Early in the week, as I contemplate my Sunday post ahead, my thoughts and Bible reflections take me down a certain path. Often, God guides me in a different direction as the week progresses. That’s what happened this week. It all started with a very special gift.
An e-mail friend, who is also a reader, kindly and thoughtfully ordered this personalized journal for me. What a wonderful gift!
Isaiah 43:1 has a very personal meaning for me, so the cover instantly brought tears. That verse is a reminder of a private moment God and I shared when I was thirty. Do you have a verse like that? One that God brought to your attention in particular just for you?
…and you knew He was there with you?
…just the two of you?
…just you and the Lord?
And it can happen again and again…if we seek Him. Each day as I read His word, I seek that intimacy with God. It’s not always that profound, but I know He’s there as I read and talk with Him (and listen).
In this journal, each page has a verse with my name used somewhere in the scripture.
How deeply moving!
I e-mailed a thank-you, of course. My friend said she’s using her journal as her thankfulness journal.
I shared with her my plans for the journal, and when she replied favorably, I realized you might like to know the process many at my church follow for reading and journaling each day.
Follow your chosen reading plan each day, and write these four things (short or long, your choice) in your journal each day. Think of SOAP.
- S – Scripture. Choose one verse (from your reading that day) that “spoke” to you or touched you in a special way, and write the verse.
- O – Observation. Write what you observe in the verse – the facts.
- A – Applicati0n. How you will apply it to your life.
- P – Prayer. Write a short prayer relating to the verse – like a commitment to the Lord for how you will do something different based on what you read, or thank Him for what came to mind as you read that verse.
On some days, it can be just a simple or basic thing. Other days, God will blow your socks off!
Later in the week, I watched a video by Anne Graham Lotz about how to study your Bible. Anne’s video parallels the SOAP process perfectly. That’s when I knew God was totally changing this post for you today.
Anne Graham Lotz shares her wonderful video here. She does something similar to SOAP, only without the catchy name.
Anne discusses writing facts from a Bible verse – like the SOAP observation. Anne explains the next step that’s much like the SOAP application – the lessons God has for us in the passage and what He’s teaching us in it.
How do you draw closer to God and study His word? What’s your plan for 2017?
P.S. If you have a friend in mind for one of these journals, you can find them here.