Verse-Mapping to Gain Insight

After a conversation with friends, I was challenged to study the meaning of an often hard-to-understand verse in the Bible. Verse mapping can be a good way to sort through words and phrases, and keep focused on what the text says, and what they mean. At the same time, Mary Brack, Bernice Hopper and I were talking about the theme for our Everyday Journals facebook group: verse mapping.  Mary even set up a Pinterest board for Verse Mapping, which I think is quite helpful.

My verse map in my everyday journal is pretty messy but it really helped increase my understanding of the meaning of Hebrews 4:12.

Here is the basic process:

  • Write the verse from the NASB version of the Bible in my journal leaving space for definitions of words. The definitions were found on should have left more room to write definitions, which I wrote in green under the words.
  • Circle the words defined in the same color as the definitions. Because it was hard to read, I listed the words defined on the opposite page.
  • Look at other versions of the verse to gain more insight. Choose at least one other translation to write out. I chose The Passion Translation (see image directly below)
  • What is the context of the verse. Read before and after the verse and write down a summary of what is going on, and/or the main idea.
  • Write any information found that gives insight.
  • Summarize personal learning or gained from the text.
  • Apply or take action. (This was done on another page.)

After doing the verse-mapping in my everyday journal, I decided to put what I learned in my new Interleaved Journaling Bible. I Underlined the words in the verse that were defined in the list to the right of the verse, in the same color the words were written in.

I got a picture in my mind of the individual human as a circle, symbolizing a whole person, with three parts: the spirit as the center, surrounded by the soul, encircled by the physical presence.  I saw the Word of God penetrating through the physical realm, into the psyche/soul which includes the mind, will and emotions, and into the core/spirit.

An interesting fact I found is the Greek word for ‘dividing/division’ is only used one other time in the Bible, also in the book of Hebrews. In that verse it means to distribute. Hebrews 2:4 ESV says, “while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”

I put my conclusion of what I’ve learned so far in blue pen: God’s word penetrates to permeate my spirit, soul, and body with the presence, peace and power of the Living God to renew, heal, and transform m entire being.

My prayer is, “open the eyes of my heart Lord. I will not harden my heart toward you.”

Here is the Bible journal page:

The Bible journal spread below highlights the verses my Bible journaling focuses on. I will likely color the scrolls and diagram with colored pencils, but it could be finished now.

Links to Posts about Word-of-the-Year & Everyday Journaling:

Making an everyday, calendar journal in a Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskine journal:

Ideas for scroll and banner headings for theme pages in an everyday journal:

About exploring a word of the year:

A surprise that led to an animal of the year:

“Why Journal? The Benefits of Journaling” . In addition to the post contents, check out the comments. People have contributed great reasons for journal keeping.

If you are seeking a Word for the year, you may find inspiration in the post “Listening for My Word of the Year.”

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Bible Journaling often is another facet of exploring a word or theme. In the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course, I walk through how I Bible journal, the process of study and techniques. To find out more information check out:

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Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
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The blank pages between each text
page gives a whole page for
journaling and illustrating.


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  1. I was drawn into your verse mapping, but then when you took what you learned and put it in your Bible – wow! I love your insight. And the image of the circle with the Word of God penetrating it is powerful! I received an Interleave Bible as a gift but have not been drawn to use it. However after seeing you put your study notes in it I may now have an idea! Thanks for sharing, Valerie!

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