Looking for encouragement to develop a deeper quiet time with God? Our devotional journals for families offer 4 unique study methods. Read more.
I noticed that my son’s Bible sat unopened for days. Of course, I didn’t want to shame him. We all have seasons where we’re not as diligent to stay in the Word. But I also know that God’s Word soothes our hurts and helps us in our journey.
Then I heard him lash out in anger at his sister – harsh words that came from his own internal struggle and frustration. I took a deep breath and asked him to come talk to me. Then I gently asked him if he had been reading his Bible. “It’s been boring to me lately, Mom,” he said. “I can’t seem to get into it.”
I told him I understood. Even as an adult, I sometimes felt that way, too. We all know we should read the Bible, and so many times we make a plan to start doing it. But after a few weeks or months, we let the habit die.
I reminded my son (and myself!) that God gave us His Word so we would not only understand right from wrong, but also so we could know how much He loves us and wants to be involved in every part of our lives. Thus began our search to find something that would help. I wanted a resource that would allow someone to choose their own Bible passages, but with open-ended guidance. Nothing we found on the market seemed to work.
I desperately wanted my son to know that God’s Word is profitable, uplifting, and life-giving. So I began creating notebook pages for him with methods that would rotate on a daily basis. Little-by-little, we found the perfect formula. It kept him engaged! What’s more, this method doesn’t work just for kids, it also works for teens and adults! That’s why I wanted to share it with you. I figured if our family struggled, then possibly yours has too.
These journals are a combination of our favorite journal pages all wrapped up into one. I love how they encourage us to dig deep and think about the Scripture in different ways.
Here’s what you’ll find in both the kids’ version and the teen/adult version of the journal:
Blessings and Favorites Page —>>
First up is the blessings and favorites page. The purpose of this page is to record our blessings, jot down favorite verses, and even note some ongoing prayer needs. It’s encouraging to look back and see what God did several months ago in our family.
Study Pages —>>
There are 4 different study pages that rotate through the journals. Each one approaches the study of Scripture a little differently.
The first type of study page uses the word “SOAP.” The word SOAP is an acronym for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. To use the SOAP method of study, the Bible student (which could be you or your child) follows the letters S – O – A – P.
First, the student reads the SCRIPTURE. It can be a few verses, a passage, or a chapter or two. Many people like to read it out loud. In the journal, the student can either write it out or just write down the reference.
Next is OBSERVATION. For this step, the student will write down their observations about the Scripture they read. For example, did they notice anything about the verses? What was the main idea? Did any words or ideas stand out? This is also the time to look up any words or phrases that were hard to understand.
The third step is APPLICATION. The student then thinks about how they could apply the Scripture to their lives. They can ask questions such as: How will my life be different because of what I’ve read? What is something I can do today because of what I’ve read?
The final step is PRAYER. The student will say or write a prayer thanking God for His Word and asking Him to help them apply it in their life.
2. Who, What, When, How
The next study page is designed to help us think about the purpose of the passage. This page encourages the student to think through key questions about the verses they are reading. WHO is the intended audience? WHO is this passage about? WHAT does the text say? WHEN was the text written? HOW does the text apply to me today?
The third study page is designed to help us think about the application of the passage. When we read the Word, it gives us insight into areas in our lives that do not align with God’s will and ways. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that God’s Word is for teaching, correcting, and instructing in righteousness. This page challenges the student to think through the Scripture they just read. How can they apply the text? What changes is God showing them that they can make?
4. Visualize the Passage
The fourth type of study page gives us the opportunity to visualize the passage. Sometimes, when we see things visually, they stick in our minds better. This page encourages the student to choose a key idea from the text they read. In the kids version, they create an illustration representing that idea. In the teen/adult version, there are bullet journaling areas for the reader to be creative with passages.
Each of these study pages also has different questions to encourage students to think more about the Scripture, as well as a place to write down prayer needs.
Finally! Motivating, engaging, and age-appropriate devotional journals for the whole family. Be encouraged, be blessed, and start digging into the Word!
Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.