Just because it’s summer, don’t “take a break” from God. In whatever way you choose, stay close and keep Him fresh in your mind.
We fear the unknown, and we think somehow our anxieties will hold those proverbial monsters at bay, as if worrying hard enough will make us stronger—as if we, not God, are in control. But the Bible offers a way out when anxiety threatens.
The first job I ever had was as a chiropractic assistant. Part of that job was taking notes for the doctor as he adjusted and worked on the patients. The specific note-taking technique for billing purposes were called SOAP notes: Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan.
These notes would help organize what the patients were feeling, as well as the doctor’s findings, treatment, and individualized therapeutic plan.
During my time as a graduate student, I would use the same acrostic while counseling clients.
As we prepare for a new year, there is often a time of reflection over the things that worked, as well as those that didn’t throughout the year. For me, I am personally taking time to reflect on my Bible study habits. I have found reading the Bible is not as much a problem for me as the depth of studying Scripture.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”