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December 18 – Advent for Families Day 18

The weeks before Christmas are a time to remember and prepare for the real reason we put all of this work and celebration into the Christmas holiday–it’s all about Jesus. This year’s Advent study is designed to do with your family. A daily scripture and observation are given along with an application that involves reading a story about a famous Bible event or character that matches up to the scripture. Families may choose to read the Bible story from a children’s picture Bible. Then, add a prayer, and you have a SOAP. This study is a great introduction to Bible study and the SOAP method! Our reading plan is based on Jess Wolstenholm’s “Advent Reading Plan + Bible Study for Families”, available at gatherandgrow.co.

Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Feel free to share your SOAP in the comments too! Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you.

Scripture

Philippians 2:13 – …for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Observation

When we follow God, we can do great things – right now, right where we are.

Application

Read the story of Esther (Esther 4-5)

SOAP Note

Do What’s Right | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Philippians 2:13

Observation

When we follow God, we can do great things – right now, right where we are.

Application

Read the story of Esther. This is a great story to read with my kids. It teaches us that even when we’re scared, we can do the right thing and God will be with us.

Prayer

Dear God, thank You for always being with us in both hard times and good times. Let us not be afraid to do what is right. Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.