We are Found: London
What could be better than starting your day learning about God's love and the wonderful ways it has worked in the life of a fellow daughter of Christ? Let Florrie's passion for Christ and strong sense of identity in Him be an encouragement to you today. Abby xx
‘For I am convinced that neither death not life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height not 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.’ Romans 8:38-39
Find me something more ‘woah’, I’ll wait.
In a world littered with emphasis on the ‘power of you’, where complete self-sufficiency is the only way to be regarded as truly strong and truly free; it is entirely counter-cultural to believe that our strength is founded in the one who made us. Anyone who knows me will most likely comment on the ‘no-filter’ aspect of my personality. With a tendency to be (rather scattily) headstrong, flummoxing about the place enjoying all sorts of debates with people; putting my faith and trust in Jesus Christ seems, in the eyes of the world, to not compliment these traits in anyway.
As I have grown as a Christian, I have learnt that being founded in anything but the unfaltering love of Christ is unsustainable due to the fragility of the world we live in.
1 Corinthians 12:27 tells Christians that they are ‘the body of Christ and individually members of it.’
Logically, we understand that being in Christ should sustain us and yet, each and every one of us strays to find fulfilment in earthly pleasures.
In looking to God’s word for guidance, as is the only way, it is a continual encouragement to see how even those who appear to be the mightiest, rely on out Father for strength. 1 Samuel 30:6 states that ‘David strengthened himself in the Lord’, in 2 Timothy 4:17 Paul writes ‘But the LORD stood by me and strengthened me’ and in Psalm 27:1 David again proclaims, ‘the LORD is the stronghold of my life’. These are but a few examples of how God strengthens his people and how true refuge is found in him and him alone.
In this sense, I can claim that as a Christian, I am FOUND in Christ. However, this is beyond being lost and then found, like property discarded at London Bridge Station. Forming a FOUNDation in the living Christ is having a relationship with him that can withstand all, as Hebrews 13:8 reads:
‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’.
This is where More Precious comes in. After seeing posts from some amazing ladies sharing truths from the Bible, I wanted to get involved. Psalm 105:1 exclaims ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done’ and what better way to do this than sharing on a forum, enabling us to easily exchange wisdom and encouragement.
Being the city rep for London allows this fellowship to be streamlined from corresponding up and down the country (which is a blessing but a nuisance logistically sometimes!) to sharing verses and posts to girls in my city. Through God’s grace his word is being heard across many school Christian Unions with – admittedly few, yet still present (!) – follow ups and the prompting of discussions about the talks.
You may be wondering where the significance of Romans 8 comes into this. Arguably, it is indeed always significant to remember such truths in our lives. However, I have included it above in order to continue to remind myself and us all of the fail-proof nature of God’s love.
When we attempt to tackle things, being reliant on ourselves alone and disregarding the aforementioned strength we hold in our Father, our discipleship can often seem daunting and an impossible feat. The words of Romans can push us forward, with the knowledge that nothing can threaten God's love for us. In London, this can manifest itself in the perseverance of the London ladies in sharing the word of God, importantly not being shaken by slow progress as we know the Lords strength prevails over all.
Our good, good Father has provided us with a good, good family to encourage and guide one another spiritually, through his word. Praise be to him!
Florrie is at school in the big city of London. She was born and raised a city girl with a country heart, so is usually found outdoors, dancing, painting, eating bananas and when she can, pretending she's a cool dude and going surfing. Florrie is so excited to be part of a CU team at school and even more excited that to chat about God’s word!