Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mega Memory Month Returns in January

It's that time of year again...Mega Memory Month!

My blog-friend Ann Kroeker is making it a January tradition by hosting another round of this memorization challenge. My first time participating was last January, when I took on the challenge of memorizing the prose gospel narrative from Milton Vincent's Gospel Primer for Christians. And what a wonderful experience that turned out to be!

During Mega Memory Month itself, I had the blessing of interacting with and being challenged/encouraged by various other women around the blogosphere as we all took on memory work. I know there's no way I could have memorized the whole narrative by January 31 if it hadn't been for the accountability and encouragement that MMM provided.

The experience of meditating on these beautiful words and imprinting them on my mind and heart was extremely valuable for me both during the month and countless times afterwards. What better means for "preaching the gospel to yourself" than having a narrative of the gospel in my mind, ready to pull out and remind myself at any moment?

And just a few weeks ago, I had the privilege of using my gift of memorization to bless others. Our church held an informal Christmas celebration, and at the end of the program, I recited the gospel narrative. It was an incredibly moving experience, as the Holy Spirit caused me to truly *feel* the weight of the words and speak them with power and conviction unlike I'd ever done before--probably the highlight of the Christmas season for me. I was so thankful for the opportunity to serve my church in this way!

All that to say...I am really eager to begin another round of Mega Memory Month. I won't lie; memorization comes very easily to me. It's simply a gift of grace, and I can take no credit for the ability, only seek to use it well. But *anyone* can memorize--just start with something that's "mega" for YOU, regardless of what's "mega" for someone else. And as Ann is fond of saying, our minds can hold more than we think they can! What better way to start the new year than by working to hide God's Word in your heart?

I hope you'll join me! Check back tomorrow for Ann's official kickoff as well as various links and tips to get you started.

Coming Soon: Mega Memory Month (January 2009)
Mega Memory Month Returns (July 2009)
MMM: What to Memorize?


Ann Kroeker said...

I'm very eager to begin along with you this new challenge for the new year!

I've prepared the Mega Memory Month post to go live this evening (New Year's Eve) so that it's ready first thing New Year's Day (in case someone in Australia is eager to link up!). :)

Mel said...

Count me in!

Danielle said...

That's really exciting you got to recite it at your church. I'm sure it was a blessing to others! I'm behind on blog reading and writing, so just caught up today!