Just As I Am?

published on Inspire a Fire April 18, 2018


The old hymn beckons a  with these words:

“Just as I am, without one plea

But that thy blood was shed for me.

And that thou bidst me come to thee.

O Lamb of God, I come. I come.”

The lyrics ring true. All Jesus asks of us is that we come, just as we are. His blood is more than enough to cover our past, present, and future.

But that is only the beginning of the relationship. If we come, we begin to learn more. We ask questions, dig deeper, meet some new friends who can help point us in the right direction. It’s a trailhead for a lifetime journey, not a freeway with frequent entry and exit points.


Janet Morris Grimes

Janet Morris Grimes may not have realized she was a writer at the time, but her earliest childhood memories were spent creating fairy-tale stories of the father she never knew. That desire to connect with the mysterious man in a treasured photograph gave her a deep love for the endless possibilities of a healing and everlasting story. Janet's debut novel, Solomon's Porch, is scheduled for release in July of 2021 through Elk Lake Publishing. She is also a writer/music reviewer for Nashville Arts & Entertainment and Crossroad Magazines, a devotional contributor to Christian Woman, Power for Today, Inspire a Fire, and The Christian Pulse. Janet has featured stories in several anthologies, including The Spirit of Christmas and Sweet Tea for the Soul: Real-Life Stories for Grieving Hearts. She wrote The Parent’s Guide to Uncluttering the Home, released in 2011. A wife of one, mother of three, and Tootsie to four, Janet currently writes from her quiet two-acre corner of the world near Elizabethtown, KY. She has spent the last few years preparing to introduce her novels and children’s stories to the world. Inspiring stories that stretch your heartstrings. An unforgettable combination.

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