Saturday, December 31, 2011

20 Questions for 2011

20 Questions for a New Year’s Eve Reflection

1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?

~{RE}discovering God's heart and seeing how His hand has
& continues to redeem the broken pieces in my life

2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?

~Adjusting to life not being in full-time ministry and how I viewed myself

3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?

~2 part-time jobs where I can set my own schedule

4. What was an unexpected obstacle?

~I don't think this would be considered unexpected,
but the fact that I am still dealing with unclear chronic pain
for going on 3 years now has been an ongoing obstacle.

5. Pick three words to describe 2011.

~Redemption. Grace. Rediscovery.

6. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe your 2011
(don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your spouse sees you).

~Peace. Rest. Quiet.

7. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe their 2011 (again, without asking).

~Relaxation. Rest. Change.

8. What were the best books you read this year?

~Grace for the Good Girl, all of Ted Dekker's 2011 releases

9. With whom were your most valuable relationships?

~Arno, my bffs, Tricia & Alison, my parents, my sister,
my bloggy friends, including Relevant & (in)courage ladies

10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?

~a radical change from heavy brokenness to amazing redemption

11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?

~Last year at this time, my heart was broken, held together with Scotch tape.
This year the beauty HE filled into the cracks is amazing!

12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?

~In the midst of my broken heart last year, I did not know
WHERE God was and often wondered if He had abandoned me.
My relationship with Him has changed into one
that I have never had before although I accepted Him into my heart
as a little girl.

13. In what way(s) did you grow physically?

~I do not know if I have had MUCH change in this area
due to the fact that my life is limited in physical ways,
however, that has helped me emotionally and spiritually
to stop striving so much because I have been forced to slow down.

14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?

~Although I am an extrovert, I had been deeply hurt by "people"
and felt innately sensitive and and angry.
So I often pulled away. Although I am still working on this.
My 31 days of {RE}discovering the Lord in October
culminating in my surprise open door to the Relevant conference,
seemed to open that door wide open.

15. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?

~Being able to set my own schedule.
Having variety within my job description.
Exercising both my left & right brains
through both organizational skill and creative outlets

16. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?

~Finding the balance with how to manage my time the best

17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?

~Worry and anxiety when I should have been trusting and resting in Him

18. What was the best way you used your time this past year?

~Growing as a writer. Loving on people.

19. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?

~God is working in the details
even when I think He was forgotten or abandoned me.
His love for me looks, practically, different than what I expected.
And His plans for me are more creative
than the space I had previously given Him to work in me.

20. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2011 for you.

~Stand and watch in amazement at how God redeems your broken pieces.


Katy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love reading your answers and all the hope-filledness they hold!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I live your description phrase at the end. Speaks directly to my heart :-) thanks for sharing! Hope you have a blessed 2012!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes! Right? 

It is SO who God is!!  I pray that you see His hand and heart in your life today!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, my girl! Hope this year is starting off beautifully for you!

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