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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. Stuck, that’s exactly what I am. I had to retire and now I am trying to fill my days with a purpose. So, until I get there, yes I am stuck too. I get it!

    • Madeline,

      Praying God gives you a purpose. I volunteer with a local food bank & assist them in putting together meals several times a week. There are elderly who could use companionship. Asking God to help you fill your days for His glory.

      Blessings 🙂

  2. Hi Karina, thanks for sharing. How encouraging it is to know that God is always with us. He keeps us in all our ways. Even when we feel, or are stuck. The holding patterns of life, being right there, staying right there until God has prepared everything for us to move forward.
    Those times don’t always feel good, but can surely work for our good.

    I’ve been feeling stuck for a little while now.
    I am so glad to have read what you shared. Thank you for sharing your experience of, ‘stuck’ and encouraging us.

    I like how you entitled this piece, “Stuck? Or are you experiencing slow and steady growth”? That helps me change my perspective from thinking things won’t change, to knowing, in God’s perfect time it will change. No more stuck (s – staying, t- tucked, u- under, c- circumstances,
    k- knowingly) , but steady constant growth in Christ, becoming more like Him.

    I like that Karina, a change of perspective.
    Blessings to you my ‘stuck no more’, sister

  3. Wonderful words, Karina!! Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. I needed to read this this morning.
    Blessings to you.

  4. Thank you for sharing!! Every word of this resonates with me. I am a coach to my clients, an encourager, and often feel stuck, and wonder “how can I help others, when I am in need myself!?!?” I have printed this, and will use it as a reminder everyday, that God is working on my progress, and I don’t have to be perfect in the process!!!! As I wrote that it reminded me of saying that same thing to my Personal training and Yoga clients “this is a process, not protection! Try to feel the progress from class to class, in your body, mind and spirit!” God bless you!

  5. Karina,

    I think everyone feels stuck at some point. Right now my poor hubby is sort of stuck in his job-weekend (Sat-Mon) CT tech local hospital. It’s getting harder to do that job. So much stress & now dealing with Covid patients-even more. Can’t seem to get an outpatient CT job in the area-he’s been with hospital 33 years. The upside to this is that he gets 4 days off a week. We know that God is working all things out for His glory. In His perfect timing hubby will get a different job.

    I have felt stuck at times also. Lately I’ve been enjoying steady growth. God gave me a good part-time job two years ago. Since then I have volunteered with Relay for life & started helping with a local food bank several nights a week. Plus doing on line Bible studies. Praying for ALL who feel stuck in any way. May God do His perfect work in you & show you some steady growth.

    Blessings 🙂

  6. Karina thank you for being so honest and sharing your heart. On stucked. I find it hard as Follower of Jesus. To become on stuck when get I am so tired. Or my day been so busy. I can’t pray or read God’s word. I get stuck in that rut of feeling I have let God down. Because I have haven’t made time for him. For reading his word and prayer. As God never let me know. I get stuck or hung up on that. It doesn’t happen that often. But when it does it annoys me. God has said to in the past not to get hung up on it. But to make sure I don’t get so busy in my day. That I don’t have time for God. As tiredness can take over. Were I get stuck in guilt. That I didn’t make time for God. So I am now planning things in my different. That if I know it is going to be a busy day. I say my prayers when making the tea during the day. Then I after that. Have about an hour or two hours. Before tea Left it then I spend it with God doing my readings and reading God’s word. I feel so much better. I don’t get into that suck mood. Were I feel guilty that I not spent time with God in prayer and his word. As after tea then I have time to relax if not going out. Before bed to rest and unwind if the day been busy. I feel so much better and happy. I spent the time with God in prayer and his word. As Satan the Old Devil. Will try to make my day so busy I don’t have time for God. So if I do it like that. I find myself knowing. I am close to God. Like he is always close to me at all times. Then my day flows better. I don’t let tiredness then stop me from spending time with God. My spiritual life is then so much better. As all I want to do is live for God serve him. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  7. Yes. Slow and steady wins the race. I need to focus on staying in my lane and running the tace He has set before me. Slow growth is still growth. Slow progress is still progress. Most often our best fruit comes after years of planting and sowing good seeds. If we keep tending our gardens with patience and love, we will bear much fruit.

  8. Thank you for sharing this testimony. I’m feeling stuck. Might feel like being stuck in quicksand. ( I’ve never experienced that.). I’m trying to care for my independent minded and acting mom who’s memory is not as sharp as it used to be. Best for her to be with me than alone. My elder brother recently suffered a major stroke. I was recently involved in a life changing event that requires physical therapy. So much, yet God knows how much we can bear. Asking and praying for discernment, guidance, and healing. Praise God for his goodness and mercy.

    • Olivia, that is a lot. Thank you for sharing! Praying for God to lighten your load. May He overwhelm you with His peace and grace. May He bring you sweet community to support you.

  9. Thank you Karina for such a beautiful perspective of feeling stuck. I often feel stuck. I admit I struggle to have hope when I don’t see fruit in the areas that concern me.
    I also feel stuck in difficult relationships where I feel I am failing to love like Jesus. I struggle to enjoy God when I fail where it matters most but feel powerless to be better.
    I see your encouragement to be still in the pruning trusting God is faithfully at work.

    • Thank you for sharing Catherine! Praying God lifts you out of every place you feel stuck and places you into the ease of His love, grace and mercy.

  10. Stucker than a tractor in the middle of a tilled up field on a rainy day.

    Like you, I tell people how to get unstuck. And I’m rather good at it, so I’ve been told.

    And yet, I can’t seem to help myself…or apparently allow God to help me either.
    I need a clear one pan of action & the self control to be obedient.

    Thanks for praying for me.