In my opinion, there is NOTHING better than summer! This native eastern Washington girl lives for sunshine, warm weather, iced-coffee, summer break, and did I mention sunshine?! This will be our second summer to have Bible reading as a part of the daily routine for our three kiddos. Our hope is that by equipping them with an age-appropriate plan, they will develop a hunger and love for the Word.
To summarize S.O.A.P.
- Scripture – after reading a passage of Scripture, write down just one or two verses that stood out to you
- Observation – write an observation about the Scripture
- Application – journal about how this applies to you, personally
- Prayer – write out a prayer about what you just wrote about
Not to sound overly dramatic, but when I first started using this journaling method for my Bible reading, it CHANGED MY LIFE! I actually remembered and applied something from my reading, every single time.
This is a valuable tool to teach our kids, so with an age-appropriate Bible, and a note-book, they too are using the S.O.A.P. process.
(Free PDF of SOAP description for kiddos journals.)
Our six-year-old is using a storybook bible that she can read by herself, The Beginner’s Bible . She is starting in chapter one of her Bible, which unsurprisingly begins with the Creation Story. Her S.O.A.P. process is based off a sentence that she read, that meant something to her. (My all time favorite storybook Bible is The Jesus Storybook Bible, however, it’s a little more challenging for a brand new reader. We use it as a family devotional at bedtime).
Our eight-year-old son is using the NIrV Adventure Bible. This summer we are going to alternate through the book of Psalms and The Gospel of John. Today we starting with Psalm 1.
Our ten-year-old wanted to use a “more mature” Bible, so he is using my Bible, while we wait for the NIV Youth Quest Study Bible to arrive in the mail.
After day 1, I already LOVE this plan. It’s so precious to see how they process Scripture. I’d love to hear what your plans are for your own kiddos!