Hello. This is me… Karen Barnes.
In January 2012, after 6.5 years in Nashville, TN, we decided to take a leap of faith. I accepted a marketing job with International Justice Mission and we picked up our lives and moved to the N. VA/DC area. (Read Taking the Leap.) It has been a wild ride so far and filled with so many unexpected blessings. (Read He Said “Trust Me”). It is living up to my expectations that I would be challenged and stretched in just about every way possible.
More than at any other time in my life, I feel like my gifts, passions, and experiences are being melded together into a calling, but we’re never promised it will be easy.
This blog will give you a window in to what makes me tick. The things that fuel me. I used that phrase a while back and really liked it. I am finding more and more that these really are the things that fuel me.
I love to read, to travel, to try new foods and new adventures, but most of all I get really fired up about being an advocate for social change. For encouraging others in ways that we can all make a difference – right here in our backyard and around the world. God’s call to serve the “least, last, and lost” is unmistakable in Scripture.
I am married to my best friend & the love of my life and I am just trying to live out my life as Christ would lead me. Some days I do better than others.
One of my favorite quotes comes from the founder of World Vision, Bob Pierce. He said: “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” I pray that becomes my own personal motto.
“What if each of us decided with renewed commitment to truly embrace the good news, the whole gospel, and demonstrate it through our lives – not even in big ways, but in small ones? What if we each said to God, ‘Use me; I want to change the world’?”
-Richard Stearns, The Hole in Our Gospel
Here are a couple of my personal favorite blog posts I’ve written, to give you a place to start: