August’s Brilliant Blog Award Winner

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Oops. I goofed. I completely missed the Brilliant Blog Award for August, didn’t I?

Chalk it up to being overwhelmed with student teaching. For that I apologize.

My oversight in no way reflects how much I love August’s winner: Walking Healed by Shelley Willburn!


I love Shelley Wilburn’s blog for so many reasons. Yes, I know, she’s a colleague and a dear friend, but seriously, this woman’s enthusiasm and willingness to be passionately transparent always draws me in. Watching her grow as a writer over the years has been so inspiring. I love her fearless yearning to obey Jesus and follow Him!

Be sure to check out this lady of the mis-matched socks. You’re going to be inspired by her life and healing!

And don’t forget to vote for your favorite blog by visiting it, and clicking on its brilliant blog button!


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Sugar-Free, Low-Carb Cheesecake? Yes, please!


I love cheesecake and I love desserts. And probably the best part of being on a low-carb eating plan is this delicious treat! You can make it as fancy as you want, but what I’m sharing with you is a very fast and quick cheesecake recipe for when you’re having an emergency craving that won’t go away.

You can add other sweeteners such as agave, honey, xilitol or stevia. But for my family, it’s more cost-effective to use Splenda. I know it’s not the healthiest choice, but for a once-in-a-great-while treat, I don’t mind using it.

I hope you enjoy my throw-together recipe!


Karla’s Low-Carb Emergency Cheesecake


For the crust:

1-1/2 c almond flour or meal

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons of Splenda (or other non-liquid sweetener)



For the Filling:

3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese

3 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 Cup of Splenda (or other sweetener)


Mix the crust in a pie pan. Press it down on the bottom and sides with a fork or your hands.

Mix the filling. Pour into the pie crust.

Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes or until golden brown and cracked on top.

If you don’t want a crust, just pour into a greased pie pan for a simple custard-type desert.

Serve with fruit topping if you wish! Enjoy!

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Interview with Debut Author and Cancer Survivor, Barbara Britton!


When I met Barbara M. Britton online, I had no idea I’d met such an amazing Strong Girl. But as my recent interview with her on YouTube progressed, and she revealed her journey with and triumph over cancer, I was in complete and total awe of her courage and tenacity.

She’s also a pastor’s wife and a Pelican Book Group author. How is that for kindred-spirit-sisterhood?



As my regular readers know, I, too, am a pastor’s wife and my first book, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots was published by Pelican!

I know  you’re going to be inspired by Barbara’s story. Scroll down to the video, grab a cuppa and kick back and enjoy!


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Spunk & Sass — Part 1 of FEAR NOT!


Are you afraid of getting out of your comfort zone? Fear not!

If we stay in our comfort zone, we don’t grow. The only way I’ve been able to grow as a writer, wife, mom and teacher, is to be uncomfortable and receive input that might not feel so good. And yet, just as the Word promises, when we humble ourselves, God lifts us up.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” James 4:10, KJV.

Being a student teacher, as I am now for 16 weeks, is humbling indeed. But I know I need to go through this period of time in order to reach my goal of being a full-time public school teacher. In due time, God will put me in the position He wants me to be in.

Being a writer is humbling as well. In order to grow, we must be able to accept criticism. It can be painful, but without pain, I will not gain as a writer. I will not become the excellent writer I dream of being.

I hope this  episode will encourage you to dream big and pursue the goals God has placed in your heart. It’s not all about you. It’s about someone who needs you to be there living the dream.

I don’t doubt that for a minute.

What dreams do you have that you’re afraid of? Share them with me!


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To make your dreams come true, it’s up to you…


“If it’s to be it’s up to me.”

I know that as a Christian this quote isn’t exactly right. But there’s a lot of truth in it. Other than the fact that indeed, we must line up our dreams and plans and goals with God’s purpose for our lives, no one is going to make sure we hit the mark but ourselves.


Six years ago I decided to pursue two life-long dreams. To continue my college education and write books. Since then, neither of those dreams dissipated. And now I find myself in the middle of one of the hardest parts of the journey physically for me: student teaching and editing a book I’ve sold to ready it for publication.


During my journey to today, no one ever asked me if I had my homework done or if I had written anything each day. No one pushed me out of bed in the mornings after staying up until two or three in the morning. No one made my tea or asked me if I was making my deadlines.

I had to learn to say no in order to say yes to my dreams. Saying no is hard for me. As a pastor’s wife, I’ve been conditioned to worry about what other people think. I’ve still not mastered the concept of forging ahead without a thought to others’ opinions, but I’m getting better. I mean, sometimes it’s good to hear other opinions about things. I’m still figuring out when to listen and when to tune out.


The point is this. More than likely no one has a passion for your dream like you. No one wants it as bad as you do. And you’ve got to muster up all the courage you can to climb that mountain and reach the top. It’s called ambition. And its cohort is grit.

You can do this dream thing. But be prepared to encourage yourself a lot. Be prepared to forge ahead when others wish you’d just slow down and take a breather. When your friends look at you funny because you need to stay in and write or study instead of going to the game or out for a night on the town, you can have the backbone to know that you’re in a different season than they are. You’re in the season of mountain climbing, and you need to suck up all the oxygen you can.


You can do this. Dreaming is a solitary thing. And sometimes, making dreams come true is solitary, too. But as Christians, we’re never alone. Isn’t that wonderful? Imagine having to do it alone. We don’t have to. We have the Great Teacher with us and in us. We have the mind of Christ. We have someone Who never leaves us nor forsakes us.

Give Him your dreams and He’ll help you carry them. He’ll even carry you when you’re too tired to take another step. Ask me how I know.


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