We have gained so many new members since my last SOAP entry, so to those new to this study WELCOME!! We are so excited that you are joining us on this journey to bring God closer to each and every one our lives!
I am Abby, the SOAP leader, and this is my SOAP entry for our studies. Please keep in mind that this is my own entry as a way to help you create your own entry :) You are free to choose the verse that stands out to YOU just as I have done here. With that said, let’s begin!
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the LORD and refuse to do wrong.”
Proverbs 3:12 “The LORD corrects those he loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud.”
I will admit, I am horrible at being a leader of this group! Lol I have been given such a great opportunity to lead this amazing group and I have failed. I get so wrapped up in what is going on in my personal and professional lives that I have not set aside time for God and this group. That is not what my role in this group was meant to do.
I have seen you all post your art pictures, SOAP entries, bible pages, etc and all I can think to myself is “I wish I had more time for this.” In a way, I find myself jealous that I just can’t seem to make the time like all of you. I don’t say this to gain sympathy, simply stating what goes on with me personally. I should be able to make time for this yet I can’t seem to find where all the time goes.
As I read Proverbs 3: 1 – 35 (I just couldn’t stop myself), I found myself wondering if what I read is true, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know” (Proverbs 3: 5). I do just the opposite of this. I RELY on what I think I know. With every other aspect of my life, I like to think I know plenty to get through life and work and if I don’t know something, I learn about it. BUT why can’t I do the same with God?
Then I read Proverbs 3:12 which states, “The LORD corrects those he loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud.” How does He do this? How does He correct those He loves? I have not seen Him correct my behavior. I have not heard Him SPEAK to me. Does that mean He doesn’t love ME?
I don’t know if many of you have asked yourself the same questions at some point or another but I know those have come up constantly for me. I feel like my connection to God is non-existent. I’m still learning to apply scripture to my daily life, even if it is just having a daily notification pop up on my devotional app on my iPhone or simply reading blog posts that Leslie works so hard to do. BUT is it enough?
I don’t feel the strong connection that most of you feel with God. I’ve had a tragic event happen that shook ANY belief that I had in God. How does one come back from that? How can the Lord correct me? Well, He corrects me by continuing me to be apart of this group! I may not be as great a leader as Leslie or Nicole, but you know what? I’m still here. I have hundreds of you walking this path with me!
That is proof enough that He wants me to continue on this path. I may not feel that strong connection YET but I will get there. To those of you that don’t feel it quite yet…give it time! We will get there together!
My application here is simple: make myself more apart of this group! I will try to engage more of you in this group and engage in the studies that are apart of this group. I will make the time, whether it is right as I get up for my morning cup of coffee, or right after getting the girls ready for bed. I will schedule time for daily scripture.
Lord, I ask that you continue to correct my behavior and mind so that I may follow your word. Please lead me along the right path to where I can learn scripture and apply it to my daily life. Allow me to make time for you regardless of how hectic my schedule gets. Amen.
Have you noticed how the Lord corrects YOU? I’d love to hear about it! <3