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Wilma's Story about Bible Reading
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Monday, 17 May 2010 11:18

Let me tell you first about my grandmother. In 1957, my grandparents were the victims of a head-on collision with a drunk driver in Florida. My grandmother had a serious head injury. The doctors told my parents that if she did live, she would probably live as a vegetable; she would never wake up.

Instead, my grandmother did wake up, and one of her first decisions was that she would use any returning mental capacity to memorize Scripture. She had heard that the Bible could increase brain power.

By the time my grandparents had returned to my community to convalesce, Grandma had already begun her memory work. This was still in the era when Sunday School and Sabbath School asked students to memorize a memory verse each week. Grandma cut out each memory verse and pasted it on a flash card and worked diligently to memorize it.

Several years later when I began first grade, I stayed at Grandma's house after school until my mother came home. On those afternoons my Grandmother would pay me twenty-five cents an hour to drill her with her flash card memory verses. I was supposed to catch her up any way I could, even if she missed a little word or a piece of the reference. Well, guess who also learned those memory verses!

My grandmother went on to set up and operate her own upholstery shop for years and to help many people. She died this last spring, at the age of 93, still very bright and accurate of mind, always thinking of others and their interests and needs—thirty-seven years after the accident which was to have left her as a vegetable.

Because of my grandmother's example, I chose while very young to put the Bible first always. In school, I insisted on my time with the Word before my studies, and my studies thrived. I do believe there is something in the Word, something in that contact with the divine mind, that does enhance mental activity.
People often ask me, "How can I know what is right? Whose teachings are right? What philosophy is right? How can I know what is wrong and dangerous?"

I always answer that so long as I am in the Word every day in the surrendered stance, I will not be led astray by false teachings. That contact with the divine mind will make me perceptive. I may not know why or be able to verbalize my hesitation, but I will sense a caution before going too far in error. I have seen this principle proven. I bank on it. Will you decide with me to bank on the Word?

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