From God’s Heart To Yours

Title: From God’s Heart To Yours
Artwork by: Estelle Quek (@morethanworks)
Description: 
It’s Valentine’s Day! We all know it’s d-day where we celebrate love, whether you are attached or single. It’s a day we associate with giddy feelings, chocolates and balloons, and of course, love letters!  

At some point in our lives, we’ve probably written a love letter to a loved one before (and you might even be writing one now). There’s something deeply personal and meaningful about receiving a love letter—especially when it comes from our Creator Himself. Here’s a few of them, just for you.

God’s love is eternal. He will always be with us through this life and beyond. It doesn’t matter what challenges life might throw our way, we can be sure that He will be there to walk us through it.

Deuteronomy 31:6 : “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

We might attempt to fill our lives with love through relationships, things, or experiences–but only God’s love can complete and satisfy us.

1 John 4:16 :  So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

 

God’s love is sacrificial. We were bought at a price—one that cost His life. Through His death, we’ve been redeemed and made right with God, so we can now put aside the things of the past and live lives of purity and holiness.

Romans 5:8 : but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Sometimes it can feel like we’re far away from God when we’re in the thick of trials and troubles. But His Word assures us that nothing in this world can ever separate us from His love. Cling on to this truth and let it comfort and strengthen us through tough times.

Romans 8:38-39 : For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

When we receive Christ into our lives, He gives us His Holy Spirit so that we are able to fully experience His love for us, understand His ways–and fill the lives of those around us with His love.

Romans 5:5 : And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

 

 

Calming Anxious Minds

Title: Calming Anxious Minds
Artwork by: Emilia Ting (@emiliating_96)
Description: 
Like a sailor on stormy, unchartered waters, life’s storms can make us fearful and worried. However, with Christ in our vessel we can smile at the storm, safe in the knowledge that He will see us safely through to shore. So take a deep breath and hang on to that hope–you can cast your cares on Him!

 

The journey of our lives is often filled with uncertainty. Sometimes, we worry and panic when we think about what lies before us.

 

When storms threaten to rage against us, fear arise in our hearts and we begin to sink under the wave of our anxieties.

 

During times like these, it helps to keep our minds fixed on what matters most–and just keep going.

 

Instead of focusing on the waves, anchor our hope in God. He is like a steady lighthouse that will help us find our way.

 

Be still and trust in Him, and He will lead us safely away from the waves of this life, and onto the shore.

 

 

 

Taking Stock of Our Christmas Gifts

Title: Taking Stock of Our Christmas Gifts
Artwork by: Paulina Sangar (@caramel_art)
Description: 
Another Christmas has come and gone. Even though the excitement of getting presents for Christmas never grows old, we’re suddenly faced with a different reality when we look at all the presents before us. Will we ever get to use them all?

As you’re sifting through the gifts you received, why not spend some time thinking about how even the smallest gift could remind us of what it means to live with purpose as Christians. As we celebrate the greatest gift God has given us, hopefully it’ll inspire us to see the little gifts in our lives through a different light.

 

For those of us who live in countries with winter, you probably received a plaid scarf, a Christmas sweater or funky socks. Although we get them every year, we won’t deny we can never have too many of them. As you wrap yourself warm this Christmas, think about the warm love of Christ and bring that to someone who needs it this season.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness,
humility, meekness, and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

 

 

We can never have too many bath products. Even as we use them on a daily basis, may they remind us that we’ve been washed clean by the Word of God. Because of that, we now have the privilege of carrying the fragrance of Christ wherever we go—and it’s a scent that lasts longer than the latest Body Shop or Lush product.  

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15)

 

You’ve received two pairs of earphones! They aren’t in the 2019 list of best earphones. They are not Sennheiser, nor are they Bose, but thrifty pairs from high street stores. What’s not to love about it when you now have a selection to choose from and you’re ever ready to plug in and tune in to your favorite worship playlist, Christian podcasts and sermon videos? God’s Word keeps our hearts tuned to Him.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17, ESV)

 

It’s nearly the end to another year. It’s time to thank God for the past year and look forward to the next! If you’re thinking about new year’s resolutions, how about simply “making your days count”? Don’t leave your calendar empty! Start marking and noting down in your fresh new calendar, friend’s birthdays, events to go to, goals to reach, and memories to make. Live every day with God’s purposes in mind.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)

 

Are you someone with a sweet tooth and always happy to have your fix? Or perhaps sweet confections are not quite your thing, in which case, you might be unsure of what to do with the goodies you’ve just received.

Whichever one describes you, what we can all agree on is that once we’ve tasted the sweetness of Christ, it’s unforgettable and leaves us wanting more. Is there someone you can pass a box of chocolate to, share half a cookie with, or make a sweet drink for today? While you’re at it, why not take some time to share with them about the sweetness of Christ in your life?

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8)

 

Teas are the perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling stressed. There’s just something calming and therapeutic about watching the leaves steep and infuse the water in your cup. If you’re feeling anxious about the year ahead, why not put the kettle on the stove, make a cup of tea and steep yourself in the Word of God to prepare for the adventures in store for you? It’ll keep you warm and tingly, recharge you, and infuse your entire being with the knowledge that the God of the Bible will watch over your every step.

Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. (Luke 12:31, The Message)

 

Got a notebook to add to your never-ending pile of empty notebooks? Maybe it’s time to fill up those pages—starting with stories of God’s faithfulness, little things you want to thank Him for, and lessons He’s teaching you—and you may find your heart swelling with thanksgiving as you trace God’s hand over your life. He’s writing your story every day—make sure you capture every moment!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1)

 

You never know how handy candles are until you’re plunged in darkness, but don’t wait till there’s a blackout to use them! The Christmas season is the perfect reminder that we are the light of the world because we have the life of Christ in us. So don’t be afraid to shine your light and help someone get out of the darkness they’re in.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. (John 1:4)

Who Was Jesus To You This Year?

Title: Who Was Jesus To You This Year?
Description: We asked 12 artists to hand-letter who Jesus was to them this year and here they are. Share with us your stories, they may be a great encouragement to someone else too!

 

THE ONE WHO NEVER GIVES UP ON ME.

In my 13-year journey with God, I have flaked out on God, been disillusioned, strayed away, doubted God, and failed to put my trust in God more times than I can count. But one thing remained constant: God’s love for me. I would always plead with God when I was struggling, “Don’t give up on me and I won’t give up on You”. And God will always comfort me by telling me that He is there. He has always been there and forever will be. It is His love and encouragement that keeps me moving forward. So who is Jesus to me? He’s the One who never gives up on me.

Artwork by Thalia Abreu (@goodwithinco)

 

 

PEACE AND JOY GIVER

Only Jesus gives us perfect peace and joy – not our relationships, finances, or career. It is a perfect peace and joy that is full, permanent, and satisfying. Jesus SECURED our faith, joy, and peace when he went to the Cross. Therefore, our peace and joy rest on the foundation of His atoning sacrifice, not on our own works or abilities.

Throughout this year, I have been learning and relearning the fact that in everything, I am able to enjoy the peace of God (that surpasses all understanding) when I make my requests known to Him by prayer and supplication.

Paul prays, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:13). This is such a good reminder for me: when I trust in God’s promises, I am able to have fullness of joy and perfect peace, and God is glorified through it.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and joy to those with whom He is pleased – to those who believe!

Artwork by Hannah Hwang (@hannah.letters)

 

HE’S A WAY MAKER

This year was full of victories and prayers being answered. After years of praying for specific chains to break, the chains came undone, showing God’s grace, love and mercy. He truly cares for His children and has the best plans awaiting them. Trust Him. Persevere. Never let go. Include Him in all of your decisions, worries, problems, and victories. And I promise you it will be worth it. He’s listening to you. Just remember that His plans are perfect, and we can just trust Him! Great is Thy faithfulness.

Artwork by Lauren (@ofsaltandlight)

 

MY FRIEND THAT CONSTANTLY HUMBLED ME

This year, I learned a lot about myself and why Jesus has placed me where I currently am. At the beginning of the year, I was in a transition period and I felt unsure about a lot of things in my life, especially in the areas of friendships and career opportunities. But God has been so good at reminding me to let go of my fears and trust Him. He gave me a church community to lean on and an opportunity to intern for a great organization. With each opportunity, Jesus tore down my pride and humbled me, teaching me to lean more on Him daily.

Artwork by Sonya Lao (@write.side.up)

 

MY TOUGHEST COACH AND LOUDEST CHEERLEADER

At the beginning of the year, I had a gut feeling that 2018 would be my best year yet. Boy, was I wrong! Instead, 2018 has been marked by rejection, my first heartbreak and immense self-doubt. I would say that Jesus is my toughest coach, because I believe He has put me through these hard tests to make me more dependent on Him. Yet at the same time, He was my loudest cheerleader, giving me hope and strength to carry on for the entire year.

Artwork by Chebett Chirchir (@lettertown)

 

MY NAVIGATION SYSTEM

“The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭32:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The Lord has been a navigation system to me this year. There were many decisions I had to seek Him for. Before this, I would pray for something and ask God to answer it. But as I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve learned to trust His plans more than I trust mine.

He knows what’s the best route for me to take to my destination. As the drivers of our lives, the wheels are still in our hands, but we can decide whether or not to follow what the navigation system tells us to do. I’m learning to ask Him to direct my path, to lead me to the way He wants me to walk in, and not what I want for myself.

Artwork by Elizabeth Gonzales (@eggraphy)

 

THE GIVER OF GRACE

This past year Jesus has been the giver of grace for me. He has overwhelmed me with blessings that I did not deserve and that’s what I love so much about Him. He is my Grace Giver!

Artwork by Cory Romeiser (@coryromeiser)

 

EVERYTHING AND MORE

To me, God is everything. He is the source of love, life, and everything else in the entire universe and beyond. The entire Bible is filled with His love for us. While some things in life may remain a mystery to us, as Spurgeon said, “When you can’t trace God’s hand, you can trust His heart”. How amazing it is that God made us to love us. As John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this: that a man lay down his life for his friend.”

Artwork by Novia Jonatan (@novia_jonatan)

 

JESUS IS MY COMFORTER AND HEALER

This year, I’ve experienced the comfort of God through new friendships and worship songs. He has blessed me with new friendships I never knew could be fostered in such a short span of time. I’ve also personally felt God speaking to me through worship songs. Amazingly, each time a song ends on Spotify, another worship song will play and it’s always just what I needed to hear. Through the various songs I have listened to, I am always reminded of God’s love for me. He knows everything that is happening in my life, and that reassurance has cleared my uncertainties, doubts, pain, worries, and fears. There is just no word that can describe the love He has for me.

Artwork by Siaw Chia (@tan1889_xiaojia)

 

MY LIFELINE

This past year has been a season of uncovering wounds, breaking off chains, and healing. There were times when I was so overwhelmed that I lost my appetite and could not move or work, much less lead groups and serve in worship. During such times, Jesus was literally my lifeline. He gave me enough strength for each day. He shone through my weakness when I had nothing left within me. He carried me through when I could not pick myself up anymore. He showed me His great love and faithfulness and brought full Life back into my life.

Artwork by Gloria Chan (@ahintofglo)

 

EVERLASTING TREASURE

Where do you seek your treasure? Do you seek satisfaction from earthly success, relationships, money, comfort, and self-image? I admit that I’ve sought treasure in these things. But every time, they’ve left me empty and longing for more. Treasures of the world are vain and fleeting; they’ll fall away with time. Only one treasure will last forever—Jesus. Only He can and will fill that chasm in your soul. This Christmas, let us celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a baby born to become our greatest Treasure!

Artwork by Rachel Tu (@designedwithdelight)

 

A FAITHFUL FRIEND THROUGH IT ALL

I share all my joys and sadness with God. Even late into the night, He listens to what I have to say and encourages me with His Word. The little things I forget during the day, He brings them back to my remembrance. In the midst of my busyness, He nudges me, reminding me about our late night dates. He is always challenging me beyond my limits and rejoices with me in my victories. I can fully rely on this faithful friend, He has got my back!

Artwork by Sarah Ang (@salahong)