Friends, the best piece of advice I can give you is this: Always start your day with a hearty PB+J, and some good ol’ fashioned soap. And I’m not talking about peanut butter and jelly for breakfast and scrub a dub dubbin with a bar of soap before you head off to work. (But please do, hygiene is important.) I’m talking about starting your day with Prayer, Bible, + Journal using the Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer method. See? PB+J and SOAP.
START YOUR DAY WITH PB+J
Before you begin your time with the Lord each morning, pray. It doesn’t have to be long, just a simple, “Lord, speak to me through your word, I’m listening.” Ask Him to speak to you through your Bible study that morning and help you discern what the Word is saying. Second, use your Bible to spend time with Jesus, growing in your relationship with Him. God gave us His word in the Bible so we could learn from it, learn more about Him, and grow from what we are learning and applying to our lives. There’s no better way to strengthen your relationship with Jesus that to spend time learning from Him in His word. Finally, journal what you have learned. I’ll share with you a great method for journaling below that is simple to use.
S stands for scripture. Read your scripture for your Bible study that morning and meditate on it for a minute or two. O stands for observation. Observe what the passage is saying, and look for what God is teaching you in the passage. What stands out to you? A stands for application. How can you apply this teaching to your life in a practical way? P stands for prayer. Respond to what God has taught you in prayer. Ask Him to help you apply this new knowledge to your life and make known to you areas that need forgiveness and redemption.
Using the soap method is a simple and effective way to spend some quality PB+J time with the Lord. It can take you 5 minutes or 30 minutes, which is the beauty of the method. It’s perfect for a busy morning before work and a lazy Saturday morning. One thing I personally love to do during my PB+J time is listen to worship music. I feel connected to God when I am worshiping Him through music, so I’d like to leave you with my favorite Bible study worship playlist in case you can relate and want to give it a listen. Also, below you can download a free printable of the SOAP method to use during your Bible study. I hope this SOAP method works well for you during your time with God, and you enjoy the Bible study worship music playlist as well 🙂 Let me know in the comments below how this Bible study method works for you, or if you use a different favorite Bible study method I’d love to hear it!
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