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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, this made me cry. Thank you so much for sharing your hard. I related to so much if it. Thank you for the encouragement & insight on how to navigate these hard seasons. Man, I feel seen. Thank you, thank you.

    • Thank you so much Krista for reading! You are very welcome!

      Praying that the Lord meets you in your hard seasons with His love and grace as you praise your way through.

  2. I often withdrawal because I feel like my story is the same as it has been for so long. I’m convinced that others are tired of me uttering the same thing. I withhdrawl because they need a break from me.

    As someone who has fought, and tries to fight a long very dark path of severe depression, anxiety, paranoia and phobias it is suffocating.

    • Tracy, I will be praying for you. I know how hard it is not being able to climb out of that pit. I eventually had to go to the doctor and get on medication that has helped tremendously! God is so faithful and often speaks to me through songs that help lift my spirit.

    • I’m so sorry Tracy! That is super hard. May you raise loud shouts of praise! He will be near to your broken heart. May you cast your every burden on Him. He has strong arms and can handle anything. Rest in His light burden and easy yoke.

  3. Thank you for encouraging me before I enter the stressful day! This will help keep my mind focused on my “very present help”..whom I desperately need to get through the day.

  4. Thank you, Karina. I am wiping away the tears as I write this because this touched me…..this is so me, as well. I thank you for the insight—-it is refreshing to my soul. Bless you!

  5. Thank you Karina, thank you. I too try to live on that island. I encourage everyone else and rob others the blessing of encouraging me, including God. My prayers are for others, not myself. Lord, please help me to reach out to you for me, I know that I am nothing without You!

    • Amen Catherine! Praying that you let others into your hard seasons. May all of you be blessed by being there for each other. May you let God into your pain. He longs to meet your every need.

  6. Karina – Thank you for sharing your talented writing and your wisdom. Also for being venerable. Your words touched deep in my soul. Inspiring and thought provoking. Time to get out of my own way and let God lead. PS. We share the same last name. 🙂

  7. This mirrored my own life journey for the past two years. Thank you for sharing and reminding me I am not alone. God has lifted me out of the pit in recent months and continually gives me encouragement through people like you. May God bless you.

  8. Oh my, if I didn’t know that you wrote this about yourself I would swear you were writing about me! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Hi
    Thank You for this. I feel this
    Way at Times! At 82 you would
    Think I would have figured out
    Why I feel this way.
    It’s Good to know that I’m not
    The only one!
    God Bless!

  10. Karina,

    It can be hard at times to open up about our problems. When we find a trusted friend, co-worker or family member & talk things out with them suddenly we find a sweet release. We allow them to encourage & pray for us. Sure we all want to be independent. But God didn’t make us that way. He wants us in community. He expects us to interact with others & do life together. We are not an island. When we isolate ourselves it gives the devil a foothold into our lives. He makes us believe lies- “you’ll never get over this, no one else care about your problems, etc.” That starts the domino effect that can lead to depression. We all need to find community even if it is just one or two other people. Please find trusted friends, coworkers & talk with them. Let them encourage & pray for you.

    Blessings 🙂

    Praying for you & your health issues. Asking God to help you find good medical help. (Hugs)