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The Journey

Title: The Journey
Materials: Watercolour
Description: Life is a journey all of us are on. Along the way, we may get lost or experience loss. In these moments, we can’t help but ask: What do we do? Which way do we go? How do we navigate life’s maze? Finding the way starts with knowing who can show us the way. We hope God’s truth will encourage you today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words To Keep You Going

Title: FREE Reminder Phone Wallpaper To Keep You Going
Materials: Brush lettering and digital graphics
Artworks by: Nico Ng and Micole Tam
Description: Life often presents us challenges that trigger negative emotions, such as fear and worry. In the midst of such problems, we need to be reminded that God is and will always be greater than all the troubles in the world combined. What better way than to be reminded through the devices we use all the time? Save these bible verse wallpapers as your lock screen today! We hope it encourages and points you to the abiding and comforting presence of God.
Bible Verse Wallpaper 1 - Micole Tam x Nico Ng

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What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

 

 

Bible Verse Wallpaper 2 - Micole Tam x Nico Ng

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So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Hebrews 13:6)

 

 

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The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end (Lamentations 3:22)

 

 

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For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. (Zephaniah 3:17)

Look Up!

Written By Desiree U. Angeles, Philippines

I was stuck in a cab in heavy traffic one day when I spotted a billboard sign which said, “Look up, young man.—God”. That day, I was heading to Makati, a city which is 15 miles away from my hometown, to attend an appointment. I was running late, and feeling utterly helpless and frustrated. The road works that my cab had to weave in and out of had added to the delay—and my annoyance.

How often do we get frustrated by tough situations? How often do we feel down when things don’t go the way we want them to? How often do we find ourselves alone in life’s challenges?

Reading that message on the billboard instantly reminded me of Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Dealing with life’s ups and downs can be tough, especially if we have to face them alone. That is why it is very important to remember the presence of the Lord in our lives. As a kid, I remember looking up at the sky whenever I faced difficult situations—especially at school—and feeling amazed by how it always managed to go back to being clear and blue, with fluffy white clouds, in spite of the storms that swept across it.

It as though God was telling me, “Don’t worry, my child, I am in control. No need for you to feel helpless. Look up and see: I am here.”

It also made me realize how I spend a lot of time being overly-concerned about things in life. In trying hard to strive for success, I sometimes get so preoccupied over my own problems that I forget that there is an omniscient God who knows exactly what I’m facing and cares deeply for me.

The Lord encourages us to come to Him and seek His counsel, especially in times when we are in trouble. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

How about you? Have you considered looking to God when things go wrong?

Photo credit: prosto photos / Foter / CC BY-ND

When Trials Come: Fight or Flight?

I have a tendency to take on more than I should. At times, it’s to prove to myself that I can handle it. At other times, it’s to please someone and gain recognition for my efforts. This sometimes leads to stress and in a worst-case scenario, depression.

When I was an IT consultant, I was tasked to work with a high-profile client and be a go-between for my company. I took on the assignment with gusto, thinking that this might be my time to shine. However, the client’s demands proved to be more than I could handle. And when push came to shove, the company chose to side with the client and try to meet his unreasonable requirements rather than stick to what we had originally offered in the contract.

As you can imagine, this led to many problems and internal squabbling, with some of the staff refusing to do anything outside their scope of work. I remember walking into office one morning, opening my laptop and staring at the blank screen for a good 5 to 10 minutes, thinking to myself: What was I doing here?

That was a difficult time in my life and it led me to ask myself whether I could avoid all these problems by taking on something less stressful instead. Perhaps, I thought, I could find a job that didn’t involve dealing with difficult people and difficult situations.

But then I realized this: Was this even possible in our fallen world? Perhaps it was, if one lived a life of solitude and avoided all contact with others. That, however, was simply not practical. Clearly, I could not run away from the challenges I faced in life: I had to deal with them.

Which left me with the question: How?

The book of James in the Bible tells us how we can respond in the face of trials: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2). Joy is probably one of the emotions we’re least likely to feel when we face challenges, yet there is value in this advice. Training ourselves to look at things from a positive point of view is far better than being trapped in a vicious circle of depression.

But why should we feel joy? The author of James explains: “Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (v.3).

And how can we persevere? James tells us next: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault.”

I often regret not persevering in my job. But I’ve learned that these words apply to every phase of my life. I’ve come to see that trials are meant to teach me perseverance in my faith: When faced with a trial, I should not despair, but pray that God will help me to persevere. I can keep trusting Him through the experience, so that I can better face the next challenge that comes my way.

Let us continue to seek God and pray for His wisdom to help us through our struggles and challenges in life.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”—James 1:2-5