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Two Simple Goals

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Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus . . .

Two simple goals for this new year. If I share them here, I will have accountability to follow through.

Romans chapter 8 is one of my most favorite chapters of the Bible. the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death . . . For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. . . . I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. . . . we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him . . . in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

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And this year Ann Voskamp has invited us to memorize three chapters of Romans, chapters 1, 8, and 12 with her. Honestly, I know my tendency to be an excellent and ambitious starter and a poor finisher. So I am going to focus only on chapter 8, making it my goal to memorize all of Romans 8 with my family this semester.

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We are also going to continue numbering our gifts. Naming them one by one. Recording them in our journal. *Waking up to birds singing . . . *donuts . . . *new mercies each morning . . . *deep breaths that work like a re-start button . . . *phone calls from friends

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Two goals to start the year — memorizing a chapter of the Word and cultivating hearts of thankfulness. Trusting that God is going to keep His promise that His Word is alive and never returns empty. Trusting that He will accept our tiny offerings of thanks. That gratefulness will produce joy. That stopping to be thankful in the small moments of the day will transform us.

We can do these two small things. Memorize 39 verses. Count daily blessings.

And I trust that God will take these two tiny acts and do big things. I love how He tends to do that!

What are your goals for this new year? Do you want to join us in our two small acts? 39 verses. Daily counting of gifts. 

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