Are you too busy?
Too busy to stop, breathe, or think?
Are you too stressed out to find time for God every day?
Like many people, I was busy.
My life was a galloping whirlwind from 2013 through 2016.
With an ongoing Master’s degree and four kids, including twin toddlers, and a baby, I grappled to keep all the plates spinning.
I was often pressed for time, short on sleep, and walked constantly on a treadmill of chores. The faster, however, my plates spun, the faster my impatience grew.
One day, something happened that would change it all.
It was one Autumn morning; I scurried into the kitchen as I always did. Juggling to feed my four kids before I would hastily ship my oldest to school and my twins to kindergarten. I would have then rushed off to the train station, so I wouldn’t miss the train that took me to my school, the University of Oslo, Norway.
That fateful day, in the middle of that busy morning, my oldest daughter — around age 6 or 7 at the time — flopped her hands and accidentally spilled her cup of milk onto the floor.
Now, at this point, steam was pretty much coming out of my ears. A few minutes I waste here, and I’ll miss my train, was all was going on in my head. Like this crazy person who could not be controlled, the next thing is me screaming. I lashed out, and I spanked my innocent girl.
Oh my God! I felt so much guilt.
A mountain of guilt haunted me over the next few days. How did I become this surly, irritable mother? How did I get here?
That was when I knew things had to change. I finally heeded the Lord’s prodding to prioritize daily meditations in the Word. To meditate first thing every day, even if my life was upside down and my house was dripping chores everywhere.
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That was when I discovered and started using the SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer) bible study method. I devoted 30 minutes daily to studying the scriptures. And I found out that as I meditated daily, I began to change. I improved in three (3) striking ways.
- I learned more about God and myself and began maximizing my time.
- Impulsiveness drastically reduced as I processed my thoughts and emotions better.
- I became a lot more focused, structured, and efficient in my other responsibilities.
That’s why in this blog post, I share below an example of the SOAP bible study method + FREE SOAP printable resource (Bottom).
See the infographics below ( click the infographic and the next arrow for the 2nd page)
I pray that this blog inspires you to prioritize God’s word every day. Opt-in below on this page or click here to receive your FREE SOAP Printables.
Absolutely love this! The content is expedient for today and is therefore timely. Thank you for this.
Thanks for your comment, Mo.