MMM January 2010: Final Celebration

Mega Memory Month January 2010

Final Celebration

Mega Memory Month comes to a close.

The last day of the month, January 31st, falls on a Sunday. I love that. Those of us who have memorized Scripture can post our passages and share them on a day of rest and worship.

Let’s share our projects, our progress, our successes!

Link up your posts via Mr. Linky or create something to publish on the Facebook Event page for Mega Memory Month, which you can access (write your comments on the wall!) HERE.

Mega Memory Month Participants(visit! encourage! be inspired!)

1. Erin at filling my patch of sky2. Meagan @ Stand and Consider 3. Andrea@ Hopeannfaith’s Emotional Well 4. Amy@Lavender *Sparkles*5. Ruth @Caribbean Wordkeeper 6. Linda @Soli Deo Gloria

Ann’s Mega Memory Month Project:Colossians 1My original goal was to memorize all of Colossians 1, but I couldn’t finish. So I focused on what I could manage—verses 1-18.My final celebration isn’t fancy. I’m simply going to type it out from memory. I wish it were error-free, but I’m not quite there (I proofed my from-memory version against the original NIV text, adding missing words in red and crossing out words that shouldn’t be there):

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse:Grace and peace to you from God our Father.We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints–the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel has been is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has already been doing among you since the day you first heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth. You heard it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a fellow ministry of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking the Lord God to fill you with the knowledge of his will with through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you might may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. In For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. And He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Part of me wonders, Is this worth celebrating? Look, it’s only a little over half what I said I’d tackle, and it’s full of errors!Yet, if it weren’t for Mega Memory Month, I might not have bothered with it at all. So I think it is worth it, and I hope you think so, too.Thank you for joining me in the challenge. Thank you for holding me accountable. Thank you for committing to something mega.In the paraphrased words of Paul from his letter to the Colossians, I hope that this project helped you grow in the knowledge of God; that He strengthened you with all power according to His glorious might. I hope you developed great endurance and patience through it.May we now, at the conclusion of this month, joyfully give thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.In everything, Jesus Christ has the supremacy. Amen.

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  • Comments

    1. Great project. Maybe next month I can take part in memorizing a verse :)

    2. Whoa—that’s a chunk of Scripture, girl! Nice work. Thanks for hosting—I’m w/you . . . MMM gets me in gear, so no matter how much (or little) I take in, it’s better than nothing. I’ll be back for MMM5!

    3. Hey, Ann!

      Thanks to you I got started memorizing, and managed the first chapter of Ephesians! I’m going to keep going and memorize the whole book. Thanks for the encouragement, the great resource (I decided to memorize the references as suggested, and I found it really helpful), and the sense of triumph I feel at having gotten this far.


    4. Darlene, I’m so glad to read of your progress–your successes!! This is something to celebrate–well done, and what a great book to tackle. I’m so glad we shared in this mega-undertaking!

    5. Phillip & erin: Thanks for your notes–erin, I commented at your site. Well done, lady! And Phillip, Mega Memory Month is an occasional challenge. January is one of the months, but I haven’t developed a definite pattern. I need to, so that people know when to expect it. It’s been such a great thing in my life–I’m not the greatest at memorization, so the challenge really helps me out.

    6. Aw, man! I missed it! I’ll be checking back to see when the next Mega Memory Month starts. This is a wonderful idea! I know I need to get more of those words off the page and into my heart.

    7. I did complete mine, Ann, but my weekends are pretty hectic and I missed the celebration. Somehow it slipped my notice that we weren’t ending on a Monday. *blush*

      I’ll try putting up a post later regardless. Thanks for having me. :)

    8. Deidra: We’d love to have you join us! So glad you stopped by. Thanks for taking time to leave a note.

      Ruth: We’d love to see your update, whenever you have time I’ll be there to read your story!! You are so determined, and I think you must have a good feel for how much you can attempt in a month’s time. I always seem to bite off more than I can chew. I hope to learn, eventually, how to choose wisely–ambitiously yet realistically.

    9. great work, Ann! I’ve got my finale post up today. tried to post audio recordings of my recitation, though it’s not embedding at the moment.

      did I ever tell you that my pastor is preaching through Colossians right now? you might really enjoy his gospel-centered sermons–they have been a blessing. check out the podcast at

      thanks for the encouragement and inspiration to memorize–it was a jump start I really needed!

    10. I think your memorization is fabulous! I’ve been wanting to hop in on this with you, but frankly, I’ve been intimidated! It’s been a while since I have memorized scripture (isn’t that terrible?). I’ve lately come to the conclusion that my brain is too addled. I’m reconsidering, trying to get my courage up. YOu have inspired me, Ann.

      • If my addled brain can get in the swing of things, I know yours can! I’m not a natural at this at all, and I didn’t get it all perfectly or easily, but practicing has helped me improve. If I were just starting out, I think I’d just pick a verse or two. I go a little wild with big aspirations at the beginning of Mega Memory Months–always biting off more than I can chew and kicking myself later.

    11. My post is up, Ann… but rather than typing out my piece, I spoke about my journey. Feel free to drop by when you are able.

    12. well, the embedded links apparently aren’t working…I did post links, if you really want to listen. don’t you hate it when technology is uncooperative?! :P

      • Thanks for giving us the links–I wish I could find one that works well with (the free WordPress I use). It’s somewhat limited in what kind of technology it can support.

        You always sound great–I love your emphasis and enthusiastic tone!

    13. Reporting in late (sorry, life happened)….just posted an update on blog!

      You did great, Ann! That’s a huge chunk to have memorized in one month.

      I am so thankful for the challenge…it’s reminded me how important it is to memorize Scripture and the impact it has on our hearts.

    14. Hi, Linda–I just checked out your update and have it linked up!


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