Sunday, September 6, 2015



There are many tools and techniques available at your local Christian bookstores to aid and enhance personal Bible study. One such tool is called “journaling” and consists of systematic daily bible reading, along with writing a journal following the acronym S.O.A.P.

S for Scripture

Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your bible next to the scriptures that stand out. When you are done, reread the verses you marked, look for one 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! Then, write it down.


Linda said...

Good tips!

my little ✂ cottage said...

Thanks for the tip, i will check that out, but i read in dutch or spanish, i love your header! blessings denise...

Marian said...

Precioso post !!! Formidable catequesis.
Me ha encantada querida amiga.
Un abrazo fuerte.
Dios te bendiga.

ஐღReneeღஐ said...

I Love SOAPS, I have done this for years,and posted about it several times on my blog :-)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I like studying scripture like this.

Ceil said...

Hi Denise! We used to use the SOAP method in charting when I was a young nurse. I never thought I could use it for journaling! That's brilliant! Especially the application part, because what good is it to just read, and not apply?
Wishing you joy this Labor Day :)

Sharon said...

Wonderful tips, Denise. So helpful.

I continue to pray that the Lord will uplift you in your continuing journey of health challenges. I pray for healing, always, and for the deep sense that HE is indeed with you every step of the way!


LeAnn said...

Loved the soap ideas; this is awesome. I don't know what I do without daily scriptures reading. Right now I am reading the New Testament and am into the writings of Paul. What a powerful Apostle he was.
Hugs for this one!

bettyl-NZ said...

Great idea!