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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. Amen, Karina! I say yes to your question/ to Jesus. I really want to let “go of every thought that keeps me from experiencing this fullness and being wide open to adventure with Him.” As the oldest of four, I also strive to produce, often forgetting the amazing abundance that God has showered me with. May 2021 be a year of sitting at the feet of Jesus, getting to know and love him so much more. Thank you for sharing your joy today.

    • Thank you Gillian for sharing! I am believing that this year you will have the sweetest and most fun times with Jesus! He is so FUN and faithful!!!!!

  2. “Let us go on and take the adventure that shall fall to us” ~C.S. Lewis

    God was putting this nudge in my heart yesterday as I pondered his leadings in my life. When we leave our life to God’s plans, a divine adventure awaits us. 🙂

  3. Oh Karina, how I miss community, family, and hugs. Almost a year of staying home except to go to work. I too struggle with being silent, being still before God, loneliness – dreaming big and adventure with God – a challenge. I’m glad you experienced fun/community in ways you didn’t imagine – thank you for sharing how God orchestrated this. Blessings.

  4. I can really identify with this woman. I am the same way about getting up and getting to my chores. I can laugh and have fun to but I always seem to think I have to get so much done I don’t allow myself to be spontaneous and just go have some fun. My husband gets disappointed when I do this. I don’t want to do that but I always think I have to get things done first. He tells me we’ll get too old to do anything if I don’t change. We are both retired. This article really has opened my eyes. Thank you. It’s okay to stop and smell the roses and see the sights. Thank you for this great article.

  5. I’m so glad you accepted that invitation, Karina! Well done! I tend to be on the outside, during group activities. I try to join in, but always feel a bit alone. I will watch for opportunities, once we’re all vaccinated! Or maybe I’ll step out and invite.

  6. This was an inspiration for me to re-connect with my friends and to experience some laughter while we simply enjoy being with one another. Thank you.

  7. Karina,
    I can so relate to being a “human doing” instead of a “human being.” I look at the six years in which I was sidelined with six successive surgeries. There were many months in which all I could be was a blob on the sofa. It was in that season of forced rest God taught me just how much He loved me and desired to simply spend time with me. I was in His Word, talking with Him in prayer, and just being still in His presence. It was a real eye opener. God created all of us to be in relationship with Him – nothing else is required. I’m joining with you in seeking to revel in His goodness by enjoying the joys and pleasures He has put in front of me. There are no points awarded for always doing, earning, striving, and producing. Often, just being brings our Father pleasure.
    Great post!
    Bev xx

  8. Love, love, love this glimpse into your adventure!!!
    Life is difficult all by itself. We need not make it more so. I’m so glad you allowed yourself to enjoy the gifts God gives us through fellowship and community. It really is these times that gives us the stamina to continue on in our journey. God gives us everything else. All things work together. Keep on keeping on!!! God bless you dear sister.

  9. Karina,

    Happy you decided to take that trip. We all need to laugh, let go & enjoy life every now & then. Life is so hard & tension filled these days. Most people need to release some of that tension or they will “blow”. God created us to do good works, but He also wants a relationship with us. He wants us to be in community also. Make friends at church or work & do something with them every once in a while. God loves to see us smile & enjoying the splendor of His creation. For me that may look like walking outside, enjoying the mountain & nice weather. When tension hits the house I often start a pillow fight. It doesn’t take long for smiles to start showing up & hearts to be merry.

    In a book I read the author said “God freed us from the slavery of sin-sin of constantly doing/striving to give us a more full/abundant life in Him.

    Blessings 🙂