Thursday, December 28, 2006

Without You

Jasper Speaks:

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE not having to go to school. Today I was bored a lot though. Victor stood me up for the second day in a row. GRRRRRRRRRR ... angry eyes at Victor.
I watched Akeelah and the Bee today. Good flick. Got a big lump in my throat at the end. I am such a sucker. I finished grocery shopping for Christmas with my family on Saturday. We are all set I think. Tonight, Kendra and I went to Macy's to return something someone had bought her. I think I know why I don't go there. It is way overpriced and I was pretty bored but it was nice to have human contact and be out of the house. As the New Year approaches, I have been thinking a lot about my spiritual journey. Did I use my 525,600 minutes of 2006 as well as I should have? Did I learn all about God that I could? Sadly, I think the answer to both of these questions is "No". I look back and see a lot of wasted time that I should have used to chase after the heart of my Lord. I really want to try better in 2007. I want to go through the upcoming year running toward God. I want to be thirsty for Him all the time. I want my soul to pant for him. We sing that song that says, "I am desperate for you and I am lost without you" but how often do we live a life that says God is as important to me as the air I breathe? It is kind of hypocritical to sing it if I don't live it. I want to be able to sing it because I mean it. That is a goal I have for the New Year. As I look back on all the junk that I let bog me down in 2006, I realize at the end of the day the only thing that really matters is if I have grown closer to Christ as possible and if others have seen Him in me on a daily basis. I think I have fallen a little short in both of those areas this year. God says that in Him I am a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come. I pray that I will take the opportunities of the changing of a calendar to really let God change my character. What do you want God to do in 2007?

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Jasper Speaks:

What an awesome present day I had today! I found this incredible and PERFECT frame for a picture of me and my dad that was taken when we were at the Cardinal's game this year. It is a shadow box of baseball stuff and the picture is the exact coloring to look like it is part of the frame! I am giving it to him for Christmas. We are celebrating with my folks and my sister Darla and her family on Saturday. Best part, I got it 50 percent off at Wal-mart today. I bought a matching one for me!

Went to my first physical therapy session for my shoulder today. I have exercises and stuff to do and I go back on Friday. At one point she did an ultrasound (I assured her I was not pregnant) and she said that I wouldn't feel anything but it would be working in my "deep muscle tissue". Hmmmm ...

I am planning on watching Akeela and the Bee tonight. Kendra got it (along with Click and Benchwarmers) for me for Christmas. I haven't seen it yet. Victor is supposed to come over and watch it too and then we are hanging out tomorrow.

Didn't get to the gym today but plan on it tomorrow.

Had a taco salad for dinner. Homemade. By me. I created Kendra's facebook account tonight. Now mine says I am married to her. Sweet!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Light My Candle

Jasper Speaks:

So, last night we did the marathon Christmas Eve services. We went to the Baptist Church (where I was strongly encouraged to sing in the choir and did), the Presbyterian Church, and the Catholic church. Man, I am glad I am Baptist. It was the shortest of all the services by a lot. Of course singing in the choir was odd. I didn't get to run through all the music with them before hand because I was late getting there. Then, they turned out the lights on the last song so people could light candles. Sight reading music with no lights. Not so easy. Kendra's mom was way happy I sang. Kendra owes me big time. This morning we got up to fresh hot homemade cinnamon rolls and presents. I got a wicked cool stocking from my mother-in-law. I also got a lot of new shirts from everyone which I really needed so that is cool. The highlight of the morning so far (and this is especially for you HCBC youth and alums) was "The Chad" stopped by for a visit this morning. It was good to see him. I miss him a lot. He is getting ready to move from Connecticut to Manhattan. I smell a road trip! It would be awesome to meet Nate and Ange in NYC and FINALLY do that Broadway show or two! Maybe there is a Times Square Sheraton with a good employee discount! We head back home in a few hours. It has been a good trip but it will be good to get home. I have a lot to do this week, so it will be a busy break. Because I hurt the van we are not going to Kansas Cit for New Years. I am not sure what we are doing now. That kind of makes me sad. There should be a lot of fun stuff going on over the next week. I can't wait! I am praying that with the new year God will bring some wonderful new things our way. It is exciting. I love the new beginnings a fresh year bring.