Avendor at a state fair gave Mavis Gustafson Pigford a free Gideon Bible. She tucked it in her purse and forgot about it. Later as she walked along, a car pulled up, the driver pointed a gun and told her to get in. She writes: "I did as he said. He pulled over and tried to force me down on the seat. I struggled...and finally he ordered me out of the car. Before my feet hit the ground, I heard a shot and felt a sharp pain in my side. I collapsed, and the man came around...took my wallet...threw my purse at my head and shot it. I felt a dreadful impact. Still conscious...I heard the car drive away and I stumbled to a nearby farmhouse. The woman called for help...and as I was rushed to the hospital the police closed in on the drug-crazed driver who attacked me. Before surgery to remove the bullet in my side, my sister came to see me. 'Do you know what saved your life?' she asked. She handed me the Bible from my purse. A bullet was lodged inside, its tip stopping exactly at Psalm 37:14-15: "The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken." We read in Psalms of another example of how God is always a step ahead: "Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. (Psalm 91:3-4, 11, 14).
"Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." (John 15:8)
My Prayer: Father, may you be glorified in me! Change my heart and mind that I would bear the fruits of the Spirit in all I do and say. Thank you for taking me as Your own and renewing my spirit through Your encouraging word. Praise and honor to Your name forever and ever! Amen.
Week #46 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Deuteronomy 4-6
Monday: (History) Ezra 1-5
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 131-133
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 7-8
Thursday: (Prophecy) Zechariah 1-8
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 15-16
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Peter 4-5