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 your Bible bookmark. 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you would like to listen to Pastor Wayne share a SOAP devotional,  click on this 4-1/2 minute video link:
He has also written an excellent book called “The Divine Mentor” which is based on devoting daily time with the Lord and journaling. You can purchase a copy of it at

Today’s Devotional Reading
You can also click on this link to take you to the devotional reading for the current day, as well as past days: