Uncategorized

S.O.A.P. Bible Study Method

On December 1st I started an online Bible study through Love God Greatly and I am really enjoying it. It is an advent Bible study called The Road to Christmas.

One thing that I am really enjoying is the SOAP Bible study method. Believe it or not I have never heard of this method for studying the Bible until now. I heard of SOAP when I was in massage school for taking client notes, but never in Bible study.

The S.O.A.P Bible Study Method

S. Start with scripture. Write it down. Whether it is 1 verse or 10 write them out on paper. Writing scripture down helps me remember it and really think about.

O. O is for observation. What do I see? This is where I reread the scripture and write down what it tells me. If there are words in the verses I don’t know I look them up and write down the definitions.

A. Application. This is the hard one. Writing it down is not hard, but living the scripture out is. I ask myself during this step, “What is God’s Word saying to me? How can I apply that scripture to my life today? Are there any changes that I need to make in my heart to be able to live this out?

P. Prayer. The best part. Isn’t it awesome that we get to talk to God? I write my prayer down according to what I wrote down in the application step. I pray that God would help me to live these scriptures out. If I did see that there were changes I needed to make (and usually there are) I pray God would give me the strength to make those changes. Also, pray God’s word back to Him.

Here is an example of what I did this morning with Psalm 25: 8-10.

S. “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His testimonies.”

O. The Lord is good. He instructs sinners in the way. Not perfect people, sinners. He leads the humble in what is right. Not the proud! He teaches the humble his way. All the paths and ways of the Lord are constant, loyal, reliable, in love, and faithful for those who keep His commands.

A. Because God is good He will instruct me. Most importantly God instructs me knowing that I am a sinner. God knows I am a sinner. God knows I will sin. But He will lead me in what is right and He will teach me His ways IF I am humble. Humble=low in my own spirit and heart, submissive to God. Knowing that I can do nothing without God. And IF I keep God’s commands He will lead me. The path God leads me down will be a path of love and faithfulness. To keep his commands I need to know His word! And when I know His word I need to OBEY His word. And then I can trust in His ways and trust that no matter what happens in my life He will be guiding me with love and faithfulness.

P. Father God, thank you for being good, especially when I am not. Thank you for leading me even though I am a sinner. Thank you for Jesus and for providing a way back to you. I pray that I would accept your instruction and not push away from it and try to do things my way. I pray that you would help me humble myself and live a humble life. I pray that you will lead me in what is right and that you will teach me your ways and how to live them out. I thank you that all your ways are loving and faithful. Please God help me to trust in that and live that out.

in His name, Amen

If you have never tried the SOAP Bible study method before I really recommend you do. It helps you do more than just read the scripture. It helps you dig down in to them and also helps you dig down in to your own heart.

cooking with kids, preschool activities

Teaching children about Lottie Moon.

lottiemoon collageSo tomorrow starts the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering at our Church. Do you know who Lottie Moon is? Lottie Moon was a missionary to China for nearly 40 years. She taught the people of China how to read and write.

She often made tea cakes (cookies) for the children. The children would eat the cookies and then take Lottie to their mothers where she would then share the gospel with the family.

Since we are starting our Offering at Church tomorrow I wanted to do an activity with the kids to learn about who Lottie Moon was. I searched for information and found this story about Lottie and a recipe for the cookies she used to make.

First we read the story.

Then we made the cookies.

image

image

image

After making the dough we rolled it out and cut the cookies.

image

Then we popped them in the oven. They only take 5 minutes to cook!

I found  coloring pages to go along with the story so while the cookies were cooking (and while we ate them) they colored the pictures.

himage image image

Well, the bean cut his.

image

Then we ate them! And they were really good.

image image

So there is a really neat lesson for children (and parents) about Lottie Moon.

And it was a lesson for me. I learned what a tea cake was and that they are pretty good. And very quick to make!

image

Books

Being Intentional When Life Gets Mundane.

This was a post I wrote about a year ago when I did a Proverbs 31 Bible study on What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa Terkeurst.. I highly recommend the book.

Today is the Blog Hop I’ve been so excited about! So excited that I started this blog!! For the Blog Hop we are to write about one of the topics that are given to us through the Online Bible Study. The one I chose asks the questions:

What are some action steps you can take each day to become more aware of God’s presence?  How can you intentionally pursue God even in the middle of “life’s mundane activities”?  (Oh, how I struggle with that!)

The very first thing I can do each day to become more aware of God’s presence is to pray. I can pray in bed before my feet even hit the floor for God to help me become more aware of His presence.

Also, I have to keep myself in God’s word to be able to discern His presence in my life. If I do not know His word, then I will not know His will and I will not be able to be aware of His presence.  When I have hard decisions to make or the daily tasks I have to complete I must remember to be intentional and to be aware of His presence.  I am to glorify God in all that I do.

Sometimes my daily activities do become mundane, but if I keep myself in God’s word, whether it is in the Bible, at church, in a book (like the awesome one I’m reading now, “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God”), or with Christian music, it helps me to be able to do those mundane activities with a purpose.

For example, if my child wants a snack AGAIN for the fifth time today, it makes it easier for me to happily get off of my comfortable couch and get them a snack. If I am surrounding my self with God’s word it makes it easier for me to do because I know that God tells me to do everything without complaining. He tells me to treat others as more important than myself and His word tells me that He opposes the proud, but favors the humble. And ultimately everything I do is suppose to be done to glorify God even if it is something as simple as happily getting my child a snack, AGAIN.

If I haven’t been in God’s word, Oh how easy it is for me to groan and complain all the way to the kitchen about how these kids want to eat all the time and how they always want something when I’m trying to rest for 5 minutes!  So, whether it’s fixing snacks, doing laundry or sweeping the floor, I have to keep saying “Yes” to God and do everything I do to glorify Him.

Verses to meditate on:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your strength.”  Deuteronomy 6:5

“Let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.”  Matthew 5:16