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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 session 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 we 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.

Today 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 a personal example….

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 will understand God’s grace and have a thirst for His Word.

God's Word SOAP

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 the Bible teaches.”


Love God Greatly!



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Love God Greatly!

Angela- Good Morning Girls

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  1. Good Morning! I am super excited to get started with this Bible Study. Thank you so much. :-)

  2. Quick question about SOAPing: if I am reading through my Bible in a year, do I write out all the Scriptures I read? It is sometimes four chapters.

    • I’d recommend targeting a few verses that stood out to you from your daily reading, and make your observations and applications from those verses or from the passage as a whole.

    • Hi Sherry!

      I would find it very difficult to SOAP your whole bible that way, so as Rebecca mentioned – you can target a few verses that stood out to you to make it more feasible. :o) (Leadership Encourager)

  3. Laurie Kinzie says:

    When will we receive study materials? I’ve subscribed.

  4. Myki hyatt says:

    I need help please. I haven’t gotten the confirmation email and can’t figure out how to download the study materials. I sent an email asking for help too.

  5. I’m looking forward to the new study! I was so so blessed by the Anything study this past summer – it was a real turning point in my faith. I also started prayer journaling at that time but something is still missing – my focus. I’m going to start soaping a verse each day. Thank you for your ministry here at GMG – you all are such a blessing.

    • Nicole, i’m SO happy you’ll be doing another study with GMG!! The SOAP method is such an incredible blessing! Really gets you to dive in the Word. :o) ~ ~ Marlene (Leadership Encourager)

  6. robin smith says:

    Hello! I have a quick question…I have downloaded the prayer journals for my son and daughter. Wonderful! They are homeschooled. I would like to know where to find the “bookmark” for the verse of the day?? I am new to GMG. Thanks in advance! PS….Looking forward to my Focused Group!

    • Hi Robin!
      In the footer of your emails, right where you downloaded the Prayer Journals, you will find the book mark as well. It’s in the first file titled “Intentionally Focused Study Guide” on page 7, but it’s also on it’s own in the second file titled “Intentional Focused Reading Plan”. I usually print it out on cardstock and laminate it – just for extra durability.
      Excited you are joining GMG for the first time! :o) (Leadership Encourager)

      • robin smith says:

        Oh my goodnes….it’s literally a book mark! LOL….I have that! I thought it was a bookmark…for example-you bookmark an internet page! Thanks for clearing that up! My kids can read along with me as I read for Focused! GREAT! Bless u!

  7. Hi, my name is Darlene, I was close to Christ at one time and felt like I haven’t been following as close as I should be. I have a husband, two sons, Donnie who is 39 and Darren who is 37, one daughter-in-law, youngest son falls to quick into love and then they leave him. We live in Rockwell NC. I have four of the most wonderful grand children, oldest is 17 youngest is 11. They all still like coming to Grandma and Grandpa. My question is to learn to pray from the heart instead of just saying words.

  8. Patti Pelzel says:

    I am confused and already behind. I need to know if this is my group that I signed up with. Is there a live chat during the week or just reading online. I do not want to get behind. I commented b4, but never see anything pop up anymore. Please reply. Thanks, Patti Pelzel

  9. Please help I am unableto get materials to lead the Easter study. Thank you.


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