Monday, January 11, 2010

MMM: Progress and Inspiration

How's everyone doing as we hit week two of Mega Memory Month?

I've been continuing to go at a bit faster pace than I originally planned, but I tested myself earlier this afternoon by typing it out and messed up just a couple of spots--so I need to be careful that in going quickly, I'm not getting sloppy. Paul's letters can be difficult to memorize in that he uses the same phrase over and over, but slightly different each time. And he uses LONG sentences!

I got some inspiration for memorizing yesterday--from a six-year-old! Joshua, an adorable little boy at our church, has already memorized all of Ephesians 1. So at lunch, he (with a little help from his dad, in the form of a few prompts) recited the chapter for me. It was so sweet!

As in the past, I am finding it extremely helpful to turn each day's verses into a prayer after I do the daily work of reading and reciting them aloud. Doing so goes a long way in making it a time of worship and meditation, not simply a cerebral exercise.

One of the key phrases I have memorized in the last few days is "that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you". What a hope God has called me to--the hope of enjoying Him forever, of worshipping Him fully as I was created to do! There are many things I hope for in this life, but they all pale in comparison to the hope of heaven: being free from sin and death, with a glorious, immortal body and a sound, sane, uncorrupted mind and a pure heart, able to see and savor Christ like never before, more and more for all eternity, always full of joy as I join together with brothers and sisters from every tribe and nation and language, singing His praises! Oh, that He might enable me to cling to that hope, to keep it at the forefront of my mind. May it govern the choices I make, the emotions I experience. What a hope to which He has called us!

5 comments:

Kristin said...

I agree, reciting scripture over and over is not just a cerebral exercise. It is been a great source of meditation!

Brenna Kater, the Oceanskater said...

I have Ephesians 1 memorized, rap-style. You're bringing back fond memories :)

Anonymous said...

Eph 1 from a six year old. Wow! Wish I'd been there. What a pleasure that must be to the heart of God (and his parents and others!).

I'm doing okay. Had a really good Sunday a.m. working on Hab. 3. I think I'll post about it rather than jam your comment box.

Zoanna said...

Woops, why did I sign in anonymously? Fast fingers, lazy eyes.

Ann Kroeker said...

You wrote: "I am finding it extremely helpful to turn each day's verses into a prayer after I do the daily work of reading and reciting them aloud. Doing so goes a long way in making it a time of worship and meditation, not simply a cerebral exercise."

It's so powerful. I'm into the section where Paul says what he prays for the Colossians, so it's super-easy to turn into a prayer for people, for self, for others in Mega Memory Month.

So glad you model such inspiring progress!