Scripture. Observation. Application. Prayer.
At Wellspring, our desire is that every believer would not just attend church, but also hear from God daily through His Word! As we read the Bible, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think, transforms the spirit of our mind, and helps us become more like Jesus!
SOAP journaling is a simple and excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to you. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time when you want to reflect on and review some of the ‘gems’ that you have received.
Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and important revelation. Furthermore, while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your community or spouse, so having a written record becomes very important.
Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight, and even encourage others. All you need to begin is a Bible, pen and journal!
How to SOAP
Write down in your journal a verse or two that stood out to you.
Write down observations about the Scripture you just read. What do you think God is saying through this Scripture?
Personalize what you have read by asking yourself “How does this apply to my life right now?”
Write down a personal message from you to God based on what you just learned, and ask Him to help you apply this truth to your life.