Summer Series Countdown: Verse Mapping with a Twist

It’s hard to believe, but we are nearing the end of our Summer Series Countdown.  The #2 all-time most popular post here at the blog puts a bit of a twist on a familiar theme.  Join me for —

Verse Mapping with a Twist

If you know me or have spent much time around the blog, you know that one of my all-time favorite methods for digging deeper into Scripture is Verse Mapping.


For those who may not yet be familiar with Verse Mapping, it is a process of examining a verse more closely.
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A quick review of the process:


  1. Write out your verse leaving plenty of white space around it.
2. *Choose any or all of the following ideas for mapping your verse:
  • Personalize it by crossing out personal pronouns (you, we, whoever, etc.) and substituting your name.
  • Highlight phrases or words that jump out at you.
  • Read the verse in context.
  • Read the verse in at least two other Bible translations.
  • Locate cross references.
  • Circle a word or two and do a word study.
    • Look the word/s up in a dictionary and record the definition/s.
    • Look up synonyms and antonyms.
    • Use a topical index and/or concordance to find other verses where the word appears.
  • Write out what you are learning.
  • Record your thoughts on how the Scripture can be applied in your daily life.
  • Close your study time in prayer and write the prayer out on your map.

*It is important to note that there is absolutely no right or wrong way to map a verse.  The choice is yours.  Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you each time you engage in the process.

Imagine my delight when I discovered that I can use one of my favorite tools, Verse Mapping, to map other things!


Last year as I was contemplating how I might observe Advent, I checked my Pinterest board and came across The Names of Jesus Advent Chain.  This is a great activity for children posted by Maureen Spell over at Spell Outloud.


The pin got my attention.  The names of Jesus always draw me in.


But I no longer have children at home and the grandchildren who live nearby are very young.  As a paper chain, the activity did not really meet my needs for this particular season.


So, I decided to do my own take on Maureen’s Advent Chain – Verse Mapping the Names of Jesus.  A name a day using the Verse Mapping process.







How might you use Verse Mapping?  I’d love to hear.

3 comments on “Summer Series Countdown: Verse Mapping with a Twist

  1. I love digging into the meanings of words – it really helps to root His word deep in my heart. I also love using different pen colors for my mapping and journaling. Thanks for sharing your post on Grace & Truth, Deborah!

  2. That’s a wonderful idea! I teach an online course called “The Ultimate Guide to Scripture Journaling” that includes Scripture mapping. But doing a topical study through verse mapping is a marvelous idea! I think I’ll include it in my next Scripture Journaling challenge on my Facebook group. May I link back to this post?

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