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.”
Thanksgiving was never one of my favorite holidays. Sure, turkey tastes great, and it’s always good to see family, but for many years, this Day of Mandatory Gratitude felt to me like an occasion created by Hallmark to sell cards and keepsakes.
But here’s the thing—Thanksgiving is most decidedly not a Hallmark holiday. And in today’s world, which can be so filled with entitlement, selfishness, and greed, any kind of focus we can put on gratitude is not only helpful but also necessary.
Do you remember playing the trust game, where one person falls backwards and (hopefully) someone catches them? I’m sure you’ve seen it on a TV show.
Usually, on TV, it’s a sitcom and the person falls to the floor. Ouch! When you play that game, you have to trust and believe that someone will catch you. People who don’t trust and believe that someone will catch them won’t play the game, because to properly play, you have to just relax and fall.
A few years ago I fell in love with photography, and though I am not a great photographer, I have been able to capture the beauty of God’s creation. Sunsets and sunrises are my favorite because no matter what type of day it is, there are different color schemes painted across His canvas. The magnificence of the land and sky is the closest I have ever felt to God.
The prophet Jeremiah went through a time when his soul was in an extremely low place. In the third chapter of Lamentations, Jeremiah pours his heart out and explains all the ways that God had opposed him.