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“But as for me, I will always have hope, I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.” Psalm 71: 14-15

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What will be the measure of 2011? What joys and challenges await? What sorrow and anger? What frustration and stubbornness? When the days of 2011 are counted and I am again taking down a brittle Christmas tree dropping stiff needles, what measure will I give it?

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Of course, I know not its measure. Just like the outpouring of love I have experienced from God in my life, I cannot measure it. I find it hard to put a quantity or a limit on God’s mercy and salvation. You can’t do it—the psalmist was right. There is no measure to his infinite love.

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My goal for 2011 would be to make much of God. To act, speak and grow in faith so that the Father’s glory would be revealed to all I interact with in my life. I have ripped off Beth Moore’s prayer that I would love God more than anything in my life and love his Word.

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I want to continue growing in love for the poor. Not because I should or because I feel guilty but because it’s a natural outpouring of how Christ loves me. I want to bear fruit that lasts.

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I want to rest in the Lord for the “why’s” and the “how’s” of our family life. My husband and I are like any other family—we have all sorts of plans and ways to go about life. I am less interested in what we think than what we need to do to glorify God. I know that our finances, our choices, our very balance between work and play and worship needs to have a God-approved roadmap. If we’re just doing all of it to mark time, get more stuff or impress someone else, we’ve lost our way.

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I want to know where my daughter will attend Kindergarten next fall. (For those outside the North Suburban Denver, Colorado area, this is a real and pressing question as the area is blessed with a ridiculous assortment of public charter schools that are pretty cool. They all have lotteries.)

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I want to lose the grip money has over me. I want to go on a mission trip again this year, but with the kids in tow. I want to be a better wife because I am crazy about the man who shares my name.

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What about you? What do you want in 2011?

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PS The verse at the beginning of this post is my first entry on Beth Moore’s scripture memorization team for 2011. You can learn all about the SSMT here. Join me! I am so excited about this. I’ve written about scripture memorization before—you can read the post here.

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