A Prayer for Texas Teachers

I normally use my blog to promote other authors. Today, during our National Day of Prayer, I’m going to devote it to all Texas teachers in Harvey’s path. As I am one.

A few schools in the state have already started, while the majority were scheduled to start the week Harvey made his historic and tragic appearance, causing the first day to be pushed back for weeks or maybe months. For those who aren’t teachers, let me tell you what the first day of school is typically like—specifically for elementary teachers.

Stressful.

No other word can sum it up like stressful does. We’re meeting with parents who have a hard time saying goodbye. They come into our rooms and linger there until the principal politely asks them to exit the building. When they  leave, we have 20 or more anxious little faces pinning us down with eyes that say “I’m depending on you to take care of me now”. I always start by telling my students we’re going to be a family for the next nine months. We’re here for each other. We’re going to support each other and make this the best year ever. Those kids may be young, but they get it. Right away, they’re all in and ready to go forward. After putting away supplies, taking several restroom breaks, explaining procedures, rules, and hallway etiquette, we take them to lunch. Then it’s recess, more reviewing of procedures, and thirty minutes before the end of the day we all send up a pray to God that dismissal goes smoothly. Teachers will tell you that the only thing we care about on the first day of school is getting them fed and getting them home.

Home will mean something very different this year.

Although my house was spared, I feel very undeserving of the blessing I’ve received. I know there will be students in my classroom who have lost their homes and are displaced. Teachers who have lost everything will be expected to go back to work and do a job that is hard under normal circumstances. I don’t know yet what that first day will be like, but I know it will be the hardest one I’ve ever had. I’m sure every teacher on the Texas Gulf Coast is feeling the same way right now, whether they suffered damage or not. But no matter what we’ve been through, are going through, or will go through down the road…it’s still our responsibility to educate these kids. It’s our job to make them feel safe, love them, build them up, encourage them and get them through this storm. Teachers, we have a big job ahead of us and I have no doubt we’re going to make this year great for our students. Most likely, THIS will be their greatest year ever.

Heavenly Father, I pray today for the teachers whom you called into this profession. I pray that you strengthen, guide, and lead us during this difficult time as we do our part to help communities rebuild by taking care of the children you are sending to us in the aftermath of this storm. I pray, Father, that you give us the wisdom to be flexible to the needs of our students and give them a safe and happy place to come to each day. Thank you for the strength you have given, the love that you pour out over us, and the blessings you’ve bestowed upon us. I ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”Philippians 4:13

Promoting Christian Fiction Authors–Angela K. Couch

The Patriot and the Loyalist

Completing his three years in the Continental Army, Daniel Reid still has no desire to return home-not after losing the woman he loves to a British Captain-so he volunteers to ride south through enemy lines and deliver a message to Colonel Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. With his temper needing a release and a dark haired beauty finding her way into his broken heart, Daniel decides to join the Swamp Fox’s efforts against the British. Little does he know the British still have the upper hand.
Lydia Reynolds has learned that love comes at a price, and she refuses to pay. Better to close her heart to everything and everyone. When her brother-in-law won’t grant her passage to England, where she hopes to hide from her pain, New Englander, Daniel Reid, becomes her only hope-if she can induce him to give her information about the notorious Swamp Fox and his troops. When the British grow impatient and Daniel evades her questions, Lydia must decide how far to take her charade. The poor man, already gutted by love, hasn’t grown as wise as she. Or so she supposes. . .
Until the truth is known, the muskets are loaded. . .and it is time to decide where true loyalties lie.
Completing his three years in the Continental Army, Daniel Reid still has no desire to return home-not after losing the woman he loves to a British Captain-so he volunteers to ride south through enemy lines and deliver a message to Colonel Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. With his temper needing a release and a dark haired beauty finding her way into his broken heart, Daniel decides to join the Swamp Fox’s efforts against the British. Little does he know the British still have the upper hand.
Lydia Reynolds has learned that love comes at a price, and she refuses to pay. Better to close her heart to everything and everyone. When her brother-in-law won’t grant her passage to England, where she hopes to hide from her pain, New Englander, Daniel Reid, becomes her only hope-if she can induce him to give her information about the notorious Swamp Fox and his troops. When the British grow impatient and Daniel evades her questions, Lydia must decide how far to take her charade. The poor man, already gutted by love, hasn’t grown as wise as she. Or so she supposes. . .
Until the truth is known, the muskets are loaded. . .and it is time to decide where true loyalties lie.
Completing his three years in the Continental Army, Daniel Reid still has no desire to return home-not after losing the woman he loves to a British Captain-so he volunteers to ride south through enemy lines and deliver a message to Colonel Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. With his temper needing a release and a dark haired beauty finding her way into his broken heart, Daniel decides to join the Swamp Fox’s efforts against the British. Little does he know the British still have the upper hand.
Lydia Reynolds has learned that love comes at a price, and she refuses to pay. Better to close her heart to everything and everyone. When her brother-in-law won’t grant her passage to England, where she hopes to hide from her pain, New Englander, Daniel Reid, becomes her only hope-if she can induce him to give her information about the notorious Swamp Fox and his troops. When the British grow impatient and Daniel evades her questions, Lydia must decide how far to take her charade. The poor man, already gutted by love, hasn’t grown as wise as she. Or so she supposes. . .
Until the truth is known, the muskets are loaded. . .and it is time to decide where true loyalties lie.


To keep from freezing in the Great White North, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and warm) by chasing after three munchkins.


Promoting Christian Fiction Authors–Dawn V. Cahill

Moonstone Secrets – Seattle Trilogy, Book 2

About Moonstone Secrets: As the Christmas season sparkles around her, DeeDee McCreary eagerly anticipates visiting magical Victoria, BC, with her boyfriend, Nick, and meeting his family. But the trip proves disastrous. First, Nick finds his bank account cleaned out. Then he disappears. Frantic, she determines to uncover what happened. When she discovers something far worse than she anticipated, she questions everything she believes to be true about him.
With the man she loves in jail for an unspeakable crime, DeeDee knows the truth lies somewhere in Nick and his ex-wife’s past. But if she pursues their secrets, will she put herself in danger, too?
What are readers saying about Moonstone Secrets?
  • “I couldn’t put it down. The vivid descriptions and the setting pulled me into the story.” – reader Joy
  • “The sisterly bond was wonderful to see, how they stuck by each other. It was good to meet up with DeeDee and Livy again.” – reader Julia

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Author Dawn V. Cahill pens “Stories of Victorious Faith for the 21st Century,” nearly always with a crossword puzzle, sudoku, or dark chocolate nearby. “The characters in my stories face situations that would have been unthinkable even 20 years ago. We live in a vastly different world than our parents did, and that’s the world I write about.”
Ms. Cahill also blogs about puppies, substance abuse, and single parenting…sometimes all in the same day. She’s going to finish that novel she started at age 11 called Mitch and the Martians…someday. She has written several newspaper articles, three Christian contemporary novels, and more limericks than she can count. Email her at dawn@dawnvcahill.com, or find her on Facebook. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).