“With GOD All Things Are Possible!” A Handbook of Life
This is a very old book.
I love books. The smell and feel of its pages envelope me in a different world. When I read, I become part of the book’s world. When I’m there, no one can distract me.
I found this book in our shelf at home. Perhaps my father or my mother owns it. It has frayed covers and yellowing pages. It was published September 1, 1990. I was born a year after. Because of my personal problems right now, I can only trust His Word and the timing could not any be better than perfect.
I thought I cannot read old books. But when I got to hold on it just hours earlier, I felt this book contains wisdom I myself is yet to discover. Obviously, I believe in the book’s title, but I still feel the excitement of what is in it. Perhaps, there is a certain thrill realizing that this book is older than me!
From the title, it is meant to be used as a handbook. The list of chapters has the word “God” in it, in every circumstance in one’s life. It also contains forty prayers that helps the readers seek God even without reading the chapter. I vowed to use the author’s intention so that I can truly enjoy each yellowed page.
I will update this entry for each reading that I came across.
May 28, 2012
I read the first chapter “God loves you”. In my current situation, I feel I am on the edge of the cliff and about to fall to rock bottom. At a certain point, I feel unloved for having experienced a broken relationship. As I read through the pages, God affirmed me with these phrases (1) “Turn your life over to God in childlike trust from this day on” and (2) “Spend at least a few minutes each day with God in humble, sincere prayer and study”.
I realize that I draw strength from the ultimate source whenever I pray. When I forgot my prayer time, I worry and get distracted. That in my troubled heart, God speaks to me saying that when I pray to Him, he calms and directs me in doing the right things. He is always near me. He never abandons. I just need to bring all my trust back to Him.
The prayer at the end of the chapter is so overwhelming. I felt how God is trying to teach me that in my brokenness, I will slowly learn how to put myself back the pieces and make myself a better person. I know that I am weak and vulnerable today, but each passing day will bring me a day closer to His plan of a future full of hope.
Prayer that I may always know God loves me
Dear God above, Thou art mighty over all the earth and all the sea and all the heavens and all that in them is. Thou seest all and knowest all.
And yet, Dear God, mighty as Thou art, I know that Thou lookest down upon me with eyes full of love and of friendliness and of understanding. I can see Thy dear, kind face smiling there!
For Though art my Father. Thou lovest me and Thou watcheth over me. This I know, dear God, and I thank Thee with all my heart!
Please, dear Father above, help me always to have this child-like trust and faith in Thee! Whenever times are dark and troubled, whenever I am afraid or hurt, help me to remember Thou art there to help me.
Help me, Father, to understand Thy Laws of Life and to live by them always – for I know, dear God, that if I do, then Thou wilt reward me with all the glorious health and happiness, all the joy and abundance of blessings that are Thy will for me and for all Thy children!
In the Name of Thy Love for me, Dear Father, and in Name of Thy Blessed Son, Jesus Christ, I ask it!
May 31, 2012
One of my latest realizations for me so far is that right now, I sincerely try and make an effort to be closer to Him more than ever. Under its “How to Use This Book”, I came across a list of problems with a corresponding list of chapter(s) that I can read for today. Yesterday, I was not able to do my reading because I tried to get my 8-hr sleep for a change. I have been depressed lately and had absurd sleeping patterns, and for today, having achieved a good night rest helped me move forward throughout the day.
Going back to what I read, I came across the topic “boy friend” and turned to Chapter 3, and was surprised with the title “God Wants You To Have a Happy Marriage.” For a moment, I thought, I do not yet want to read this, but then, I realized, I wanted to be in a relationship for the reason of having a hopeful heart of a future marriage. I am saying that yes, it is a distant future, but my problem is at the present. There is no way but to go on, and read. Here are a few lines that I have loved in the chapter:
He does not want you to be old when you are young.
You will be indeed lucky if love comes to you out of comradeship and friendship. But many and many a time, only one meeting may decide your destiny even though you may not see the other for weeks–or months–or even years!
Love enters in not by doors but by hearts.
Many a man has to wait patiently while love stirs in the heart of a woman. Many a woman has to wait and wonder and hope before love is awakened in the heart of a man.
Love all men and women and you will never want for the love of one; Others will turn to you naturally as the flowers to the sun.
You will be a new person because love creates!
Never forget the happy hours of early love. Neglect the whole world rather than one another.
“Love suffereth long and is kind. Love is not easily provoked. Love thinketh no evil. Love beareth all things, believeth in all things, hopeth in all things, endureth in all things.”
“Forgive the erring ones and love them in spite of their sin–yes perhaps because of it. Time wears off the gold on the feet of any idol if its feet be made of clay. To wait is the only thing you will not be sorry for afterwards. And meanwhile be thankful for the love which you do have.”
“All down through the lengthening shadows of life, love sends its golden rays of beauty and romance, transformed into loving service and faith and trust. Until like the beautiful Greek legend, two souls which have braved sunshine and storm together, stand like two great trees, their branches intertwined, facing the sun of God’s tomorrow.”