Monday, February 07, 2011

MMM: Finishing Well, Starting Strong

I'm a week late getting this up, but wanted to participate in the Mega Memory Month finale, since both Elijah and I made progress in memorization work this month! I'm SO thankful for this challenge to kick-start my Scripture memorization each year. It gives me just the boost I need to dive into the Word and work on getting the Word into me.

By the grace of God, I made it through all of John 1 this month! I did find that narrative was a lot easier to memorize than Paul's theological arguments (though all of the "he said to him"s & "and he answered"s did get a little cumbersome!). It's been valuable to dig into the story of Jesus' life on earth and I really look forward to continuing to "marinate" in John over the next months and years.

I figured for my celebration post, you don't really want to hear or see me recite all of John 1. So instead I've got a video of Elijah, who mastered three verses this month: Genesis 1:1, Matthew 6:24, and Proverbs 3:5. I hoped to get through a fourth, but we switched gears in the middle of the last week. Elijah just went to his own Sunday School class for the first time, and they are memorizing John 3:16, so we abandoned the verse we had started and switched to that one instead.

So, if you can ignore the clutter in the background, and my un-made-up, un-showered self, and the preschooler's silly voice at the beginning plus his fascination with seeing himself on the computer's Elijah sharing his memory verses:

Elijah's memory verses from amy kannel on Vimeo.

For my little guy and me, January 31 is just the beginning. I've got fresh motivation to keep pressing on in my study of John, and I'm excited about spending the rest of the year working on weekly verses with Elijah!

I'm also very excited about a new tool I discovered to facilitate memorization and review: It's a great way to keep track of what I've memorized and check myself. You can use it for the actual memorization process, but since I have another process I know works for me, I'm using it more for review and long-term retention. I think it's going to be really helpful.


Kelly said...

How stinkin' cute is he? :)

Danielle said...

Aw, so cute! We're on Matt. 6:24 right now. One of my boys could memorize a verse a week, the other one is a bit slower, so to make sure we REALLY have them we're doing about one verse every two weeks. I thank you so much for telling me about those foundation verses from DG!