07Dec

Countdown to Christmas – Day 8

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Welcome to day eight of the Christmas Countdown! Today’s Random Act of Kindness is one of my favorites! Today’s Random Act of Kindness: Tape change to a vending machine or a bag of microwave popcorn to a video vending machine! Doesn’t that sound like such fun? Only thing is, I’d want to hide in my car and watch people’s reaction. I might just do that! Please comment below if you do the same! If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  Today’s Scripture: Luke 2:1-5: About this time Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation. 2 (This census was taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for this registration. 4 And because Joseph was a member of the royal line, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, King David’s ancient home—journeying there from the Galilean village of Nazareth. 5 He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was obviously pregnant by this time. Today’s Song: Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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07Dec

Countdown to Christmas – Day 7

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Welcome to day seven of our Christmas Countdown! Today’s Random Act of Kindness: Wear a Santa hat and pick up litter in your neighborhood or shovel someone’s driveway/sidewalk! If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  Today’s Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 18 These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph, her fiancé, being a man of stern principle,* decided to break the engagement but to do it quietly, as he didn’t want to publicly disgrace her. 20 As he lay awake considering this, he fell into a dream, and saw an angel standing beside him. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “don’t hesitate to take Mary as your wife! For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a Son, and you shall name him Jesus (meaning ‘Savior’), for he will save his people from their sins. 22 This will fulfill God’s message through his prophets— 23 ‘Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child! She shall give birth to a Son, and he shall be called “Emmanuel” (meaning “God is with us”).’” 24 When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel commanded and brought Mary home to be his wife, 25 but she remained a virgin until her Son was born; and Joseph named him “Jesus.” Today’s Song: Joseph’s Lullaby Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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06Dec

Christmas Countdown Day 6

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Welcome to Day 6 of our Christmas Countdown! Today’s Random Act of Kindness: Make a Christmas card for a shut-in and deliver it in person. This act of kindness is heart-wrenching for me. The person I was going to do this for passed away yesterday morning. Her funeral is Thursday. Please don’t put off visiting a widow or widower, someone who is sick or recovering. Someone in prison. (You can’t hand-deliver cards in prison but you can visit them.) If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  I wish we weren’t so busy. I wish I would learn to carve out time in my days and weeks to attend to those who are lonely. This life gets out of balance so easily, doesn’t it? Don’t put off something that’s on your heart to do. Write it down. Remember it. Live without regret. Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 7:14: “…the Lord himself will choose the sign—a child shall be born to a virgin! And she shall call him Immanuel (meaning, “God is with us”). Today’s Song: Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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05Dec

Christmas Countdown Day 5

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Welcome to day five of our Christmas Countdown! Today’s Random Act of Kindness Donate canned goods to a charity of family in need. If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  Today’s Scripture: Luke 1:38:  38 Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to do whatever he wants. May everything you said come true.” And then the angel disappeared. Today’s Song: What a moving video. Puts all life into perspective. And the absolute meaning behind this holiday we celebrate as Christ-followers. Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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04Dec

Christmas Countdown Day 4

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Welcome to day four of the Christmas Countdown 2016! Today’s Random Act of Kindness: Pray for two people you haven’t prayed for in a long time or better yet, pray for your enemies. I find the best cure for unforgiveness is to pray for those who have hurt me. It’s not easy. But it’s not only how we are to live so that God can forgive us, too, but it’s also very therapeutic. If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  Today’s Scripture Luke 1:34-35 TLB 34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of God shall overshadow you; so the baby born to you will be utterly holy—the Son of God.” Today’s Song: Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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03Dec

Christmas Countdown Day 3

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Welcome to day three of the countdown to Christmas! Today’s Random Act of Kindness: Make cookies for a neighbor or enemy and deliver them in person. If you’re like me, and have little time to actually make cookies, don’t let that stop you. Order up some homemade-style cookies, slap a bow on them and deliver them. Keep it simple. Don’t talk yourself out of being kind to someone who has done you wrong. You will grow by leaps as a person. If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  Today’s Scripture: Luke 1:31-33, TLB: 31 Very soon now, you will become pregnant and have a baby boy, and you are to name him ‘Jesus.’32 He shall be very great and shall be called the Son of God. And the Lord God shall give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he shall reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom shall never end!” Today’s Song: Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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02Dec

Christmas Countdown Day 2

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As I said in Day 1’s post, I caught myself being a bit of a grump about Christmas so decided to do something about it. Enter my Random Act of Kindness coundown. Here’s day 2: Help Clean Someone’s House or Yard If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  I think for next year I’ll change this to “help decorate someone’s house or yard.” So if you’d rather do that, go for it! I did that last year and it was so much more fun than decorating my own house. Here’s a beautiful house. I wonder where she gets her energy and time to do this! Isn’t that gorgeous? Here’s today’s scripture: Luke 1:26-38:  26 The following month God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin, Mary, engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.   28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Congratulations, favored lady! The Lord is with you!”[e]   29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.   30 “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to wonderfully bless you!   Here’s today’s song! Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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01Dec

Day 1 Countdown to Christmas – The Christmas Jar

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I’ve been in a bit of a cranky mood this Christmas for various reasons. And I’ve learned through the years that the best way to get out of a funk is to concentrate on someone else. That’s how I came up with the idea of encouraging my readers to participate in a random act of kindness each day in December along with an Advent Countdown to Christmas reading. Check back each day in December for a random act of kindness idea, a song to enjoy (via YouTube, maybe by next year I’ll have my own Christmas album ready), and scriptures to read to the family. So let’s get started, shall we? Random Act of Kindness Day 1: Start a coin collection in a box or jar. Put cash in it each day. On day 25 of December, give that cash to someone in need. Scripture: Micah 5:2 (Even though I love the KJV best, I’m posting these scriptures from The Living Bible so that children can better understand the language):   “O Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are but a small Judean village, yet you will be the birthplace of my King who is alive from everlasting ages past!”   Here’s your song for the day! If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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12Nov

How to write an award-winning bestselling first novel | Nathan Filer | TEDxYouth@Bath

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Since I’m in student teaching purgatory (see my journey at KarlaTeaches.com), I’ve had little time to focus on my writing. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still a writer! All my thoughts eventually end up in my idea pile. I’m constantly observing, gleaning and researching as I go through each day. I stumbled upon this little gem (the following video) and wanted to share it with you. In honor of NANOWRIMO, I want to encourage you to keep writing. Don’t stop. It was NANOWRIMO that helped me write my first break-out novel. I’m sad that this is the first year since 2008 that I’ve not even attempted to participate in November Novel Writing Mania! If you’re a struggling writer (and what writer isn’t?) then you’ll find inspiration here. Tweet this: Failure is a part of success. Embrace...

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28Sep

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! Please tweet: Congratulations, Shelley Willburn! Your blog is...

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