Thursday, December 11, 2008


This has been an eventful year....looking back I realize that a lot has happened:

*Kyo and Corri got together on the 1st and now they are engaged

*I graduated college

*My best friend, along with 6 other friends (thus far- 3more to go) have gotten married.

*My sister moved back to SC

*I moved to Oregon

*I started working more than full time

*I have seen where I will be living for the next few years

*I got engaged to the most wonderful man on the face of the earth

*Got plugged into a life changing church and small group

*Saw history being made as Obama became our 1st black President

*Have seen our economy at it's worst state since the Great Depression

*No longer have an automobile

*Started writing a book

I know a lot more has happened too. Those items stick out to me. I am excited to see what 2009 will bring. Yesterday I heard about what it could potentially look like, and I pray (according to His will, that’s what it is).

A lot has changed in 2008, but a lot has stayed the same. I head home in a few weeks. I am excited, but at the same time I am not looking forward to some conversations I am going to have. I know I serve a mighty God who is in control of everything and I am so thankful for Him.

Speaking of Him....I felt God called me up here to be a witness to him in a city where many do not know Him. I have been disappointed in my lack of 'evangelism' with non believers. I have been praying He would open up conversations with non believers, but instead it has seemed like I keep meeting believers instead. Today, the epiphany came: the subtle witness. While I was talking with my Bus driver, Curtis (a fellow believer) we were talking about our walk with God. He was sharing about his struggle and how God is faithful to step in. Though I realized that the conversation was between us, other people on the bus were listening (mainly because Curtis has excellent voice modulation) and seeds are being planted. People know I am a Christian and are hearing about how it is affecting my life. People know that Curtis is a believer by his joy and outward conversation about it. He carries his duct taped, beat up bible with him in his vest and wears a Jesus bracelet. He is great. So this morning I decided that Curtis and I will have to continue having our louder conversations about our faith. Seeds will be planted AND we won’t be shoving it on anyone, they will just be hearing about the real life affect a walk with God can have on a person. :)


The Future Mr. and Mrs said...

you had not told me about the fellow bus passenger who looks like my fiance. That's hysterical. If you strike up a convo with him and its not ackward, you should get his pic. As a totally side random note, I miss your cartoons. You wrote some really great ones in anthropology and debate. That is all :)

Ange said...

This is a really great and insightful post, I love your honesty. It's always a bummer to have those difficult conversations, but I really believe God grows us in that process. I feel like the more tough conversations I have, the easier yet more difficult they become. Does that make sense? God is growing you into a beautiful lady Emily not-for-too-much-longer-Barrett...