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Today, July 1st, marks day one of Mega Memory Month!
Participants now have 31 days to pack into their minds whatever it is they’ve selected to memorize: a poem, speech, passage of Scripture, or song lyrics.
The month is in motion, so it’s time to begin.
Refer back to the main Mega Memory Month page for July 2009 for suggestions and directions. There you will find a Mr. Linky to link a blog post announcing your plan. You may also explain in the comments, Twitter, or Facebook what you’re intending to memorize. If you will be tweeting or updating your efforts on other social networking platforms, please leave some kind of link for us to find you.
Don’t forget that Tuesdays will be the day we post Progress Reports. I’ll have a Mr. Linky on those days if you choose to write something up.
Here’s my personal month-long memory plan (along with fascinating explanatory notes):
- Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” (if you click on the link, press play to hear it read … by Frost himself, I presume). I chose this because I memorized “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” last time for Mega Memory Month (click on the “Stopping by Woods” link to hear me recite it, not Frost). “The Road Not Taken” feels like a nice complement. Plus, as I said yesterday, I mention the poem in my book’s dedication and want to have it inside my head. I know the poem; now I want to know the poem by heart.
- Philippians 2:1-11. I selected this passage for two reasons: 1) We started memorizing part of it during VBS, so I have a head start; 2) I love this passage so much that we had it read in both English and French in our wedding ceremony, yet I’ve never memorized it. Now is a good time.
- Psalm 121. This short psalm starts with a line that’s familiar to many people in the King James version, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” I’ll be using the NIV, however (“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?”).
- And because I want to go mega, I’m going to try to add Psalm 145. Why 145? Well, why not? It’s a great praise psalm with lines like, “Every day I will praise you,” and “Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom,” and “I will meditate on your wonderful works…I will proclaim your great deeds.” It’s longer than 121, though, and my mind isn’t exactly a steel trap. It’s more like a shoebox propped up with a stick to catch bunnies. I’ll try to pull the string on the stick and trap these words under the shoebox. If they squeeze out from under it, I’ll be disappointed but accept my limitation.
So, how about it? Join me for Mega Memory Month and exercise your mind this summer!
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whew, that’s an ambitious list, Ann! best wishes to you as you work. I look forward to hearing your lovely voice reciting a poem again 🙂
k, I’m in–and hubby is going to play along this time, I think! 🙂 love the new button, by the way.
I am so excited I already have an update post!
Ahhh, where have I been? It’s already the fourth….precious time lost, but I’m still in, and inspired by your list, but since I just finished my goal from the last MMM, maybe I should narrow my focus.
Oh Ann, I will have to catch you next time around. Today is one of the rare days that I get to roam online for a bit… summers on the island are BLAZING HOT. Without air conditioning, we’re better off outdoors (preferably at the river) than indoors, so the updates would never get done.
I am going to concentrate on working through my existing goal (Matt. 5-7) in the shade of a tree somewhere. I will pop by when things cool down a bit, and hopefully it won’t take a hurricane to do that. 🙂
Blessings and peace to you,
I love this idea! I always tell myself I should memorize more scripture since I spend a lot of my time strolling with my son. I often try to pray, but my mind sometimes wanders, and I think memorizing scripture would be a little more structured for those mind-wandering strolls. I’m going to memorize Isaiah 55 – there are so many little parts of the chapter that I love, but the whole chapter sounded intimidating until I read “our minds can hold more than we think they can.” So here goes!