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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 praying for you…you have been through so much sweet sister. I believe you are doing exactly what God would have you do. When things are going well (or relatively so) I believe we are to fill our minds with His Truth….meditate on it every day. Then when the trials come, I don’t interpret God’s seeming silence as indifference or turning His back on us, just the opposite. I believe He says lovingly and with encouragement, “Karina (Bev/Name) okay now speak what I’ve taught you into your circumstances.” I believe He does this in the apparent silence so that we can speak the only thing that will bring any form of peace, comfort, hope, joy, and love…His Word. I may be all wrong, but I do believe that God gives us opportunities (when the rubber meets the road) to confess the hope that we have within us. Keep speaking into your circumstances and calling on brothers and sisters in Christ to pray with and for you!! God’s got this…He will bring you through. You’ve got His Word on it!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Praying for you! What you wrote is so beautiful and so encouraging. You reminded me of how to pray today! My “mountain” is small but still hard. Please pray for me to accept myself and for me to see myself the way God sees me.

      • Maria, mountains are mountains and they all matter to God.

        Father, you created Maria with such love and care and purpose. Set her eyes on You. Set her thoughts on your truth of who You have called her….beloved, chosen, whole, healed, holy, redeemed. You are changing her from glory to glory and strength to strength. May she embrace her new nature as You intended. In Jesus’ name.

  2. It sounds to me, Katrina, as if you have lived your way into the prayer of Jehoshaphat — such hard words to say, but so realistic and God-honoring: We don’t know what to do BUT: our eyes are on you.

    I’m so thankful for your words of faith in this hard season.

  3. Thank you for your honesty and transparency. I am in the hospital recovering from a surgery I didn’t know I needed. God has been so good and faithful yet I struggle with patience in healing. Please pray I will take my time and not rush and not get discouraged. Thank you and God bless.

    • Ellyce, that’s alot!

      Jesus, be so incredibly near to your cherished daughter. Calm her body and her soul to truly rest in You and with You. Stir up her heart with a desire to spend time with you. Speak mysteries and revelation to her. Increase intimacy. I speak healing to her body and mind. Prepare her for her next place of promise. In Jesus’ name.

  4. Kareina,
    Today in Canada where I’m from it’s Thanksgiving. I am thankful for you & the words you share despite your hardship. They are a blessing & of true beauty. I pray that you will overcome this, and that all will be well.

    Take care…Hugs from miles away.

    May the Lord Bless you,
    Penny

    • Karina, thank you for sharing from your pain. It reminds me that we think we’re suffering alone, isolated, no one aware of what we’re going through — and we are — unless we share.

      Once we share, the burden is shared.

      Anyway, thank you so much. I needed this. My struggle is financial. But God has been good, God has met needs. And as a pastor’s wife, sometimes I feel really alone. I love how you said “lean on what you know to be true.” That is a solid place to start and thank you for reminding us of that.

      Blessings to you; so sorry for all you are going through. Praying for you right now.

      • Lou, thank you so much! I am slowly learning to lean into faith and not feelings and to step away from pride and share my burdens with others.

        Father, you see the need in Lou’s life. You meet EVERY need. You desire to meet EVERY need. May she and her husband declare Your faithfulness like never before. May they believe You for the supernatural. I speak increase and blessing and favor over their lives. May their increase provide for them but, may it be a blessing to those around them. May their increase further the Gospel and build kingdom. Open the floodgates of Heaven in abundance. In Jesus’ Name.

  5. Amen and amen! This spoke to my heart so much. I’ve been on a long 12 year journey in the wilderness with infidelity, financial chaos, and upheaval of everything imaginable. BUT GOD. He has asked me to stand and to intercede. I was just praying this morning that God would refresh my weary heart and renew my spirit. This is just what I needed to hear today.

    • Amen! God is always on time with a Rhema word for us.

      Father, I thank You for the spirit of perseverance that You are building in JSG. It honors You and releases Your hand to move in supernatural and unexpected ways. I speak comfort and strength, peace and joy to her mind and emotions. You have greatness in store for her beyond this season. May she look toward the future with hope and expectation. You’re good and faithful. You are with her always. You are her constant…her rock and shield. May she hide in Your shelter and let You fight for her. In Jesus’ Name.

  6. This morning I am laying in bed ready to give up. I am in pain from a disease that just won’t relent. My husband left early for work so I woke up alone. My heart is hurting, missing my daughter and precious grandson who moved just over a week ago to another state. I feel useless and worthless this morning. My faith is just about gone. As I checked email on my phone, this blog post was there. In all honesty, I usually delete them. It’s hard to read of a loving God when I feel so unloved and worthless. I don’t even know why I am commenting except to maybe get my own thoughts out of my head. I have no strength left to go on…no fight left in me. Everything inside is screaming for me to just quit. Yet, something won’t let me completely do that even though I’m not sure why I should keep going. No one needs me. Most wouldn’t care if I were here or not. I am not surrounded by people who will sit and cry with me. Most people I have pushed away and they have walked away, giving up on me. I don’t blame them. I just don’t know what to do at this point. If God really loves me, I need to see that quickly.

    • Good Morning Becky. I am so sorry you feel this way. I know that many people will miss you if you weren’t here. Your daughter and grand baby still need you, your husband needs you, and God needs you here. You might not know the reasons right now but you will soon. Just by you sharing this today, shows me how brave you are. And you know what, that is God shining through you. He loves you, He really does Becky. Your not alone. I feel like giving up sometimes too but God has beautiful things in store for you, and for all of us. I pray that this mountain in your life is moved by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Just cry out to Him and He will save you. God bless you Becky.
      “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord.” “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you the future you have always hoped for.” – Jeremiah 29:11

    • Hope this verse helps ❤️
      “For He has not despised or detested
      the torment of the afflicted.
      He did not hide His face from him
      but listened when he cried to Him for help.” – Psalm 22:24

    • God does hear you. It is a very tough road that you are on. Please reach out to at least one friend and share your struggle.
      He hears and counts our tears! I will pray that you will feel the crack in the mountain, today! Amen.

    • Becky, dear sister, my heart breaks with you. I have been in this place too and know that you are never alone for our God is there with you. Press into His arms, sweet sister, you are so needed here and He does hear you and He is faithful to be close to you in your broken heartedness and will save your spirit. I am so grateful that you reached out here; we are here for you 🙂 Let His Word speak to your soul as you pour out your heart to Him, knowing that those these mountains may be shaken and the hills may fall, His love is never shaken nor His covenant of peace removed from you. Call a friend or family member; let them help you to get through as we pray for you 🙂 God has this and He has you! Peace, dear sister, and bigs hugs!

    • Please sister in our precious Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, never give up for He is near as your next breath! Feel His Presence, loving arms around you! Be still and know He is your Healer & Creator! He is in control and knows best. Praying. Sis Debbie in Pensacola, FL.

    • Becky, you have my prayers this morning and each morning hereafter. You have my prayers for healing of your disease and loneliness, for healing of your broken heart and soul. I pray that you find rest at the feet of Jesus, that you feel His love today and that you find understanding of his never-ending faithfulness.
      Please don’t give up, dear sister in Christ. You are a powerful, important, loved daughter of the One True, Living King our God. I know that He has so much more in store for you, blessings that you can’t even imagine if you can just hang on a while longer, run to Him no matter the doubt, the fear, the misunderstanding, and maybe even the shame of having turned from Him in the first place (I know all too-well how that feels). I know you don’t see it now, but I promise you it will get better, if you can just find it in yourself to return to Him.
      Thank you for reaching out this morning, and I hope and pray that you find encouragement to stay the course in our words and prayers today.
      With love and prayers, Kat.

    • Becky, sweet sister! I completely understand! I have had many days, especially recently that have looked like the season you’re in.

      Father, overwhelm Becky with your love and peace. Fill her with Your hope and joy. Help her to see the filter of Your truth and promises. You created her with care and purpose. You have created her to fulfill a calling that only she can fulfill. You placed her here to build Your Kingdom and share Your Gospel. May she oppose every attack of the enemy and rebuke every lie that she is not needed or valued or loved. She is because you have deemed her so. May she stand firm on You. You are good and faithful. You are her Father. May she desire nothing else but to love You and be loved by You. In Jesus’ Name.

    • Becky…you are not alone. I am praying for peace for your mind and weary soul. I am praying also for strength for your spirit. I too am alone in my home as my husband of 40 years passed away from pulmonary fibrosis this past Februry. We are in a new town and my disabilities have ended my ability to attend church or volunteer any longer. I have no friends around me. I am facing a move to assisted living and wonder how I will do all this on my own. God is with us always no matter what the circumstances. Humor can sometimes help. My daughter (struggling through infertility) and I both laughed and loved the book “It’s Not Fair: Loving the Life You Didn’t Choose” by Melanie Dale. She tells it like it is. Then I asked everyone I knew to list their favorite comedy movie. Laughing is good for the soul. Especially for those of us who will never “get better” this side of heaven. I hope you will find some peace in seeing all these posts and know the prayers are lifting you up in your struggles. You are not alone !

  7. Thank you so much Karina for sharing this. I am praying for you. I battle with anxiety and fear daily and sometimes it makes it hard to sleep or stay asleep through the night. Please pray for me as I battle this anxiety. I know I am not battling it alone, God is always with me. And as you said, He can move any mountain. Thank you and may God bless you and help you through this difficult time. He always hears us. Xoxo

    • Thank you Stephanie!

      Jesus, Prince of Peace, come and do what only You can do in Stephanie’s life. Your peace surpasses all understanding. I speak to every anxious and fearful though. Leave in the name of Jesus. Enemy, you will not win. You are defeated! Love come in. Overwhelm Stephanie. May she begin to speak love and truth over her thoughts and take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. May she be still knowing that You will fight for her!

  8. My Marriage – it’s struggling and I just don’t know how to pour into it anymore. Having unexpectedly lost my sister just 7 months ago, working full time, caring for two children under 8, keeping up with home, cooking, cleaning … I’m tired; bone and soul weary tired. I feel like a living shell of who I am called to be, and barely holding it all together.

    • Mary, I understand the overwhelm and pray that the Lord gives you His strength today, showing you the way you should go. Seek counseling, dear sister, for your marriage and retreat for your soul if need be-you don’t have to do this alone. Our Lord is ever present with us, speaking to us in the depths of our souls-He beckons us who are weary to come to Him and rest, laying down our burdens as we cast our cares on Him who loves us. Praying hard for you, dear sister, praying into this hard today 🙂

    • Mary, I will and am praying for your in your circumstances right now. I pray that God gives you peace and rest, that He restores your marriage through whatever means He deems required. I pray that there is understanding between you and your husband, between all members of your family. I pray that you will feel His love and that He will reveal to you a bit of His plan for you and that you find peace and comfort in that.

      I would also encourage you to seek Christian counseling (ask your pastor(s) or other elders in your church if you don’t know where to look). And know that no matter what happens, you are loved and adored by The One who made you and He will work everything out for the good of you, His daughter, and for the good of His kingdom.

    • Holy Spirit, our comforter, breath fresh life and vision into Mary. Increase a spirit of long suffering within her. Birth in her a deep and unconditional love for her husband. May she love him with your love. May she commit to being faithful to You, being a servant and submitting to You with full confidence that you will work on her marriage. I speak healing over her heart with the loss of her sister. Surround her with sweet community to uphold her and serve her and bear her burdens. You are the God who holds all things together. You sustain our very lives. In Jesus’ Name.

  9. I am struggling with obedience to God. I make excuses.I want to obey but I let my weakness take over.

    • That struggle is all too real Evelyn!

      Jesus, give Evelyn a deep desire to be obedient to Your Word, to Your leading. Obedience indeed is better than sacrifice. The blessing that comes with pleasing Your heart through obedience outweighs any temporal pleasure. That blessing is eternal and great. May she die to the opinions of man and come alive to the opinions of You. May she live a radical and extreme faith that looks crazy to the world but draws them toward Your presence. It is the foolish things that confound the wise. May Your Spirit within her empower her to walk out self-control and live a holy and faithful life.

    • Sometimes it is hard to obey when we know what God wants, and we know He is loving and full of Grace. I’ve come to see the balance of grace and obedience in the light of spiritual warfare and Ephesians, particularly Eph. 4:25-27.
      We can obey and disobey.. Our disobedience not only is displeasing to God but gives the devil a foothold in our lives. Satan often wants us to focus too much on God’s Grace, so that we don’t pick up the armor of God including righteousness (Eph. 6), so he can have a foothold in our lives. He also wants us to forget God’s Grace so that we are defeated and full of guilt.
      So know, you are covered by God’s grace so that you can pick up the armor of God, live righteously, and “rebel” against giving satan authority over parts of your life.

      Lord, I too pray for Evelyn. May she see your grace. Help her take up the armor you have provided with the power of your Holy Spirit so that she may live a life pleasing to you.

  10. Thank you so much for this. I am in a very “dry” season of life right now and can’t seem to make sense of what God is doing. He seems silent, though I have come before Him crying out and begging for even just a hint of what’s to come in my life. It’s been very difficult and painful for me to feel so strongly that God has left me, but I have to pick myself up and remember that sometimes in the silence God is at work and that He is working out great plans for my life. I just have to trust Him even when I cannot see. Thank you for showing authenticity in your post. I have been dealing with much doubt, anger, and frustration towards God, and then feel guilty that I am not a “good Christian” for having such feelings. But you are correct, Karina, God is big enough to handle my doubts, fears, worries, and even anger towards Him. I am so thankful that He can see through these less than loving emotions I experience, knowing that it is coming from a place of hurt and uncertainty. Although I feel God has remained silent on certain things in my life right now, I have found encouragement through daily devotionals such as these and I know that it is God’s whisper to me “I am still here, and it’s going to be okay.”

    Blessings to you,

    Melissa

    • Melissa, I am standing along with you.

      Father, in the midst of doubts and silence and uncertainty, You are still God and You are still with us. Continue to whisper to her the truth of who You are and Your promises for her life. Your promises are holy and Your timing is perfect. May she lean into mystery and the adventure of following You. My she continue to be honest with You and lay her every emotion and desire at Your feet. Do a deep work within her and through her. May she follow wherever You lead. In Jesus’ name.

  11. Thank you for this. Pls pray that i employ the same course of action of speaking God’s word and promise to my circumstance. He has not forgotten us and He can NOT lie.

    • Holy Spirit, be the reminder to Miriam to begin speaking truth to her circumstances. You are faithful and trustworthy. You have a good future in store.

  12. I do not have the environmental challenges you have at the moment, but have many loved ones who are facing dire medical issues. Your description of how your thoughts do not “turn off” describes me as well. This last week I, too, have needed to remind myself of God’s goodness, faithfulness and love. Your post came at a perfect time for me. Reading it brought a wave of peace and it is flagged and ready to be read again as I walk with my family and friends through their difficult times. I am ‘a fixer’ by nature so I struggle when the only thing I can do is pray, stand by, and hold a hand. Last night in my own wakefulness I imagined putting each of them in God’s loving hands and Him closing his fingers over my loved one. I have put you there too. It’s where we always are, but easy to forget as we look at the waves around us.

    • Thank you so much Kathy! I love that picture of me being placed in God’s hand! I’m a fixer too. It’s hard for me that I can’t fix my situation.

      Father, give Kathy the strength to be Your hands and feet for her love ones. May You equip her with words in season to bring them hope and encouragement. Fill her thoughts with all that is lovely and righteous and holy and pure. Be her peace and may she share your peace with others. In Jesus’ name.

  13. I could have written this myself- you wrote precisely about how I am feeling in my current life with its concerns and worries as I await some test results. I am trying to be “strong” and “brave” but I feel exhausted and weary. My mind definitely will NOT shut off, and I just want relief at this point- I want to know what my next steps are and I’m waiting to hear about that. I would covet your prayers. Thank you so much!

    • Father, I speak healing to every broken place in Beth’s body. I declare that she will live and live abundantly. Your truth is a higher reality than any test result. She can be strong because it is Your strength within her. She can be brave because You are fighting on her behalf. Spirit lead. She will follow. Make a way where there seems to be no way. Surround her with Your peace and comfort. Fill her with Your hope and joy! In Jesus’ name.

  14. Dearest Karina,
    Know that I’m praying for you and with you. Your words resonated deeply with me. Like you, I have questioned God’s faithfulness and wondered “Does he see me? Hear me?” Karina, God sees you and He has you in all your circumstances. His word tells us so! Be encouraged and continue to speak back to your situation.

    Blessings to you!

  15. Karina, I lift you up to our precious Abba. He has great and wonderful plans for you. I pray God’s richest blessings over you. I pray in agreement over your situation that the road blocks crumble in Jesus’ name. Most of all I pray that you will see God’s hand at work today. I pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to you and give you His blessed assurances that you will be provided every good thing as you need. Thank you for your lovely spirit to share your truth. I am blessed by your honesty in your struggle to find peace in this harrowing storm. Yes, I have been there, more times than I care to remember. God is always faithful to provide a way. I pray He gives you some answers and respite today. In His Name I will continue to pray for you and all in BR.

  16. I love this message, it is so transparent and yet you encouraged us to stay focused no matter the circumstances. I’m so thankful and grateful to God whenever I read such encouraging words. It helps me to keep my course (Proverbs 3:5-6). It has been a challenging journey from the years 2012 till 2016. Many times, at my point of despair, I’d stumbled across encouraging words to steady my faith once again. Thank you Lord for your faithful servants like Karina. May your name be upheld with such transparency and courage, with the whole purpose of directing our gaze at you and not the circumstances. You are good all the time! We love you Lord.
    Serena Wong

  17. Speaking to my circumstances and praying God’s promises over them…..what a timely post for me today. My physical condition is worsening and I must consider moving from my home to assisted living, from my spacious home to a smaller space by far. And paring down all my “stuff” to suit the new space. I too take these thoughts to bed with me and sleep is difficult. So last night I decided to make my bed a safe space and leave the intruding thoughts “out there”. Deep breathing helps to send the thoughts packing. It worked along with prayers for peace and gentle sleep. This morning I am praying God’s promises over my circumstances and taking them one step at a time. And as you said praying God will bring good to these new circumstances. Thank you Karina for a wonderful post.

    • Thank you Susan!

      Father, sustain Susan’s body. I speak strength and healing to her body. May this new season bring new ground for her to claim for Your kingdom. May she have new influence and build new relationships. Fill her with peace, comfort and joy. May she look on this new season with expectancy and hope. In Jesus’ Name.

  18. Karina,
    As I read your post, I was reminded of a time I suffered from a natural disaster…the human kind. Right at the moment when I should have been celebrating, my world was turned upside down and spun. I survived on God’s word. No supernatural, euphoric emotions to shelter me, but daily trust in His words. And when I thought it was over I was struck but another wave; the truth of my betrayal and who conspired against me. The very people I looked up to decided I was strong enough to handle a setback that would forever impact my life. BUT GOD, again.

    Job 9:11 “Somehow, though he moves right in front of me, I don’t see him; quietly but surely he’s active, and I miss it” (MSG version).

    I don’t remember what scriptures I kept on repeat to survive. I felt alone. Looking back, I was never alone. He allowed the circumstances and He kept me. Stay encouraged all my sisters, “God is Active.”

  19. Karina, I praise the Lord for these loving words of struggle and yet hope. My heart hurts with you; I have been in some of these places where you are. Your words are so true-His Word preserves us and strengthens us in these places of pain and struggle, guarding our hearts and minds as we pour out our hearts to Him. It is such a grace to see His work in you, the desires to “I want to do a better job at speaking to my circumstances. I want to be better at declaring God’s promises over them and believing that He will bring about good from them. I want to simply trust Him to do what He knows is best despite what I’m feeling. I want to remember His past faithfulness and allow that to build up confidence in me that He will be faithful again.” that He is working in your heart. I have learned that sometimes when God is silent, He may be in the soil of our souls, tilling and lovingly tending for the planting of new seeds of His truth as we faithfully wait as He prepares us-we just need to immerse ourselves in the Word for this helps plants those seeds. He wastes nothing, dear sister, and oh how He loves you. Praying for you today in these places 🙂 Thank you for reminding me too to run to His shelter and grace 🙂 Hugs!

  20. Thank you for sharing your true, honest journey. Just what I needed to hear today.

    Praying that God will continue to guide you and provide for you and embrace you with His great love (in a way you can FEEL!) today.
    Jeremiah 31:3

  21. Karina,
    I am so sorry that you are struggling with all of these problems. A verse that I turn to a lot is “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” It may seem extremely hard at this time, yet remember that trusting him with all of your heart means leaning on His understanding and open to His path. Great things will come to you! You will be in my prayers Karina!

  22. Karina,

    Thank you for sharing such encouraging words during your own trials. I think that is one of the best things that any sisterhood/brotherhood/spiritual family can do: encouraging one another even amidst their own difficulties. I will do my best to pray for you each day as you and those around you deal with these flooding problems and as you work towards trusting the Lord and having confidence in Him that He will bring you through it with more blessings than before (transparency here: I’m not the best at remembering to pray specifically every day. General prayers, I’ve gotten the hang of, but praying specifically, for people outside of my usual thought circle, I’m working on).

    My mountain that I’m facing is just about everything surrounding my future husband. I’ve been praying for him for I guess about a year or two now (this year has been crazy busy and if I’m being honest, I’m not sure just how long it’s been since I really started praying for this mine I will call my own), and as time goes on, I’m trying harder and harder to trust in the Lord every day that He will bring my husband to me when the time is right. But as the year has gone on and I’ve felt more and more the longing for someone to call my own in the way of a lifemate, it’s been harder to trust that God will bring the man He wants for me (His First Choice for me, as I like to say). The devil has been throwing obstacles at me as well, in the form of distractions of other men who I know in the deepest part of my heart and mind are not my husband and the desire to just date again (it’s been nearly three years since I’ve dated someone). I’ve got a wonderful spiritual family in my sister and best friends who are amazing support for me in this, and one of my best friends who leans heavily towards the gift of prophecy has warned me of these distractions and to be careful, has warned me that before I can be with the man I will call Mine I must overcome his influence (which I’ve steadily been working on by focusing on God and our relationship). He has also let me know that he’s very certain of who this man is, and that our time will come sooner than I likely think. Everything that he has said aligns with what God himself has revealed to me and while I’m happy about who he most likely is (trying also to trust that between what my friend has told me and what I’ve heard and seen that this man is indeed my intended), it’s also very difficult because it makes it harder to not focus so much on him. It is also difficult because this is a person that I’ve been praying for since I met him several years ago, someone who is a dear friend and whose struggles I’ve witnessed and prayed for and someone who has just been on and in my heart since before I ever even entertained the idea of a relationship with. He is also someone who I’ve battled romantic feelings for for at least four years and a man who is almost always in a relationship with someone else (as he is now). And while I am genuinely very happy for him and his girlfriend who seem to be very happy with each other, it is difficult for me sometimes to avoid thinking of him as mine when he is not yet that and to avoid thinking about the fact that my prophetic friend told me that he has a strong feeling that sometime after December of this year, this man and I will be together (he has no specific time, just after this year, presumably sometime next year). And with his history of jumping from one girl to the next, it’s hard to not wonder and worry if my prayer to God that neither he or I will date anyone else before finding each other as lifemates is heard and will be put into action.

    So, after that novella of text, I don’t know exactly what kind of prayers I’m asking for. Contentment with my relationship with God, I think. And trust that He will do as He says He will and as He has revealed to my friend and I. Protection from these distractions of longing and of other men…
    Most of all though, I would ask you to pray for him–my future husband. I ask that you pray prayers of protection from the enemy over him, that you pray for him to come fully to God and accept that he is a prince of the One True King. That he is worthy and loved by God, that he is more than he thinks he is and that he doesn’t need the false fulfillment of romantic relationships with anyone (even and especially me) to fill the hole that still lingers and reopens inside him. I ask that you pray for his healing from every lie that’s been told to him by others, himself, and the devil. I ask that you pray for the healing of his depression and anger. Please pray for him to find peace in the Lord and for understanding. I would also ask that you pray for him to receive a little insight as to God’s plan for his life: he has felt the calling of ministry and in the past has even begun to sought the course of being a pastor before turning away from it for whatever reason (again to the prophetic friend–he has dreams and hopes of starting ministries and a church with this man you and I are praying for, as well as my sister’s ex-and-hopefully-to-be-again-husband).
    Please pray for whatever is on your heart to pray for, and thank you for taking the time to read and pray for him/me/us.

    And Karina, again, thank you for your message. Clearly I received it at just the right time.

    • Wow Kat! That is a lot to deal with! I understand the single season.

      Father, You are our hearts desire, more than people, position, titles and circumstances. Fix Kat’s eyes on You and all that You have purposed for her. May she run with full abandon toward You and your promises. You alone are the prize. You alone are her source. You will work every other thing out according to Your will and Your desire. May she lean into Your presence and into Your leading. You are good and faithful. May she listen for your direction. May she walk in wisdom and confidence of Your purposes for her. May she not lean on her own understanding. May she trust You at every turn even when the way and timing is unclear. In Jesus’ name.

  23. I understand this and feel like I am in a middle of chaos myself. We had just purchase a home in a neighborhood we loved, good schooling for the children and the neighbors actually wave at one another. This was last month and this month, just a week ago, my job may be on the line. My boss and one of her colleagues had been let go. I am merely an Admin Asst. supporting these Executive level at a hospital and to think if they can let these folks go, they certainly will have no problems letting me go as well. But I know God’s got a plan for me and although I do not see it, I will choose to have faith even knowing how little faith I am having. Jesus said that as long as we have the faith of a mustard seed, that is sufficient. Thank You for sharing this story at this needed time and Thank You Lord for loving me through all the different seasons of this life.

    • Maylee, I am praying for you; prayers for trust in the Lord, for confidence that He will do what is best for you and your family, and peace in this time of waiting in the unknown.
      Speak to your circumstances as Karina has done, and find comfort in the Word of the Lord. Spend time with him daily, and each day, offer again your life to Him. Put yourself and your family in His hands, and trust that He will take care of you in the way that He sees fit and that no matter what happens, He will see you and your family blessed so long as you are faithful and trusting in Him.

    • Jesus, You are our Provider. It brings you great delight to provide for us. You know every need of Maylee before it even exists. You know her needs better than she does. Go before her and make a way where there seems to be no way. I pray Your will over her situation. Do what You know is best. Your plans are far better than our own. May she lean into Your ways and Your timing. It’s good and perfect!

  24. Sounds like we have similar temperaments. Earlier this year when I was reading Ephesians I realized that “to Him, Who is able to do far more abundantly than we can ask or think” meanshe can do more than my analytical mind can figure out!! This has helped me as I go through a season of change where I cannot figure out the future.

  25. Karina, I’m praying for you. With the paralyzed man, Jesus spoke “Son your sins are forgiven you” And ‘go pick up your mat and walk.’ But, when I think about it more, it doesn’t mention the conversations the paralyzed man had with his friends, it doesn’t mention the paralyzed man’s faith, but it does mention the faith the paralyzed man’s friends had by opening up the roof to lower him down to Jesus when they saw they could not get through. They weren’t hampered by the circumstances of the seemingly impossible, and it was impossible for the paralyzed man to do this for himself. He needed his friends help. So I/we can be the ones who hold you up Sister Karina, and pray for you and speak life and interceding for you before Jesus. It’s an honor and a privilege. Joanne

  26. Karina,
    I love your honesty amid your trials. I love that you still trust God, regardless of the uncertainty. And I love that you (in) courage while “going through.” That is a sign of a grounded relationship with God and a faith that surpasses all understanding. I know you struggle. My friend is struggling through the same ordeal. It is my prayer that in those times where you feel less strong, that you find comfort in the fact that we are praying for you. Be eternally Blessed.

  27. Sweet sister, I will pray for you. I know exactly what you mean that you can’t seem to turn your thoughts, anxiety, worries, etc. to the off position. My family is broken after divorce of a 30 year marriage. My children don’t communicate. It is something that is in my constant thoughts. I was a stay at home mother for 30 years and am working for the first time at my age. It is so hard. I have prayed for the last year and a half since the divorce for a reconciliation of my marriage and family. God has revealed to me in His own ways that restoration is coming. I know I have learned so much about life through this trial. This mountain is huge and only through Him can it be moved. It is so hard to just turn off those thoughts when we are living in the problem on a daily basis. Praying for God to surround you with His comforting angels and guard you until you can resolve a steady and normal life again.

    • Judy,
      Lifting you up in prayer. My parents divorced after 40 years of marriage 23 years ago. At that time, there was such great division between myself and my siblings and my parents. Amazingly, God brought our family back together. ( My parents remained divorced but God healed the relationships) I pray that God gives you strength and peace which He has promised. Will keep you in my prayers.

      Vicki

    • Thank you Judy!

      Father, move as only You can. You are the only the mender of all things broken and the lifter of our heads. Be Judy’s strength, peace and direction. You are good and faithful. Continue to be good to her and bring good out of this situation. In Jesus’ Name.

  28. Karina,

    Prayers for God to bring a sweet peace to your soul! Thank you for encouraging us in the midst of your trial!!

    I was up against a mountain of aging parent dementia. It was tough, but like you said through the diligent prayers of myself, family and friends we have over come this mountain. In fact God showed me a miracle in all this and gave him back to me. He is now 91 years young.

    Blessings 🙂

  29. My 4 year old granddaughter was admitted to the hospital today. She has too much protein in her urine which is a nephrotic syndrome with her kidneys probably caused by a sinus infection. Her body and face has gotten puffy. Even though she is on steroids it got worse over night. So they put her in the hospital to give her diuretics. My daughter is with her and just finishing up her steroids for poison ivy! They both have a good attitude and my brave little granddaughter has handled it well. Praying for the renal team of doctors to correctly diagnose. Praying for some sleep for both of them and above all praying for healing for this little one. I can’t be there as we live far away. Many fb friends are praying. I just feel like the more people who lift her up to our Lord, the better! Thank you.

    • Cathy! Thank you for sharing!

      Jesus, I speak healing to that precious little girl. I speak to every body part to align the way God intended it to function. I speak wisdom to every doctor. Bring revelation and direction. You are a faithful Father. You are good! In Jesus’ Name.

  30. Katrina,
    Your post is truly inspirational….you are a true inspiration! I so much admire you for trying to battle with these tough questions of faith and stay connected to your faith community during such an incredibly difficult time….I can’t even imagine what you are going through! My heart goes out to you and you are for sure in my prayers along with all others affected by the hurricane.

    I too have gone through very serious whirldwind crises in my life (not involving physical storms but storms of other kinds) where I have felt much of what you describe–I so relate to it all! Everything you said about faith, doubt, and questions really rings familiar to me….but your advice about how to keep believing no matter what…that is so, so good and necessary, as I too have found. God is indeed big enough for all our questions and confusion and is, as you say, good all the time, and faith can of course be strengthened through the trials. Praying for you and your loved ones, and in awe of your faith!

    Sending lots of love, blessings, and hugs your way!

    • Thank you Barbara! You’re so kind!

      What a great testimony of God’s love and grace you’ve experienced! Continue on in your devotion to the Lord as He continues in His faithfulness to you.

  31. I am seeing all this for the first time this morning as I did not even get on my computer yesterday. Thank you Karina for your very encouraging words, as you yourself are passing through a very difficult time, you reach out to encourage others. May that encouragement come back to you 100 fold! I am praying for you and for all who have commented here today. As I read the comments I am struck by the number of Christian women (and that’s just the ones who comment here…how many more are there who don’t comment or even see this?) who are experiencing so many of the same battles in the mind and soul, though circumstances are different, yet I hear their hearts’ cry as I lift up my own cry to the Lord. Lord Jesus, so many of Your daughters! I, too, am going through probably the hardest season of my life and it seems endless. Way too much to even begin to describe…..indescribable!!! But I am holding onto the Lord the best I can, confessing His word, His promises to me and believing that He is holding onto me and won’t let me go. He has been faithful to bring me through so much in my life…..I will be 70 next month. I am just so very tired and want so much to be free to live, love and laugh again, to be a help & encouragement again to others. I pray, Lord Jesus, that the very things that we have suffered and are suffering that You will use as a platform for the display of Your splendor…..that much fruit will abound….that You will turn it all around and use it all for good (Romans 8:28)…..that one day we will understand Your purpose in it all…..that we will no longer see the backside of the tapestry of our lives with all the knots, mistakes, tangles,……but the beautiful finished front side and how You wove it all together as a beautiful tapestry. In the meantime…..trusting in the dark…..knowing that darkness is as light to You (Psalm 139:11,12)…..though it may be (and is) very dark to us at times, You are with us, will NEVER leave us nor forsake us, You ARE the Light and You WILL see us through these valleys….and not just to survive, but to thrive! I heard the Lord say to me a few months ago that the valleys are the fruitful places! I share with you all some encouraging words of our Lord in Isaiah 61 – “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor (glory).” So, I pray this day also for my sisters, the old hymn…..Higher Ground….Lord, lift me up and let me stand, By faith, on heaven’s tableland, A higher plane than I have found; Lord plant my feet on higher ground. So be it Lord, for each one of us, Your daughters! The Lord’s blessings and love to each and every one of you! In Jesus’ Name!

    • Just AMEN Donna! I receive your blessing!!!

      Praying God’s supernatural peace and joy over you. Holy Spirit speak wisdom and direction to her soul. Thank You Jesus for Your Word and promises!

      • Thank you Karina so very much for your prayers! The Lord bless you over and abundantly more than you can ever imagine or even think! ALL glory be to God, our Lord and Savior, JESUS!!!

  32. Karina, I will take all the prayers I can get, and I will pray for you and your situation as well.

    My mountain is figuring out what is next in my life. I have taught 4th grade for the past 9 years and recently resigned after I moved and knew I needed to make a change in my life. To be honest, I didn’t leave teaching with a plan or a dream job in mind. But, the problem is that I have no idea what’s next. Prayers regarding this would be so appreciated!

    • Lori, thank you for sharing!

      Holy Spirit lead Lori into all truth. She may not have a plan, but You do. You know the end from the beginning. May she lean into mystery and trust that You know best. Open her ears to hear Your voice. May she she follow where You lead willingly and joyfully. In Jesus’ Name.

  33. Putting Face to my prayers for those dealing with the flooding is good. I am thankful tonight for a God who provides, way better than we can ask or imagine. I know He will not fail you. you are right on in your ways of dealing with this. God provide rest tonight and peace and courage. Help her remember Joshua 1:9 and lean into you. Surround her with your precious protection and care. thank you for your answers!

  34. I am navigating relationship challenges. Please pray that we are able to move forward in a positive manner.

    • Jesus, guide Elizabeth into all truth. You are the mender of all things broken. You bring revelation and restoration. Bring healing and wholeness. Let her follow you with wisdom and boldness. I pray forward direction. May she not look to or hold on to the past. You are doing a new thing! In Jesus’ Name!

  35. This is such a blessing to read, I have been battling with my Faith for a while now. We are involved in a custody battle for a nearly 5 year old that we have had since he was 11 months old. Long story short, he is not our biological grandchild, but his mom and step dad signed custody over to us 3 years ago, 2 years ago his biological dad decides he wants him and the lawyer is telling us the Judge will probably give him custody. This guy has never lifted a finger to support his child, we have done it all and the thought of losing him has been tearing us apart and destroying this little boy that already is dealing with “why mommy not come back?” and now “why you want me to go live at daddy’s?, I don’t want to go to daddy’s, daddy needs to go away” We are trying to help him understand, but he thinks we don’t want him! This terrifies me for his mental health….Anyway, we go to court November 2nd, so please remember us and our precious little boy