SOAP Daily Journal Method

journalingOK.  It’s not my method.  But Kellie and I have been using the LIFE JOURNAL for many years.  Developed by Pastor Wayne Cordiero and New Hope Church, this way of reading and applying God’s Word to daily life has reaped tremendous benefits in our lives.

Remember, this is not a guilt-trip-I-missed-a-day thing.  God is not keeping track of how many days you do or don’t spend time in the word.  But I believe the more you meet with Him in His Word, in you will develop a greater sense of peace, love, and understanding about God’s relationship with you and your relationship about the world.

Simply put, it is called the SOAP method.  SOAP stands for scripture, observation, application, and prayer. I suggest you get one of New Life’s Journals.  It is a great resource and helps with a daily reading plan.  (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR THE DAILY READINGS).

From New Hope’s Website …

Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the ‘gems’ that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! And while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your small group or mentors. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.

 

S for Scripture

Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. (READINGS ARE AT THE BOTTOM). Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

O for Observation

What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.  To help you begin this section, you can write, “This scripture tells me that …”

A for Application

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.  To help you begin this section, you can write, “This scripture reminds me to …”

P for Prayer

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

Simple… Easy…and takes only minutes a day (sounds like an exercise program!).  Go ahead; Give it a shot!

Here’s an example from an entry I did:

Here is a daily schedule:

Monday, April 20, 2020 Psalm 79 Acts 21
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Psalm 80 Acts 22
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Psalm 81 Acts 23
Thursday, April 23, 2020 Psalm 82 Acts 24
Friday, April 24, 2020 Psalm 83 Acts 25
Saturday, April 25, 2020 Psalm 84 Acts 26
Sunday, April 26, 2020 Psalm 85 Acts 27
Monday, April 27, 2020 Psalm 86 Acts 28
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Psalm 87 Romans 1
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Psalm 88 Romans 2
Thursday, April 30, 2020 Psalm 89 Romans 3
Friday, May 1, 2020 Psalm 90 Romans 4
Saturday, May 2, 2020 Psalm 91 Romans 5
Sunday, May 3, 2020 Psalm 92 Romans 6
Monday, May 4, 2020 Psalm 93 Romans 7
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Psalm 94 Romans 8
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Psalm 95 Romans 9
Thursday, May 7, 2020 Psalm 96 Romans 10
Friday, May 8, 2020 Psalm 97 Romans 11
Saturday, May 9, 2020 Psalm 98 Romans 12
Sunday, May 10, 2020 Psalm 99 Romans 13
Monday, May 11, 2020 Psalm 100 Romans 14
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Psalm 101 Romans 15
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Psalm 102 Romans 16
Thursday, May 14, 2020 Psalm 103 1 Corinthians 1
Friday, May 15, 2020 Psalm 104 1 Corinthians 2
Saturday, May 16, 2020 Psalm 105 1 Corinthians 3
Sunday, May 17, 2020 Psalm 106 1 Corinthians 4
Monday, May 18, 2020 Psalm 107 1 Corinthians 5
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Psalm 108 1 Corinthians 6
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Psalm 109 1 Corinthians 7
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Psalm 110 1 Corinthians 8
Friday, May 22, 2020 Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 9
Saturday, May 23, 2020 Psalm 112 1 Corinthians 10
Sunday, May 24, 2020 Psalm 113 1 Corinthians 11
Monday, May 25, 2020 Psalm 114 1 Corinthians 12
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Psalm 115 1 Corinthians 13
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Psalm 116 1 Corinthians 14
Thursday, May 28, 2020 Psalm 117 1 Corinthians 15
Friday, May 29, 2020 Psalm 118 1 Corinthians 16
Saturday, May 30, 2020 Psalm 119 2 Corinthians 1
Sunday, May 31, 2020 Psalm 120 2 Corinthians 2

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  1. Ah, I was confirmed over 40 years ago. This is the method our Pastor had us use to examine scriptures. It has been very insightful for me all these years.

    Also Pastor Todd and family, I lived around the corner from your sister, Jennifer, in Littleton/Centennial so I feel like I personally know you a little bit. Thank you for sharing your walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death and relying on God’s comfort and guidance to fear no evil while you are there.

    God bless you,
    Terri

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