I am currently part of a women's small group at my church called Lineage of Love. One of the women in our church wrote and developed this amazing journal that we are working through in smaller groups that meet monthly. The first section was on priorities and looking at what we spend most of our time doing and how we could manage our time better so that God is our number one priority. There was also a little section about different things we can do to make spending time with God a daily habit. One of the things mentioned was the SOAP method for journaling and I loved it!
The SOAP method stands for S - Scripture, O - Observation, A - Application, and P - Prayer. It's a great way to study and really dive into your Bible readings. Whether you are a veteran Bible reader or you're new to it, this is a great prompt to follow during your daily Bible readings.
S - Scripture
(What did I read?)
O - Observation
(What did I notice?)
A - Application
(How can I put this into practice?)
P - Prayer
(Where do I need God's help/guidance?)
Here's an example from when I read Nehemiah 1.
S - Scripture (What did I read?)
Nehemiah chapter 1
O - Observation (What did I notice?)
Nehemiah prayed during a time of pain
A - Application (How can I put this into practice?)
I need to make prayer my first response
P - Prayer (Where do I need God's help/guidance?)
Lord, remind me to run to you and pray first, rather than trying to solve the problem on my own terms.
Take a few minutes during your daily devotions today and try out the SOAP method. It really helped me to dive into my Bible readings and look deeper into Bible verses and entire chapters. Let me know if you try out the SOAP method and if you have another awesome way for diving into your Bible readings.