S.O.A.P. – How to use the Life Journal

S.O.A.P. is an easy to use devotional guide which helps you read, understand and apply what God is saying through His Word, the Bible.

Scripture • Observation • Application • Prayer

Using the Life Journal helps you to capture and catalog the lessons He teaches in a way that will help you develop a healthy habit of spending time daily with the Lord. You can get your own Life Journal at the Information Center in the lobby at CCC. There are versions for both kids and adults.

How to Use the Life Journal:

Step 1

Find the Scriptures for today in the Bible Reading Plan. (Abbreviated reading plans are available)

Step 2

Read the passages. Read with an open heart and Jesus will give you words of encouragement, direction and correction. Underline, highlight words, phrases, or verses that the Holy Spirit is using to catch your attention.

Step 3

When Jesus gives you a lesson, begin to journal using S.O.A.P.

  • Write out the verse/s, phrases or words that you want to journal. (Scripture)
  • Write down what you see in the Scripture. (Observation)
  • Write how you will be different today because of what you have just read. (Application)
  • Write out your prayer asking the Holy Spirit to help you apply what you’ve learned. (Prayer)

Step 4

Give your journal entry a title and write it at the top of the the page.

Step 5

Turn to the Table of Contents and recrod the date, Scripture, title and page number.

Step 6

Share with others what God is saying to you through His Word. Be sure to take time for others to share their entries as well.

S.O.A.P. Life Journal Reading Plan

Get the Life Journal Reading Plan on your phone or computer! Click to get your own free account at YouVersion to download the app for your mobile device or read online in any web browser. When you’ve signed up, search for “Life Journal Reading Plan” and start the plan.