By Coshandra Dillard
LaGina Allen has a lot of good things to say about her husband, describing him as a selfless, hard-working, kind-hearted, and intelligent man with an old soul.
“He still gives me butterflies day and night,” Allen said. “We’ve had many obstacles to come our way, but no weapons have prospered. He is my soul mate and together we’ve got a purpose that God will use here on Earth if we, too, are willing.”
The 43-year-old has been married to James Allen, Jr. for 19 years and the couple first met in sixth grade.
“It’s feels great,” she said. “We’ve literally had to grow up together and are still growing.”
She wants other people to feel the same love and admiration for their spouses. She also understands–through many difficult experiences in her own marriage–that there are struggles couples will face. That’s why she created a ministry charged with helping married and engaged couples cultivate solid relationships.
A marriage seminar, featuring Kevin and Cetelia Bullard, of McKinney-based Marriage Works, is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at Glass Recreation Center, 501 W. 32nd St.
“God placed it in my heart along with the passion to see couples succeed,” she said.
A previous attempt at putting together a seminar for couples was met with fear that still lingers.
“I’m taking a leap of faith and being obedient to the call,” she said. “God continued to put it on my heart and wouldn’t let up.”
She added, “It was important to me because I long to see both husband and wife fulfill their call individually as well as collectively–to see them both happy and lacking in nothing; for them to see the strength in each other’s weakness.”
Allen said couples can expect a custom-made message for their marriage at the event.
“I believe they will receive something fresh and renewing,” she said. “There will be a Q and A session for all topics of concern and lots of engaging activities for each couple.”
The tone of the seminar reflects Allen’s religious beliefs. She said it’s important for couples to try a faith-based approach to fulfill a common goal and purpose.
“If we could only mature in Christ and mature mentally and unselfishly then we could make it,” she said. “We nurture it by sharing, by (showing) vulnerability, and by openness to the point of no return.”