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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,
    Any dream He has given me needs to align with His word that stands the test of time…so true. My blog, which is entitled “Walking Well With God” now needs to become Waiting Well With God. God is taking me on a new and exciting adventure. Me, being eager, wants everything to happen right now. God, being God, is telling me that I’m going to have to wait. Why would something that will benefit so many in need take time? I’m not sure…this is where I am really having to trust God and His perfect timing. He’s stretching my patience and trust muscles. I can’t see how and when this all pans out…but He does. What I DO know is that God is good and He is faithful. On those facts alone, I trust the future in His hands. He’s got this and right now I need to wait well on God. Great post!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Thank you Bev!

      Yes, my timing and His are rarely the same thing. Ha! But, he is God. I try to remind myself that He knows the end from the beginning and I most certainly don’t. He is good and faithful.

      Let’s you and I wait well! I can’t wait to see all the dreams come to life for his glory!

  2. Thank you for this encouragement. God is right on time using your words to minister to me. I’m I thee midst of waiting for a life transition to conclude and I desire to honor God by waiting well. It is so hard not to rush and do what I want.

  3. Sometimes I’m not the most patient person but trusting in Him sure helps make the wait easier.

    Thank-you for reminding us Karina that,

    “God is right on time.”

    Penny

  4. Karina,
    I have no choice but to wait for one of the promises God has made me. The other dream, I’ve waited now going on 8 years. During those eight years I’ve learned a lot, and gained life experience. If I would have had my ‘”druthers”, I would have skipped the life experience because at times it was extremely painful. But, the pain has purpose on many levels. I need to learn from it, and others will learn too.
    Blessings,
    Joanne

    • Joanne, I love that! If I had my choice I would skip all of my life experiences too! Ha! God loves our process. He loves who we are becoming. That concerns Him more than the outcome. Hang in there. He is working all things together for your good and His glory. Trust Him at all costs. I’ve learned that all that we go through eventually becomes encouragement for those around us. There lies our ministry and testimony.

  5. Today I was thinking about a trait I have that I would like to change. I have had this trait for a good portion of my life and it has been known to drive my family and others crazy. To be honest, it has driven me crazy at times. The trait I am speaking of is patience….I don’t have a lot of this. Most of my life, I have looked at time as 2 ways…my time and everyone else’s time. Usually my time is faster than everybody else’s. Which means I want everything done in my time. Over the years, I have had to learn that not everyone follows my time and they can get pretty upset with me about it. I have learned to adjust and go along with someone else’s time frame even though inside I can hear myself saying, “could we get started now? This is taking too long.” In recent years I have found my patience severely tested when I am waiting on God. It seems God’s time doesn’t match mine either. When I pray to God and ask for something, I want it now. However, God has other ideas of when and if I should receive what I asked for. So I am trying to remember that God knows my journey better than me and that when the time is right, He will give me what I need. It will be in His time not mine. So I must have patience…easier said than done.

    • Ellen, I completely understand!

      Praying God will strengthen your patience. I try not to get ahead of His timing. I don’t ever want it to take 40 years for God to fulfill my dreams. Ha! Believing your process will continue to make you more like Christ. Know that He is so patient with you and delights in you so.

  6. Karina, such a beautiful post. I got a “wait” answer to one of my dreams recently. That answer is hard to accept sometimes, isn’t it? But, as you said, and as God frequently reminds me, His timetable is the best. And in the waiting, I can still pursue Him, and follow where He leads me. Thanks for the reminder about the importance of keeping “my” dreams aligned with His words.

    • Jeanne, thank you for sharing!

      “Wait” is a terribly hard word for me! But He says it to me often! I’m learning that He is more concerned with who we are becoming more than the outcome. Praying that we learn to wait well in hope and expectation and trust.

  7. Oh the waiting!! I’ve been there with pregnancy, ministry job change, kids in hard seasons… And currently waiting on so much. Thanks for taking us girls back to truth because He has gone before and our waiting isn’t His first rodeo!

    • Jenny, thank you for reading and sharing

      I’m leaning into the truth that He knows the end from the beginning. I’m learning to live out of rest in His sovereignty. Praying that over you as well sister!

  8. Restoration of our marriage and healing addictions.
    I’m struggling with waiting for Gods timing. It’s been 2 years since I came back to my husband and marriage, and nothing changed he’s still using and is a high functioning addict. He said, we could be happy while he’s still using. But I have ups and downs, because of the secerts my husband keeps. I get angry and frustrated and arguments start. I’m starving for his attention and he keeps so busy with work and at home. I’m in Relational truma at times. My faith in God is the only thing that brings me out of the cycle of the anger, and a few trusted friends.

    • Sherrie, my heart breaks for you.

      Know that you are so precious and so incredibly loved by God. He has such good plans for you and desires for you to be whole, healthy and cared for. He delights in you. I pray that you will find some time and get alone with the Father and listen for His voice. May you hear Him clearly and willing be obedient to His direction.

      Believing for a bright future for you!!! Blessings!!!

  9. “I can pry doors open that He never intended to open, and I can close doors that He wanted me to walk through.”

    Karina,

    I’m there right now. I think I’m prying open many doors to see if they’re from God because his voice is foreign to me. A door is open to me right now that I’m not sure God wants me to walk through. He has me on a path that is so confusing to me that I’m not sure I’m as patient as I thought I was.

    I love the end of psalm 130. It’s diffinitely needed right now. 🙂

    • Amen Julia!

      I pray that you steal away with Jesus and spend some time with Him. Cultivate an ear to hear Him clearly. He longs to speak mysteries, revelation and direction to you. He cares about every detail of your life. He longs to meet your every need and bring you into your next place of promise. Trust Him wildly.

      Be blessed!!!

  10. Karina,
    Patience is a trait/virtue that was in short supply in my life. I say was because God is teaching me to learn patience while dealing with my aging dad’s health issues and managing his finances/paperwork. His timing is never my timing. I seem to want what I want now-fast!! He is teaching me the art of waiting for good things.
    Blessings 🙂

  11. As I read all the comments and let the words of God examine my heart, convict and correct me, I’m reminded of Matthew 6:33 (But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you) and I can see how my desires are getting in the way of now, distracting and stealing my focus.

  12. Starting a 6 week study on wait lifting, the study of waiting. Thank you for this insight which I will share with my sisters. BTW there is a typo in the 3rd paragraph. It should be desert, and it is dessert. I hate spell check. Blessings always. Agape!

  13. Karina – this post is beautiful! I absolutely love the outline you shared here. Particularly dialoguing honestly with God and confessing sins. There is such freedom and growth in this process which equips to trust His timing more. Thank you for this! I love your heart and zeal.

  14. Karina, this is so timely for me. I am just barely on the other side of almost quitting. Somewhere along the way, I believed the lie that obeying God meant quick and easy. Some great (and painful) refining is going on in the waiting. I am choosing to believe the truth. Thank you for your encouragement!

    • Kelly, I’m so sorry it took me so long to respond!

      I am so glad that the Lord met you in these words! The in-between is so hard and trying but I know that the other side is worth the wait. Hold on to the hope of Christ. He cares more about who we become in the process more than the outcome. Lean into the becoming. Lean into the good that awaits you. Stand on truth. Know that God won’t ever fail you. He is beyond faithful!

      Thank you for sharing!!!!