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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,
    I am so glad God is not like me…fickle, conditional, wavering. Even our best glimpses of unconditional love here on earth are nothing compared to God’s pure and unconditional love. If I really read and concentrate on the scriptures you mentioned, I can’t help but have my socks blown off. I am taken back by the fact that God loves me so much he pursues me…His love is furious. Who loves like that?? Only God. You have a really healthy attitude about Valentine’s Day. I know for many (and I’ve been in that boat) it brings pain and heartache. Praying for all those, for whom this day will be one to be survived. Your post is great at pointing us back toward our one true love. Thanks.

    • Thank you so much Bev for sharing!!!! I will never get over the fact that God loves us and exactly how much! I pray that that is always my focus and a catalyst for how I love Him and others. I pray that your day is overflowing with love from and for the Father!

  2. I love this idea of taking Valentine’s Day away from Hallmark and handing it back to God — the creator and root of all Love. Thank you for your words.

  3. My tender heart has always cried out for the love of another human being. The need for that love has driven me to persist in relationships that weren’t the best for me. I was too scared to let go, to scared to be unloved. What I’m learning, and you stated so eloquently, is that God’s love is enough. Not only does His love meet my every need, but it totally surpasses it. He loves me, He delights over me, He chooses me. I am loved by a King. Thank you for reminding me this morning, how truly blessed I am.

    • You are so welcome Penny! His love is one of a kind. It is pure and perfect! May it flood the deepest parts of you and bring life, hope and healing. May you find rest and security in His love alone. Blessings!

  4. I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day and celebrated it as a day to remember the love of family, friends and our Lord. I try to instill that same value in my own children so they think larger than the marketing-induced romantic stuff. I love how it can provide an opportunity to reach out to someone who may be lonely or not yet aware of God’s love.

    • Missy, that is awesome! Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to reach out to those that don’t know God’s love or those that are lonely. That is the Father’s heart. May He bless you and your family for having a heart like His.

  5. Karina, I always seem to need reminders of how steadfast God’s love is for me. His is faithful, unfailing, passionate and complete. Mine? Well . . . not so much. Thanks for the beautiful reminder that His love is one to be overwhelmed by every day. Loved this!

  6. Hey Karina!

    Thanks for this beautiful focus. I feel like sometimes Valentine’s Day highlights all our unfulfilled longings & we can so easily be swayed by the fake idea of romance presented on every commercial, movie & magazine cover! I, myself, know the fulfillment of my Savior’s love & I love how beautifully you draw our attention to that unmatchable love!

    P.S. I’ve lived in Nola the last 3 yrs. 🙂

    • Katy, that is so fun! We should connect!!!! Email me. 🙂

      I am glad that you are fulfilled by the Savior’s love! I know that you serve as a testimony and encouragement to all who surround you.

      Thank you for reading and sharing!

  7. Thank you so much for this reminder! Much needed today with hard news and circumstances beyond my control. His love never ceases for me in spite of the hardness of life. I need this constant reminder!

    • Melanie, May God speak life and hope and peace into those hard circumstances. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him. He has your good in mind and His glory will be shown. Trust Him even though you may not be able see clearly. Trust that He is at work because He loves you so.

      Be blessed! He is faithful!

    • Melanie,
      Prayers for you and your family. May God speak to you and surround you with love and contentment. I pray you fell hugged and loved by me and God!!
      God knows what you’re going through and He will see you through it in His timing! Prayers that you feel covered in prayer and Blessings!
      ((((Hugs))) from Upper E. TN.

  8. GE4975
    So sorry for the loss of your husband. Bless you for waiting for God to put you both together and for being there for him as he cared for his mother.
    I pray that God will help heal you as you grieve your loss. May you feel His loving arms surround you! Prayers for peace and contentment as you know he is in Heaven!
    Blessings and (((hugs)))

  9. Karina,
    Such wise words from someone so young. Your encouragement is contagious!!
    Now more than ever before we need to show God’s love to this hurting world around us. I feel they are starving for love, hugs and people to tell them they are loved irregardless of who they are or what they’ve done!

    • Beth, sorry this response took so long! Thank you so much! 🙂

      Amen sister! That is our calling, to love God and share the love of God. It is hard and messy but so worth it!