Wow, I’ve been so wrapped up in getting the news out on my first giveaway, that now I realize I’ve neglected to post my Daily Bread entries. While I love learning about all the ins and outs of blogging and giveaways, I’ve mentioned before that I felt maintaining this blog should remain in part, a constructive tool to cultivate my self discipline and purpose, not develop into yet another time constraint taxing my family. That said, I’m excited to get back on track with my goal of weekly sharing my journal entries with you. For now, I’ve really been enjoying the S.O.A.P. study method and find that it helps me make the most of my quiet time (or not so quiet but bible reading time).
Last week I wrote about what Daily Bread means to me and how I hope to share my bible journal entries (more about the S.O.A.P. method here) at least once a week. I really enjoy working on this blog as both a creative outlet and opportunity to practice discipline. I’m still learning how to put it all together, but I don’t think you can go wrong with sharing the Word of God 🙂
Daily Bread can mean different things to different people, and as a new believer I had no clue what this Christianese term meant other than I vaguely recalled it from Christ’s example of prayer, “…give us this day, our daily bread.” I always considered it a simple provision statement, and was so excited when I learned about manna in the Old Testament, and how amazing and faithful that provision is! The thing is though, they had to go out and gather it.
Do you ever get so tied up with something that you decide to just skip a meal, or maybe forget to eat altogether? It’s easy to consider personal needs as optional, especially as a parent. The problem is that we put some very important NEEDS on the back burner because we tell ourselves that doing so only affects us. “I’ll just grab some drive thru so the kids don’t have to wait for lunch and I’ll throw a sandwich together for myself when I get home” Sure…but then life happens and before you know it, you realize it’s already time to make dinner, so you inhale some stashed chocolate and take another swig of coffee and try to get dinner rolling with the least amount of frustration, tears or exploding food disaster.
Maybe that’s just me and all of that sounds foreign to the rest of you, but if you are a parent (especially a mother) chances are it’s worth re-evaluating some of the harmful ways we tend to martyr ourselves unnecessarily. What sort of parent are we offering our children when we are chronically fatigued, mentally taxed, physically malnourished, and ultimately binging on Pinterest searches, entire Netflix seasons or -insert your vice here- to escape from reality? It’s no wonder at times we feel like we are running on empty!
Spring is in the air and while many are taking the change of seasons as an opportunity to spruce things up, I’m writing to share my favorite tip for some major deep cleaning. No, I’m not talking about some secret vinegar recipe, I’m talking about the renewing of your mind with the S.O.A.P. Bible Study method. You may have heard of this before, it’s a great structure for bible journaling that has been around for a while and gaining in popularity. There is even a soap study website where you can log-in and record your entries. Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of it, it was new to me too. Now that I’m in the loop, I hereby extend an invitation to learn about some bible study awesomeness. 🙂
I first ran across this method during my crazy homeschool information hunt last fall, but was so busy with my newborn, homeschool and the holidays to give it much thought. As I was praying about whether or not to continue with this blog, the verse in Matthew 6:33 kept coming to mind:“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” That’s when I realized that listening to my local Christian Music Station and working on a few memory verses with my Lil’ Lizard each day was not cutting it. In the book of Peter it talks about craving the word of God like a new-born hungers for milk. This scripture strikes such a chord with me as a nursing mom, I could write an entire post on it. My babies not only depend on milk for nourishment to sustain life, they find comfort and delight in it. Maybe we should take a hint from the little ones and learn to seek God’s word and rest in Him, trusting in our Father to cover all our needs.
Ok ok, so you’re geared up to study His word, but what does S.O.A.P. stand for and how does it work?