Verse Mapping

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{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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274 responses »

  1. I have never heard of verse mapping before, but I feel like I will definitely never forget it! I always have problems remembering things and I know this will definitely help me to meditate on God’s Word 😊 Thank you so much for sharing this technique!

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  2. my verse is john:15:12 Jesus said,this is my commandment,that you love one another as I have loved u,sometimes I get engrossed in myself and don’t think of others,I am hoping to help someone else with a need this week….thanks for letting me post

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  3. My verse is Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!”

    If He is with me-what have I got to be terrified or discouraged about really? It is a command-to be strong and of good courage-not wimpy. And if I falter-there He is-with me.:)

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  4. I’m going to start doing this each week. Tonight I used the bible verse we memorized at Vacation Bible School this past week. 1 Peter 3:15:
    But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

    My 1st graders memorized it- I made up motions to help them remember it. And that helped me, too. :)

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  5. This a help tip for someone like struggling with memorizing the word of God. Thank you and may this vision never grow dim in Jesus name.

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