Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Reflections on 2004

  • What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before? Got pulled over by a cop (no ticket, thankfully!)
  • Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? The story behind my New Year’s resolution is a weird one, and the resolution itself was rather lame because it was fulfilled at about 12:38 a.m. on January 1st. I am planning on making a better one next year.
  • Did anyone close to you give birth? No
  • Did anyone close to you die? Myself…“unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies…”
  • What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004? Contentment
  • What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? December 1st, because it’s the day I became an adult
  • What was your biggest achievement of the year? Working as a full-time summer missionary and succeeding in my new atmosphere at the community college.
  • What was your biggest failure? Every day I failed miserably, falling completely short of God’s perfect standard. At moments I thought I was succeeding, in God’s eyes I was truly failing. Praise be to His marvelous grace that will not let me go!
  • Did you suffer illness or injury? It seems I got sick right exactly at the worst time to be sick every quarter. Something to do with the stress…
  • What was the best thing you bought? My cowboy hat!
  • Whose behavior merited celebration? My faithfully supportive and encouraging friends and family
  • Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? My own
  • Where did most of your money go? Fixing my car, gas, scrapbooking supplies, clothes, food, gifts, and movies, in that approximate order!
  • What did you get really, really, really excited about? Anything I did with my amazing, wonderful friends
  • What song will always remind you of 2004? “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot
  • What do you wish you'd done more of? Laughing, learning and loving
  • What do you wish you'd done less of? Wanting to cry and not being able to cry
  • Did you fall in love in 2004? Deeper every day
  • What was the best book you read? The Bible of course, followed by many others tied for second. Of books I read for the first time, probably Desiring God by John Piper
  • What was your greatest musical discovery?/new artist for 2004? Big & Rich’s awesome harmonies in “Holy Water”
  • What did you want and get? A cd player for my car and more freedom
  • What was your favorite film of this year? Spiderman 2
  • What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 18, went to a basketball game, and had a surprise birthday in the shop
  • What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Deeper faith in God and His perfect control
  • How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004? Jeans, t-shirts, and beginning to lean towards skirts and sweaters. Innumerable coats/sweatshirts and any pair of flip-flops that struck my fancy :-)
  • What kept you sane? My God and my family, and some of my friends. The other ones kept me insane, and some did both. :-)
  • What political issue stirred you the most? The presidential election, abortion and gay marriage
  • Who did you miss? Different people at different times
  • Who was the best new person you met? The best completely new person was Jenny Harley, but I also enjoyed renewing old friendships with Jessica Quimby and my “Prom Friends” (as my siblings call them)
  • Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004: God knows all my moments--past, present and future--and loves me immeasurably. He wants me to be holy and happy, two things which are NOT mutually exclusive. Only through following His perfect way am I truly happy.
  • Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: “I love this crazy, tragic, sometimes almost magic, awful, beautiful life!” Daryl Worley


Caleb said...

What a year, huh Jil? I pray that your wishes will come true.

Kristi said...

That's a cool questionare Jill. Do you mind if I copy it? -The questions and not your answers of course.
btw-I love the lyrics to the song that you quoted in that last question....hmmm, maybe I will have to copy your answers too :D (jk)