Saturday, November 17, 2012

SOAP Journaling

Have you ever heard of SOAP journaling? 
It's a wonderful (and easy!) way to do daily devotions and help keep you focused on the Lord. 
Although I don't follow the prescribed dates
(I really should and might do that at the beginning of the  year)
I still use it as a regular part of my devotions. 

Here's a rundown on SOAP journaling and I encourage to you to grab
a notebook and pen and try it yourself 

S for Scripture Open your Bible to the reading found under today's date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

O for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.

A for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.

P for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

If this seems a little overwhelming, take it slow and keep it simple. No matter how you decide to do your devotions, the important thing is to show up for your daily appointment, because God is always waiting for you!

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