Turning 36 flipped a switch on in me.
It’s like the years prior were me just walking in fog for such a long time, then suddenly, I’m like, WAIT…there’s light I see ahead and the fog starts clearin’ and I realize that the whole time I thought I was alone, I wasn’t. I can see a figure standing before me as the fog fades.
That figure can’t be nobody but Jesus.
So, to honor my newfound commitment to Him and our walk together, I’m getting baptized Sunday….again.
Yeahhhh, I got baptized when I was prob in junior high, but now I got some life up under my belt. And boy oh boy, what a life I’ve been livin.’
Being a mama, job changes, church changes, court issues, losing friends, making friends, being intentional with relationships I value, laughing more, crying a little less…it’s A LOT.
I guess 36 made me say, “Okay Key, enough is enough. Either you gone be bout that life (the God life) or just tell God you gone do you and let the chips fall where they may.”
I decided to stop playing around with God.
This baptism is my proof to the world and myself that I’m committed to Christ. It’s showing that I love Him, that I know Him and that I refuse to do life without His lead.
Now that I’m fully committed to following Jesus, I can’t go back. Everything else is counterfeit when I place it next to God. And only a fool can taste and see that God is this good and go back to the world.
“They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption.
For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.
It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.
They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.”
And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.” -2 Peter 2:19-22 NLT
Imagine a dog knowing good and well that he puked and left it, but then turn right around and play in that same puke it just walked away from.
I’m soooo tired of being that dog.
I’m just so tired of this world offering me freedom and fun and alllll that I think would bring me peace and joy, only for me to turn around and feel sick because I’m left with lies…the devil be out here straight lyin’ y’all, and I’m soooo tired of the lies.
I’m tired of believing the lies that turn to pain— you know? The world tells me, “my body, my choice” and I get that.
But who made that body?
Who makes sure that heart inside that body is whole?
The world promises me I’ll find freedom and fun and good times sleeping around and hitting up happy hours weekly and drinking when I’m happy, drinking if I’m sad, drinking if I had a tough week, drinking if I’m in pain.
I’ve tried this though, for YEARS. And you know what?
I’d go to bed and wake up the next day more miserable before, with that same pain I tried to numb with whatever wine or margarita I downed the night before. I’d be lying in bed either hung over, or next to some dude that probably wasn’t even worth a conversation, looking for my wig that I didn’t even recall takin’ off.
Now don’t get it twisted. I ain’t saying that you’ll see a perfect Key.
I could NEVER reach perfection—that’s why I need Jesus.
What I CAN say is that I hope you see a CHANGED Key.
I hope you see me forgiving more quickly, loving more deeply, and following God like I’m not promised tomorrow. I pray this fire I have inside me for God never goes out.
I honestly feel like something is changing outside of just me.. I feel like something is happening spiritually in people, especially believers of Jesus.
I pray you don’t miss it.
Don’t miss the boat. You remember Noah, right? Old Testament? If you have no clue what I’m talkin’ about, read Genesis 6-8 (or download that free YouVersion bible app when you got time cuz they even got bible translations that’ll read to yo lazy butt in different voices and yes I’m judging you for not reading, but I’m judging myself too cuz I listen to the audio version, too😬).
Seriously though, back to Noah…I bet people thought he was wild building a boat when it probably never rained.. until it did. And them same people laughing was probably them same people drowning.
Don’t miss it.
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.
In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat.
People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away.
That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.
“Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.
“So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.”-Matthew 24:37-42 NLT
Don’t. Miss. The. Boat.
Don’t be that dog or that pig.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Give Jesus another try. He’s waiting. All of Heaven’s waiting and me and the rest of us believers are waiting on you, too.
Come on over to the winning side. I promise you’ll be oh so glad you did.
My God…I love You so much. You’re stirring something up in me I can’t shake. You’re reviving dreams, opening my eyes, and softening my heart. I just can’t get enough of You and I want to let the world know I love You.
Help the reader or listener of this blog feel the sincerity of my words, these words poured straight from my heart. Help them to hear that now is the best time to give You their “yes.”
We think we got eternity to get things right, but that’s so wrong. We got today, we got now. And just think…nobody but You, God, can know how our obedience, our “yes,” can have a trickle effect.
My salvation can save others and their salvation can save others and so on and so on. This world is looking for hope. It’s starving for it. It needs you, the you God took time to create.
God, thank You for keeping me. Thank You for knowing that I’d get here, that I’d find You, that I’d finally get to the end of myself to find the beauty and grace and love that only You can offer me.
Only You can give me all I need and never leave me empty.
I’ll love You forever and a day.
Love always, Your child,
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