Welcome to Mega Memory Month (MMM) Progress Report #1.
This is intended to be a place and time to encourage one another—we’re in this together, right?But if you’re thinking what I’m thinking, you may be wondering: January just got started…how much progress can a person make in two days?Every word is progress, friends. Every single word.For that matter, just getting organized is progress, too. Don’t you think?Take a minute to describe your memory tools and share the first words you’ve attempted to lock down—or if you are just finding out about MMM, stop by the headquarters and announce your intentions. It’s definitely not too late.Check in using Mr. Linky if you write a Progress Report on your own blog (you can link up any time during the week).Or just talk to us in the comments.
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Ann’s MMM Progress #1:Guess what? I found my old cards. This is progress, folks, and a sure sign that 2011 is going to be a really good year.I used them last time when I focused on John 14. I didn’t get far into John 15 that time. What I managed to tackle was shaky and didn’t stick.Or so I thought.I went ahead and read through the first card several times on my way to church. Despite my meager efforts from the last Mega Memory Month, I got some of it back. It’s not locked in or anything, but I think that the little I dipped into last time will find a home in the old noggin.Without looking, I typed the first section, then corrected afterward by crossing out what shouldn’t be there and adding new in pink:”I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off any every branch in me that does not bears no fruit, while any every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bears fruit on its own by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither will can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”It’s not perfect, but the fact that I retained any of it shocked me.Maybe I really will finish well?Our minds can hold more than we think they can.
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YES – every word is progress! I know I’ve lost plenty of what I’ve memorized over the years–which can be discouraging (it’s much more satisfying to retain it long term!)–but I know without a doubt that the time spent meditating and memorizing the Word is well worth it, whether the exact wording sticks with you forever or not!
I thought about following your lead and working on some Romans chapters that are fuzzy…but decided a new project would be more motivating for me. So off we go!
Blessings on you as you work through John 15 again! So thankful for this January tradition–I *need* the accountability and motivation!
Loved reading your piece today at Lavender *Sparkles*! You and your sweet one, working side by side to memorize God’s truth. I’m honored to join you both this month for Mega Memory Month!
Hazel I. Moon says
Memorizing scripture is a “turn off” for many even Christians. I do trust more will step up to the plate. Reading the Bible through this year, will reveal many scriptures that I have not committed to memory. As I lay in my bed last night, a host of scriptures paraded across my mind. Many that I usually do not refer to. It is amazing how God’s Word hidden in our hearts will come to the front when needed or just to comfort us and give us peace.
I love the picture of “a host of scriptures” parading across your mind at night, Hazel. I want that, too–a parade of truth ready to pour over me whenever I need its truth or comfort.
Last year I memorized Psalm 139 by learning and meditating on a new verse on the first and fifteenth of each month. How wonderful it was to spend two weeks thinking about each verse!
I’m doing it again in 2011, but I’m working on Psalm 27 now. It won’t take me through the whole year, so I’ll be picking another one in time…
Not “mega” but it is a HUGE blessing. :o)
What a great plan for Psalm 139–that was a mega-approach to tackle the whole thing. And Psalm 27…I think maybe someone else committing to Mega Memory Month has chosen Psalm 27. There are so many good passages in that psalm.
May God continue to bless you as you commit to that plan of taking His word into your mind and heart.
Krista @ Life in Texas says
thanks for visiting my little corner, Ann! I love the encouraging words.
So interesting that you are working on Memorization this month, I’ve been considering today whether to take on Ann Voskamp’s challenge to memorize Colossians this year. Also, I just read the Gospel of John last week and was thinking Jesus’ whole Last Supper address would be a DYNAMITE memory project.
Hmm, choices. Either way, I bet you’ll be seeing more of me this month.
Well, I didn’t know that Ann V. challenged us to Colossians–I’d better slip over there and see what she’s up to! Sounds like a Mega Memory Year in the works. Joining Mega Memory Month would be a great way to kick it off, too. Funny, but I almost continued with Colossians. I had started with Colossians 1 a few MMMs ago, in hopes of working my way through. I love Colossians 3 very much as well as numerous passages throughout. Anyway….I landed on John 15 this time and am happy I did so.
I do indeed hope to see more of you with whatever seems like the right thing to undertake!
Krista @ Life in Texas says
alrighty. I have chosen to join Ann Voskamp’s Colossians challenge. So my January memory portion will be relatively small, Colossians 1:1-8.
Will link to your HQ page when I get a post written about it, maybe Monday.
For the record, I think EVERYONE should memorize John 14-15. Seriously, it was Jesus’ final address to all the followers to come after him. What could be more appropriate?
But, since Ann put all that work into designing the memory book, and something like 300 people have already joined the community, I think my odds are good to join the Colossians group.
Yay! So glad you’re joining both this Ann and that Ann! 🙂
That Ann will have you going for a whole *year*, so this is a great kick-off. But I’m glad you see the strength of John 14-15! Jesus words to His followers all the way through time and space…all the way to you and me.