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Karina Allen is devoted to helping women live out their unique calling and building authentic community through the practical application of Scripture in an approachable, winsome manner.

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  1. Karina,
    This is beautiful and filled with so much hope! God is “consistent, stable, trustworthy, and faithful”…Amen. I need these reminders when I begin putting my faith and hope in my planning and not His. I needed this reminder as I am working on building a foundation and ministry that serves impoverished children around the globe. Too many times I get caught up in how am I going to make this work? I need the reminder that these are God’s plans and I am merely the instrument through which He has chosen to work. Great timing for me with your post!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Amen Bev! Keep me updated with the foundation and ministry! God is doing a mighty work through you. Praying that He continues to lay a solid foundation of His Word and promises. Listen for His voice and follow His lead. He will will do more than you could ever imagine! Blessings!

  2. Karina, I love how you weave Scripture — weave truth — throughout your entire post. I want to pray Scripture back to God more, and your reminders are exactly what I needed to hear. My thoughts are definitely shadowed by regret. I tend to worry not for my OWN life, but for my kids’ and friends’ and relatives’ lives. It’s almost like I’m justifying worry because it is being anxious for someone else! Trusting God for me means believing that He’s got all those loved ones in the palm of His hand. Thank you.

    • Thank you Christan! I am learning to just own God’s Word and “remind” Him of His promises from long ago, that still hold true today. He honors His word. Worry is so tricky. My perspective has been changing to hold loved ones loosely, knowing that He can handle things far better than I ever could. He created them and loves them more than I do and has holy and perfect plans for them. He’s good and faithful no matter what comes.

  3. Karina, thank you. I worry I will be alone. That it isn’t God’s plan me to have a husband and children. I’m at the point thinking how do I deal with that, if that is God’s plan and I don’t relish it? Thank you for your post today.

    • Louise, I completely understand how you feel! I’m 35 and single. Most days, I’m okay. But there are those days when an overwhelming sense of loneliness creeps in. I know it’s the enemy. I have found time with the Lord and a strong community have helped immensely. I focus on now and not the future. I focus on what God is doing and through me now. I spend much of my time doing ministry and pouring into girls and women. I remind myself that when I meet the needs of others, God is faithful to meet my needs.

      My friend Meg told me a long time ago that she wanted to be so complete in Christ, whole and at peace with Him that if she never married, she’d be okay. She is still single and in her 40s. I have adopted that thought.

      Be blessed sister.

      • Thank you Karina. This is probably what I needed to hear at the moment. Focus on the now. meet the needs of others. Your friend Meg is a wise woman. Please pass on to her that her words have helped me too. Keep writing Karina, you have a gift. Be blessed too

  4. Karina, I love having a plan and walking it through. But, as you shared, God’s plans always trump mine, and they are always for the best. 🙂 I appreciate your words here today.

    I find it easiest to worry about my boys, who are growing, testing, and figuring out what they think and believe. I want them to believe in Jesus. For now, they do, but as they enter the teen years, they will have to make Him their own. This is where I have to entrust them to the Lord, pray like crazy and love them well . . . wherever their paths may take them. I’m learning to combat worry by remembering God loves them even more than I do. And, I spend time daily with the Lord, choosing to trust Him. And praying for our boys. 🙂

  5. I love what you said about not feeling valued by people, I think we all know that feeling. It’s not self centered, we all could use encouragement. That’s what I hope I can do. I know someone who was told, she was worthless, though she was a Christian, had a good job, car, sense of humor. She could laugh it off but I couldn’t, looking back, maybe she couldn’t either. Words hurt. We are all sparrows, His eye is on us, we are valued by the one who matters most.

    • Amen Rebecca!

      I grew up with family who spoke death into my spirit. It is beyond difficult to believe what Christ says about me after having hurtful words ingrained in me. But, I must! We all must! Many times, I just tell myself what I know to be true despite how I feel. When I do that, the feelings always follow. Praise God, He is the one who matters most. His opinion trumps all.

      Blessings.

  6. Karina,
    Loved this post. Very timely and it spoke to me today. It’s hard to focus on what matters in the midst of our daily circumstances. Many times I find myself worrying about tomorrow, when I know that it will take care of itself. It’s important to remind ourselves that, no matter where we find ourselves today, that He IS bigger than our problems and through Him, we will overcome.

    • Amen Kristen!

      I love the bigness and intimacy of our God! He has the whole world and our lives in His hands. Praying you turn worry into prayer. Trust Him. He is trustworthy and faithful.

  7. My 2016 word is HOPE, so this really connected with me. God is indeed my HOPE. I am learning to focus on Him, to Listen to Him and to Obey, even when it is hard. I am also learning to give myself grace when I fail, knowing He does as well. Thanks for this post!

    • Love this Mary!

      That is a great word sister! Praying that your hope is steadfast this year no matter what comes your way. He is patient and kind with us.

      Be blessed!

  8. Karina, I so needed this, what I am struggling with concerning to worry, is when I have done something that is really unforgiveable, how can I ask God to bless me or for the consequences to my circumstances to be lightened, I feel like I can not ask for mercy

    • Oh Janice, I am so glad that the Lord brought you to this post! Know that God is mercy. It is part of His character. He created us and knows us better than we know ourselves. Not one of our sins comes as a surprise to Him. He understands that we are all in the process of becoming like Christ. He is patient and kind and gracious. Lean into that. He is your loving Father. He has torn the veil for you to be able to approach His throne of grace with boldness and confidence. Do that! He is waiting with you with open arms and no condemnation. When He allows consequences from our sin, it is for our good and to sanctify us. Embrace His correction. He loves you deeply! You are blessed!