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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 can relate to your story. I grew up in a very staunch, conservative Presbyterian church. If I went back there with my hand-raising, moving as the music moves me, clapping style of worship they’d probably escort me out lol. As I get older, I’ve grown more comfortable in my own skin and the way God has programmed me to worship, lead, write, express His great love for me. I, too, always looked for the “permission slip”, but He already handed it to me when He created me and He gave me the Holy Spirit as my internal guide when I accepted Christ as my Savior. Thank you for this reminder that permission has been granted!

    • Amen Bev!

      I bet we would have a great time worshiping together!!!! 🙂

      Keep leading my sister! Others are looking to you. May they see Christ in you!!!!

    • So important Lynn!

      Leading applies in all areas of our lives. This is one that happens to be dominant in my life.

      Thank you for sharing!!!!

  2. I have to say that I was nodding my head in agreement as I read your post. Not because I worship in this manner but because I’ve admired the way that you do. I sat behind you at Declare last year and was blessed by your expression of worship. So glad to have read these words here today, Karina.

  3. Karina, what a wonderful post. I came to Jesus in a Quaker church, and I thank Him for introducing me to to Him in that church. As I’ve grown up and discovered more about who God’s made me to be, I’ve become comfortable with my way of worship as well. Learning not to feel inhibited with who God has created me to be has been a life-long journey. Feeling the freedom to embrace the gifts God’s given me to use for His glory—and to do so without waiting for permission—has become easier as I learn to walk comfortable with myself, if that makes sense. I’m still unwrapping this particular gift—confidence in Him and in being transparent with Him and others so I can use His gifts more freely. If that makes sense. 🙂

    • I love that Jeanne!

      May the Lord bless you in your process. May You see how much He delights in you when you are walking out your gifting, calling and identity. May you seek His approval and seek to lead others to walk out all that God has called them to be.

      Blessings! Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. I found Ecclesiastes 9:7, that say we have God’s approval. It is about being comfortable in your own skin, not caring what others think. I’m somewhere in the middle, I have been to “dead” churches, and had a lady almost push me through a plate glass window and almost been trampled and pushed through a plate glass window at a charismatic convention, which is a turn off. The main thing is that in Him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17 27:28

  5. Beautiful post Karina. Your’e giving the courage to sit on the front row and amen the pastor!

  6. Karina, great post. Basically you’re saying, “Do you BooBoo!”in the most Christian way of course. Lol. Well I’ve felt awkward for not shouting at churches where the “KaDack!” of the drum inspired a wild praise. I’ve also felt uncomfortable and ashamed for tears running down my face and trembling hands in churches where the mice scamper in slippers. For each person, I believe we know how we are to express our worship, but our fear of being different – even in church – causes us to miss our opportunities of uniqueness. Thank you for the encouragement to love God freely, in all forms available.

    • LaToya! True Dat!!!!! Ha!

      In every area of our lives, including how we worship, people are watching and looking for permission to be who God’s created them to be and to live out the calling He has on their lives. May we lean into Him and be bold and lead from the front!

      Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!

  7. Karina,
    I used to go to Methodist churches. They are the quiet sit and listen type. I have come to be more of a vocal person in my praising God. I love to raise my hand, and even say amen some. In our little church you will see people raising their hands, and even saying amen when preacher talks. I think we should all praise & worship God however we feel!
    Blessings 🙂