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{How To} S.O.A.P. Your Quiet Time



I’m proud of you.

I really am….. I want YOU to know that.

I’m proud of you for making the commitment this fall to be in God’s Word…..to be reading it each day and applying it to YOUR life……the beautiful life our Lord has given YOU.

Each session I create a study guide that goes along with the verses we are reading, this study guide is to help you interact with God’s Word and learn to dig deeper…. slowing down to really read what God is saying to you that day.

Before we get to far into our fall session, I want to take the time and explain what the S.O.A.P. method is and WHY you should use it during your quiet time.

Why S.O.A.P. it?

It’s one thing to simply read scripture, but when you interact with it, when you learn to slow down to REALLY read it,  suddenly words start popping off the page. By SOAPing your verses you are able to dig deeper into scripture and “see” more than if you simply read the verses and then went on your merry way. Let me encourage you to take the time to S.O.A.P. the daily verses and see for yourself how much more you get out of your daily reading……you’ll be amazed.

What does S.O.A.P. mean?

S- The S stands for Scripture- you physically write out the scripture……you’ll be amazed that what God will reveal to you just by taking the time to slow down and actually write out what you are reading!

O- The O stands for observation- what do you see in the verses that you’re reading. Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you?

A- The A stands for Application- this is when God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take?

P- And finally P stands for Prayer. Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sin that is in your life.

Studying God’s Word like this can take as little or as long as you have time to give. Some days it can take just 10 or 15 minutes, other days longer.

How do I S.O.A.P.?

Here is my personal example from yesterday’s verses….

Colossians 1:5-8

S- The faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

O- (Many times I just bullet my observations……what I’m seeing at first glance when looking at the verses)

  • When you combine faith and love, you get hope.
  • We have to remember that our hope is in heaven…….it is yet to come.
  • The gospel is the word of truth.
  • The gospel is continually bearing fruit and growing from the 1st day to the last.
  • It just takes one person to change a whole community…..Epaphras.

A-Something that stood out to me today was how God used one man, Epaphras to change a whole town!!! I was reminded that we are simply called to tell others about Christ……it’s God’s job to spread the gospel….to grow it and have it bear fruit. I felt today’s verses were almost directly spoken to GMG…..“all over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” Isn’t it fun when God’s Word becomes so alive and speaks directly were we are at?!!!! My prayer today is that all the women involved in this Bible study, over 15,000 now from 60 different countries, will understand God’s grace and have a thirst for His Word.

A quote from my Bible commentary that I wrote in my study guide “God’s Word is not just for our information, it for our transformation.”

P- Dear Lord, please help me to be a “Epapras”…..to tell others about you and then leave the results in your loving hands. Please help me to understand and apply what I have read today to my life personally thereby becoming more and more like you each and every day. Help me to live a life that bears the “fruit” of faith and love…….anchoring my hope in heaven, not here on earth. Help me to remember that the BEST is yet to come!


I’ll be honest with you and say there are many days I write on the front and back side of my study guide…..but you don’t have to. Just take it one day at a time, and write as you respond to what God has shown you through His Word.

The most important ingredients in the S.O.A.P. method is YOUR interaction with God’s Word and your APPLICATION of His Word for YOUR life.

I hope this explanation helps you today as you learn to dig deeper into God’s Word.

“I have a feeling that we would have revival in our churches if all true believers dared to live what Colossians teaches.”- Warren W. Wiersbe


Love God Greatly!





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  1. Thank you Angela for explaining the SOAP method. I always struggle writing the Observation & Application. Reading what your wrote has helped me what to find in Scripture and to dig deeper.

  2. Ohhh wonderful, Alicia!!! I’m so glad it helped! :)

  3. I was just posting late last night for an example. Thanks for showing us. Oh wow I need to dig deeper. My O A and P is only a few sentences. I am trying to not make it like I an English paper, but read, listen, and soak up what God is telling me. Thanks so much!!!!!!!

  4. Love this post. Keeping it for ever more. : )

  5. I think you have disabled right click… I cannot get it to come up. Thanks for sharing more on SOAP… I love this format very much. :)

  6. Angela – what type of Bible do you use? I love the quote it had, “God’s Word is not just for our information, it’s for our transformation” So true and great to be reminded of! I wrote it in my notebook, too. I use an NIV study Bible, but never see quotes, etc. I am asking for a new Bible for Christmas so am trying to figure out all the little differences and decide what one I want! Thank you!

  7. Thanks for the great post & for hosting the linkup, & God bless!

  8. Hi Jenna!

    I use a NIV- Life Application Study Bible. :)

    Sooo blessed to hear you all enjoyed today’s post!

  9. Thank you for explaining and giving examples of Observations and Applications. I’ve been struggling with those and this has given me a clearer picture of them both.

  10. Ohhh wonderful, Cindy!!! :) I’m sooo glad!! :)

  11. I have been so enjoying this study!! It is such a blessing.

  12. Thanks for the explanation…it’s really helped!

  13. Stephanie Groves says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this will help me in getting more outta my SOAP <3

  14. Thank you for sharing how you SOAP! Our ladies bible study group meets on Tuesdays and we are following this study and I have to tell you…I was lost on the O and A. I wasn’t sure how to put it all down! But thanks to this post…I might have an easier time! Thank you for your time put in to sharing God’s word!

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  17. Debbie S. Barton says:

    I would love to receive any info to learn to encourage others. Thank you Jesus!

  18. Beth Piper says:

    How bizarre! I just learned about S.O.A.P. yesterday and I was having a hard time remembering what the each stood for so I just did a search for it and found your website and this article. What is bizarre is that, about 5 minutes ago, I read Colossioans 1, 2, and 3! What a perfect example of an actual S.O.A.P. on something that I just read! Your S.O.A.P. let me absorb a little bit more :)

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  21. Time to SOAP up! that’s what i’m going to tell myself in the mornings now. :) plus, I love to make actual soap so I get warm, fuzzies with the word.

  22. Lynne Burton says:

    THANK YOU!!!!

  23. I love that you say to slow down and really read it. Thank you for posting this!

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