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a special P.S. for my blog followers

When my blog got hacked on Memorial Day 2015 (ugh!), we had to shut it down which included deleting some widgets and plug-ins (I guess you could describe them as being kind of like behind the scenes blog apps). Anyway… It wasn’t until Bird’s-eye View by Karin was back up and running that I realized the place where one can sign up to receive my posts via email and my existing subscribers were gone (uhg)! Luckily (actually, praise the Lord), we were able to reinstall “Jetpack” which brought back you subscribers–yeh!

So, please note, that’s why you haven’t been receiving any emails from Bird’s-eye View by Karin and why you will be seeing a few new posts at the blog. Onward and upward–stay tuned!





Video footnotes:

1a.  “I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.”  Psalm 119:162 (NKJV)

1b. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

2. Tip: Looking to create some ambiance in your home? A candle lit fireplace (as seen in the video)  can be accomplished inexpensively by purchasing candles from the 99 Cents Only Store.

3. Check out HOME: Studio living–time to clean.

Okay…here goes…

 …the beginning of my vlog.

noun: vlog; plural noun: vlogs
  1. a blog in which the postings are primarily in video form.
    (definition from Google Search)


Video footnotes:

1. “Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees…” 
Genesis 16:13 (NKJV). One of my favorite names of God illustrating His caring nature.

2. A reason for Bird’s Eye View by Karin.

3. Check out the The Lens.




Post B-day sidenote:

So on my birthday I got this idea that I would post something to each category of my blog. The day of (5/8/14) I wrote and took pictures for DEVOTION: Jesus Speaking and HOME: studio living, but still need to compose a post for RELATIONSHIPS: kg loving. I actually have a title in mind (“Coming of age”) and a recent photo from when I spoke at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo CRU Women’s Retreat, but again, just need to write it. So I’m posting this aside as a way of holding myself accountable. We’ll see if that has any effect.

Looking back to see ahead

(Thoughts on Christian mentoring that I shared in an update for WING Ministries in July 2013 IMAG1361-1)

Hope–It was at the Closing Celebration for Horizon’s fourth WING Program, as I sat listening to each of the mentors and their young women share about their time together, that this insight came to mind.

A Christian mentor provides many things for a younger woman on her life’s journey: biblical knowledge and wisdom, prayer, encouragement, accountability, sweet friendship, and not the least of these, hope. When life inevitably presents times of distress, relationship challenges, loneliness, and the unknown, a mentor can minister through her remembering. She can pass onto her young woman a memory of a time when God was faithful to deliver, heal, comfort, supply, etc., and provide her young woman with hope to carry on. 

IMAG1360For Certain–In sharing at this same event, I based my encouragement on a word I had recently seen over and over while studying the Book of Acts—certain. Many times when an individual was introduced in the text, he or she was described as “a certain disciple” or “a certain man/woman.” The promising parallel I was able to draw for the mentors and young women was this: Similar to these individuals of the Bible, God was just as intentional with their mentoring relationship, pairing a certain older woman with a certain younger woman for a beautiful purpose only God could accomplish.


Onward and upward…

No U turn HummingbirdA few days after launching Bird’s Eye View by Karin (July 2013),   I went on vacation and stayed with a dear friend at her home. I couldn’t believe it when she gave me her address, “One Hummingbird.” When I arrived at my destination, this directional sign had a message for me as well.

I’m constantly amazed at the lengths God goes to in order to let me know that He sees me and loves me. Whether it’s giving me a deeper understanding of something I have read in His word, or in this instance, encouraging me in a step of faith (starting this blog was definitely going out on a limb), His communication is ever so sweet, strategic, and affirming.

So as it was written in the  WING Ministries year-end update entitled “Remember and Build”, Bird’s Eye View by Karin will continue into 2014 with the idea of being somewhat vulnerable, occasionally serious, and randomly amusing.

How comforting to know, that as I make my journey through this life, He is right there with me.


P.S. As much as He makes me feel like I’m His favorite, God’s eyes and ears and arms are wide open to all who would call on His name–Jesus.





The gift that keeps on giving–glitter!!

Special KI’m kind of excited about this post because it’s the first one in my blog category–Relationships: kg loving.

A few months back, WING Ministries had a prayer meeting and we made bookmarks with the Bird’s Eye View by Karin image for each attendee to take home. It was in creating these gifts that I discovered self-adhesive laminating sheets (Where had I been?! They can be bought from any office supply store).Bird's Eye View by Karin Bookmarks

As Auntie Karin to four nieces and three nephews, this newly discovered item became a perfect resource to have on hand.

Tip: In order to preserve (and somewhat contain) the one-dimensional glittery school projects, cards, gifts, holiday decorations, etc. which you make or receive from those you love, use self-adhesive laminating sheets (simple DIY project).

Glitter "K" So, this special valentine from my niece will not only continue to sparkle amidst my “K” collection, it will remind her and me (when she comes over and sees it on display) how much I treasure her.


Who inspired who

Creation inspires...







Inspired by creation










“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For you created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
Revelation 4:11

To think this same holy God desires to be in a close relationship with His Creation as a Father and a Friend. My heart is best expressed with what King David says in Psalm 139:6, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!”












Since the launch of Bird’s Eye View by Karin (July 31, 2013), the graphic for the blog has undergone seasonal changes and found its background in photos taken of a wall painted sunshine yellow and another one painted in shades of blue, a rusted tin roof, and a grey mantel shelf adorned with votive candle holders.




Where’s the Love?!

So here’s the question, “when is Karin going to post to RELATIONSHIPS: kg loving, the third category she mentioned at the launch of this blog?” I know, almost five months have gone by and you’d think by now I would have shared something about hospitality, being Auntie Karin, friendship, Christian mentoring…I actually have some ideas in the queue and some drafts that are almost complete. So keep checking out the other posts to HOME: studio living and DEVOTION: Jesus speaking and stand by for some love.