Here are the five principles: --Find a Scripture by category—pick an issue. Bible Study Tools is a great place to find Scripture that applies to categories like anxiety, anger, or temptation. --Find a commentary to read alongside a Scripture passage. Open Bible and Bible Gateway are both great resources for commentaries. --Break the primary verse down by words and find the meaning of the words you don't know. --Put the verse in the words that you now understand. What is the true purpose of the passage? Does this actually say what you thought it said? Did you learn anything? Did anything become stronger? --Put the verse(s) everywhere: on your mirror, in your car, on your phone lock screen, etc. This is just a starting place, but it's an effective way to start learning how to read Scripture and understand it. Our God is not far off, he is near to us and wants to show us the truth. As James 4:8 tells us, "Come near to God and he will come near to you."