|forget-me-nots by Dean Jenkins|
I don't really know what is going on, but I am struggling with my memory lately. It is incredibly frustrating.
When I was a child, I never read books more than once because I found it boring to reread a book I had already absorbed in great detail. One time through and I was done. For my entire childhood.
When my parents couldn't remember something... a name, a date, an event... they would ask me.
I did well in school without too much studying because I could remember most everything after hearing it once.
I leaned hard on my memory, and it served me well.
Now I am in my forties. In the past few years my memory has begun to fail. I am off balance.
Last spring I had a few small parts in a children's play with my daughter. She memorized 144 lines in about two weeks. I had 10-ish lines; it took me two months.
I have been trying to memorize the book of Philippians (for more about that and to join an online community, click on the button in the sidebar), and since December have only been able to add a few new verses.
Today I write for two reasons.
The first is to share an incredible grace... several people have been praying for me to be able to persevere in memorizing Philippians (thank you sweet new friends), and today I saw the fruit of their prayers! For the first time since December, I was able to make it all the way through the verses I've been memorizing, without getting completely lost and drawing a blank. And this despite the fact that I had that persistent fuzzy feeling in my head (plus headache), and sometimes felt like it was my mouth remembering, not my brain.
The second is to ask for ideas... what might help me with this memory problem? I don't so much mean techniques for memorization, although I'll be grateful for those as well. But my mind... could this be hormones? I would love to glean from your wisdom and experience!
It won't surprise you now to learn that I forgot to continue adding to my gratitude list here on Mondays. But now that I have remembered... I am ever so grateful for...
41 ~ sisters in Christ who pray without being asked
42 ~ patient children who encourage and applaud as I stumble over words
43 ~ my Lord who is strong when I am weak
44 ~ Advil :-)
45 ~ helpful ideas that are sure to come
46 ~ my little boy's loving hands stroking my hair as I strive to remember
47 ~ his small whisper of a word or two when I pause
48 ~ the deep grooves in my brain where God is carving His Word
49 ~ sweet tears of rejoicing when I realized the gift I had been given this morning
50 ~ bibles all over the house to lean on when I forget
linking up with Multitudes on Mondays...
If you have experienced memory lapses I would be ever so grateful if you would share what has helped you. Thank you!