One way to inject new life into your interaction with the Scriptures is to personalize and paraphrase meaningful verses. To select a verse, consider the following options.
- A verse that’s been coming up often in your life.
- A verse that’s often been comforting or meaningful to you.
- A verse related to a particular struggle, such as anger, worry, or pride.
Once you’ve chosen a verse, read it slowly several times. Pay attention to the way it naturally breaks down into words and phrases. Write one word or phrase per line in a notebook; then skip two or three lines to allow room for your paraphrase.
Now begin rewriting each phrase using your own words, personalizing the verse to your situation. When you see the words “you” or “we” in reference to believers, substitute your name. If words such as “trial” or “sin” relate to your circumstances, describe what you’re facing.
If you’re not sure how to restate something, try a thesaurus. Make sure the words flow from one line to the next. You want your final paraphrase to read as a complete thought.
Now meditate on the different facets of truth you’ve discovered. Ask God to show you what He wants you to learn and how to apply it to your life.