Quite the tale

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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?


“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.”


(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.







More joy


More JOY–How could I not include this other Scripture on joy, especially when I almost included it in “Joy Bringers”  and it appeared in my one-year Bible reading the day after “Joy Bringers” was published?

(Two versions below)

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:2-4 (NKJV-translation)

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 (The Message-paraphrase)

and MORE JOY— I recently discovered the song, “Joy of the Lord,” by Rend Collective and when I was on YouTube yesterday (Fri., Nov. 20) checking out their music once again, I thought to myself, “wait a minute, you just did a post on Joy and should share about this band and this song in a ‘P.S. post’.” If you play it and enJOY it :-), then I encourage you to buy it in support of these amazing artists.


AND EVEN MORE JOY found in a previous post “The reason to write

Joy Bringers

During the summer I went to Sherman Garden’s with my friend and while perusing the gift shop I came across the book, Garden Blessings. I randomly opened it to this jubilant poem entitled “Lilies”,

 “After the storm–
yellow lilies.
There you stand
holding a huge bouquet.
Mustard streaked petals
reaching back
wings flung wide.
Trumpeting courage
blowing jazzy joy.”


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This ode of triumph reminded me of my favorite little “Joy Bringers”–hummingbirds! The nickname was inspired by an email I received from a friend who was sick at home. She wrote, “BTW, while I’ve been home sick God has given me the joy of watching hummingbirds every single day! A little family has definitely moved in as there are more than one outside our sitting room window.”

“Joy Bringers” indeed. And because I’m always up for inserting a Scriptural word of encouragement, how about this one, “…do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

Another post about my visit to Sherman Garden’s: Garden of treasures




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!



Wonderful, wondrous, wonder

Earlier today I saw the media putting up a tweet from an ISIS supporter, maybe you saw it too. In it he says at one point to “Americans Dogs”, “you will see wonders.” His statement is rooted and wrought with dark evil and wickedness as has been displayed in the Middle East. When I think of wonders, as I did this evening, I think of the wondrous God of the Bible who does wonderful things that make me wonder. His wonders are rooted and wrought with goodness, justice, and righteousness.

In doing a word search on wonders, it most often appears in reference to when God delivered the Jews out of Egypt in the Exodus. Tonight, the Lord was faithful to bring to remembrance my Psalm reading from earlier today which states, “to Him alone who does great wonders, for his mercy endures forever…”  Psalm 136:4 (NKJV)

The link below is for a weekly show  where two pastors compare current world events to Bible prophesy. It’s amazing to see God’s predictions and promises coming to pass in our generation. They are wonderful warnings indeed.  Praying for Chattanooga and our Nation.


World News Briefing on www.hischannel.com


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.)

Free indeed

Lady Liberty- Balboa Island Walk(July 4th) The chorus of this song came to my lips as I looked at this photo from walking Balboa Island  this morning (I then did an online search). I had no idea it contained such verses…”In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea. With glory in His bosom, that transfigures you and me. As He died to make men holy, let us live/ die to make men free…Glory, Glory, Hallelujah…”

(Excerpt from The Battle Hymn of the Republic)


P.S. Harmonious to this hymn–this Old Testament Scripture on the Messiah, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound…”  Isaiah 61:1 (NKJV)


A garden of treasures

Today I had the opportunity of introducing my friend to Sherman Garden’s. After she left, I visited the gift shop and happened upon this book.

Devoion-sherman gardens-flight plans

Something familiar about this title…
“…when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to The Rock  that is higher than I…” (Psalm 61:2)
Yep, that’s the best view, looking through God’s lens of Truth for a clear perspective.

(Just some other photos from my the visit.)

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Devotion-sherman gardens-fernsDevotion-Sherman Gardens-coy pond


#35 When I seem stuck

studio-sink full of dishes

Sometimes, “doing the next thing” is as simple (or laborious) as tackling a sink full of dishes (hence the location of the signage) or as profound as taking a bold step of faith. Both need ongoing encouragement (and prayer)!

studio-encouragement at the sink





(I bought these lovely handcrafted signs through Hope and Stay. Check out her creations on Etsy. There are so many to choose from!!)


P.S. It’s kind of hard to see in the photo, but I stuck an antique “K” typewriter key inside the “O” in “GO!” Kind of personalizes the call to action, don’t ya think?