Slow Down!

A Resource for Slowing Down and Hearing His Voice

One of the duties of discipleship is reading our Bible daily in order to hear His voice.  

Sometimes I find myself reading the Bible and gaining nothing because I raced through the passage, chapter, or required reading plan for the day.  Let’s face it, sometimes we sprint through the obligatory “Time Alone with God” as if it were another thing to check off the list.  When we sprint, we gain no insight, inspiration, or direction.

Some time ago, a seasoned saint taught me this fantastic method for slowing down.  It is designed to help us really hear God’s voice.

Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

If you want to experience the truth of Hebrews 4:12, this method of slowing down is surely the answer.  It isn’t something you would use daily, but when a verse of scripture captures your attention, implement this technique and teach it to others.

Here is how it works:

  1. Write a verse of scripture vertically
  2. Make a list of synonyms for each word of the verse
  3. Use your name when personal pronouns are used
  4. Rewrite the verse using the synonyms

Click the link below to see an example of what the finished process looks like.

Slow Down and Hear God’s Voice


I taught this method of slowing down to many over the past several years.  One of the women I taught it to went off for her day of personal retreat and implemented it on an entire chapter of Matthew.  Within that day, her entire countenance changed. If you haven’t heard God’s voice in a while this is a transforming exercise!

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  1. What a GREAT idea! Thank you, Melissa! I REALLY appreciate each of your blog posts. I learn from you each time, and I can’t wait to see when the next blog post is sent to my Inbox! I am going to implement this idea with my ‘mentor daughter’ this week! Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Carol! You’re my best cheerleader. Let me know how your mentor daughter does with this “slow down” method.

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