I am so excited to share with you all of the new things I have been praying over and planning for the next GMG session!
So let’s get to it!
For the last 5 years, we have used the SOAP method to study God’s word. The SOAP method is not original to me. It is a method that has been used by other ministries and other websites. My mother used this method to disciple me when I was in 5th grade (I still have my journal from 1986). That is why I chose it for GMG.
I love this method but wanted something unique – just for us – to represent the heart of Women Living Well.
In Chapter 11 of my book, I share about my mom’s admirable walk with God. Her colored pencils were always beside her Bible on our kitchen table, and I could wake at odd hours of the night to find my mom there dissecting the details of Scripture. She kept concordances and commentaries at her fingertips, and this is how she spent her free time.
As a child, I remember the radio in her bathroom was always running with sermons emitting from the tiny speaker. Mom was soaking in God’s word any way she could.
Even now, I sit beside her in the pew every Sunday to worship, and she still furiously takes notes on the sermon in her notebook. At home she has a huge stack of her notebooks dating back to when I was born. She is still a spiritual sponge; continually seeking God and to know Him more.
My mom is a living example of a woman who is being drenched in living water and, as a direct result, is living well.
I recognize we live in a fast paced, busy society. Just getting into God’s word for 5 minutes a day is a stretch for some of us – including me. Yes, I struggle with the discipline of being in God’s Word too. That is why I created Good Morning Girls accountability groups. Because I NEED accountability.
So the study methods I’m about to share are optional.
First priority is simply opening God’s word and reading it and spending some time in prayer.
If you are looking to squeeze a little more out of God’s word, then I have some NEW Bible Study Methods that will help us go deeper with God in the NEW Year!
GMG’s NEW Bible Study Method ~ SOAK (in place of SOAP)
This is the method you will find in our updated eWorkbooks.
S – The S stands for Scripture – Read the chapter for the day. Then choose 1-2 verses and write them out word for word. (There is no right or wrong choice – just let the Holy Spirit guide you.)
O – The O stands for Observation – Look at the verse or verses you wrote out. Write 1 or 2 observations. What stands out to you? What do you learn about the character of God from these verses? Is there a promise, command or teaching?
A – The A stands for Application – Personalize the verses. What is God saying to you? How can you apply them to your life? Are there any changes you need to make or an action to take?
K – The K stands for Kneeling in Prayer – Pause, kneel and pray. Confess any sin God has revealed to you today. Praise God for His word. Pray the passage over your own life or someone you love. Ask God to help you live out your applications.
SOAK God’s word into your heart and squeeze every bit of nourishment you can out of each day’s scripture reading. Soon you will find your life transformed by the renewing of your mind!
GMG’s NEW Bible Coloring Chart
For those of you who are visual and like to mark in your Bible, I have a created a system for highlighting specific topics in your Bible. My mother followed the color and symbol marking system of Precept Bible Study’s. I grew up watching her spend hours dissecting scripture. It is a great system but time consuming and difficult to implement with our “one chapter a day” Reading Plan.
So I created a simpler one just for us! You will find this method laid out in every updated eWorkbook as well!
Here it is:
Click HERE to Print the GMG Coloring Chart
Monday Meditation and Memorization
Have you wondered if we’d do any memorization as we read through the Bible? You aren’t alone – I’ve been asked this question. My concern has been that I often start out strong with memorization but then fizzle out. As your leader, I need to create something that is realistic and doable for me personally. It’s easy to assign memory verses every week – but if I’m not memorizing them myself then I am failing you as a leader.
So this is what I’ve come up with…
Monday Meditation and Memorization.
Every Monday on the blog, I will post one verse from our reading that stands out.
I will create a printable of the verse as well.
My plan is to print the verse (or multiple copies of the verse) and then place it in the kitchen, bathroom, car, my purse, pocket or beside my computer. I will pause and read it before I go to bed, when I first wake in the morning, and anytime in between.
As I meditate on this passage through out the week – SOAKing in God’s word and squeezing all the spiritual nourishment out of it that I can – perhaps it will become memorized as well.
If it does not – grace. There will be no memory verse tests in heaven. But I love God’s word and I want to savor it more!
Do you love God’s Word too?
Then you are in the right place!
What do you think of the changes (SOAP to SOAK) and additions (Bible Coloring Chart and Monday Meditation and Memorization)?
Do you have any other suggestions to make GMG better? I won’t be able to implement them necessarily this session but I’m listening.
Walk with the King,
Added Note to answer your question – what are in those jars?
Highlighters -> Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
I will make a video soon to show how I do the highlighting. 😉