25Oct

Reaching for the moon

Posted by in Dreams and goals, Education, Karla Akins, Strong Girls, Uncategorized, World Changers, Youth | 0 comments

Dear Young, Strong Girls, things weren’t always as they are today. Used to be, strong women such as Jerrie Cobb, Bernice Steadman, Janey Hart, Jerri Truhill, Rhea Woltman, Sarah Ratley, Jan and Marion Dietrich, Myrtle Cagle, Irene Leverton, Gene Nora Jessen, Jean Hixson, and Wally Funk, who passed the same tests as other astronauts competing for a spot on a trip to the moon, would be denied the chance simply because they were female. Because strong women such as these never gave up on pursuing the dreams God placed in their...

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22Oct

C is for Church

Posted by in A to Z Meme, Church, Karla Akins, Ministry, Thom Rainer, Thom S. Rainer, Uncategorized | 8 comments

As you may already know, Church is a huge part of my life as a pastor’s wife and associate minister. (Yes, I’m an ordained minister. I don’t crow about it much because I enjoy my role as a pastor’s wife and more people identify with it.) There are a lot of people missing out on church these days and guess whose fault it is? Those who go to church. Yup. Here are some statistics to chew on regarding church attendance from Thom Ranier’s book, The Unchurched Next Door and other sources: “Eighty-two percent of...

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21Oct

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Posted by in Church, Karla Akins, Life, Ministry, Pastor Appreciation Month, Pastor's Wives, Uncategorized | 0 comments

My church family gave us the most unexpected surprise Sunday when they presented all the pastors with gift baskets via our talented clown ministry team. As you may or may not know, my husband is the pastor of Christian Fellowship Church in North Manchester, Indiana. It’s one of the smallest churches in town member-wise. It’s not the hip church or the popular church. It’s the only non-denominational church and filled to the brim with love. A lot of people come to our church that are on the fringes of society and a lot of...

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18Oct

Strong Girl Jessica Cox

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Today I’m excited to introduce you to Strong Girl Jessica Cox. Strong Girls are smart, determined, goal-reaching girls. And I can’t think of a better example than Jessica. Born without arms, Jessica never thought of herself as disabled or handicapped. This is probably due to having such a great Dad. Her father told her he never shed a tear about her being born without arms. And her parents always treated her as capable. Which is how we should see all people regardless of their limitations. Jessica is grew up to fly airplanes,...

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15Oct

B is for Balderdash

Posted by in A to Z Meme, books, Confessions, Current Events, Karla Akins, Life, Uncategorized | 14 comments

  Balderdash: “First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.” –President B. H. Obama Bunk: “‘…there’s all the difference in the world between the U.S. and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading. The United States has a strong health care system and public health professionals who will make sure this case does not threaten our communities,’” said CDC...

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11Oct

Happy International Day of the Girl!

Posted by in Christian Girls, Karla Akins, Strong Girls, Uncategorized, World Changers | 0 comments

Today is International Day of the Girl! Who is your girl hero? Go on twitter and tell us and use the hashtag #girlhero. Also, remember when I wrote about Strong Girl Malala Yousafzai? She just became the youngest person in the world to win a Nobel Peace Prize! Way to go, Malala! Just listen to her inspirational speech: What an amazing young woman all girls everywhere, regardless of their religion, can look up to. There are so many heroic young woman in the United States who deserve a shout out today. Girls who’ve remained firm in their...

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10Oct

5 ways I get it all done

Posted by in Confessions, Karla Akins, Life, Time Management, Uncategorized, writing | 2 comments

People often say to me, “I don’t know how you get it all done!” And truthfully, I don’t really. Having it all and doing it all is a myth. But what I do accomplish is because I have priorities and a constant plan. As a pastor’s wife in full-time ministry with my husband, a full-time college student, CASA volunteer,Prison Fellowship volunteer, and substitute teacher, my writing time is limited and precious. If I don’t make time for it, it simply doesn’t happen. If you want to write, then you must make...

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08Oct

A is for Appetite

Posted by in A to Z Meme, Uncategorized | 10 comments

I’m convinced I’m part bear. This time of year I just want to load up on carbs and I’m sure it’s because I’m trying to prepare for winter hibernation and months of sleep. But alas, I live in a human body that doesn’t have the luxury of napping all winter.  Somehow, my  appetite doesn’t know that! Fall, in my mind, means food. And not just any food. The most delicious food of the entire year. I wrote a little bit about this on author, Elaine Stock’s, blog. You can see how much I love fall and...

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30Sep

Beautiful voice, 5-star book–you gotta read this one!

Posted by in book reviews, books, Camille Eide, Christian fiction, Karla Akins, Kindle, Romance, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’m extremely excited today because one of my favorite author’s debut novel, Like There’s No Tomorrow, comes out today! I discovered this beautiful writing voice some years ago and I’m thrilled it’s finally hitting bookstore shelves! Camille Eide writes heart-tugging tales of love, faith, and family. She lives in Oregon with her husband and is a mom, grammy, church office manager, bass guitarist, and a fan of muscle cars, tender romance, and Peanut M&Ms. I have always loved this story. Eide’s soothing...

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29Sep

Sometimes Mama Bear needs to back off

Posted by in autism, Confessions, Disabilities, Education, Karla Akins, Musings, Special Education, Student Teaching, Teaching, Uncategorized | 2 comments

I’m subbing at the high school this week in a special education classroom. That means that my twin sons who take life skills classes are in my department. This is great fun for them. But today my Mama Grizzly showed a bit when a staff member (not a teacher, a support staff) rudely snapped at one of them, first thing in the morning. No hello. Nothing. Just a bark. The reason she snapped at my son was valid. It was how she handled it that wasn’t. He’d left his backpack in front of a locked classroom door, and while waiting for...

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