We are Found: Nottingham
I grew up going to church, and I've always called myself a Christian. I was baptised at the age of 14 and was given Roman 8:38-39 as my “Baptism Verse”. It says:
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I never really struggled with being a Christian and as much as I loved the verse, I didn’t really understand it’s extent until I started university.
I am in my fourth year, studying maths at the University of Nottingham and the past three and a half years have been a real journey for me, personally and in my relationship with God. I was so excited to start uni, get stuck in with a church and make lifelong friends... but this didn't happen! I settled well in halls and made lots of friends, but they didn't go to church so I very rarely did either for fear of missing out! Most of our time socialising involved alcohol and going out, and I lived in a way that I’d always thought was not how a Christian should live. I spent almost no time with God or Christians and I was further away from God than I ever had been.
But deep down, I knew I was not being true to who I am: a Daughter of Christ.
In my second year, I started to meet more Christians and one of them invited me to go to a church called St Nic’s with her. I was struck with how welcoming everyone was and I started to realise what had been missing from my life. There wasn’t an instant change in me and I wasn't attending church every week but slowly I found my faith again - or I should say God found me! I spent the summer after second year at Christian festivals and fell in love with Jesus once more.
Starting my third year, I committed to going to church every week and a midweek student group. I made some amazing friends and really felt like I was in relationship with God. Since then, it hasn't been easy to maintain this but my life is so much richer. The things I desired when I started university, God has fulfilled. I have some of the best friendships I’ve ever had with friends, not just from church, and I continue to learn new things about Jesus and his love for me.
When I wander, he chases after me. When I mess up, he will never stop taking me back.
Now I truly see that nothing can separate me from God’s love. It amazes me that he knows I will continue to make wrong choices, but he still chose to come and die for me and have a relationship with me.
Abi is originally from Essex and is now in her final year studying Maths at the University of Nottingham. In her spare time she enjoys crafting (particularly making clothes), watching Zoella videos and doing pilates. Abi is passionate about girls finding their identity in Christ and deepening their relationships with him.