I am a couple days behind in posting my recap of this past month of participating in MMM (Mega Memory Month) with Ann Kroeker and others.
First I want to say a huge thank you to Ann for this idea and worthy pursuit. The dividends began from the first day and I believe they will continue to grow.
Ann asked that those who participated to post a special progress report and to be creative. So what follows is my attempt…a bit lacking but nonetheless my effort.
First let me show what I used to memorize my chosen piece of scripture…Romans 12.
My index cards…
Sorry…they are a bit blurry…but I think you get the idea.
I kept my cards next to my bed and said them every night for the most part before I went to sleep. I also would take them in my purse and work on them when I had a few moments to work on them. I took Ann’s suggestion and prayed through them…this was very powerful to me.
Somedays I would write out as many verses as I could remember and that was helpful.
Day by day and week by week as I progressed it was neat to see how my herky jerky attempts began to sound smooth and little by little I found that I was not saying the verses in a rote manner like a robot but I could hear myself changing inflections and it felt like the words were no longer just on the page or index card but they were apart of me. You might click onto Ann’s blog and hear her recite her chosen scripture…I don’t know Ann personally but hearing the tenderness of her voice brought it home to me that these verses now reside in our hearts…we have made a home for them in our deepest places.
This chapter in particular has impacted me greatly. At times, it was difficult because it contains so much of what our lives as believers should comprise and it was easy to see how short I continually fall. The enemy of my soul would want me to stay in self defeat and condemnation and abandon this pursuit. But the Lover of my soul beckoned me on by telling me that He was tenderly showing me a better way.
The last thing that I did to really hide this chapter in my heart was when I realized that the whole chapter truly reveals what being a living sacrifice is all about…I repeated the first verse after each subsequent verse.
In verse 18 it says:
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Then I would repeat verse one:
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.”
It has been humbling but the scriptures echo in my head…in fact, this very morning, I had to ask my family forgiveness on the way to church because I was definitely not living at peace by having a short temper that rivaled my 5 year olds tantrum…how thankful that I received their forgiveness but also celebrated communion this morning…a very tangible reminder of God’s mercy.
“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.”
As God would have it, I would stumble across portions of Romans 12 in books I was reading. The last two Sundays both our lead pastor and our youth pastor used 3 different verses from Romans 12.
Romans 12 has 21 verses and I can say the first 16-18 well…the last few are not as smooth and not one with me yet…I will still continue to work on this chapter.
On Friday, I wrote on my giant newprint pad…the entire chapter out and colored it in…I wrote in green lettering the areas where I stumbled and they were different than I thought. So it continues to be a work in progress.
This month has shown me the tenderness of God…how powerful His Word is…how important hiding God’s Word into our hearts and lives is…that even without perfection in memorizing…I was blessed…if I had only memorized the first verse…I would have gained much.
I am looking forward to the next MMM sometime in the new year but the great news is that we don’t have to wait for an event…take some time to hide God’s Word in your heart…you won’t regret it. It can be just one verse…something that gives you encouragement for the season you are in…or a promise you want to claim for yourself…your family…your children. Let God’s Word shape you and minister to you!