It’s the next-to-last Monday* in October.I just thought you should know, in case you didn’t look ahead on your weekly Day-Timer calendar.Not that I’m putting any pressure on anyone, since we already talked about the guilt that could be lurking as we work and find that we’re not as far as we’d hoped.So please don’t let this send you into a memory-work panic attack, but there’s not much of October left.[EDITED thanks to Ruth’s question in the comments: MMM goes until October 31st, but the last Progress Report is next Monday. I’ll host a Big Ending day on the 31st for us to post our final presentations, however bold or humble they may be.]What’s your Progress Report?
I have to be honest. I didn’t make much progress.
I had some other work to do, and MMM kind of stalled out. I think I can manage to tap out what I already worked on, but any new verses are muddled at best.
And that’s okay, right?
I’m not going to feel guilty about this. I’m simply going to do what I can this week.
Here’s what I can do now, pleased that I have been able to memorize some of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ that were preserved for us, for me, for this time, for this day:
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me, that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and [that] the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You can may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
[oh, my; I am tired and have forgotten this part…I’m scanning my brain…searching…the search is fruitless. It’s just not coming up. I have to look it up. It should begin: “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”]…[A]nd I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. [I left out “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” The next part is in the wrong place] Anyone who loves me will keep my commands. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I also will love him and make myself [That whole part should be somewhere else and isn’t worded right.]
Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day, you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever keep has my commands….
I think I did better last week.
As progress reports go, I made very little progress.
How about you?
* Posted late Sunday night to be available for early rising MMM Monday Progress Report participants.
You beat me to it this week, Ann! 😀
I think you’re doing great… especially since I would completely befuddled if I used a contemporary version… although I do use them for comparative purposes when doing Bible study.
Go, Ann, go!
By the way, does MMM end for us next Monday? :-O Or the 31st?
You really have me thinking now…
I am just excited that this MMM might pop up again sometime :O) Because I do feel inspired just knowing there are others out there that are doing it too :O) AND as incentive to have more learned for then!!!
Your wad of verses is getting MEGA so congratulations and keep up the great work and thanks! for the inspiration/ idea to host this idea originally!
Great job, Ann! You’ve memorized a great deal.
I’ve posted my progress report, too. The passage I chose is not as Mega as yours, but it is a chapter I’d been longing to memorize.
…And I admit, I think the KJV is easier to memorize than contemporary versions, as Ruth said.
Thanks again for the challenge!
Is anyone going to indulge what they are doing to culminate this activity? Just curious as I am thinking that I would like to do something :O)
Angela @ Drawing Nearer says
This has been a good challenge for me even though it seems to be going slowly. I’m using index cards this week which is something I haven’t done in quite a while. I write each verse out on it’s own card without noting which verse it is. So I work on memorizing as I am remembering the order in which the verses go. Thanks again for the challenge.
I look at the length of what you typed even with a few strokes of the red pen and I think you are doing incredible…just incredible.
I just wrote a post…I guess it could be considered a progress report…I am definitely behind…yet again…but I am not giving up…
Thanks for your comment the other day.
Here it is Friday, and I’m just checking in. I know that it’s not likely many people will read this comment, since we’re almost at time for next week’s check-in, but I wanted to offer encouragement.
There is no such thing as “behind” in a personal memory challenge. Each word successfully tucked into your heart is another word from the Father, ready to speak to you.
The purpose of memory, in my view, is not to up the word count and be able to spout off verses at will. It is so that we will be transformed by the word that is written on our hearts, that we will recognize the Father’s voice more easily, that we will draw ever closer to Him.
So don’t give up. Don’t be discouraged. Let the words you DO know steep in your soul, and let the Lord breathe life to you through them.
Press on dear sisters!