iamRefuge: Sarah

picking up the pieces

I have always gone to church but it was a box-ticking exercise for my mum. Just before my 16th birthday, I chose to follow Jesus. This year I will be turning 30 and when I look back at my life as a Christian I believe the most growing and changing has been the last three years.

Shortly after getting married (like the day after our honeymoon) I was made redundant, and looking back it was the start of a chain reaction of unfortunate events. My husband and I have been through a lot in the first three years of our marriage that most go through in a lifetime together. I can honestly say I struggled through it all—I struggled to believe and know if God really cared about us. My husband is a rock in his faith and reminded me all the time that God is here.

God took the time to remind me Himself, in my personal time of reflection and worship there is the song that hit my heart like a brick to the face. The bridge talks about being in pieces, being found and put back together:

When I thought I lost me,
you knew where I left me,
you reintroduced me to your love.
You picked up all my pieces
and put me back together,
you are the defender of my heart.
— Jesus Culture 'Defender'

Jesus reminded me He picks up all my pieces and put me back together—though our troubles aren't over I know I'm no longer a million piece scattered everywhere. I know I am loved and cared for, God took the time to let me know He is here when He honestly doesn't have to (sure He has a lot to do). But that is what I love about Him despite how big He is, He cars for little old me.

how did you come to be part of Refuge?

I heard about Refuge through friends and started to come along when it was dinners in the evening. It was great just to sit, talk and eat together. I loved it I decided to jump in.

What are some of the things you think are really great about Refuge?

I love the atmosphere and the people. Everyone is so welcoming. Also, the teaching is good and really challenging.

How are you involved in life at Refuge?

I help on set up and tear down on a Sunday, sounds and slide, worship and kids team! 

what about Refuge encourages your faith?

Refuge is a prayful church. I am reminded to make that more a part of my day-to-day.

If you could tell anyone Just one thing about Refuge?

It is in the name—it is a Refuge. It is genuinely for everyone.

I am refuge | series 2

During the run-up to Easter, we are introducing a number of folk from our church family in this IamRefuge series. Ensure that you don’t miss them by liking our Facebook page!

View the original series from last year