, four years, a relocation, and two more kids later for this lovely couple, and we will finally be able to spend some quality time fellowshipping together.

Please pray for us to have safe travel and stay; there is an abundance of snow on the ground where we are headed, and the kids are already looking forward to sledding and having fun with their “adopted Grandma and Grandpa” while we are there. Hopefully there will be no broken bones and/or dislocated joints!

Pictures, videos, and general goofiness will soon follow on Facebook as we settle in tomorrow…stay tuned!


Screamin’ for More…

January 19, 2015

A long time ago, I wrote incessantly; feverishly; with a mission. It flowed out of me like molten lava, threatening to consume my every waking thought.

There were songs; poems; short stories, novellas…pen to paper became keyboard to screen and then dictation to text. And the river of words became a paragraph tsunami that continued unabated.

Then, like a faucet rudely interrupted by a broken water main, the words ceased. My once hulking creativity became a whispering, emaciated shadow; with slumping shoulders, I resigned myself to the fact that, perhaps, that period was gone for good.

Yet, every fiber in my being was screaming for more….more thoughts; more words; more LIFE. More of that spark that created the prolific firestorm of imagination I was once again longing for but didn’t know how to achieve.

I had begun to realize that much of my restlessness stemmed from not having that outlet of expression…an outlet that had been with me since a very early age.

When the new year of 2015 rolled around, I made a vow to God to do whatever it took to get back on track. Through some intensive bible study, self-reflection, meditation and prayer, January 1st dawned bright and early and I felt that I was ready for the task at hand.

A few weeks later, I am finding that my writing is coming more frequently and smoothly; words are tying into sentences and paragraphs into coherent stories. The inner muse (as my brother Ron would call it) is now active and growing with each day, and along with it comes a revival of my heart and spirit.

As I type this, a slow smile spreads across my face, and I feel…young…once again.

Thank you, Lord, for giving me that “write” stuff again.


In Spite of the Storm…

January 19, 2015

When I felt the call from God to move back to the small town of Brookfield, MO, I pondered to quietly ask several questions; the biggest of those was “Why?”

Of course, I knew the answer, no matter how hard I tried to deny it. The Lord was preparing my heart and life for one of the toughest challenges that I have ever had to face: and that was coming back to the place where I had began my downward spiral into drug and alcohol abuse and do the exact opposite: to lead those who were in the same gut-wrenching experience out of the darkness and into the Light of Jesus Christ…and to do that, I would have to completely sacrifice self.

So, twelve years, two pastorates, and many gray hairs later, the ministry still continues. There have been many joyfully led to Christ and baptized; several awesome tent revivals where our community actually came together to worship God; and some truly spectacular praise experiences…yet, on the flip side, there have been many nights of tears; of second guessing things; and many hours wondering if life would ever slow down so we could have a chance to breathe.

To be honest, folks, it’s been ROUGH at times. This servant would have never imagined just how heartbreaking the ministry could be, and how many people would say one thing to your face and then turn and stab you in the back. Murmurings and gossip abound on all sides, and the gigantic waves of the world seem to always threaten to capsize our lives.

And yet, in spite of the storm, His anchor holds us fast. We know that, at the end of the hurricanes of this world, there is a light waiting for us and everything will turn out ok. We know that, even when life seems at its bleakest, there is always hope in the eternal promises that the Lord gives to us. That’s what keeps us going!

Jesus Himself says these words in Revelation 3:8: “Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my Name.”

THIS is the promise that this servant holds on to…and no matter what, I will never deny His name, and I will always keep His word.

He loved me in spite of myself, and He proved that love for me at Calvary. And I will always do my best to show that same kind of love to others, no matter how much the world may try to shove me down, beat me up, or spit me out.

Storms come, and storms go. But praise be to God, because He will forever remain by my side.

Stand fast in Him, my friends!!


Don’t Market your Church…Market Jesus!!

January 15, 2015

For lack of anything else better to do, I took a few moments away from our busy schedules to take some alone time and sit back and reflect on the goodness of God in my life, even when I didn’t even know Him.

One of the things that really strikes me is how the Lord has allowed (in His infinite wisdom) my professional life to flourish. I began to think about the myriad of jobs that I have been blessed to be a part of, and those thoughts bring a nostalgic smile to my face. From being a (very) young radio announcer at KGHM in Brookfield, MO; then on to a long tenure as a route salesperson with Pepsi Cola; to an assistant manager at Goody’s Family Clothing; to Director of Sales and Marketing at both Jesscom.net and Dynatek Labs; to Executive Vice President of Internet Operations at AccessATC; and now as part of the management team at Save-A-Lot…marketing in one form or another has always drawn me back into its’ fold time and time again.

Part of the allure is being able to make a difference while providing service that goes above and beyond the norm. Another aspect I enjoy(ed) is the visual marketing to keep relevant products fresh and new in the customer’s eyes without overhyped stagnation. Last, but not least, is the awesome opportunity to meet people with a smile or comment that might just make their day a little brighter and their steps a little lighter.

Without a formal education in marketing and lacking a college degree on my resume, I have been truly blessed everywhere that I have went and made some memorable and lasting friendships along the way…and financially, the Lord has provided abundantly! It is truly amazing to see God’s hand at work, especially during the time when I did not know Christ as Lord and Savior.

So, with these thoughts in mind, I finally came full circle to my time in the Lord’s ministry, and the even BIGGER blessing that has been in my life. From my time as a youth leader/teacher at Second Baptist Church; to a stint as Associate Pastor/Music Minister at Faith Temple Church (both in Waycross, GA); getting my feet wet for a few years as a lay speaker in the United Methodist Conference in Missouri; then surrendering to the ministry call as a local licensed pastor before being called into ordained full-time ministry at The Lighthouse…the ride has been full of ups and downs and tremendous thrills and crushing blows, but it’s been a great ride nonetheless.

And here’s the most amazing thing about the two paths: both my professional and spiritual occupations have everything to do with marketing and public relations.

You might ask, what does being a pastor or being in ministry have to do with marketing? And my answer is this: telling people about the greatest product in this world and the next…Jesus Christ. Savior; Redeemer; Lord.

Some might look at this and call it blasphemy…but let me ask one question: when is the last time you went up to someone with a smile on your face of a gentle comment on your tongue and spoke to them about the Good News? When was the last time you actively promoted salvation in the Lord Jesus as the only way to true peace and happiness in life? Or, perhaps, when was the last time you shared scripture with the passion that you only reserve for those things you hold near and dear to your heart? That’s what REAL marketing is…believing in a product so strongly, so adamantly, so firmly that nothing else matters!

My friends, this has to be our new mantra: we SHOULD “market” Christ with all of our thoughts and actions; we MUST “market” His wondrous story with a lost and dying world that desperately needs saved; and above all, we HAVE to “market” a relationship with Christ Jesus as the means to grow and prosper spiritually in all areas of our lives.

Marketing the world and all its pleasures is not the true answer, folks.

Marketing Jesus is. 🙂