Pure Joy

Title: Pure Joy
Artwork by: Ross Boone (@rossboone)
Description: James 1 says to consider it pure joy when we have struggles because it is building perseverance into us. I made this picture to help us visualize how what seems like a burden may actually be a huge gift with which god is equipping us for something in our future.




Letters to the Broken

Title: Letters to the Broken
Materials: Hand-lettering and photography
Artwork by: Phoebe Raymundo
Description: To the anxious and the disheartened. To the exhausted and uncertain. Take heart! God has not abandoned us to a life of brokenness. When we spend time in His Word, we learn and remember that we serve a God of grace, mercy, and love. He is the very thing that holds all things together—repairing our brokenness—and making us whole.


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)


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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV)


Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
 Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:28-31 NASB)


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)

Flavors of Life

Title: Flavors of Life
Materials: Watercolour and digital typography
Description: Life can be sweet, sour, bitter or intense (or a mixture of each).
Which season are you currently in? As the saying goes, a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.

Here’s some life hacks we hope can help you get through each season.

Artists: Jasmine Wisz and Vania Tan




Painted by Jasmine Wisz


Painted by Jasmine Wisz



ODB: Beyond Disappointment

November 24, 2015 

READ: Genesis 29:14-30 

Hope in the Lord and keep his way. Psalm 37:34


Perhaps you’ve seen the video of the little boy who learns he’s getting another sister. In the middle of his meltdown he laments, “It’s always girls, girls, girls, girls!”

The story gives an amusing glimpse into human expectations, but there’s nothing funny about disappointment. It saturates our world. One story from the Bible seems especially steeped in disappointment. Jacob agreed to work 7 years for the right to marry his boss’s daughter Rachel. But after fulfilling his contract, Jacob got a wedding night surprise. In the morning he discovered not Rachel but her sister Leah.

We focus on Jacob’s disappointment, but imagine how Leah must have felt! What hopes and dreams of hers began to die that day as she was forced to marry a man who did not love or want her? 

Psalm 37:4 tells us, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Are we to believe that God-fearing people are never disappointed? No, the psalm clearly shows that the writer sees injustice all around him. But he takes the long view: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” (v. 7). His conclusion: “The meek will inherit the land” (v. 11).

In the end, it was Leah whom Jacob honored and buried in the family grave plot with Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah (Gen. 49:31). And it was through the lineage of Leah—who in life thought she was unloved—that God blessed the world with our Savior. Jesus brings justice, restores hope, and gives us an inheritance beyond our wildest dreams.

— Tim Gustafson

Lord, sometimes it’s so hard to wait patiently for good things. Forgive us for comparing ourselves to others and for complaining about what we don’t have. Help us meet You in a new way today.

Jesus is the only friend who never disappoints.