Hi 👋. My name is Karen. Welcome to my blog. If you are new, warm greetings to you. If you have been here, hugs and smiles your way. So today marks five years since I got baptized so I thought what better way can I possibly celebrate this day than first sharing my journey with you all. This is my salvation story in a snippet. Lord knows we will be here forever if I have to tell it all. Let us begin.
Growing up, I wouldn’t necessarily say that I grew up in a Christ centered household. My mother took my siblings and I to church until I turned 18. She raised us in the best way that she knew how to as a mother. She encouraged us in the Lord but my father on the other hand, didn’t want anything to do with the church. My father was a huge hindrance in my journey with the Lord. There were many times where He will clearly inform me to stop reading the Bible and to stop going to church. There were times He refused to drop me off to church. I love my father but throughout this walk, I’ve learned that all I can do is pray and be a living testament of Christ. Before living with parents, I was raised by my aunt and grandmother for seven years alongside with my cousins. It was during that time period, that I would say that I gave my life to Christ. As a child, I enjoyed reading Bible stories and being intrigued by the color illustrations of each Bible character. I read the Bible, prayed, attended Sunday school but at the time, I didn’t have a personal relationship with God. I always taught that in order for a woman to have a child, all she had to do was pray and she will become pregnant like Mary. The Bible was very interesting and it still is to me.
Fast forward to high school. High school was cool but not my favorite moments I like to remember at all. I struggled with my low self esteem due to constant name calling. It was either my skin was too dark and I needed bleaching cream to lighten up. I struggled in my academics especial science and mathematics but I enjoyed English. Let’s go back memory lane. Eight grade! Yes, the grade I will always remember. I had the best English teacher by the name of Mr.Higgins. Every week, he will assign to my fellow classmates and I, a punctuation test. After every exam, there was a reward of $1 or $2 for the student(s) who received the highest mark. Every month, we were assigned a particular poetry forum. At the end of the month, each student had to stand on the podium to recite the poem to the class. It was in those early years that I developed a love for poetry. English was my heartbeat, although I wouldn’t say that I was strong in that course during those days. Fast forward to my first year in college. I was initially supposed to attend a four year university. I got accepted and I was so excited to leave home and embark on a new journey but that didn’t work out due to the misunderstanding and complications of the entire school requirements. I ended up attending a community college. It was one of the toughest decisions that I had to make which turned into a beautiful mystery. God knew exactly what He was doing, It all began in my music classroom. At the time, I couldn’t wrap my head around the reason why I needed to take a music course. After all, I wanted to pursue Nursing. What correlation did music have with Nursing? Anyway, God had it all planned out. It was through my music course, that I met my friend Hayat. She was a Muslim at the time we met. A simple hello is what transcended into a friendship. Through conversations, Hayat expressed to me about how she wanted to convert to become a Christian for a while. She heard about the Gospel through her friend who was a Muslim who converted to Christianity. Look at God! At the time I met Hayat, I didn’t have anything to offer to her besides the conversations we had with her about God. I wasn’t planted in a church because I had left my previous church in search of another one. A few weeks after our meeting, I received a call from Hayat, with great joy in her voice. She had found a church through a woman while at a park. She invited me. A week after, I attended the church. I walked 25-30 minutes to the church and till now, that’s the church that I still attend. At the time, I was the only one in my household going to church. I couldn’t keep the good news to myself. I told my family and friends about the Lord and informed them about the church I was attending. At first, my mom wasn’t happy because I made a decision to attend a new church on my own. It’s not easy at a young age to make such a decision but I can truly say that God has been my guide. To God be the Glory, a few of my friends and family are members of the church I attend. Hayat, my friend, relocated back to her country. We still keep in contact. She is still a follower of Christ while trusting God for her family to come to the knowledge of Christ too. God surely has a purpose in everything that He does. He is Purposeful. He is an Intentional God. It was on that very day that I attended the church for the first time that I re-dedicated my life to Christ.
Before re-dedicating my life to Christ, my first name was worry. Ask about this child. Lord, knows I worried even when I was asleep, eating and even praying. My middle name was fear and my last name was pain dweller from past friendships. The battle of hurt continued for a while even after rededicating my life to God but through the process, He birthed purpose but most importantly, He set me free. He healed my heart and reminded me that He was my Father, Friend, King and Savior. On June 17th, 2015, I made a decision to get baptized. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I remember what I wore and emotions that ran through my body. Today is Wednesday, June 17th, 2020. Interestingly enough, I got baptized on a Wednesday too, five years ago. These five years have surely been a journey I’m still trodding upon. I’ve come to understand that I am not alone. God is with me. He has surrounded me with the right people and I am forever grateful. Through life’s battles, God has shown Himself strong. Through the tears, He has been my helper and my closest friend. I am no longer broken but much rather whole in Christ. Like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, God is still at work in my life.
Reflection of Today
Today was a joyful day. It all began at 12am when I decided to celebrate this day in remembrance of when I got baptized. I celebrated by watching a clip of a video I took of my babies back in the orphanage in Uganda for a mission trip 🇺🇬. I miss my babies so much but every time I look back at the memories, I’m filled with joy. Fast forward, to the rest of the day. So back to memory lane, June 17th, 2015. As I mentioned, it was the day I got baptized. On that very day, a young girl by the name of ChiChi was supposed to get baptized too. Unfortunately, she was unable to because her family had to urgently move to another state. Two years later, God who forever blows my mind connected me with her. Listen this connection was divine. She messaged me via tumblr not realizing that she was messaging me. She was going through a rough time in her life (depression and etc). I didn’t have a profile picture so she couldn’t identity me. We continued our long conversations for years but on this day June 17th, 2020, she messaged me. I asked her for her number. I called her and the rest is history. God made a way. We spoke to each other on the phone for the first time ever. We shared our testimonies and just shared laughter briefly before her mentioning to me that she was in another country. She had relocated and if you know what that means, if I stay on the line for long, my phone bill will be out of this world. So we had to cut the phone call short but it was a lovely and blessed conversation.
I called a friend to testify of God’s goodness. She was so surprised by my level of joy today. She was even wondering if I found a job and I’m like not yet. Like I mentioned, this journey hasn’t been easy but I know that God is Faithful. I’ve learned and I am still learning to put my hope, faith and trust in God alone. No matter how steep the valley is, God will surely carry you through and set your feet upon a solid rock. When I tell you today was special, God knows and I’m sure the angels are rejoicing. I couldn’t help but smile. ‘Twas a beautiful and glorious day ✨😊.
Lessons Learned In Five Years
1. Where you are in your walk with God is not where everyone is in their journey. Walking is a choice. Being a follower is a daily decision and everyone makes a choice but learn to pray for them.
2. Lean in on God in every season. Cling unto Him like a root to a tree. You need God every day. He is not a seasonal God. He is a timeless God.
3. Whatever struggles you are facing, first come to God. God is relatable. He is your Father, Friend, Savior and so much more. Speak to the Lord. Be transparent. He listens and He is there for you. Don’t let fear hinder you from speaking to the One who cares and loves you. There is no wound too deep that God cannot heal.
4. Spend time with God every day. The presence of God is a gift. Read your Bible. Fellowship with other believers. Pray 🙏🏿. Read books that will enhance your spiritual walk. Set your priorities straight. Make room in your schedule for God. Let your life be centered on Christ.
5. Where you are is not where you are going. God is the director of your life. Key into what He is saying and be obedient.
6. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Be led by His Spirit.
7. Everyone you meet serves a purpose in your life. Don’t cling too tightly. Some people are visitors and that is okay. Some people will arrive during your wilderness and some will show up during harvest but there is a purpose for both the arrival and departure. Be welcoming and allow God to have His way in your life and those He sends your way.
8. Be careful of the people you surround yourself with, the music you listen to, the books you read, the movies you watch and etc.
9. If you say you want to grow in your walk, stop becoming comfortable with milk and be ready to intake spiritual food. God is ready but are you willing to take in what He is ready to feed you?
10. Surrender every part of your life to God. Don’t be a partial Christ. Jesus is a full course meal. Be ready to feast with the Lord. Ask the Lord for a teachable spirit. Humility is the way to the Father. Be willing to learn and be taught.
Today is the day of salvation. Don’t wait another day to make Jesus, your personal Lord and Savior. Understand that you don’t have to be in church for God to hear you. It’s a matter of declaring with your mouth and believing in your heart in faith that Jesus died and saved your life. He has been waiting for you. He has been knocking on the doors of your heart.
Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? If you haven’t, I would like to join you in prayer. For it is written in Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Let us pray.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you for this day. I come before your throne of mercy and grace. I thank you for what did for me at the Cross of Calvary. I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I am not worthy to stand before you but because of what you did for me at the Cross of Calvary, I’ve been given this privilege to know you. Cleanse me O’ God. Make me anew. I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart today that Jesus is Lord. Come into my heart O’ God. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for a new beginning. I am yours forevermore. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 🙏🏿
If you accepted Jesus as your Personal Lord and Savior, I rejoice with you my friend.
*Share your testimony. Tell someone. Testify about the Goodness of God!
As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” -Romans 10:15
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. May we continue to share our God-Given stories. Testify of the Goodness of God. May we never stop encouraging and praying for one another. God bless you 🙏🏿🥁✨