Wednesday, January 17, 2007

SPS: Step-by-Step

Here's how you do a Bible study SoulPerSuit-style. Each week of the study you will do three things:
  1. Shuffle the Deck

  2. Deal the Cards

  3. Play Your Hand

illuminated initialShuffle the Deck is an exercise to get your creative juices flowing. It's fun, it's silly, and it's very important. An example might be to illuminate and embellish the initial of your first name. Be creative and try to use "SPS thinking" which means trying to incorporate all five senses. There is a new Shuffle each week of the study. Don't get side tracked and spend too much time on your shuffle but don't skip it either!

Mocha on the MountDeal the Cards is the actual Bible study. You can use any study of our choosing. Starting February 2, 2007 our on-line group is going to do Sandra Glahn's Mocha on the Mount. (If you are interested, go to our website.) It is a six week study. There are spaces in the book to answer questions but you might want to get a small, blank journal to record you own insights and questions.

 I have been faced with a lot of life decisions lately. My future seems like a maze. And I don't have a map. I need a Guide and a Leader. (And a map would help too.)Play Your Hand includes application questions about this weeks study. To make application SPS-style, you create a collage or small piece of art on a playing card. The application questions we provide help you with ideas for your card or you can use the insights you recorded in your journal to create your card.

As with everything else, TaNR (there-are-no-rules)regarding the cards. They are simply there to give you a starting point. You can do artwork on one side or both sides. You can tear up the card. You can glue the card to other surfaces. You can eliminate the cards all together and use something else that works better for you. You can write a poem, a song or a story. You can mold clay, dance, play an instrument or make a video.

Don't hesitate to visit the Galleries and see how other pursuers expressed themselves using their playing cards (or other materials).

Does that make sense?

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