November 17th

baptismNovember 17th will forever be a date that signifies many things for me. On this date in 2002 one of my older sisters Keshia was killed in a fatal car accident. I still remember that night, the next day and weeks to follow like it happened yesterday. I remember the last conversation I had with her, I remember my mom coming home and telling me she was gone. Her death started a domino affect so to speak. My sister had recently dedicated her life to Christ.

The summer of 2013 was quite eventful for me. I was 28 years old, recently ended a relationship and was attempting to “get over it” by my own devices. I really wasn’t getting over it. I was severely depressed, unhappy, hurting and saw no point in living life anymore. I had no where and no one else to turn to except God.

During this time a former coworker invited me to her place for her first Mary Kay Party. At this party I met her Mary Kay Director whom over time invited me to visit her church, Bible Based Fellowship Church of Carrollwood. After many weeks of invitations I finally decided to give her church a try. At that time the church was having their sizzling summer series with a class specific for singles and it was awesome. I attended the class a few weeks in a row and eventually went back for Sunday morning worship.

Every Sunday from August to October I attend Sunday service and every Sunday it felt as though the Pastor was speaking directing to me. I believe I joined the church that October and was baptized November 17th 2013.

Insert the divine power of God right here. I was supposed to be baptized during the month of October on the 3rd Sunday, but due to that Sunday being family and friends day my baptism was moved to November 17th. I remember being a little disappointed because I was really ready to move forward with getting baptized. It was not until the morning of November 17th 2013, that I realized it was the anniversary of my sister’s death.


November 17th will forever signify death and new life being given. Although I feel my sister was taken way too soon for my liking, it was in line with God’s plan to draw myself and my family closer to him.

I’m  reminded that God’s timing is always perfect, he can and he will use you to draw others closer to him, and most importantly through the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, I can have new life.

Romans 6:4 NIV

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

God Bless You! Yes you!

Ms. Keta

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