Verse Mapping


{Updated April 7, 2014}

Our lives are crazy busy and Verse Mapping is just one way we can infuse our day with God’s Word!

First, get out a handy-dandy index card, your Bible and a pen; feel free to use any color you want! {Purple is the best though…but that’s just my own opinion.}

Second, ask God to share with you a verse He would like you to focus on for the day. You can find one in a variety of ways.

  • Bible Study: Use whatever verse provided in your Bible study.
  • Bible Cracking: Close your Bible, open it to a random page, and point to a verse.
  • Concordance {Index}: In the back of your Bible, look up a specific word or topic that God is laying on your heart. Perhaps you’ve been struggling with patience, anger, faith, trust, unkind words, etc. Look up the Bible references pertaining to that topic and choose that verse. If your Bible does not have a Concordance or Index, visit BibleGateway and you can do a word search with any translation.
  • Ask a Friend: Ask someone whom you know to be close with God, perhaps your spouse, sibling, or even one of your children. See if they have a verse to recommend for you.
  • Devotion: Perhaps in the devotion you read in the morning, a verse jumps out at you, use it for the day!

Third, write that verse on your index card or you can choose to use a spiral. {If it’s a longer verse, you may want to carry an extra index card to write your notes.}

Lastly, during your day pull out that card, if you need to, write it into your schedule, all you need is five minutes every now and again. Focus on a difference word or phrase, really take it in. What does that word actually mean? What does it mean for you? What is God trying to share through this verse? One thing I do, is I take it with me when I dash to the restroom…yes, seriously. This gives me a few moments of complete privacy to look over the verse and then I write a little something when I get back to my desk. At the end of your day, before you go to bed, take one final look at the verse. If you still have room, write a little prayer sharing with God what you’ve learned. This is what my Psalm 46:10a card looks like {if you click on it, it will show up more clearly}:

You could even extend your time with a verse. Meditate on it an entire week!

By doing this, you familiarize yourself with a verse and really digest it, allowing its meaning to penetrate your heart. For many, this will be a first step to spending time with God and it’s a simple step that can be done by anyone regardless how mature they are in their faith. Parents, if your children are old enough, invite them to work on the same verse with you! At dinner, have everyone get out the card{s} and share as family how God has spoken through His Word that day.

One Verse…One Week…a reasonable expectation…

How our ladies with the In Between Bible Studies do Verse Mapping:

1. Personalize it…cross out words like “you”, “we”, “whoever”, “them” and write your name above it.
2. Highlight parts that jump out at you.
3. Read the verse in context – the whole chapter or passage.
4. Read the verse in at least two other translations. Note on the card words or phrases from other translations that help you understand or apply the verse. If you don’t have other translations laying around the house a couple of good resources for several translations are BibleGateway and YouVersion.
5. Find cross references and note anything brings new meaning. Cross references are verses that have similar words or phrases. My Bible has them listed in the center column. Other’s have them in footnotes at the bottom. Bibe Gateway and YouVersion both can help you find some.
6. Circle a word or two and do a word study on it.
● Look up the word in your dictionary and see if the definition gives you any insight
● Use a topical index and/or concordance in the back of your Bible to find other verses
where the word appears
● Look up synonyms (same meaning) and antonyms (opposite meaning) in a concordance or online Bible tools site to find other verses.

Do you need a few more tips on how to memorize Scripture? Here are about a dozen for you! Memorizing God’s Word

So what are you waiting for? Grab a note card or little spiral and dig in!

Leave a comment below and share one verse you would like to carry with you.


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  1. I bought a spiral bound ring of index cards which is helpful to me….I look through old verses when I need to! I am so thankful a friend directed me to your site, I have 3 kids and one on the way, finding time to spend with my bible during the day is tricky but verse mapping allows me to focus on a verse and take it with me easily!

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  4. Thank you for explaining how you do this . . . I’m going to start trying this, it looks like a great way to meditate on God’s word throughout the day and really make it personal!

  5. Thanks for this helpful info. This can help when I want to go back and look at verses I cant remember and this will help me through out the day meditating on God’s word knowing he’s close to me I have nothing to fear each day.

  6. I love this idea I read my bible daily more and more, however, I find it difficult to remember specific verses even though I read it over for years. This will be a great help for me to meditate on the word as well as remember a verse. I like the idea of the spiral index cards and color coding will work great for me. Thanks

  7. This is a very manageable strategy for disciplining oneself to focus on and become filled with God’s word. I also like the idea of including family members. One week is very manageable. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I didn’t even realize that there was a name for this. About two years ago I began studying my Bible and I literally dissected the words that stood out to me in a particular verse that God showed me. How awesome! I would look up the words in the dictionary and then look up the synonyms and antonyms and what I found was life transforming. I didn’t think to put my name in the verses – that is clever! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Reblogged this on StarLit and commented:
    For those of us that desire to dig in to God’s Word on a deeper level here is a great tool! Verse Mapping. I am so thankful for this tool. It has really allowed me to personalize a verse and allow it to hit home. God Bless and Enjoy!

  13. Thanks for the tips! I’ve been using a spiral 3×5 notebook for scriptures for a couple of months to memorize some favorite verses. Now I’m going to add a new scripture every week and carry it with me. (Thanks Proverbs 31 for the link to this site.)

  14. This was very helpful. I do something similar in my journal but this takes it to a deeper level. I’m going to start a notebook of Scriptures using this way of digging deeper. I am beginning the Made to Crave Bible study and they gave us this link. What a blessing! Thank you!

  15. My verse 1 John 1:7
    But if we ” walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one a other, and “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
    We are a fellowship on here as we pray for one another to be empowered by his Grace.

  16. Hi there thank you so much for the hint about verse mapping I am going to use it from now on for help memorizing scripture. The hint about spiral bound 3 x 5 cards is great too. I found you from Proverbs 31 site. I started the Made to Crave study this year.

  17. This is a great idea. Just before “accidentally” getting to this page, the scripture from Psalm 32:8 came to my mind. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” What encouragement and empowerment from Him this morning. Thank you, Lord. And thank all of you wonderful ladies at Proverbs 31 Ministries.

  18. I carry my index cards in a photo album, easy to flip to and I can change them out as my needs and prayers change. I Corinthians 6:12 I am allowed to do anything— but not everything is good for you. And even though I am allowed to do anything I must not become a slave to anything.

  19. I just followed a link to this post from Melissa Taylor at Proverbs 31. I love this. I’ve written verses on cards and posted them all around my monitor, but I love the way you add the meditation and study. My verse is from:
    Psalms 119:5-6 “Oh that my actions would consistently reflect your principles! Then I will not be disgraced when I compare my life with your commands.”

  20. Have you heard of Scripture Typer online? It is great in learning to memorize Scripture.
    Psalm 77:14 – “You are the God who performs miracles you display your po
    wer among the peoples.”

  21. I am excited to use the verse mapping technique! I am going to use the verse of the week, which is Psalm 84:2. Thank you so much for giving us these tools. I also can’t wait to try it with my family.

  22. My memory verse for the week is Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, Faithful in prayer. I think I can do this! I’m Loving the MTC Study.

  23. Thank you, Heather! I’ve used index cards and stuck my verses on my bathroom mirror, the fridge, computer, even the rear view mirror of my car, but this is soooooo much more. I came over because of M2C online Bible Study. My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11.

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  27. My verse for the week: Psalms 105:4 Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Whenever I had a weak moment this week whether it was food or something else, I would quote this verse over and over and in the process my temptation was gone. God is faithful.

  28. Reblogged this on A L!fe Lived and commented:
    Thank you to Proverbs 31 Ministiries for directing me to this blog! Verse Mapping — a new concept and one that I can easily apply to my daily time with God. I encourage all of you who are looking for new ways to dig deeper into God’s Word and applying it to your heart and life. Enjoy!

  29. I love this Verse Mapping idea. I chose my Busy Mom’s Bible. Although all my children are grown and gone, I find myself busy much of the time, therefore I thought this would be the perfect bible for me during this season in my life. From my bible I have 52 “Thought Starters” that focus on specific ideas such as Overcoming Obstacles to Healthy Living and allows me to dip into Gods word for just a minute of refreshment on that subject if I like. Because I felt it was from the Lord, and we are going through Made to Crave right now, I chose Healthy Living. From there the Lord gave me this verse for me to focus on today: Proverbs 14:30, “A heart of peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”

    This is perfect for me today as I my job can be very stressful at times if I am not focused on the Lord and his plan for my day.

    Thank you for sharing this great way to memorize and study the word of God.

  30. I have written special verses that speak to my heart on index cards for years (thanks to Beth Moore) and now I plan to go back through and do this with each one. It will endear them even more to my heart. I can hardly wait to share this with my Bible Study friends.

  31. I have always found it difficult in memorizing verses. These are great ideas! I’m going to by index cards today and begin to memorize Gods Word. Thank you for all you have done in Made to Crave Bible study. You have truly been a blessing in my life!

  32. Thank you for sharing this article with us. It is very helpful. I have never been taught to do this but I love it! I am currently working on Psalm 84:2. There are so many verses in the Bible that I want to keep with me daily.

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