19Nov

G is for Gratefulness

Posted by in A to Z Meme, Confessions, Karla Akins, Life, Ministry, Musings, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. This post is brought to you by the Letter G Gratefulness. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. My life is in an uncomfortable place financially. I get...

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18Nov

F is for Food

Posted by in A to Z Meme, Christmas, Food, Holidays, New Year, Recipe Blog Hop, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. Today’s Blog is brought to you by the letter “F” I’m a little late posting for the letter “F”. I wanted to introduce my new recipe blog hop last week,...

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06Nov

E is for Erasmus, Education and Einstein

Posted by in A to Z Meme, books, history, Karla Akins, Middle Ages, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. Today’s Blog is brought to you by the Letter “E” I think Erasmus and I would have gotten along swimmingly. In fact, my husband, Mr. Himself, says (and he’s...

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03Nov

Don’t hate me because I’m doing NaNoWriMo

Posted by in Beginning writers, Karla Akins, NaNoWriMo, Uncategorized, writing | 2 comments

I owe my current writing career to NaNoWriMo. I latched onto this November madness like it was a precious diamond in 2003 and I have yet to let go. I am quoted in the founder’s book, No Plot No Problem. As I’ve said before, I blame Chris Baty for the madness I experience now as a struggling writer. Way back then, I even had to borrow a lap top from Chris to participate. That’s when I learned I really could power through 50K words and not die. And once I did, I had the bug. There was no way I could live the rest of my life...

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01Nov

Strong Girl Saturday: Different? That’s Way Okay! By Elaine Stock

Posted by in Authors, Bullying, Christian Girls, Elaine Stock, Karla Akins, mean girls, oppression, Self-image, Strong Girls, Uncategorized, World Changers | 14 comments

Today’s Strong Girl post is written by friend and fellow author, Elaine Stock. Can you see her? She’s the kindergartener reading a book in the corner because a speech impediment tossed bricks between her and the ability to make easy friends. She’s the one whose mom pushed her into awkward social situations that made her feel as if she were an elephant balancing on a tightrope while she watched her mom seclude herself behind a closed door. She’s the serious one, yet a dreamer, the one who writes stories. She’s the one who clung to God...

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29Oct

D is for Dress

Posted by in A to Z Meme, Confessions, Historical Fashion, history, Karla Akins, Uncategorized | 12 comments

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. This week is the letter D. I love Dresses! I’ve always been a girly girl and nothing makes me quite as happy as getting dolled up in a pretty dress. Here I am all...

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27Oct

The 10 scariest things about writing

Posted by in Beginning writers, Karla Akins, Uncategorized, writing | 2 comments

Okay, so I don’t believe I’m driven by demons to write. Hopefully it’s the Holy Spirit Who inspires me. But I must write just as ducks must swim. I’m compelled to torture myself with the literary arts. And while I love this gift, and the places it takes me, there are days when I agree with Dorothy Parker who said, “I hate writing, I love having written.” Here are 10 things I find the most frightening about writing: Fear of being inept and amateurish. What if my writing is really bad? What if I can’t...

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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 | 11 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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