Thursday, July 18, 2013

Write Anyway by Karla Akins

The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots
by Karla Akins
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When I first connected with Karla through her website, I knew immediately I wanted her to guest on Seriously Write to talk about her passion for helping families with incarcerated loved ones. You can see more about her prison ministry here, but meanwhile allow her words to touch the deepest part of your writer's, and your parent's, heart. ~Dora

When I wrote the first drafts of my manuscript, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots, I had no idea that it would find an agent and be released at the same time one of my sons would be arrested for drug charges.

Yes, you heard right. My son, the pastor’s son. Homeschooled. Nurtured and taught the Word of the Lord from conception, is now in prison because he was caught selling $50 worth of Meth to a friend.

It’s funny how God works. When I wrote my book, part of the story included a rebellious preacher’s son who gets in trouble for underage drinking. I never imagined at the time I created that scenario that my own son, in his late 20s, was slipping into drug addiction.

Oh. The heartache.

When I wrote about a man with Alzheimer’s in my book, I had no idea that my mother-in-law would come to live with us because she developed Alzheimer’s at about the same time my son went to prison. My household is not exactly a haven of serenity with Mama, adult twin sons with autism and another adult son on the autism spectrum living there.

I have to wonder—while I was writing this book—was God somehow preparing me for the worst storm I’d weathered yet?

But I keep writing. Writing is the one time I can escape into a blissful other-world. I refuse to let the devil steal from me anymore than he’s already tried to.

I’ve refused to see my son as he was—a drug addict and felon, and I’ve chosen to believe in what he will be on the other side of his incarceration. (You can read more about this experience on my prison ministry web page: http://www.karlaakins.com/prison-ministry.html ).

But it hasn’t been easy.

There are certainly days I want to curl up in a ball and hide from the world, but I know that’s exactly what the devil wants me to do. He hates me, my children, my message. He’ll do anything he can to stop it.

Satan hates you, your children and your message, too.

Don’t let him win.

Write anyway.

Supposedly the following poem by Mother Teresa in its original form is posted on an orphanage wall in Calcutta. (See original here). I’ve paraphrased it below as a poem of encouragement for writers:


When people are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered:
Write anyway.

When you are hurting, in pain, and feel like quitting:
Write anyway.

If you are kind, and people accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives:
Write anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies:
Write anyway.

What you spend years writing, may be rejected and never be published.
Write anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness in writing, others may be jealous:
Write anyway.

The good writing you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Write anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Write anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God.
It was never between you and them.
Write anyway.


Karla Akins

Karla Akins is a pastor's wife who rides her own motorcycle. She is the mother of four boys and one step-daughter, and grandmother of five. She lives in North Manchester with her husband who is the pastor of Christian Fellowship Church, her twin teenage boys with autism, mother-in-law with Alzheimer's and three rambunctious dogs. Karla and her husband have been in ministry together for 30 years. You can contact Karla for speaking engagements via her website at KarlaAkins.com

16 comments:

  1. Wow, sounds like things went from good to bad pretty quick in your life, Karla. Amazing the things that happen in our lives when we think everything's working
    out as it should. I'm sure it takes a very special person to care for a MIL with Alzheimer's,twin boys with autism, and a son who made a mistake, and is paying for it in more ways than we can imagine. I know you're walking with the Lord, because without Him, you'd fall hard. I'm so glad you're able to write and share this with others who may need exactly this nudge. I look forward to your book launch, Karla. :)

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    1. I have no answers, Diane, for why things have turned out this way in my life. I sure wasn't planning on it happening. As I told God just yesterday, "this is not the life I imagined!" God is definitely my hope and assurance and without His grace I couldn't make it. I've learned so much about his grace. It really is amazing. Thanks for your kind words and for reading!

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  2. Wonderful post Karla! Jesus never promised us an easy life, but He did promise a perfect future! Can't wait to meet you there!

    Oh, and to others reading this post... I had the pleasure of reading Karla's new book. Do yourself a favor. Pre-order it. Now.

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    1. Thanks for the endorsement, Tom! I can hardly wait when yours is on the shelf because your talent blows me away! Nice to have you on my team! :-)

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  3. Karla, thank you for sharing your story and encouraging us to "write anyway," regardless of what the world throws in our path.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Dawn, and for the encouragement.

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  4. Karla, I LOVE this powerful message and the reminder not to let the enemy win. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing with us. Sending hugs your way, my friend. Keep writing!

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    1. Thanks for the opportunity to write here, Dora. Hugs right back! Write on, yourself!

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  5. You're brave and strong even when you think you're weak because Jesus is living in you. I'm proud of you, to see beyond the present to what can yet be. God does restore.

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    1. Thanks for the kind, encouraging words, Mary! And thanks for reading. :-)

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  6. Awesome, awesome post, Karla! Your desire to "press on to the prize" is what we all need to keep moving ever forward! Eye opening, enlightening, and encouraging for me. I just love ya ta pieces, sister!

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    1. I love you, to Shelley! Thanks for reading, dear friend!

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  7. Write anyway - your message & life experiences will be used & help others. Of course he doesn't want that but God does & is using you; stay close to Him, He'll sustain you! Thank you for still writing!

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    1. Thanks, Michele. He may buffet me but he can't stop me from what God has created me to do. Life is hard but God is good! Thanks for the support!

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  8. Karla, somewhere I heard that life shines brighter on a darker canvas and it seems you have found this. I have also and will continue to write anyway-if you will too!

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    1. Thanks, Jude. I love that about the dark canvas. I'm going to remember that when I'm in a dark place. Keep writing! I won't stop so neither can you!

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