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38 Roots and wings and then SOAR!

IMG_20151228_072602132Stockings are an abundantly fun occurrence for our family at Christmas–filled to the brim with cool stuff. My stepdad enjoys finding the perfectly suited magazine for each of us and this year was no exception.  I ended up with Small Room Decorating.

When I finally opened it up, I couldn’t have been more pleased (and encouraged) with the title of the Editor’s letter, “make tiny spaces soar.” What a great inspiration to take into the New Year!

(Photo: Also featured and right in line with Bird’s-eye View by Karin–a hummingbird cookie cutter from my mom and a small cutting board and knife from one of my sisters.)

I guess this post fits two of my three main blog categories– “HOME:studio living” and “DEVOTION: Jesus speaking.”

The last couple of years I’ve really anticipated and then camped out on the personal Psalm reading I end up with on December 31 and January 1, as I always align the calendar date with the Psalm number (so I don’t loose track). I guess this reading is significant because (a.) I have it two days in a row and usually repetition with the Lord carries some weight and (b.) it’s the Psalm that ends a year and begins another. And sometimes, my personal Psalm reading aligns with my 1-year Bible reading, which happened this year, and as of 12/31/15 and 1/1/16, I have…(drumroll please…) Psalm 1.

“I will delight in the law of the LORD, I will meditate day and night,
then like a tree firmly planted I’ll be, grounded in the Word.
Blessed is the one, who follows the way of the Lord, blessed is the one.”
(Worship song version)

Sally Lloyd-Jones says, “home is the place you set out from.”  So in 2016, I believe the Lord wants to make sure the Bible (His very voice!!) is my home base, and that it will be from this rooted and grounded place, where He would then love to see me soar into the wild blue yonder……….

Now doesn’t that seem like a good and faith-filled flight plan?

PSALM 1:1-6



Caught up in CHRISTmas (week 4)

…that’s how I’m praying it will be.

“…come and behold Him…”

bright and morn. star mammoth


December 2015–Week 4

10“then the angel said to them (the shepherds), ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”  Luke 2:10, 11

Statement of Faith:
“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‘let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the lord has made know to us.” Luke 2:15

13“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”  Luke 2:13, 14


(Note: I’m in Mammoth right now for Christmas. This photo happens to be Mammoth 2010.)








Star and palm trees- Balboa islandBefore my walk around Balboa Island this evening (12/3), I was working on a Scripture card to go in the Christmas care packages our church is putting together for our missionaries. (Our graphic this year is a star against the sky.)

“The true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.”
John 1:9 (NIV)

I guess someone could say (or I could think), “you sure spiritualize things…”, but the truth is, the Creator of all things can use anything to get our attention or confirm something in His Word…to let us know that He really does see us and hear us and care for us…

Jesus, Immanuel, translated “God with us”.

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 Unconditional List

In writing my HOME: studio living — post #23 two days ago, I was trying to be cute when I said something along the lines of “needing to tell the truth so I stay on Santa’s Nice List.” Well, later that night through one of my Jon Courson daily devotionals, the Lord took the opportunity to sweetly remind me of the list He has me on. (click on the photo to see better)God's Love J.C. Devo.


#22 Reflecting on my seasons with thankfulness…

The planter on my porch reminds me of different memories from this past year. And my strawberry plant in all its fruitful glory points to the last month of this year to be celebrated–Christmas.

100MEDIA$IMAG2145I could seriously have a license plate devotional ministry. I come across cool ones like this all the time!

This car was parked across the street from my home. 11 was my number in volleyball and I’m definitely about reaching for the stars.

Jon Courson says something along these lines, “…If I’m not heavenly minded, then I’m no earthly good”, which I’m thinking is probably inspired by the New Testament book of Colossians.

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3 (NIV)

Yes, I am reminded that this life has nothing on eternal life, except that I must journey through it with Jesus Christ in my sights–“The Bright and Morning Star”, living life and loving others as He did, and also remembering a perfect, “beyond description” heavenly home awaits.