Journaling and the S.O.A.P. Method
Empowerment groups share a common method for
journaling that provides familiarity and a comfort level to the
participants. Each week we get better at journaling as we learn
from each other. Our journaling uses the simple S.O.A.P. method
S ~ Scripture: After reading the assigned passage, you choose a verse that stands out or is meaningful to you. You actually write the verse out after the letter “S.” You will discover that this is more than a manual exercise; it guides your mind and heart into greater understanding.
O ~ Observation: Then you record the factual observations you see in the verse. The goal is to uncover the biblical truth from the actual words in the Bible. You are simply recording what God is saying in the verse. This process is not about opinions or suggestions, but just the facts. Do you remember Dragnet? “Just the facts, ma’am.”
A ~ Application: If God has said what you observed in the verse, then what are the implications for your life. How could or should you apply that truth. Our desire is to put shoe leather to our faith so that it changes us. This step is critical to reposition us as followers of the Lord. The key is to be personal and practical.
P ~ Prayer: You conclude by writing a brief prayer of commitment based on the truth in your verse. Let the Lord know what you desire or plan to do as you walk out the door into your life.
Just as soap cleanses the body, our prayer is that this process will help us cleanse our lives as we seek to honor God and radiate his love to others.