This interview spotlight is for all women who are seeking to inspire and motivate other women to pursue their passion. We want to hear real stories from people we can relate to and learn from. Hope you will be inspired, encouraged and motivated by what they will be sharing. This week we caught up with Karin Williams.
Hie Karin, Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hey! I’m Karin and I’m newbie christian singer songwriter. I’m originally from the Caribbean and have been residing in the UK for about 16 years now. By day, I work as a webmaster for a French company.
How did you come to know Jesus Christ and can you briefly share your Christian Journey with us?
I was raised Seventh Day Adventist and I kinda went through the motions for a long time as a good Adventist girl but it finally became more real for me when I did my year abroad in my third year of university. There was no one to tell me what I had to do anymore and I had to choose. I chose Jesus and bit by bit my knowledge of Him became less intellectual and more experiential.
What is your significant life bible verse?
There are so many depending on where I am and what’s going on. The one right now is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the thoughts I think towards you, saith the Lord. Thoughts of peace and not of evil. To give you an expected end.”
What have been some of your joys and greatest challenges as a young christian woman living in this generation?
One of my biggest challenges as a young christian woman has been finding the balance between learning to live as a woman of principle who has standards. Letting people know that can be tricky because it can lead to them treating you differently or even disliking you because they don’t understand your desires or choices. Sometimes you can be misunderstood. My Joys have been learning and appreciating God’s love and care for me as His child. Seeing how God shows me love and attention warms my heart over and over again 🙂
Can you share some key lessons that God has taught you or that God is teaching you in this season of your life?
In this season, God is teaching me to trust His plans for my life. That is why Jeremiah 29:11 is so important to me right now. He’s also teaching me to look after myself. Sometimes we find ourselves in toxic situations where we feel like the very life-force is being drained from us and we stay there because we think God has put us there to “make a difference” or because “it’s a spiritual warfare” and we have to gain the victory. You know what? Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes, for the good of your own health, mental, physical, and spiritual, we just need to let. it. go. and place ourselves instead in a place where we can hear God’s voice and learn from Him what He would have us to do! Plans of PEACE!
What is your life work or passion? Or what you currently doing?
So this is an interesting question. I have two passions in life (so far), Language and Music. Language is my first love. Anyone who knows me knows this. It’s what I studied and is now a big part of what I do as a job. I speak French and Spanish (I’d love to learn all the languages out there!) I also just released my first EP (kind of like a short album) called Heartsongs. It’s a collection of 5 songs which I wrote and arranged under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
What is a day in your life look like/Can you give us a glimpse into your daily life?
When I wake up in the morning, I like to start the day with devotions and family worship. Spending time with God is oh so important. I then start the process of getting ready for work. Breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day. I always like to make sure I get a substantial breakfast. I never miss it! After work activities vary dependent on the day and what I have going on at the time. I try to get practice time in, time with my family and time with my fiancé. I like to spend some more time with God before bed so I reach for my Bible and do some reading, asking God to teach me something new about Him. Life gets so busy and it’s hard to fit it all in but I try to keep to a regular schedule.
In the busyness of life how do you cultivate your spiritual growth as a young woman?
I think learning to listen to what God is saying to me as opposed to what I think He’s saying is key for me in my spiritual growth. To do that, I have to try my best to guard my time with God, whether that is through trying to get to bed on time so I can wake up on time, or taking time to reflect and talk with God.
As a musician what advice would you share with other young women who feel a desire to serve the Lord through music?
If God has given you that gift, use it. If He gave it to you, it’s because He wanted you to have it and use it. Another singer-songwriter told me once, “There are enough ears”. God has people who He wants you to reach but if you never put yourself out there, they will never hear the word He wants you to speak to them. Don’t make the mistake of trying to compare yourself and your style with any other singer out there or anyone else for that matter. Don’t try to sing like anyone else either. If God wanted two of them, He would have made two of them! Just do you, like God made you. Don’t try to have all the answers at once, just do what God places before you to do and walk through the doors He opens for you.
What are some ways the Lord has given you triumph in the midst of life’s challenges? And how would you encourage somebody else going through a challenging time in their life?
Lately, God has been teaching me the importance of living in the present and not allowing my past to control how I see where I am and my understanding of Him. God heals, and God restores. No matter what the difficulty is that you’re facing, He knows how to fix it and He knows how to deliver you. Healing and restoration is a process and you have to allow yourself to go through that process so that God can do what He wants to do in you. God never wastes our pain. It’s never for no reason. If you’re going through it, it’s because God wants to do something for you through it. So submit to the process and always go back to God whenever it gets too difficult. A lyric from one of my songs says “Bit by bit, day by day, God’s restoring you through His love and through His grace.” It’s true.
What advice would you give to a young woman who desires to go deeper in her relationship with Jesus Christ?
Learn to listen and be obedient to God no matter what the situation. Get to know Him through His Word and through prayer. Ask Him to reveal more of Himself to you and watch for His response. He won’t disappoint you.
What is your desire for the young women of our generation?
That we would all learn to be women of principle with high standards who aren’t ashamed to be who we are. Women who value themselves too highly to show everything that God gave them to everyone who wants to see. That applies physically and emotionally. Don’t give your heart to someone who doesn’t deserve it. God brought Eve to Adam. Eve didn’t go chasing him through Eden to get his attention!
Who inspires you and why?
My mom inspires me because she is a strong woman. She taught me not to depend on people to do things for me but also that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. I am who I am because of her.
Do you have any books or sermons that you recommend young women to read or listen to?
The Adventist Home, Steps to Christ, Patriarchs and Prophets by E.G White. I kissed dating goodbye, Boy meets girl by Joshua Harris. Nicole Parker’s sermons on Audioverse. She has a lot of material which has helped me a lot.
What are some of your favourite things?
Writing new songs! I love, love love when that creative spark begins to ignite. Recording demos. I could do this for hours on end. Translating and correcting text. Spending time with my nearest and dearest Butternut squash and carrot pie (I love food!)
What advice would you give your younger self?
Dream and dream big!
How can other women reach you or where can they find you online?