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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



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.


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.”



GSP candid table (2)








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?


“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.







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.






Never done this before (kind of random), but this year I gave myself a birthday card. I guess it’s because this image represents what I hope for in this next season of my life–blessing (rain), spiritual growth (a tree firmly planted, grounded in the Word), new works and refreshment (breeze through the window), knowing who I am in Christ/ a clean start everyday (white dress), loving relationships (heart), WING Ministries (bird), and fruit from past labors (beautiful blooms). I think she’s willing and ready.


But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” 
Mark 10:27


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.


My own bit of “WING in the Scriptures”

100MEDIA$IMAG1905“WING” in the Scriptures” happended for WING Wisdom and Bird’s Eye View today!

In my Psalm reading this morning, I came upon this footnote I had underlined for Psalm 16:1 (NKJV), “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.”

Whenever I come to this particular Psalm, I’m reminded of when my church’s women’s group went through The Inheritance, by Beth Moore. The theme verse for that particular topical study finds itself in Psalm 16:5,6, “O LORD, you are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.” (Sweet memories and lessons learned…I need to find that workbook and go over my notes!)