Yesterday I revealed my Top 2 MMM Memorization Tips. If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, I urge you to do so. Thanks to the encouraging words of some MMM friends (which I included in the post), you may walk away with the most important MMM message of the month.Today, after spending time following my own advice and praying through the passage and reciting it to one of my kids, I realized that at a practical level I must review more than I have been if I want to retain and recall these words. And I do. I want to retain them over time and recall them as needed.This week, I have slacked off, and my Progress Report today will spotlight the unraveling of words.Before I tap out my passage, however, I want to remind you that this Friday is the final day of October and thus the final day of Mega Memory Month.MMM Final Celebration/Presentation Day, Friday, October 31, is a day to celebrate any and all words that we have tucked away for safe keeping.I’m encouraging some kind of final presentation. Once you create it, you can scan, videotape, or photograph the physical project or “performance,” and upload it to your blog for us to celebrate with you.No ideas? You could:
- Write it out in calligraphy
- Write it out in colored pencils or markers (have the kids decorate it, or doodle something yourself)
- Print it out on fancy paper and frame it
- Videotape yourself reciting it and post somehow on your blog
- Audiotape yourself reciting it and post somehow on your blog (anyone know how to podcast in WordPress.com?)
- Or, if you’re low on time and creativity, simply type it all out one last time.
I’ll post my own final presentation that day and include another Mr. Linky.Be sure to sync up at some point, so we can celebrate with you!Also, please take a few minutes to visit MMM participants who link to a Celebration/Presentation Post and leave an encouraging comment.Now, back to this week’s progress report.Let us know your current status by linking back.
And now I shall entertain you with my lack of retention:
John 14(or, rather, as much of John 14 as I can drag up from my memory bank):
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 asked said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him 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 he 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 my the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will send 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 will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
something I can’t quite remember, and I have the feeling I’m mixing it all up…
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.
He who Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I, too, will love him and show myself to him.“
Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) askesaid, “But, Lord, wWhy do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
Jesus replied, “Whoever keeps my commands is the one who loves me. And If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. Mmy Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
Okay. I give up. I’ll go back through and mark in green the things that need restored, repaired, or rearranged (green seems happier than red).
I don’t think I’ll get the rest of John 14 in my brain before Friday, and I may not even get that which I have worked on perfect for the celebration.
But I hope that frees you.
No matter how much or how little you managed to memorize:
Every word counts.