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"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."  2 Timothy 3:16


We believe it is absolutely vital to your Christian walk to get into God's Word.  It's where we find wisdom, guidance, renewed life, and discover who God is.


Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us.  It's also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the 'gems' that you have received.  Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons!  And while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your small group or mentors.  Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight, and even encourage others. 


S for Scripture
Open your Bible to the Life Journal reading for today (this can be found by clicking the link at the top of this page or by picking up a Life Journal bookmark at the Connections Table).  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.


If this seems a little overwhelming, take it slow and keep it simple.  No matter how you decide to do your devotions, the important thing is to show up for your daily appointment, because God is always waiting for you!

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