Reading God’s Word, beginning to understand His heart and His character and what He desires for us, is one of the greatest ways to form an intimate relationship with Him.  There’s so much to know that we will never, ever know all of it! This is why devoting part of our day to get to know Him and journaling about it is imperative to our daily walk. Unlike Bible Study groups or discipleship, this time with the Lord is reserved for just the two of you. God wants to speak to each one of us but we need to get away from the noise of the world and focus in so we can hear His voice and journal about the things He’s saying to us.

At New Hope Waikoloa, we’ve adopted Pastor Wayne Cordeiro’s S.O.A.P. method of journaling. In fact, it’s worked so well, it’s been adopted by churches across the country, as well as internationally. Below, you will find what each letter of the acrostic S.O.A.P. stands for and how to go about journaling.

for Scripture
Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of the Bible Reading Plan below. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
O
for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this Scripture down in your own words in your journal.
A
for Application 
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today.
P
for Prayer 
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

Wanna have more fun doing this?
– Ask 2 or 3 others to join you, one day a week, to SOAP together! It’s amazing how much more you will grow by reflecting on what God is saying to others. 

BIBLE READING PLAN

JANUARY
Day 1 – Genesis 1-2; Matthew 1
Day 2 – Genesis 3-5; Matthew 2
Day 3 – Genesis 6-8; Matthew 3
Day 4 – Genesis 9-11; Matthew 4
Day 5 – Genesis 12-14; Matthew 5:1-26
Day 6 – Genesis 15-17; Matthew 5:27-48
Day 7 – Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6
Day 8 – Genesis 20-22; Matthew 7
Day 9 – Genesis 23-24; Matthew 8
Day 10 – Genesis 25-26; Matthew 9:1-17
Day 11 – Genesis 27-28; Matthew 9:18-38
Day 12 – Genesis 29-30; Matthew 10:1-23
Day 13 – Genesis 31-32; Matthew 10:24-42
Day 14 – Genesis 33-35; Matthew 11
Day 15 – Genesis 36-37; Matthew 12:1-21
Day 16 – Genesis 38-40; Matthew 12:22-50
Day 17 – Genesis 41; Matthew 13:1-32
Day 18 – Genesis 42-43; Matthew 13:33-58
Day 19 – Genesis 44-45; Matthew 14:1-21
Day 20 – Genesis 46-48; Matthew 14:22-36
Day 21 – Genesis 49-50; Matthew 15:1-20
Day 22 – Exodus 1-3; Matthew 15:21-39
Day 23 – Exodus 4-6; Matthew 16
Day 24 – Exodus 7-8; Matthew 17
Day 25 – Exodus 9-10; Matthew 18:1-20
Day 26 – Exodus 11-12; Matthew 18:21-35
Day 27 – Exodus 13-15; Matthew 19:1-15
Day 28 – Exodus 16-18; Matthew 19:16-30
Day 29 – Exodus 19-21; Matthew 20:1-16
Day 30 – Exodus 22-24; Matthew 20:17-34
Day 31 – Exodus 25-26; Matthew 21:1-22

FEBRUARY
Day 1 – Exodus 27-28; Matthew 21:23-46
Day 2 – Exodus 29-30; Matthew 22:1-22
Day 3 – Exodus 31-33; Matthew 22:23-46
Day 4 – Exodus 34-36; Matthew 23:1-22
Day 5 – Exodus 37-38; Matthew 23:23-39
Day 6 – Exodus 39-40; Matthew 24:1-22
Day 7 – Leviticus 1-3; Matthew 24:23-51
Day 8 – Leviticus 4-6; Matthew 25:1-30
Day 9 – Leviticus 7-9; Matthew 25:31-46
Day 10 – Leviticus 10-12; Matthew 26:1-19
Day 11 – Leviticus 13; Matthew 26:20-54
Day 12 – Leviticus 14; Matthew 26:55-75
Day 13 – Leviticus 15-17; Matthew 27:1-31
Day 14 – Leviticus 18-19; Matthew 27:32-66
Day 15 – Leviticus 20-21; Matthew 28
Day 16 – Leviticus 22-23; Mark 1:1-22
Day 17 – Leviticus 24-25; Mark 1:23-45
Day 18 – Leviticus 26-27; Mark 2
Day 19 – Numbers 1-2; Mark 3:1-21
Day 20 – Numbers 3-4; Mark 3:22-35
Day 21 – Numbers 5-6; Mark 4:1-20
Day 22 – Numbers 7; Mark 4:21-41
Day 23 – Numbers 8-10; Mark 5:1-20
Day 24 – Numbers 11-13; Mark 5:21-43
Day 25 – Numbers 14-15; Mark 6:1-32
Day 26 – Numbers 16-17; Mark 6:33-56
Day 27 – Numbers 18-20; Mark 7:1-13
Day 28 – Numbers 21-25; Mark 7:14-37; Mark 8:1-21

MARCH
Day 1 – Numbers 26-27; Mark 8:22-38
Day 2 – Numbers 28-29; Mark 9:1-29
Day 3 – Numbers 30-31; Mark 9:30-50
Day 4 – Numbers 32-33; Mark 10:1-31
Day 5 – Numbers 34-36; Mark 10:32-52
Day 6 – Deuteronomy 1-2; Mark 11:1-19
Day 7 – Deuteronomy 3-4; Mark 11:20-33
Day 8 – Deuteronomy 5-7; Mark 12:1-27
Day 9 – Deuteronomy 8-10; Mark 12:28-44
Day 10 – Deuteronomy 11-13; Mark 13:1-13
Day 11 – Deuteronomy 14-16; Mark 13:14-37
Day 12 – Deuteronomy 17-19; Mark 14:1-25
Day 13 – Deuteronomy 20-22; Mark 14:26-50
Day 14 – Deuteronomy 23-25; Mark 14:51-72
Day 15 – Deuteronomy 26-27; Mark 15:1-26
Day 16 – Deuteronomy 28; Mark 15:27-47
Day 17 – Deuteronomy 29-30; Mark 16
Day 18 – Deuteronomy 31-32; Luke 1:1-23
Day 19 – Deuteronomy 33-34; Luke 1:24-56
Day 20 – Joshua 1-3; Luke 1:57-80
Day 21 – Joshua 4-6; Luke 2:1-24
Day 22 – Joshua 7-8; Luke 2:25-52
Day 23 – Joshua 9-10; Luke 3
Day 24 – Joshua 11-13; Luke 4:1-32
Day 25 – Joshua 14-15; Luke 4:33-44
Day 26 – Joshua 16-18; Luke 5:1-16
Day 27 – Joshua 19-20; Luke 5:17-39
Day 28 – Joshua 21-22; Luke 6:1-26
Day 29 – Joshua 23-24; Luke 6:27-49
Day 30 – Judges 1-2; Luke 7:1-30
Day 31 – Judges 3-5; Luke 7:31-50

APRIL
Day 1 – Judges 6-7; Luke 8:1-21
Day 2 – Judges 8-9; Luke 8:22-56
Day 3 – Judges 10-11; Luke 9:1-36
Day 4 – Judges 12-14; Luke 9:37-62
Day 5 – Judges 15-17; Luke 10:1-24
Day 6 – Judges 18-19; Luke 10:25-42
Day7 – Judges 20-21; Luke 11:1-28
Day 8 – Ruth 1-4; Luke 11:29-54
Day 9 – 1 Samuel 1-3; Luke 12:1-34
Day 10 – 1 Samuel 4-6; Luke 12:35-59
Day 11 – 1 Samuel 7-9; Luke 13:1-21
Day 12 – 1 Samuel 10-12; Luke 13:22-35
Day 13 – 1 Samuel 13-14; Luke 14:1-24
Day 14 – 1 Samuel 15-16; Luke 14:25-35
Day 15 – 1 Samuel 17-18; Luke 15:1-10
Day 16 – 1 Samuel 19-21; Luke 15:11-32
Day 17 – 1 Samuel 22-24; Luke 16:1-18
Day 18 – 1 Samuel 25-26; Luke 16:19-31
Day 19 – 1 Samuel 27-29; Luke 17:1-19
Day 20 – 1 Samuel 30-31; Luke 17:20-37
Day 21 – 2 Samuel 1-3; Luke 18:1-17
Day 22 – 2 Samuel 4-6; Luke 18:18-43
Day 23 – 2 Samuel 7-9; Luke 19:1-28
Day 24 – 2 Samuel 10-12; Luke 19:29-48
Day 25 – 2 Samuel 13-14; Luke 20:1-26
Day 26 – 2 Samuel 15-16; Luke 20:27-47
Day 27 – 2 Samuel 17-18; Luke 21:1-19
Day 28 – 2 Samuel 19-20; Luke 21:20-38
Day 29 – 2 Samuel 21-22; Luke 22:1-30
Day 30 – 2 Samuel 23-24; Luke 22:31-53