Monday, February 01, 2010

Mega Memory Month Finale

Not sure where January went, exactly--but we've reached the end of Mega Memory Month already. How did you do? I trust that even if you didn't reach your goal or struggled more than you anticipated, you still made progress. You accomplished more than if you hadn't tried at all--and by the grace of God, you've got at least a little Scripture hidden in your heart. His Word is powerful, even in small doses!

As I explained when we began, my ultimate goal is to memorize the book of Ephesians this year. To finish it all in one month would be an impossible task, but I hoped to get a good start in January by working up through 2:10. Since I started the month with an aggressive pace, I was able to meet and surpass my goal even though I ended up slacking off in the last few days.

I decided to try a new way of celebrating--so for the first time, I am trying out, which enabled me to record my recitations by phone. The quality isn't great, and it had a time limit, so if you're interested in hearing me recite Ephesians 1:1-2:13, you'll have to listen to three separate clips. I hope this works:

Ephesians 1:1-14


Ephesians 1:15-23


Ephesians 2:1-13


I've worked on 2:14-16, but didn't have that solid enough today to recite it. And I've already noticed the temptation to slack off with the reinforcement work. I need to be diligent to keep reciting chapter 1 daily, even though I already know it and am not actively "working" on it anymore.

Reciting the memorized passage every day for 100 days is the most important key to the success of my method--it's what makes the difference for long-term retention. Don't let all your hard work slip away by failing to follow up! All it takes to solidify what you've learned is reciting it once a day (it's even okay if you forget days here and there) for 100 days (until May 9). Build it into your daily routine for the next few months, and years from now, you'll still be able to recall the passage you memorized this month.

Working through the book of Ephesians has been a blessing for me. I'm thankful to Ann for the inspiration and motivation, thankful to Christ for the grace to be able to memorize His Word, and looking forward to pressing on toward my goal--not just to memorize the rest of Ephesians, but to get the words deep into my heart and LIVE them.

UPDATE 2/4: Looks like the embedded audio files aren't working. For all two of you who want to hear them, here are the links:

Ephesians 1:1-14

Ephesians 1:15-23

Ephesians 2:1-13


Ann Kroeker said...

How amazing--you are the mega girl! That's fantastic, and I love that God is using this gift of yours to bless others in so many ways. Obviously you've been an incredible resource and inspiration to Mega Memory Month, but I could see you reciting this in public as a way to let God's Word be experienced in a fresh way.

I'll check back and see if your podcast things embed. Sometimes technology can be so maddening--I hope they work, because I loved listening to your recitations in the past!

zz said...

Yay! I will take a listen tonight. I'm not polished enough to recite either on phone or on camera, but I am so glad I took the MMM challenge and for your encouragement. Most importantly, I have a bigger view of God than I did a month ago.

cincychelle said...

I pulled up your blog today during breakfast because I haven't checked it in a while. Olivia was sitting next to me, saw your profile picture and said "Amyyyy" and smiled! :) I asked her who else was in the picture and she said "Eeeelyyyyy" & "Meenaaaa" (we'll keep working on those two!)

Linda said...

Wow! Great job! {{{applause}}}

We have not memorized our passage perfectly yet, but we are not giving up...we have made progress, and that is the important thing.

Like you, long term retention is our goal!