Monday, January 01, 2007

Seasons Of Love

Jasper Speaks:

So, how do we measure, measure a year? Let me try and list some highlights:
- I have lost about 130 pounds since this time last year - Kendra has lost about 80 pounds since this time last year - We paid off our van - We joined Parkway - We served all summer on staff at Parkway for the second summer (and loved it) - We had foster kids - We traveled to North Carolina, South Carolina, Chicago, Michigan, and Toronto - Kendra got a sizable promotion at work - I survived my first year teaching - We got involved A LOT in our church - We "fostered" Betsy (and Victor pretty much too) - We kept in contact with many students and friends from Maine - We visited North Central Missouri three times - We spent more time with our nieces and nephews (but still not as much as we would like!) - I went to Cincinnati for the NYWC with Jeff and learned a lot and had a great time being refreshed Some Things I pray will happen in 2007: - I will lose another 100+ pounds - I will get back into fulltime ministry - We will have a kid of our own - We will spend more time with our family - I will grow more in Christ than ever before - I will personally lead at least two people to Christ - I will have a great impact on students for Christ - I will travel to South Dakota with our family - I will read at least one ministry book a month this year - I will pray more fervently for the souls of my students at Riverview - I will pray everyday for students a Parkway by name - I will trust God with all my heart and surrender to His will We have been watching The Biggest Loser Season Three marathon all day today. It has inspired me to really get back into the game. It is very difficult but I want to keep up what I have started. I am glad they put it on as a a marathon because I didn't get to see any of it before because it was on Wednesday nights. You may remember that my friend Matthew McNutt from Maine lost 167 in eight months on the show! WOW! We saw Dreamgirls (A+) this week and it really totally lived up to the hype. I think it was the best movie I saw this year. I loved it and Jennifer Hudson was incredible! Also rented a bunch of movies for New Years Eve (yeah I am such a party animal). Victor, Kendra and I watched, Accepted (B-), The Seat Filler (D) and Cars (C-). Then Kendra and I watched She's The Man (C-) today. Not the best picks but it made some time pass. If you are a Parkway Student or leader you really DON'T want to miss any Wednesday in January. We have a GREAT series starting where we are going to be REALLY digging into John 10:10. We will spend four weeks looking at it. Yes I said FOUR WEEKS but when you see all the stuff we can learn from that one verse I think you will be amazed. I LOVE THIS SERIES. It is called Rescued From An Ordinary Life and seriously, you won't want to miss any of it. School starts back Wednesday. I have to put the van in the shop tomorrow. So the "not fun" parts of the break begin tomorrow. I am getting up and going to the gym early tomorrow. With me, I have learned, first thing in the morning is the best time for me. If I get out and do ANYTHING I end up not going at all. That is not acceptable. I did burn off 700 calories on the treadmill today. Of course I was caught up in The Biggest Loser at the time. Maybe the gym should only show episodes of that show. It was inspiring. Really. So, I hope your year was measured in love. I hope you can look back at your 525,600 minutes and say that you are proud of what your year accomplished. I pray that the NEw Year will be even greater for each of you!

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