OK. So, that title might be a bit of a stretch (get it? I crack myself up). 2011 was, indeed, the year of exercise for me but not in the sense it has been previously. 2011 was the year of exercising…my faith. And boy did I feel the burn.
Inspired my Robyn’s reflections of the year (which, by the way, I look forward to with ridiculous enthusiasm), I thought I’d share my own.
Most Memorable Moment
Standing in a pile of rubble after a significant hike through a ravine to lead my first person to Christ. Totally worth it!
Holding hands and praying in the middle of a dusty, dirt road with a complete stranger who is now my brother in Christ.
Most Awkward Moment
Holding a plastic 13 gallon trash bag that was as white as my face as I nauseously paced at the Lima airport before boarding the plane for Arequipa.
Watching my friend hold a tee-tiny Delta barf bag for 8 hours on the way home from Peru, and then feeling terrible that she actually had to use it the second we pulled into the church parking lot.
An adorable, white labrador puppy who is as beautiful and sweet as she was in my dreams.
A Spanish Bible with a hand-written note inside given to me by a 10 year old Peruvian girl.
Most Embarrassing Moment
Being the only woman in the room who admitted to having a tattoo while playing “Do You Love Your Neighbor” at the Valleydale Women’s Conference. So glad this was caught on film.
Most Disgusting Moment
With two miles to go in a four mile race, watching thousands of people stuff handfuls of soggy donuts into their mouths at the Krispy Kreme Challenge. NOTE: No donuts were consumed by me or Robyn, and we have never looked at a Krispy Kreme donut the same again. It was THAT disgusting.
Most Hilarious Moment
I’m going to have to agree to Robyn on this one: having a huge, middle of the night, delirious, ugly-girl laugh (complete with snorting) in wondering if the Delta blankets on our return flight from Peru were made from baby alpaca.
Favorite Football Moment
Watching my Auburn Tigers win their first national championship after 57 years.
Verse of the Year
Finishing Daily Resolve 2011
Writing the women’s retreat material with Jamie Harper which is still to be completed.
Favorite Line from My Prayer Journal
“Can you shut that bird up that is outside my window? It is driving me crazy. At the very least can you give it a different tune?” (He did, by the way.)
My one-on-one retreat with God to my favorite place on earth: El-Bethel. It’s actually a condo that a friend’s parents own, but it is a very special place where I go to meet with God.
OK. I think that’s enough reminscing seeing that I have a writing deadline tomorrow.
Happy New Year, Y’all!