Proverbs SOAP Journal Entry

 

 

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We have gained so many new members since my last SOAP entry, so to those new to this study WELCOME!!  We are so excited that you are joining us on this journey to bring God closer to each and every one our lives!

I am Abby, the SOAP leader, and this is my SOAP entry for our studies.  Please keep in mind that this is my own entry as a way to help you create your own entry 🙂  You are free to choose the verse that stands out to YOU just as I have done here.  With that said, let’s begin!

Scripture

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart.  Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the LORD and refuse to do wrong.”

Proverbs 3:12The LORD corrects those he loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud.”

Observation

I will admit, I am horrible at being a leader of this group! Lol  I have been given such a great opportunity to lead this amazing group and I have failed.  I get so wrapped up in what is going on in my personal and professional lives that I have not set aside time for God and this group.  That is not what my role in this group was meant to do.

I have seen you all post your art pictures, SOAP entries, bible pages, etc and all I can think to myself is “I wish I had more time for this.”  In a way, I find myself jealous that I just can’t seem to make the time like all of you.  I don’t say this to gain sympathy, simply stating what goes on with me personally.  I should be able to make time for this yet I can’t seem to find where all the time goes.

As I read Proverbs 3: 1 – 35 (I just couldn’t stop myself), I found myself wondering if what I read is true, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart.  Never rely on what you think you know” (Proverbs 3: 5).  I do just the opposite of this.  I RELY on what I think I know.  With every other aspect of my life, I like to think I know plenty to get through life and work and if I don’t know something, I learn about it.  BUT why can’t I do the same with God?

Then I read Proverbs 3:12 which states, “The LORD corrects those he loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud.”  How does He do this?  How does He correct those He loves?  I have not seen Him correct my behavior.  I have not heard Him SPEAK to me.  Does that mean He doesn’t love ME?

I don’t know if many of you have asked yourself the same questions at some point or another but I know those have come up constantly for me.  I feel like my connection to God is non-existent.  I’m still learning to apply scripture to my daily life, even if it is just having a daily notification pop up on my devotional app on my iPhone or simply reading blog posts that Leslie works so hard to do.  BUT is it enough?

I don’t feel the strong connection that most of you feel with God.  I’ve had a tragic event happen that shook ANY belief that I had in God.  How does one come back from that?  How can the Lord correct me?  Well, He corrects me by continuing me to be apart of this group!  I may not be as great a leader as Leslie or Nicole, but you know what?  I’m still here.  I have hundreds of you walking this path with me!

That is proof enough that He wants me to continue on this path.  I may not feel that strong connection YET but I will get there.  To those of you that don’t feel it quite yet…give it time!  We will get there together!

Application

My application here is simple:  make myself more apart of this group!  I will try to engage more of you in this group and engage in the studies that are apart of this group.  I will make the time, whether it is right as I get up for my morning cup of coffee, or right after getting the girls ready for bed.  I will schedule time for daily scripture.

Prayer

Lord, I ask that you continue to correct my behavior and mind so that I may follow your word.  Please lead me along the right path to where I can learn scripture and apply it to my daily life.  Allow me to make time for you regardless of how hectic my schedule gets.  Amen.

Have you noticed how the Lord corrects YOU?  I’d love to hear about it! ❤

Time To Reflect on God’s PATH FOR YOU

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Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths

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It is now time for each of us to personally interact with this scripture. We will gain so much insight into God’s love for us as we reflect on His words.  As you read and pray, sit quietly and be aware of God’s presence with you. What is He wanting to reveal to you?  The Bible is HIS LIVING WORD!  Let Him speak to you through these verses!  Take time today to interact with God!  Document your thoughts and feelings on paper.  One way to do this is through SOAP journaling.

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Here is an explanation of the SOAP method:

What is S.O.A.P.?
S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.

It is a way of getting more out of your time in God’s word.

How does it work?

It’s quite simple. When you sit for your daily quiet time read the bible as you normally would with one simple difference. Underline or make note of any verses that jump out at you with special significance. This is the basis for diving deeper and using S.O.A.P.

Scripture
Write on your SOAP page the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.
Observation
What did you observe about the scripture that struck you. This can be one sentence or a whole book.
Application
How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today.
Prayer
Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask him to help you apply this truth in your life.

 

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Here is a poem to read as you reflect on God’s Word

I Put God Before Me ~

I put my God before me,
I let Him lead my way
I know that I can trust Him
to guide me every day.

I hold on to His right hand,
He takes from me my left one
I know that He will direct me
to where I will find His Son.

My soul finds refreshment,
my body rests in His hope
for He will never leave me
His goodness helps me to cope.

My way is full of His mercy,
joy follows me wherever I go
my pleasures are His forever
for His presence I shall know!

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Psalm 16:11
King James Version

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka

God Will Direct Your Path

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Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths

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History Behind These Verses

These verses are found in the book of Proverbs. The Hebrew word for proverb means “comparison, similar, or parallel.   The ideas found in Proverbs relate directly to this definition by comparing the ways of wisdom to the ways of foolishness. Throughout Proverbs, we are told that the way of wisdom will lead to life and the way of foolishness will lead to destruction and death.

The key word in the Book of Proverbs is “wisdom,” meaning: the ability to live life skillfully.  To live a godly life in an ungodly world, is rather difficult sometimes. Solomon, the author of many of the Proverbs,  knew how difficult life could be.  As a way to help guide other believers,  he documented his wisdom. During his lifetime it is said that he authored over 3,000 wisdom statements.  Some of Solomon’s  God-given wisdom statements were placed in the Bible by the Holy Spirit Himself.  The Holy Spirit wants these proverbs to help guide each one of us even today. This wisdom do not expire!

If you spend time reading and studying the book of Proverbs as a whole, you will find that Solomon provides us with knowledge and Godly instruction for every area of our lives:  our children, our parents, our work, our money, our free time, etc.   Basically any advice we need is found in this very important book of the Bible.

Our scripture for this week, Proverbs 3: 5-6, encourages us to follow the way of wisdom. In other words, we should be familiar with what God would want us to do in any situation that we may encounter.  One of the best ways to actually walk in wisdom is to actually study the book of Proverbs and apply what we learn to our everyday lives.

There are necessary steps that one must follow to gain Godly wisdom.  First a person must acquire KNOWLEDGE by studying God’s Word.  Second, that person must apply that acquired knowledge to fitting situations in their lives. There is a process to gain wisdom. One must actually DO what they have learned!  It does no good to read and study God’s Word  if we are not going to apply what we learn to our lives!

Knowing the Bible but not APPLYING its wisdom to our lives would be just plain silly! It would be like studying for years to become a master chef, then choose to serve your dinner guests spam sandwiches!!! Unless a master chef puts his/her culinary knowledge to use, it is simply wasted knowledge!

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Key Words

Direct

Your

Paths

Direct–  aim (something) in a particular direction or at a particular person

Paths– routes, courses, or tracks along which something moves

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As I focused on these key words, the words “paths” really stood out to me.  Paths is a plural word, meaning there is more than one path. This means that there are different paths for each of us. Reflecting on this made me realize something very important. I realized that we were not created to walk down the same tracks.   Each one of us has our own God inspired destiny. Seeing this helped me understand just how vital it is for each one of us to head down our own route . To do this, We must ask for individual instructions from our Heavenly Father.  We cannot simply live on auto-pilot by following the way of the people around us. God has a special and unique plan for each one of us!  He created each of us for a divine purpose!  He is trying to guide each one of us toward our own specific path. We must EACH acknowledge Him and seek His voice!! God is waiting to direct each one of us PERSONALLY!!!

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Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths

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History Behind These Verses

These verses are found in the book of Proverbs. The Hebrew word for proverb means “comparison, similar, or parallel.   The ideas found in Proverbs relate directly to this definition by comparing the ways of wisdom to the ways of foolishness. Throughout Proverbs, we are told that the way of wisdom will lead to life and the way of foolishness will lead to destruction and death.

The key word in the Book of Proverbs is “wisdom,” meaning: the ability to live life skillfully.  To live a godly life in an ungodly world, is rather difficult sometimes. Solomon, the author of many of the Proverbs,  knew how difficult life could be.  As a way to help guide other believers,  he documented his wisdom. During his lifetime it is said that he authored over 3,000 wisdom statements.  Some of Solomon’s  God-given wisdom statements were placed in the Bible by the Holy Spirit Himself.  The Holy Spirit wants these proverbs to help guide each one of us even today. This wisdom do not expire!

If you spend time reading and studying the book of Proverbs as a whole, you will find that Solomon provides us with knowledge and Godly instruction for every area of our lives:  our children, our parents, our work, our money, our free time, etc.   Basically any advice we need is found in this very important book of the Bible.

Our scripture for this week, Proverbs 3: 5-6, encourages us to follow the way of wisdom. In other words, we should be familiar with what God would want us to do in any situation that we may encounter.  One of the best ways to actually walk in wisdom is to actually study the book of Proverbs and apply what we learn to our everyday lives.

There are necessary steps that one must follow to gain Godly wisdom.  First a person must acquire KNOWLEDGE by studying God’s Word.  Second, that person must apply that acquired knowledge to fitting situations in their lives. There is a process to gain wisdom. One must actually DO what they have learned!  It does no good to read and study God’s Word  if we are not going to apply what we learn to our lives!

Knowing the Bible but not APPLYING its wisdom to our lives would be just plain silly! It would be like studying for years to become a master chef, then choose to serve your dinner guests spam sandwiches!!! Unless a master chef puts his/her culinary knowledge to use, it is simply wasted knowledge!

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Key Words

Acknowledge 

Him

Acknowledge- to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of:

the Hebrew word for “acknowledge” (yada) means to get to know someone by observing, reflecting and experiencing that person…..

SO…  in order to to acknowledge God we must know Him. To really KNOW Him we must spend time with Him each and every day. This Bible Stories From the Heart Bible Study is a perfect way to help us with this. Spending time each day closely observing scripture and reflecting on key words is helping us learn so much more about the character of God. We are not rushing through our daily reading. Instead, we are allowing the Word of God to soak into our hearts!   As this continues to happen, our relationship with Our Heavenly Father will deepen.  As our relationship grows, it will become even easier to truly acknowledge Him!

The more we acknowledge Him the more we will truly believe that HE really does know best!!! 🙂

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Connection To Our Lives

When we acknowledge someone we are in essence letting them know how important they are to us.  We are showing them that we value and respect their opinion, and that we deeply appreciate all that they do for us.

I am sure many of us know how terrible it feels to be overlooked or even ignored by the people we care about.  As bad as this makes us feel, imagine how it must hurt God when we do the same towards Him!

No one on this earth has or will ever love you us much as God does!  He is so devoted to us. He cares so deeply for each one of us.  He loves us so much that He had is only begotten Son die for us!!!

I bet none of the people we normally turn to for advice has done that for us!

So, why in the world is it so easy for us to follow the advice of other people instead our Heavenly Father?

Why are we so quick to ignore God’s wisdom and guidance?

Let’s make this our prayer for today:

Dear Heavenly Father, I know deep in my heart that you love me more than I will ever be able to fathom. Please help me to trust you more!  Please forgive me for not always acknowledging Your love and direction for my life.  Please forgive me for following advice in my past that has led me away from you. I have learned that if I want to stay close to you I need to follow the path you have for me. Please help me learn to be more dependent on you.  Help me learn to be more obedient to your voice. Thank you for always wanting what’s best for me.  I LOVE and NEED you desperately!

LEAN NOT On Your Own Understanding

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Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths

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History Behind These Verses

These verses are found in the book of Proverbs. The Hebrew word for proverb means “comparison, similar, or parallel.   The ideas found in Proverbs relate directly to this definition by comparing the ways of wisdom to the ways of foolishness. Throughout Proverbs, we are told that the way of wisdom will lead to life and the way of foolishness will lead to destruction and death.

The key word in the Book of Proverbs is “wisdom,” meaning: the ability to live life skillfully.  To live a godly life in an ungodly world, is rather difficult sometimes. Solomon, the author of many of the Proverbs,  knew how difficult life could be.  As a way to help guide other believers,  he documented his wisdom. During his lifetime it is said that he authored over 3,000 wisdom statements.  Some of Solomon’s  God-given wisdom statements were placed in the Bible by the Holy Spirit Himself.  The Holy Spirit wants these proverbs to help guide each one of us even today. This wisdom do not expire!

If you spend time reading and studying the book of Proverbs as a whole, you will find that Solomon provides us with knowledge and Godly instruction for every area of our lives:  our children, our parents, our work, our money, our free time, etc.   Basically any advice we need is found in this very important book of the Bible.

Our scripture for this week, Proverbs 3: 5-6, encourages us to follow the way of wisdom. In other words, we should be familiar with what God would want us to do in any situation that we may encounter.  One of the best ways to actually walk in wisdom is to actually study the book of Proverbs and apply what we learn to our everyday lives.

There are necessary steps that one must follow to gain Godly wisdom.  First a person must acquire KNOWLEDGE by studying God’s Word.  Second, that person must apply that acquired knowledge to fitting situations in their lives. There is a process to gain wisdom. One must actually DO what they have learned!  It does no good to read and study God’s Word  if we are not going to apply what we learn to our lives!

Knowing the Bible but not APPLYING its wisdom to our lives would be just plain silly! It would be like studying for years to become a master chef, then choose to serve your dinner guests spam sandwiches!!! Unless a master chef puts his/her culinary knowledge to use, it is simply wasted knowledge!

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Key Words

Your

Own

Understanding

Understanding:  the original Hebrew word used in the verse was binah which comes from the word between. The word binah is used to mean the ability to know the difference between the real and the unreal and the true from the false.

In other words, we are not to rely on our own ability to determine what our true reality is. Our limited brains and ungodly outside influences oftentimes warp our sense of reality.  Genuine understanding comes from God.  He already knows our past, present, and future, and HE knows how to get us to exactly where we need to be! We must trust in Him!  We must never think that we can accomplish reaching our ultimate goals in life WITHOUT first relying on God to guide us!

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Connection To Us

Lie:  a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.

Sadly, we have all been told a lie in our lifetime.  The danger comes when because of our limited understanding, we believe the lie.  As soon as the belief sets in, we set the wheels in motion to react to the lie!  This is what this verse is guiding us against.

When a person believes in a false reality, many times they do crazy things to try to change that reality. Unfortunately they usually get hurt in this process and many times they also hurt others around.  Much of the pain in our lives could be avoided if we would just learn to lean on God for our reality!

As adults, I believe that most of our false realities stem from feeling unloved. Some of us accept that lie and then begin living as if we are truly unloved. We begin to believe that we will only feel happy and fulfilled if we have just the right spouse or partner.  When in reality we are completely LOVED whether we are single, happily married, or in a troubled marriage. We are able to truly feel happy and genuinely loved no matter our marital status once we realize that we were not created to be “filled” by another human’s love!!!  We need to understand and believe that the only love that will completely FILL us is God’s LOVE!  The love of our partners and spouses is wonderful, it is a true gift from God, but it is only a gift!  It is not meant to complete us in any way, shape, or form!!  We are complete whether we have the perfect spouse or not (If we allow ourselves to be filled with God’s LOVE)

For any one considering an affair:  An affair is NEVER the answer! Do not believe the lie that the devil is feeding you!  That other person is NOT the answer to your happiness!  You both are being used by Satan at this very moment.  These false feelings are temporary!!!!!  The more you act on them the more these false feelings will grow, BUT THEY WILL END!!!!!  If you choose to not act on them, this lie will end with no damage done, BUT as soon as you decide to act on this lie, THE FEELINGS WILL STILL END but with a trail of destruction left behind!

DON’T BELIEVE THE LIES!!!!!

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Proverbs 3:6 Straight Paths by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

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As I read this week’s verse the paths stood out to me.  Especially straight paths–not the winding dirt and rock paths through the woods on a hike, not the crazy wonky turning roads in a subdivision, and not the roads on a diagonal that I seem to encounter here in Illinois.  But grids of paths and roads and sidewalks.  When we lived in Salt Lake City, Utah it was incredibly easy to get around.  The entire valley was laid on the exact same grid system and numbered accordingly.  So the name of a road wouldn’t change from town to town even.  From the first day we moved there I could navigate easily to anything I wanted to find!

That is what happens in our lives when we let God lead!  As long as we follow what HE wants, not our own plans that are twisting and turning, but HIS, we end up straight as an arrow right next to Him.

The artwork reflects that simplicity:  a grid system that leads us with arrows directly to our Savior.  Filled with easy doodles of flowers, houses, trees. a sun, and a church.  This one is super easy to recreate!

  1.  Use a ruler to draw the outer rectangle of the grid.  Then add three vertical lines on the right side.
  2. Use the ruler to add 6 horizontal lines, not evenly spaced to give the layout interest.  But make sure to leave space on the left for the words.
  3. Write in the verse.  All caps keeps with the simple and grid theme.
  4. In the boxes created in the grid add a “neighborhood”–flowers, trees, simple houses–mostly geometric shapes.  Lines of grass in a few places.
  5. Add arrows to some of the lines.  Add sidewalk/stripes to the outer rectangle.
  6. Add color with any media.  Use a different media to add extra details.

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