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Serving up hospitality

In preparing a “Year in Review” for WING Ministries (WING), I thought to include some hospitality highlights right here at Bird’s-eye View by Karin.

In 2015, two organizations stand out in particular, where I was able to serve the Lord and others with the mission of WING in mind–that is, to encourage generations of women to grow in their relationships with Jesus Christ and live godly lives, both biblically and practically, through one-on-one mentoring.

YOUNG WOMEN OF VISION–OC  (YWOV)

photo with YWOV girls
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo: I’m seated on the couch and overjoyed to be surrounded by these lovely ladies.)

Back in March, I spoke on hospitality at a YWOV monthly gathering for high school freshmen ladies and their moms. (It’s hard for me to believe that some of those moms were friends from high school and beyond–so totally sweet AND can I really be old enough to have friends with kids that age?!)

heart of hospitality

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every time I speak, the same prayer comes to mind, “Lord, open up your treasuries of word, thought, and verse.” In preparing for this topic, God was faithful to once again equip me for this time of sharing, and I too learned some new biblical and practical ideas through the message entitled, “Hostess with the Mostess, that is, Hostess with the Most High God…”

Quote from the message: “God created hospitality, and we see it in so many places throughout the Old and New Testament books of the Bible. It flowed from Christ-centered and others-focused hearts; it took place outdoors and indoors, and biblical examples of hospitality not only met a physical and emotional need, but more importantly, a spiritual need. God uses hospitality to draw others to Himself and to prepare the way for His teachings and message of love.”

 

GOOD STEWARD PROJECT (GSP)

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In January, the Good Steward Project was launched. Modeled after The Barnabas Group, I think GSP could be described as a Christ-centered community for “20- to 30-something” business men and women, where they can come and grow together professionally and personally and also apply their time, talent, touch, and treasure toward God’s Kingdom.

GSP banquet table

 

GSP table centerpiece

 

 

 

 

 

In participating in the early developmental stages of this organization,  I had the opportunity to head up the hospitality team. Serving in this capacity included contributing creative vision for the ambiance and logistics of food & beverage for our monthly gatherings (five of them).

It was in joining the other members of the GSP Advisory Board at our planning meetings and actual gatherings, that I saw a beautiful example of  the body of Christ at work. “…now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased”  (the apostle Paul, I Corinthians 12:18).

Tip: Check out this post entitled, Really Listening, on a takeaway I had from Dean Del Sesto, our keynote speaker at the GSP Gathering in July.

 

GSP Coram Deo

 

I heard this Latin phrase for the first time at our first GSP gathering and it just stuck with me, “Coram Deo: to live in the presence of God, under the authority of God, and to the Glory of God.” It makes we want to say, “in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

 

 

 

Quite the tale

tea box quote-a knights tale

This last week I was sipping my way through a box of Sleeptime and recalled that different quotes would appear on the boxes. Low and behold, what did I find? This great one (kinda mentoring related) by a poet who was made into a character in one of my all-time favorite movies.

Can you name the movie?

QUOTE #1:

“Chaucer: I’m a writer.

Wat: A What?

Chaucer: A wha-a what? A writer. I write, with parchment, and ink. Geoffrey Chaucer’s the name, writing’s the game. You’ve never read my book Tales of the Duchess? No? Well, it was allegorical.

Roland: Well, we won’t hold that against you, that’s for every man to decide for himself.”

QUOTE #2:

(The bad guy), “You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting. In what world could you possibly beat me?”

(Then the good guys at the end),

“You have been weighed.

You have been measured.

And you have absolutely…

Been found wanting.

Welcome to the New World.

God save you, if it is right that he should do so.”

 

(I will post the movie title with another quote in a day or two.)

Here’s another great line from a movie in my post Bon appetite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really Listening

This past Saturday at the Good Steward Project  (check out the group), we had the opportunity to hear from Dean Del Sesto (Chief Creative Officer, Breviti). One of the many take-aways for me was this quote on listening, “poor listeners hear themselves, average listeners hear the words, good listeners hear the issues, and great listeners hear the heart.” When it came to the table discussion time, it felt like I gave myself a personal “truth and dare”—1. how do I rate myself as a listener and 2.  why don’t you try and apply this newly acquired thought on listening to the conversations at your table. Let’s just say, I have room for improvement.

Later that night as I was doing my AM Bible reading before going to bed (yes, early morning alarms challenge my desired disciplines), Proverbs 20:27 stood out, The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inner depths of his heart.”

It reminded me how much I (and we as humans) need God’s help and power in loving others unconditionally and outside of ourselves (and this includes great listening.)

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.

 

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.