Nicole and our PI contributors take a look back at the year and share their favorite things about 2017!
What was your favorite movie of 2017?
Nicole: I loved Wonder Woman!
Brittney: Wonder Woman was definitely the best movie this year for me.
Christi: The films Wonder and Wonder Woman!
Julie: I got such a kick out of Wonder Woman!
Kytia: The Star. I actually got teary-eyed in the theater watching it with my family. I didn’t expect to like Spider-Man: Homecoming, but it was a fun movie and the acting was great.
Phylicia: Definitely Wonder Woman!
Tiffany: I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I haven’t seen any of the movies released this year! As you might guess, my hubby and I aren’t really movie people. (We love our TV shows, though!) That said, I am excited to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi with my family on Christmas evening right before ordering out Chinese food (it’s our tradition).
What was your favorite TV show of 2017?
Nicole: Still Shark Tank!
Brittney: Stranger Things 2!
Christi: The Crow.
Julie: This Is Us…oh my goodness.
Kytia: This Is Us. Hands down the best show on TV right now.
Phylicia: The Crown (Netflix).
Tiffany: I LOVE Hawaii 5-0. I was SO BUMMED that Season 8 lost Chin and Kono, but I think they’ve done a great job selecting new cast members.
What was your favorite album of 2017?
Nicole: Hamilton! Even though it’s been out for a while!
Brittney: Here as in Heaven by Elevation Worship.
Christi: The Garden by Kari Jobe.
Julie: Divide by Ed Sheeran. He’s amazing.
Kytia: I have a few friends in the music industry. A favorite musician friend I listen to is Jeevo, and his album Dreaming in Color is constantly playing in my car.
Phylicia: Hard Love by NEEDTOBREATHE.
Tiffany: Definitely Arrows – EP by my friend Fleurie…AMAZING. Also love Bethel’s We Will Not Be Shaken.
What was your favorite book of 2017?
Nicole: Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer. This book is so powerful and very special. I really recommend that all believers read this at least once.
Brittney: Biblical Concepts for Christian Counseling: A Case for Integrating Psychology and Theology. This has been a pivotal read for me in approaching mental health from a biblical perspective.
Christi: Secrets of a Prayer Warrior by Derek Prince.
Julie: Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard by Jennie Allen. I love IF:Gathering and all of their studies and this book spoke truth into my life. I even bought it and sent it to two of my friends.
Kytia: I don’t have a favorite book for this year, but I’ve been reading so many devotionals on faith that have been very encouraging. One that stands out is Wendy Pope’s Wait and See: Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Plans.
Phylicia: Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin—such a simple, easy-to-understand approach to the Bible!
Tiffany: Definitely Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown. Where has this book been my whole life?!? I felt like every page poured God’s love into me. I couldn’t put it down, and I learned so much about how to grow closer to God!
What was your favorite worship song of 2017?
Nicole: It’s not a new song, but my favorite still is “The King Is Coming” by the Newsboys.
Brittney: “Simple Pursuit” with Melodie Malone was definitely on repeat this year.
Christi: “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury and Bethel.
Julie: “Fierce” by Jesus Culture. I listen to it on repeat.
Kytia: “Testify” by NEEDTOBREATHE.
Phylicia: “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong.
Tiffany: “You Are My One Thing” by Bethel (Hannah McClure).
What was your favorite PI article you wrote in 2017?
Julie: “13 Things That Will Happen When You Move Away From Your Bestie.” I recently moved across the country and it’s been really hard being away from my girls. My best friend messaged me saying she saw it and it made her cry!
Kytia: “Newlywed Expectations vs. Reality.” My husband and I had a shocking reality check when our newlywed phase was far less than a fairy tale, so I had to share.
Tiffany: “The Five Stages of Grief and Why You Must Go Through Them,” because I don’t think we talk about this enough in church culture. It’s easy to feel guilty about our emotions, especially emotions like sadness and anger. One of my greatest passions is reminding girls that they can come to God just as they are, that their Father-God sees them, knows them and loves them fully—right in the middle of all their emotions, joys and hurts, and imperfections.
What is a verse or scripture passage that really spoke to you in 2017?
Nicole: This scripture has been on my heart a lot this year and I’m so thankful for it: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). Isn’t it amazing how when we are struggling with something, God can use His Word to comfort us and offer a solution? It’s so wonderful.
Phylicia: John 4 (the woman at the well). This passage is such a beautiful picture of how Jesus enters into the broken parts of our lives as women and shows us how to overcome!
Brittney: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10). This promise definitely got me through a lot of the trials I faced over the past year and He has always been faithful to fulfill these words in my life.
Christi: “Be still and know that I am God.”
Julie: Ephesians 4:1-6, about unity in the Body of Christ. It says: “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” My church has been such a source of support for me this year!
Kytia: For the past two years, God has placed Isaiah 43:19 on my heart: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Tiffany: The first half of Psalm 23:6 from the Message version: “Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.” This year has been mixed with both joy and grief, and yet through it all, God has wrapped His beauty and love around us like a blanket. We’ve seen His beauty everywhere, all around us, as if it’s chasing us down.
Happy New Year from Project Inspired! We hope 2018 brings you all of God’s blessings!