Title: Dear God, Do You Care?
Artwork by:YMI X Jane Yeoh
Description: It can sometimes feel like we are battling our troubles alone. Trapped in our own endless thoughts, silently screaming, “Does anyone care?”. Our strength to face the world wanes, and we are desperate for a breakthrough. But in the midst of our pain and loneliness, there is One person who truly cares, and He is patiently waiting to reach out to us.
Verse references from, Psalm 56:8, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 4:4, John 16:33, John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4, John 3:16, Romans 8:38-39, Psalm 121, Matthew 11:28-30
That girl is me. That’s my story. I was sexually assaulted and still suffer from bouts of depression. I’ve tried ways to end my life.
I had doubts about God’s providence and His grace. But along the way, I was slowly reminded that God is faithful, trustworthy, and is a caring friend I can completely rely on.
He assures me that I can have honest conversations with him as He knows my every thought before I utter them (Psalm 139:4). He hasn’t forgotten about me. He has always been there, patiently waiting for me to bring my laments to him, inviting me to turn to Him, ready to transform my cries of pain into songs of praise.
If you are hurting today, will you invite Him into your pain right now?
For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help (Psalm 22:24).
Title: Living In A Coffee-Stained World
Artwork by: YMI X Marcus Huang (@marc_hues)
Description: Today is International Coffee Day! On this day, we celebrate a drink that binds the world together, from coffee farmers to coffee lovers.
Ah, the warmth of a hot cup of coffee-to-go on chilly mornings, or the thrill of an iced white on hot days. Coffee consumption has turned into a global way of life, a language we share and a common passion we have.
Little do we realize that behind the growing popularity and demand for coffee is the plight of coffee farmers with threatened livelihoods. As we sip our coffees today, let’s start thinking about how we can take steps towards a better future for those affected.
Here are 3 steps to consider taking:
Educate yourself on the situation
Drink certified ethically sourced coffee
Support communities who advocate fair livelihood for coffee farmers
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Title: “I Know How You Feel” & Other Things Not To Say
Artwork by: YMI
Description: How do we respond to a friend who has confided in us their suicidal thoughts? Often, we struggle to find the right words to say–especially when our words often leave a lot unsaid and may fail to bring across our good intentions. How then can we ensure our words are seasoned with love and grace?
Come alongside us as we explore how we can use our words to support and encourage our friends, and remind them that they are not alone in this battle.
*Professional help is available, so if you or anyone you know are having suicidal thoughts, please reach out to your local crisis line.
YMI (which stands for Why Am I?), is a platform for Christian young people all over the world to ask questions about life and discover their true purpose. We are a community with different talents but the same desire to make sense of God’s life-changing word in our everyday lives.
YMI is a part of Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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