You might often hear how God provides for you, and that is true. What is also true is that in this world living a life that is holy and pleasing to God is not going to be easy. Here’s what a guy called G.K. Chesterton once said:

‘Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried’

When we push through the hard things of following Jesus, we discover an amazing kind of life. We begin to see God’s presence in our lives in new ways. Have you found that serving God can be tough? Hang in there! The reward of knowing God is worth it. Don’t leave it untried!

Read an amazing promise in 1 Corinthians 2 here:

What are your eyes fixed on?


How are you feeling as you get ready for today? Are you thinking of the things you’re struggling with: conflicts you’re caught in, the test you haven’t really studied for, the habits you’re definitely going to avoid today? Or are you focusing on something better?

Someone once said to me we tend to move towards the things our eyes are focused on. Is that true for you? What if you fixed your eyes on what is unseen, the hope to which Jesus has called you, the fearfully and wonderfully made person you are, and on Jesus himself who is God’s great YES to us?

Great verse on that in Ephesians 1v18:


Guide me God!


Here’s a great psalm-prayer to hang on to this week – no matter what lies ahead: exams, studying, hectic amounts of work, decisions about the future, or new adventures. Here’s a picture of the kind of God who will be with us:

‘The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honour to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me…’

Read the rest of Psalm 23 here:


Why exams God?


Why exams God? It seems like a whole lot of pressure and work to show what I don’t know. I suppose it is hard to see what I really know without being tested? Holy Spirit, help me to have the point of view in life that whatever hard stuff comes up (whether it is exams, relationship, family or whatever) it is a chance to see what I really know or believe in my heart about life, myself and you, God. All I need to remember is that you, God, will never let me down; you’ll never let me be pushed past my limit; you’ll always be there to help me come through it.

Read 1 Cor 10v13 (The Message) here: