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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. I can so relate to your post. My mother said that I “took things to heart.” I have also been told I was “too sensitive.” But like you I am just wired that way. So many of these posts come just when I need them. Thanks for sharing. God always know just what we need!

  2. Just this morning in fact; God gave me His perfect Word in His perfect time! I’ve been struggling with a negative thought that keeps popping into my mind and The Sword The Lord led me to this morning of Romans 11:33-34 was timely indeed!
    O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
    For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
    Romans 11:33-34 KJV

  3. Thank you for this message I really needed to hear. From what I read in your words, you sound like me. I struggle often and am in this place of hurt now. I am trusting God to give me the right time and His words to speak if I need to speak. I praise God for His timing in your message that was here for me to read today. Deb

  4. Karina……Your story was inspiring. When I was young up until I went to college, I was like you. I was very shy and did not even like my picture taken and turned away from the camera when my Daddy would try to take my picture. I did not say much to anyone for fear of saying the wrong thing. This all changed for we when I was through with college. Looking for a first job was mind-blowing to me. As I went from job to job I thought that God was giving me a sign to speak up. So the next job I applied to required me to take a test. Now, I am 76 years old so this was back in the 60’s, where business was quite different than it is today. The manager came back to me and said, I am sorry, you will have to take the test again. I did ask him why, were my answers that bad? He said, “No, nobody has ever scored as high as you did so we need you to take it again. OK,I will do that. My results were even higher than the first time. I’m thinking, do they think somehow I was cheating? This is always where my mind took me. Negative, I wasn’t worth anything. The manager came back and hired me on the spot for a completely different job that they were starting to create. I was shocked. I knew what my “Dream job” was, but the Lord also told me “It takes time Betsy”. Well, of course He was right. I went through 5 more jobs, but I learned things at each place and I had sent out many resumes and to my surprise they called me and asked me if I would be interested in a Supervisor job? I ended up going for two interviews over two weeks after which they offered me the job. Too try to make a long story shorter as I am sure you are busy. All of the signs that God gave me over the years, of course was leading me somewhere. I now could speak up and share my thoughts about how to fix problems in certain area of their business. I got even more praise and now was really able to take my creative thoughts to the moon. This was my dream job and I worked there 40 years, won all kinds of awards that when I was young I thought something like that would never happen to me. I need to read your Bible references, but I loved this story so much I needed to write to you immediately. I am going through a very tough situation right now and the (in)courage journals are helping me so much. It is not as easy to face something like I am going through at 76. When I was 35, I know I could do it, but so many young people don’t think about old age. You really have to plan for the future. Don’t spend all your money on trips and gadgets or whatever. Thank you again Karina. It was a pleasure to meet you. Betsy Basile

    • Thank you Betsy for sharing your testimony! Praise God for His leading! His timing is perfect! Praying the peace and wisdom of the Lord for you in this hard situation. His grace is sufficient. Blessings.

  5. Thank you Karina. “The right words at the right time” \0/ Amen
    I’ve been so stubborn lately. Prideful. Childlike tantrums. Wanting my way. When I wanted. Praying and crying…BUT NOT LISTENTING!!!!….
    …then all the sudden, as soon as I surrendered, every scripture, every devotional I read matched exactly what I was praying and surrendering. OMGOSH…the tears just flowed and my heart smiled and so did my face!
    Just as you shared today….
    “I needed to be reminded of God’s truth that my finite mind so easily forgets”

    Thank you for sharing your words at the right time in scripture and experience. I’m sooo grateful. God is good \0/

  6. Thank you for this timely post. I am going through a season of anxiety and depression and know God is with me. I have a few close friends that are praying for me and encouraging me. Recently I thought an older lady from my church was one of them, she 0slam dunked me and told me to snap out of it! I was so crushed. Why would you kick someone when they are down? I am hurt and continue to take it to God. I have forgiven her, but I don’t trust her, and it will take time to process it. I gave her the opportunity to apologize, as I expressed how much her words hurt me, but she just defended herself. I pray for anyone who has been hurt by someone they trusted when going through a difficult time. I thank God for not giving up on me.

    • Thank you for sharing! I’m sorry for the hurt you’ve experienced. Praying that the Lord continues to meet you with His peace and comfort. May His grace sustain you and His joy be your strength. Blessings!

  7. Karina,

    Growing up I was much like you, very shy. Even now when people hurt my feeling I clam up & maybe walk away. I don’t want to ruin my Christian reputation by saying the wrong words. God wired me to be an encourager. To that end I do my best to try & encourage patients, families, & co-workers-including cleaning crew. Want to spread the light of God’s love to everyone.

    There was a time a few years ago when I wanted to be seen by God. Was dealing with dad’s dementia & psych issues. One afternoon I was visiting dad at the assisting living facility. It was lunch time & his tremors were bad. I offered to feed him he said yes. The man sitting to the right of us said “You will get stars in your crown for this”. I knew God had seen me & was well pleased with me. There have been other times like when God had someone write a job description just.for.me. Took me from part-time to full-time then went further to give me a unit (hospital) to work as their clerical. I am amazed at His love for me!

    Blessings 🙂

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