Today I'm trying a new format. It's called SOAP-ING
S for Scripture
Open your Bible to the reading found under today's date of your Bible reading chart. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your Bible, next to the scriptures that stand out. When you are done, reread the verses you marked, look for one or two that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
Helpful hint: If you are having difficulty understanding what you've read, you may find a study Bible useful.
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.
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.
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. If this seems a little overwhelming, take it slow and keep it simple. No matter how you do your devotions, the important thing is to show up for your daily appointment, because God is always waiting for you!
Today's Scripture is Genesis 1-2 and Luke 1
You see how God made everything and it was good. He Spoke and it was good. Then he gets to Man, and he is good, but it's not good for him to be alone. He took care of him with a fantastic garden and animals, but in the end he needed a helper. The world helper seemed to jump out at me. I wonder if as spouses we see ourselves as helpers to each other.
In Luke you hear how Zechariah's doubt of his aged wife having a child was greeted with a lesson in silence for a few months. You see how Mary was confused by the prediction of her being pregnant (as she was a virgin), but decided to give herself to God to be used. In Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” That devotion is inspiring.
Right now I'm getting ready for a trip. A trip that traditionally is always tough to make because of finances. We always have surprises expenses. One year I couldn't go due to everything breaking at once. These scriptures remind me that God has always taken care of me. I'm not talking about flat screen televisions, and cars. I'm talking food, shelter, family, and friends. I've been blessed. We worry about how we will get through, but these scriptures show me how God is in control, and has a plan.
I pray to God to help me realize he has a plan, and a purpose. Help me to always remember that you have taken care of me, and that you are always there. Help me to be the Lord's Servant.