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How To {SOAP} Your Quiet Time

SOAP 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 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!

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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!

Angela

 

 

 

 

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Week 1 Intro to the Proverbs 31 Book Club

Welcome to Week 1 in Proverbs 31!!!  We are so delighted that you are here.

I know that a lot of women have mixed emotions about the Proverbs 31 woman – I mention in the video below how some women are intimidated and even irritated at this passage in the Bible.

I want to challenge women everywhere to read it, accept it, tremble in awe of the mighty God we serve who has called us to such a high task and pray.

(if you cannot see the video click here - and if you are wondering what passage I am referring to in the video -  with a list for noble men - go to I Timothy 3:1-13.)

 This week’s reading assignment is found on our reading plan here and is also in our study guide here. (if you don’t wish to print the study guide just grab a spiral notebook and use the SOAP method below for each passage you read.)

We encourage you to daily be in God’s word using the Bible reading plan and the SOAP method.  What is the S.O.A.P. method? So glad you asked!

The S.O.A.P. Method stands for:

1.  S- Write out the scripture passage for the day.

2. O- Write down 1 or 2 observations from the passage.

3. A- Write down 1-2 applications from the passage.

4. P- Pray over what you learned from today’s passage.

This is a place of grace – college students, nursing moms, working moms, homeschooling moms, room moms, grandma’s caring for their grandchildren or ailing parents, and women from all walks of life are here! We women are busy and doers! We need this time – but this needs to be a time of peace – NO pressure – do what time allows.

Even when you miss a day of your quiet time, it’s important that you stay connected to your group. It is very easy to lose fellowship if you do not remain committed to your accountability group. Be honest. Say you are struggling – I KNOW they will lift you up in prayer! And Girls – we ALL need more prayer – don’t we?

I’m lifting you all up in prayer this week! Now dig in and enjoy!

Walk with the King!

Courtney, WomenLivingWell

*If you have not downloaded the free eBook The Proverbs 31 Woman ~ One Virtue at a Time – click here .

**This Wednesday we will have a link-up for bloggers. If you have a blog, we invite you to write about what you are learning in your quiet time or about your GMG group. You DO NOT have to write about Proverbs 31 - we are interested in hearing from everyone about all the studies you are all doing. So please join our link-up party. If you are not a blogger, we invite you to visit other GMG’s blogs and to share here in our comment section what God is teaching you during your morning quiet time.

Only 7 More Days Until GMG Starts!!!

Courtney and I are so excited to unveil our Ministry of Motherhood S.O.A.P. & Book Club schedule! During the upcoming 12 week study we are going to be using the S.O.A.P. Method to help us dig deeper into scripture as we read Ministry of Motherhood together. What is the S.O.A.P. method? So glad you asked!

The S.O.A.P. Method stands for:

1.  S- Write out the scripture passage for the day.

2. O- Write down 1 or 2 observations from the passage.

3. A- Write down 1-2 applications from the passage.

4. P- Pray over what you learned from today’s passage.

By the end of the 12 weeks, you will have written out and meditated on numerous verses all geared toward strengthening and growing us as mothers. Many days you will only see one verse listed to read….we do that for a reason! We want you to mediate, ponder, apply and eventually store these verses in our memory and hearts. Simply reading the verse and closing your bible for the day won’t have the same effect as if you read the verse, write it on a note card and re-read it through-out the day meditating and praying over the verse and asking God to help you apply it to your life. We want you to interact with God’s Word on a deeper level….using the S.O.A.P. method helps you go deeper.

As you go through this study, if you come across a verse or passage that you don’t understand, we recommend Crosswalk’s Bible Study Tools found here:http://www.biblestudytools.com/ On this page in the lower right hand corner, you can find links to Bible dictionaries, commentaries, concordances, and other Bible translations, etc.

We also recommend Matthew Henry’s Commentary’s found here: http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/

Our Web Schedule:

On Monday’s, you’ll see Sally Clarkson’s exclusive videos pertaining to that week’s reading in Ministry of Motherhood. Wisdom just pours out of Sally so you won’t want to miss what she has to say each Monday. The only thing better would be to have Sally Clarkson sit right next to you and mentor you personally!

On Wednesday’s, we invite you to link up or comment in the comment section and share what you are learning during your quiet times- this is your day to interact! As a change this session, we will also have several bloggers guest posting on what they learned while reading Ministry of Motherhood!

On Friday’s, Courtney and I will close with a discussion on what we learned through that week’s reading as well as share our answers to some of the discussion questions.

Our 12 week schedule looks like this:

Reading over the Ministry of Motherhood schedule you’ll see each day, Monday-Friday, you have one or a few verses to read from the bible and mediate on. Besides the daily scripture reading you’ll also have two chapters to read each week. Every other week there will be discussion questions for you to answer and share with your group. If you don’t have a group, please feel free to share online by commenting on our blog posts! We always love to hear from you!  I know two chapters might sound like a lot to read, but after looking through the book you’ll see that each chapter is only a few pages and I guarantee you, you’ll have a hard time stopping at just two!!! :)

Click here to download the  Ministry of Motherhood SOAP schedule.

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You can also “follow” us on Twitter at @WomenLivingWell (Courtney) & @LoveGodGreatly (Angela)

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s surprise post……you won’t want to miss it! :) We have a lot going on this week!

Until tomorrow!!!!

Love God Greatly!

It’s Time to Share and link-up

A few of you have asked to see how we are completing the S.O.A.P. method so I thought I’d show you what I wrote down for today’s verses. Hope this helps!

James 1: 22-24

S- Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

O- In these verses I observe that I am not to just listen to God’s Word- being passive. God calls us to be active in our faith by doing what it says. Being a doer helps us to remember what God’s word says. Moving from passive listener to active doer helps us to internalize God’s Word and moves us into better understanding.

A- I need to make sure that I am moving beyond just reading and listening to God’s Word. I want my faith to be active. I want to be a doer of God’s Word. I want God’s truth to penetrate the deepest levels of my heart. I don’t want to simply take in God’s Word, I want His Words to change me. I want to become more like Christ each day- Christ wasn’t passive. His faith was active. My faith needs to be active too.

P- Lord, please help me to find ways to put your words into action in my life. Please change me from the inside out. Please keep me from being like the man who hears your words and does not allow them to change him. Please bless me with head knowledge and heart knowledge. I pray when people see me- they truly only see you. Use me Jesus.

Here’s another example for you from our reading this week:

James 1:19-20

S- My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

O- Everyone includes ME! I need to listen more and react less. I need to speak less- no rants! My anger is unrighteous and undesirable to God.

A- Listen more- slow down. Slow down my reactions- be wise-don’t be emotional. My anger displeases God.

P- Lord, help me as I deal with the children to be quick to listen and slow to speak and slow to anger. I am their role model. Help me to teach this to my children by living it first. I love you Jesus!

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Here I explain in greater detail what each section stands for, remember these are just guidelines to help you.

S- stands for “Scripture” you are to write out the verses in your own handwriting. By the end of our James study, you will have written out the WHOLE book of James! Also writing out the scripture helps you to understand it better and take a closer, slower look at the verses.

O- stands for “Observations“, what do you notice in this passage? You may want to summarize the verses in your own words, but most importantly write down what you hear God saying to you in these verses. What new observations or insights have you learned?

A- stands for “Application“, how can you apply what you just read to your life? Make it personal. Is there something that you need to change? Someone you need to forgive?

P- stands for “Prayer“, pray over what God has shown you today through His Word. Ask Him to help you live it out.

Thanks for making the time to be in God’s Word a priority in your life!

Learning to LOVE GOD GREATLY right along with you!!!

-Angela

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