Dear God, Do You Care?

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).

Living In A Coffee-Stained World

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)

#internationalcoffeeday2019

 

 

 

 

 

“I Know How You Feel” & Other Things Not To Say

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.

#SuicidePreventionDay

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Ways To Keep A Healthy Relationship

Title: 5 Ways To Keep A Healthy Relationship
Artwork by: YMI X Clara Tan (@theperfectstatement)
Description: Snuggling on the couch watching Netflix, exchanging long phone calls and sweet text messages, going on romantic walks and Satur-dates. These are often the images that come to our mind when we think of being in a relationship.

Clara is a wedding photographer who has had the pleasure of listening to her clients’ love stories over the years. While Clara spends her time immortalizing her clients’ wedding day, she knows that making a relationship work takes more than the exchange of vows or a beautiful gown.

Join us as we walk with Clara and Nic through their relationship journey and share their ideas for building a solid and enduring relationship.

 

Our days demand a lot from us—rushing from one meeting to another, attending events, catching up with friends. But spending quality time with the person you’re dating is important, as it allows you to learn more about one another, and stay connected. Activities such as reading and discussing books you enjoy, or talking about topics close to your heart, helps you gain an insight into your date’s thought life, and is also an opportunity for the both of you to sharpen each other (Proverbs 27:17).

 

There is a time and a season for everything in a relationship (Ecclesiastes 3:4). There’s a time for dressing up to impress our date, a time to be honest with each other, a time to mourn and weep, and a time to let our guard down for a good laugh or joke with our boyfriend or girlfriend. Being able to honestly share these emotions with each other will strengthen our relationships.

 

In a relationship, arguments and disagreements are bound to happen. How do we respond to each other during such moments? 

If we hold grudges against the other person, and are unwilling to forgive them, it can give way to deeper relationship problems. Instead, let’s learn to pursue peace, to talk through any hurts and disappointments together, and work towards forgiveness and reconciliation (Colossians 3:13).

 

Being heads-over-heels in love with our boyfriend or girlfriend could sometimes cloud our better judgment. But Romans 12:1 reminds us that we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. How can we ensure that our relationship is Christ-centered? We can seek out an older respected couple to journey with us during this time. They can pray for us, while pointing us in the right direction, with the aim of helping us honor Christ through the decisions we make in our dating relationship.

 

It might seem boring to read and talk about the Bible together during a date. However, we are called to spur each other on in our Christian faith (Hebrews 10:24-25), and these activities that might seem mundane are important in drawing us closer to God. It also helps us grow closer to our partner as we learn more about the other person’s values, and watch each other grow and mature in Christ.