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

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  1. Dear Karina,
    Thank you so much, beautifully written from your heart, explaining Paul’s heart/GOD’s heart! And the difference applying these truths make to GOD, and every life we touch and us as well! All so important for me now in the chaos and crushing circumstances that are abounding in my life and my loved ones.
    Thank you and blessings,
    nj

  2. Karina,
    I love the image of “calling out the gold” in other people’s lives. Speaking of which….since I began reading your posts years ago here at (in)courage, your writing has grown and matured and you have obviously reached a new depth within yourself to bring out the awesome writing talent that God has given you. I know that the Holy Spirit’s working in your life as you faced challenges has a lot to do with it. We tend to grow through adversity and by allowing Him to work in your life, your writing has really reached new heights in being able to stir the soul. It has been a testimony to me as to what God can do if we let Him. You are so good at encouraging others, I pray that you will be encouraged. And yes, I prayed over you this morning….wonderful words of truth here today.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev! Well, I may be weeping inappropriately at work! πŸ™‚ THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I NEEDED to hear that!!!! I welcome every prayer! I need them in the worst way right now!

  3. This article is just what I needed. I’ve been going through a very difficult time, with my husband having dementia & hearing problems. I find that more & more, I get angry & impatient with him. Unfortunately, I wind up hurting him, which is certainly not my intention. I ask for your prayers that God will give me a measure of patience & kindness, that, not only will I be building him up, but growing closer to God, & living with the power of the Holy Spirit. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    • Debi,

      Praying for you sweet sister! I went through this with both my parents. Mom also had hearing issues. It was tough on dad caring for her. May God strengthen & give you the patience you need.

      Father,

      Help Debi as she deals with her husband. Give her kind words to speak to him. Bring your patience & strength she so desperately needs! Give her a respite now & then. Bless her & hubby & help them grow closer to you during this trial!

      (((((Hugs)))))

    • Amen! Thank you for sharing Debi. May God give you an abundance of peace and strength and hope. May He surround you with amazing community that will uphold both of you! He is good and faithful!

  4. Karina, thank you for your words on this. I am convicted this morning to watch my words and be more mindful to use them to build people up for His kingdom. I so agree with your thoughts about young people needing to feel someone has faith in them, even when they fail. We all want that, don’t we? I want to spread that kind of grace around, in every circle of my life. Thank you for your inspiration today.

  5. Beautiful, truthful and meaningful words on a Sunday afternoon. We all should have a teachable spirit or else we won’t be humble to the Holy Spirit, and I want the gold called out of me, and I want to call the golden glory of the Lord.

  6. Karina,

    I have shared on this blog about some of the wonderful women in my life. Many who step in when the going got tough. They mentor to me & bless me. My Pastor’s wife is an angel. Right now she has a trial with her aging mother-who lives 5 hrs. away. Also her Father-in-law died suddenly today. I know she will embrace this with all the dignity & strength of a courageous Christian. I have a good friend. We happened to deal with aging parents at the same time. Our friendship grew stronger because of it. My little church, Blue Springs Christian, is full of “gold star” Christians who will do anything to help you. They all deserve an applause!!

    Blessings πŸ™‚

    • Yes Beth! Praying for peace and healing for your Pastor’s wife.

      Have the most fun honoring those dear women! It is super fun for me to honor others! The Holy Spirit and I have the chance to be creative.