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December 11 – Advent for Families Day 11

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

Psalm 37:4 – Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart..

Observation

A heart of gratitude will open our eyes to see and understand God’s plan.

Application

Read the story of Hannah and Samuel (1 Samuel 1-2).

SOAP Note

Heart of Gratitude | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Psalm 37:4

Observation

A heart of gratitude will open our eyes to see and understand God’s plan.

Application

Hannah was so grateful for God having given her a son. This time of year we really need driven home the need to have a heart of gratitude. I liked reading this Bible story with my kids and talking with them about being grateful for all we have.

Prayer

Dear God, thank You for showing me and my family these verses on gratitude at just the time we needed it. Please help us keep You first in all we do to prepare and celebrate for Christmas. Amen.

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