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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,
    Several words jump out at me in this scripture from Deuteronomy. It cautions us to not become PROUD (I can do it in my own strength and on my terms), and to not FORGET (step away from obedience to God and His word). Furthermore, it says that God will lead us in the wilderness to HUMBLE us (God is in control, not me), and to TEST us (God is more concerned about our character than our happiness). God did this for the Israelites in the desert and He will do it for us. We will ALL have our own wilderness experience(s). The hope and Good News is that God is patient and longsuffering – He forgave His disobedient people over and over again for their wandering from the Covenant AND He eventually led them into the prosperous Promised Land. He will do that for us as well. Thank you for beautifully outlining the fruits of our wandering…it is not in vain. Praying for you as you wait and wander through your wilderness, Karina.
    Bev xx

    • Omg! This is where I am right now. So needed to hear this msg. I have been praying to hear Gods voice to direct my path. Wandering and waiting but not giving up. Thank you.

  2. Good morning, Bev! I see your posts. One day a few days ago there were 2 in a row identical. I am sure you were trying to resend the original. I always appreciate your wisdom, Bev. I pray for your relationship with your kidos frequently. XOXO Keep looking up.

    Karina, this post is such an encourgement to me. A wonderful reminder to trust that Father God is in control. ALWAYS. I loved the phrase “I don’t want to miss what the Lord is doing in the present because my gaze is fixed on the not yet.” Thanks for sharing these truths with us!

  3. After having been through many waiting seasons, I have a strong faith and trust in God. What I need is to learn patience though because waiting is always hard! My favorite waiting verses help!

    Lamentations 3:26
    It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

    Psalm 62:1, 5
    Truly my soul silently waits for God;
    From Him comes my salvation.
    My soul, wait silently for God alone,
    For my expectation is from Him.

    Psalm 27:14
    Wait on the LORD;
    Be of good courage,
    And He shall strengthen your heart;
    Wait, I say, on the LORD!

    Isaiah 40:31
    They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

    • Thank you for these Scriptures! I’m in a season of waiting, and the Lord reminded me through this devotional that He knows the outcome, is already there, AND is still here with me. I just need to trust….and wait.

    • This is where I am too. In one sense, our faith calls us to the in-betxit place – always waiting…coz things just aren’t complete and the story isn’t done. So living with a sense of incompletion and longing may be a part of our faith experience.

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  5. Karina, Thank you for this very impactful devotional. It is so encouraging to be reminded of God’s faithfulness and that there is purpose in the waiting season. I loved your comment that by using our waiting time to deepen our intimacy and trust in God, we not only bring glory to Him and encouragement to ourselves, we also show hope to those around us. Yes!

  6. God has (within the last year and a half) called me out of waiting seasons in multiple areas of my life. All at once! In some areas it looks different than I thought it would but it is awesome. I pray everyday I don’t “forget” because like the Israelites I’m prone to murmuring and complaining. My praises hardly seem like enough. We serve an awesome God!

  7. “I don’t know how long it will last, and I don’t fully know what is waiting on the other side. But I know God is there. God is also here with me in the right now, and He will be with me every step in between.” Yes, and amen! Love this and you and all that God is doing in you and will yet do. xx

  8. Thank you so much for this. I needed this. Sometimes the waiting and/or wondering can get exhausting. But God is there and always will be.

  9. Thank You! The longer I wander the more I can see God throughout the journey but today was just one of those days where I felt defeated. I needed to read this more than you will ever know.

  10. Karina,

    Praying for you in this waiting season. May God guide your paths & give you wisdom for your next steps. God is always faithful. It is us weak humans that move from Him. We need to make a list of all God’s goodness to us in the past. Then when a waiting time or trial comes we can look back & remember how He got us through those times. I’ve been through enough trials to have learned a little patience. More importantly my faith has grown exponentially. I readily trust God no matter the situation. We, like the Israelites are prone to pride & forgetting. They easily forgot about His provisions & would whimper & complain all the time. They didn’t fully trust God to do what He said. That’s why it took 40 years to get into the promised land. No by themselves they couldn’t fight those enemies. With God’s help they would easily have won. God knows we are prone to forgetting. That’s why He had the 12 Israelites pick 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan river & erect a monument. We are to tell future generations about what God has done for us. Like you said God was, is & always will be faithful. We just need to learn to trust Him.

    Blessings 🙂

  11. I’m in a season of waiting and so thankful for your inspiration. Great scripture for all of us. God our father is always there for us. We need to keep walking and waiting for what’s awaiting us around the bend in the road of life. Take care!

  12. So true Karina, God is faithful all the time even in our wanderings. I am sorry this is a season of wandering for you. Know that you are loved and even during this time that doesn’t make sense, He is holding your hand and leading the way for you. Praying you will find joy through it all and come out stronger than you ever had. All good things come to those who preserve thru. God’s got this and will help you get across this barren desert feeling peace soon and thankful you had patiently waited. Blessing and prayers to you.

  13. It seems we’re always waiting for something–it’s just the intensity of emotion attached to the waiting that varies, depending on the circumstances. Learning to wander well IS the ticket to contentment in the middle of wait time. And affirming what we know to be true about our faithful God is the perfect place to start. Thank you, Karina!