Alice Greeves is preparing to embark on the next chapter of her life, hoping for a place at the University of Ulster.
The 18-year-old from Belfast has aspirations for a future in physiotherapy and is sure her faith in God will help her on her journey to fulfilling that dream.
She explained: “I hope to study Physiotherapy at the University of Ulster next year and pursue a career as a physiotherapist. God will guide me along my way. A verse that encourages me is Jeremiah 29 v 11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord’
“My faith gives me an assured future in Heaven with my Saviour. I know I have this amazing future ahead so why should I ever be unhappy?.
“My friends say I’m cheerful and positive, that’s because they notice a difference that comes from this assurance. I hope this joy and excitement will never fade.”
Alice and her family do not belong to any particular church.
She explained that this helps them to be true to the Word of God rather than get caught up in anything else surrounding it.
“We are a group of Christians who meet at various homes and community centre spaces to worship, study the Bible and to spread God’s message of love in the Gospel. We study his word to grow in our personal faith in our Saviour through our life,” she said.
“We don’t categorise ourselves under any church name, because we gather to no other name than the name of Jesus. We hold the scriptures as the inspired Word of God and study the teachings contained in it as the only source of our guidance.
“ I believe that Jesus has died for me to take away my sins through his suffering on the cross, cleansing me by his blood and has given me a sure hope for a future with my Saviour after death. He of course is with me all of my life and I can trust in him every day and into the future.
“I don’t limit practising my faith to any particular time or place in the week because my Saviour is with me 24/7 for the rest of my life.
“I have committed my life to my Lord Jesus and wish to serve and worship him in every aspect of my life. I study my Bible every day, pray and let God’s Word guide me through the verses I read. My family read a section of the Bible together every day and a longer session twice a week with my Christian group.”
Alice, who is also a dancer in her spare time with the Bright Lights Ulster Scots dance group, will star as one of the performers in the Belfast City of Rhythms Show running for 24 nights from Friday August 1 over six weeks at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.
As well as her love for dancing she’s an active member within the Christian community.
But in an honest and frank admission Alice explained like many others there have been times when her faith has been tested.
She said: “While I grew up in a Christian home and have had the Scriptures read in my home every day, it was some years before I realised the important fact that I was a sinner and needed Christ to save me from myself.
“I was burdened with my sins and when I trusted in the work of Jesus, his work and suffering took my burden away and he made it his own. I was free from my sins and have received peace in Christ. I have many Christian friends in and out of school and it is so rewarding to encourage each other.
“Christians have and always will be under pressure by the modern world but the Christian faith does not place restraints. If I will meet God in Heaven one day will I not live now in a way that is pleasing to him?
“I believe that God made me and his ultimate love is shown when he gave his son to die on the cross for my sins. My response to this love is to live my life the way he would want me to by glorifying and worshipping God in everything I do.
“Yes there have been times when I have even doubted God’s existence but God guided me back through his own ways through Bible verses and circumstances in life when I realised afterwards how much he had helped me. I find the Gospel message a constant reminder of what Jesus has done for me.
“I can’t think of a major event, however, every time I feel in danger or afraid or doubtful I pray to God for help, guidance and protection. This happens for example during exams or when planning for my future career. I have the confidence that God will lead me in the path that is right for me so I can learn from Him.
“My faith that I am saved through Jesus Christ, allows me to live a life to please him day to day. He gives me strength through his Spirit, and guides me, helping to make decisions and treat others in a way that shows his love to everyone I meet.
“I am happy to live my life for Jesus my Saviour and follow wherever his path leads me. A favourite verse is Romans 8 v 28 ‘but we do know that all things work together for good to those who love God’.”