So I got a little behind in typing up my thanksgiving study. SO…you get a 3 for 1 today.
O: Dong go before God with a sad or down turned heart. Praise Him for simply being God. If the only thing you do is give thanks then that’s enough for Him. As humans, we are completely dependent on Him and He will always be there for us. God’s love is continuous and never ending.
A: During this time of the year we can get caught up in being grateful for all the material possessions that we have but what we really need to be grateful for is God’s never ending love. Material possessions will come and go BUT God will never leave us.
O:Peace must rule our heart which to me means that Jesus must rule our hearts since he is the prince of peace. As memebers of the church, we are called to Jesus. We are to follow in his footsteps and teach others about the love God has for us and to always act for God and offer Him thanks for everything He does.
A: Give God thanks. As a follower of Jesus, God wants me to spread the good news about His love and the peace that Jesus can give us. I can show my thanks by reading His beautiful words and singing songs of praise. I love the songs part since I love to sing. 🙂
O: Offer God worship always. Never stop praying. Always be thankful to God.
A: This all seems pretty straight forward, BUT when times get tough and God seems really far away this can get hard to go. The thing is, we find God and draw closer to Him when we do these things so during the hard times it’s even more important to worship, pray and give thanks.
Have a wonderful day!
I found a recipe online for Portuguese Pumpkin Preserves recently and decided to try making it for Thanksgiving. I am the type of person that likes to test run recipes early to know if they work and taste good so today I tried this recipe out. I didn’t have a pumpkin handy (ok…so I did, but I’m sure my kids would get really mad if I cut up their pumpkins) so I used butternut squash since I had one on hand.
Original Recipe Here
4 cups peeled and diced winter squash, such as butternut or pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
Large pinch kosher salt
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the squash, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Simmer over medium heat until squash is tender and most liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes.
2. Remove pot from heat; using a potato masher or fork, smash the squash until completely broken up. Stir in lemon juice. Return pot to heat and simmer until most liquid has evaporated and squash develops a pasty consistency, about 5 minutes. Remove and discard cinnamon stick.
1 1/2 cups
Now let me note…this is not my recipe, but I did make some alterations to the recipe when I made it. Such as, when it comes to the sugar, I used half agave nectar and half brown sugar. It will change the color of your squash and give it more of a caramel color when done, but tasted great. I am not a big fan of white sugar so I don’t use it unless I absolutely have to. I am sure honey would work well also. As for the cinnamon stick…I just used regular ground cinnamon. Again, this changes the color a little, but if you don’t mind that it will save you tons of money since whole sticks can be a little expensive (especially this time of year) and I am sure it tastes the same.
It is a great recipe and will become a regular during the fall season when pumpkins and squash are in season. If you try it out please come back and let me know what you think.
Hello and welcome to Monday of week one of the Good Morning Girls Thanksgiving study. I have really been looking forward to the holiday studies. It gives me a few minutes to stop and slow down during this busy time of year. So, I hope you are following along and please feel free to leave me a comment.
FYI…if you want to take the reading plan with you Good Morning Girls is now on YouVersion (my favorite app) so just search for “Good Morning Girls” and you will find the reading plan.
Now for our SOAP of the day. If you need to know what SOAP is please check out the post I shared last week. It explains what it means.
Observation: Psalms 105:1-5 contains the same verses as our study today. They are verse giving thanks to the covenant faithfulness of the Lord. To me they are being repeated again in Psalms because they are so important. We need to give our thanks to our Heavenly Father. He gives us so much and promises so much more. All He wants in return is our praise and unwavering obedience. We are to tell everyone of His majesty and glory. Seek God with all you have and study what He has to say. Spending time with Him is a wonderful way of showing Him just how grateful you are.
Application: I need to take a look at my life and see just how much time I am spending with God. Am I just going to church on Sunday and praying that’s enough? Am I being as obedient as I am supposed to? These are questions that flow through my mind as I contemplate today’s verses. How can I show my Father just how grateful I am…well, it starts with spending time with Him. These bible studies are a start, but I need to make sure that they aren’t the only time I spend with Him.
Prayer: Now, this part I won’t be sharing because my prayers to God can be very personal, as they should be.
Please…let me know what you think about today’s verses. Are you following along with the study? If you are not, make sure you are showing God just how grateful you are by spending some time with Him.
Do you use SOAP?
I’m not talking about the type of soap that you use to clean your hands or body. This SOAP is a method used to study the Bible and with the next GMG study starting next week (November 11) I wanted to take a couple of minutes and talk to you about this method.
There are many way to study the Bible, but the one way that I learned through doing the GMG studies is called SOAP. These letters stand for S-scripture, O-observation, A-application, and finally P-prayer. I have to say this is one of the easiest ways to study, aside from Lectio Davina which I learned from Natalie Snapp, but that’s another post.
Now…to dig a little deeper and explain just a little more.
This part of soaping pertains to the part of your bible you are reading. You might have a verse that stands out during your reading or you might be concentrating on one or a few verses. If you are studying just a couple of verses….write them down. If you are reading a bigger section, write down what verses might stand out to you in your daily reading. You will need a journal or notebook.
Now that you have your verses written down or have finished your reading for the day, what did you learn or observe while you were reading and recording the verses that jumped out to you. What was God trying to get your to see in His wonderful words? What are the verses about? Who was involved? What were the characteristics of the people in the verses? What occurred in those verse?
Here’s where your reading will really start to sink in. How does your reading and the observations that you found apply to your life? Our society is different from the one in the Bible, but these verses and their teaching can apply to modern times…the question is…How? Take some time and really think about how God is trying to reach you and what you can do to fully embrace His words.
Here is where you will pour your heart out to your heavenly father. He wants to hear from you. You have spent time in His word and majesty so…how does that make you feel? Make this part of your study a very personal part. You won’t need to share this with anyone so tell God how your study and His words have affected you. He wants to know all so take time to let Him know.
Now that I have explained what SOAP is and how it works for me let me know if this is a method you would try and if not…Why? Also, do you have a method that works for you? Leave me a comment and tell me. I always love hearing about how others study.