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Happy New Year!! A time that we make resolutions to be healthier, more committed to relationships, more successful at our job. The list just goes on and on. But there is no greater resolution than to seek God and to allow Him to transform you, and there’s no better time than today to start.

Start by reading the Bible everyday. If you don’t have a Bible, get a Bible app and set it for daily reminders. Or set your alarm a little earlier each morning. Find a Bible study partner or group to hold you accountable and share about your transformation and what you’re learning. What better way to start your day than with scripture! According to an article in Psychology Today, it takes an average of 66 days for a new activity to become a habit. So we need all the reminders we can get!

The SOAP method is my personal favorite for Bible study. It helps me avoid the Reading Just to be Reading issue. To be honest, there are times I’ve read my Bible but then later in the day or week I had no idea what I had read. I learned nothing, felt no connection to God, and definitely was not seeking Him or transformed in any way. I think if you try this method, you’ll find it helps!

S is for SCRIPTURE – Pray over the Bible reading, then read it slowly allowing God to lead you to specific verses. Write down scriptures that capture your attention and focus your attention on that.

O is for OBSERVE – Record in your journal any thoughts or questions you have regarding the scripture.

A is for APPLY – Write down what God is saying to you. What is God’s personal message, instruction, encouragement, or correction? Take time to listen, and allow Him to get personal.

P is for PRAY – Write a personal prayer about what God has shown you. This will help you to stay focused. Again, be sure to listen. Prayer is a two way conversation. God may reveal more to you during this time if you give Him the chance.

I like to keep a journal just for my SOAP Bible Studies. I use two pages, side by side. Below is an example from my journal. No judgement please…I never expected to share haha!

Often I enjoy going back to read the insight from past studies. It amazes me the application that I’ve gleaned through this type of personal Bible study. Something I plan to start is including the date. Make it pretty if you like. Make it personal. Make it your New Year’s Resolution and allow God to transform you!

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I Miss You

My husband recently suffered a traumatic brain injury. I am  writing this as I sit in a hospital bed beside his and will probably share more of our journey as we go through it.

Soon after his accident, he knew me, which was a huge blessing. During the first two weeks, his conversation was very limited, and most of it made very little sense.

I can remember thinking how much I missed him (and still do at times) even though I was right there with him. I’ve missed deep conversations which include more than short discussions regarding his comfort and care.  I’ve missed sharing old memories and laughing about new ones. I’ve missed that twinkle in his eye as he gives me a hard time.

But I also remember thinking about how our Heavenly Father must feel that way about me at times.  Is He saying, “I miss you”? I talk to him daily. Often as I go through my day, I pray about things that I need and about the needs of others. But does He long for more?

Unfortunately, I have to admit that I get busy with the distractions of life and a lot of my conversations with God are possibly nothing more than babbling to His ears. He has used these moments with my husband to help me realize that God is saying, “I miss you.  Slow down and really talk to me.”  I need to spend more time in meaningful conversations praising Him for all that He has done, reading my Bible, and actually listening to what He has to say. How about you?  Is God saying, “I miss you”?

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