Rewriting Scripture (Day 6)

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One of the most powerful things I have done is to rewrite God’s word into prayers in my journal. I often will write different versions of the same verse as it speaks to me in time. But just as we are taught in school to articulate in our own words something we have read or learned, it can be helpful to apply this to our Scripture reading. It can be an exhilerating and exciting endeavor to rewrite scripture as  we reflect on it prayerfully. The Word of God is living, active and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). God is able to speak to us though His Word. I’m not saying twist the meaning into something it isn’t but instead just allow it to lead you deeper. So often we rush through familiar passages. We don’t savor and allow the words to linger on our palate. But as we taste, we will surely find the Lord’s goodness….

Prompt 6:

Rewite The Lord’s Prayer or Psalm 23 in a way that makes it personal and powerful to you. Enter into Scripture and see where it leads as you do this exercise. Linger over each verse and ask God to speak to your heart.


1. Take any passage or chapter of Scripture that you feel you want to meditate on, read it, reflect on it and rewrite it in your own words.

2. Rewrite a passage, verse, or verses into a prayer, poem or song. (I experimented with a combination of prayer and poetry using Isaiah 40:28-31 HERE)


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Dawn Paoletta is a life enthusiast who loves to juggle words, chug coffee, and journal excessively. You can find her gathering stones on the beach most mornings. She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, daughter and family pets in Narragansett, RI and shares her passion, poetry and prose @Enthusiastically, Dawn.

6 thoughts on “Rewriting Scripture (Day 6)

  1. Oh dear Dawn. What you are suggesting here is oh so powerful!!! I love too that you explain it that you are not twisting Scripture. That’s not it at all, and I’m glad you explained, b/c on the surface, some could think that by “re-writing” you mean to actually change Scripture itself just to fit one’s whims or to contort it into meaning what it doesn’t. But instead, you are taking Scripture and applying it deep into your heart and life situation, but using it as a template for a personal expression of prayer. Isnt’ that why (one reason) Jesus gives us the Lord’s Prayer–to tell us how to pray? to give us a pattern for prayer? Isn’t this what David is doing too–not just expressing his own heart towards God, but giving us a template for praying? I can’t tell you how covered the margins of my Bible are with prayers I journal there, because I apply those psalms (or other Scirptures) to my own life, and put them into my own words. Of course, I do this at far greater length in my journals, because I have more room. When I teach journal classes, one thing we do is what I call “completion” prayers. It’s a great start for those not accustomed to praying Scripturally-based prayers. I, as facilitator, actually type out Psalms, with blanks for some of the wording. First we read the actual Psalm, and then I give these fill-in-the-blank sheets to the women and ask them to fill them in with their own heart cries. Honestly, at first I wondered if they would think that was Mickey-Mouse praying–IOW, way too simplistic. But I stood corrected and amazed by the beauty of their inidividual prayers, undergirded with scripture and beautifully, uniquely expressed., I love what C. S. Lewis calls this, which I have only recently read: festooning. He explained this as taking a familiar prayer–say, the Lord’s Prayer–and elaborating it, by adding one’s own intentions on at various points in the prayer. I call it embroidering in my book. At any rate, you are giving women such a solidly Biblical and tangible way to flourish w/ God at the tip of their pens. I love this!
    NTTP (my little accrostic for No Time To Proof! Hope I’m making sense!)


  2. This was one of my favorite post I’ve read recently. I’ve often done this and not only is it a blessing as I journal, but rereading them is a blessing, too. I’m traveling and have to watch my battery, but I’ll be back to immerse myself in the journaling posts.


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