When Life Gets Tough

Title: When Life Gets Tough
Materials: Hand drawn type and digital edit
Description: Life is never easy but we have the ultimate guide and provider to see us through. Remember: God will not ask us for something we cannot do. He will give us the strength so let’s do everything for His glory. May these few verses encourage you to press on just as they have been an encouragement to me.


Sometimes when we are down and out, we feel like giving up. But remember the Lord’s abundant grace he showers upon us day after day and He will lift us up.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. — Lamentations 3:22-23




Through storms of life and hardships, we question God’s existence and His love for us. Have we failed to notice that He has always been by our side? Our silent protector and comforter has never let go of our hands. Why should we fear?

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff,  they comfort me. — Psalm 23:4




God knows our every circumstance, every cry, and every prayer. There’s nowhere we can hide from His Almighty presence. Nothing can separate us from Him.

If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. — Psalm 139:8-10




When trials come and our strength fails, we are tempted to give up. But because He dwells in us, we possess the power to persevere and overcome. Through our endurance, we can showcase His power and glorify Him.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. — 2 Corinthians 12:9




It’s difficult to see beyond our struggles. We don’t understand it all but we know He works through our trials and we’ll praise Him because of that.

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. — James 1:2-4




Uncertainties, worries and problems plague our lives daily. So we turn to God in prayer and wait. Remember, everything is in His time, and within His will. He hears our prayers.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:6-7




Mankind will never be perfect. Our actions and words may hurt each other. Sometimes we start to wonder and doubt man’s ability to change. Remember that it’s only by His grace that we can love and forgive each other.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.— Colossians 3:13-14




Isn’t it comforting to know that God’s faithfulness is not contingent on ours? Just as God continued to guide and provide for the Israelites despite their disobedience, He will do the same for us. May his faithfulness motivate us to remain faithful to Him!

Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. — 2 Timothy 2:11-13

Artist Feature | Julio Mesak Nangkoda


I love what I do and I do it with commitment. Hand lettering was something I started in junior high school where I would scribble random letters on my table. Later on, I decided to take up a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. As a Christian, I want to use my creativity in hand lettering and graphic design to inspire and share with others what I’ve learned from the Bible.

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