Paul writes in a letter to the Romans in Chapter 10: “If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead–you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified. And it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
I remind you of this verse because I think that some have a misconception about how to come to the Lord. They may think you need to have had a sin-free life or that he would not accept you into the kingdom if you’ve really messed up! The opposite is true. Paul said if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart you will be saved.
God loves you just the way you are, believe me, grace is not earned—it is freely given. If grace were given because of “works” most of us would not benefit. Our works have not always demonstrated that we should earn it. You know that deep inside. The ‘doing’ will get us into heaven, but the ‘doing’ is just a reflection of how we feel in our hearts.
God doesn’t love you because of what you do. He loves you because you are you, his child, the one he longs to be with, and you will one day understand the importance of his profound existence! All we have is now, though. So make the most of it. This is your opportunity to live in his presence.
God is able to pull you out of your past, so you can live fully, in the present. There is no greater time than now to turn your life around. The path will not be an easy one. You will be called to put away selfish desires, any arrogance, or sense of entitlement.
It isn’t a live your best life kind of path, at times it will be difficult. There will be hardship and even rejection from friends, it isn’t always pleasurable. But following Jesus is not a one-time event—he is continually molding and shaping you. It will be worth it in the end!
I’m friendly and passionate about my faith, family, and friends. Having a relationship with God through prayer, conversation, and reading the Bible is crucial. After being hit by a car while trying to cross the street on my way to school, I became paralyzed.
It’s a miracle from the Lord I’m alive and able to walk. Even though I’m not walking as well as I would like, I have not given up. I use crutches (the kind with the rings around the arms), and I hope to walk without them. Some doctors predicted I would not walk at all, so the progress I have made is huge.
I’ve home-schooled classes at churches in the Detroit area. I’ve taught creative and structured writing, grammar, essay, and other Language arts courses. I incorporate free writing, journals, essays, college prep, the five-paragraph, research papers, and more.
I’ve taught many subjects throughout the years, and I’ve worked with thousands of students from different backgrounds and cultures. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in English and minored in History. I also have an Associates of Liberal Arts in General Studies. My students’ ages have varied from kindergarten to adult.
I’ve worked as an English as a Second Language Instructor with adults and taught reading, writing, vocabulary, pronunciation and trained students to take standardized tests such as the TOEIC (a business placement exam) and the TOEFL (a test for college admission). I’ve taught English to automotive execs at corporations like General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Bosch, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota.
I’ve taught numerous children and accumulated many jobs. I began by running my own services incorporating math and other subjects. I’m certified to teach Phonics and passed the Phonics First Foundations Level I and II Courses. I’ve written well over 200 articles. My guest posts have been featured in Christianity Today, the Southern Writers Magazine, the Breathe Conference website and the Salonpas blog.
I’m the author of the best-selling book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. I’m looking forward to publishing my upcoming, Hope After the Storm. It will be the second in my II part, Not Without God, series. I’m an active member of writer’s groups both off and online. I used to win story contests in the second grade and excelled at spelling bees. I like to cook, bake, travel, and try new hairstyles!
With much love to you all,