Apartment 1111

4:02 PM Keenya Kelly 6 Comments

I'm sitting in my new apartment in Texas on the floor as I write this post, the only piece of furniture I have is an air mattress I purchased from Walmart upon my arrival Tuesday. My kitty Maui lays on the carpet rolling around apparently joyful, as the carpet beneath her seems to be cozier than the one from our last apartment.

I thought about waiting to post this for a couple of weeks, but as I unloaded my boxes of books I felt compelled to stop and write. In the post I want to tell you about the significance and awesomeness of God in apartment 1111.

So, late last year God said something to me, "Everything new and nothing old," of which I thought he was referring to my old apartment. I started buying new pieces and even hired an interior designer to assist me when I had the uneasiness in my spirit to stop. I sent a few text messages to close friends asking for prayer, because I didn't understand what was going on and that God was telling me I'm moving. Most of my friends were like no Keenya, you're being emotional... I calmly said if you're my friend you won't give me your opinions but you'll pray so that I can hear GOD!!!! Shortly after I knew I was going to be moving, not down the street but to a new state.... Of which I was not very happy about. Not because new beginnings aren't great, but because I knew it was going to require a greater level of faith than EVER and I was going to have to against the grain of family, friends, the stupid devil and my own mind.

But because I love and trust God I started my search. My first thought was Chicago, I absolutely adore that place but I hate winter!!!! I adore snow, but being that I have a sales job, I'm always on the road and I hate unpredictable weather conditions. My next thought was Atlanta, my beautiful friend Joi is there along with countless other people I absolutely adore, but something kept saying Houston....  And to be honest with you I was like awwwww heck no Jesus..... Like that old commercial "uh eh my brother you've got to get your own." I did NOT want to move to Texas.... DID  NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ended up in Houston in February for a conference and as soon as I hit the highway with my rental car the Holy Spirit HIT ME!!!! When I say it hit me, I mean that when God is talking to me at times I feel really strong electric shocks. It causes me to jerk at times, and sometimes go whoa Jesus verbally out loud... So as I drove I believe I was hit 3-4 times, but I wasn't trying to hear him though. Lol!! I mean I love God but I have an attitude that he's working on.. Lol.

Throughout the weekend as I drove in Houston, my creativity was on level 1000 and I couldn't turn it off and didn't want to, but I still didn't want to move there. Of course, because I'm an obedient child I said God if that's the plan I need a lot of confirmations.  Well over the next couple of months God was healing and delivering me from the past while also trying to show me how he loves me. Everyday or every couple of days I would see the numbers 111 or 1111, of which I didn't understand and I thought it was just coincidental. One day I saw it about 30 times and that freaked me out to the point where I was crying like a baby driving down the road because I thought the devil was tormenting me. I began calling spiritual friends to get the answer but no one had it.

One night I'm in my apartment clearing out old stuff, when I stumble upon my green notebook and when I turn to page 3, the was the interpretation... BELOVED!!! I was VERY VERY upset at God because I wanted it to be something more profound and if I can be honest I wanted it to be about wealth and blessings. I sat down on the couch to pray and said "God I don't like this, why are you doing this to me? Why are you calling me that? You don't meant it!!! You don't really feel that way about me., as I cried uncontrollably. Within seconds I felt a mighty gust of wind that overtook me and all I could do was cry, because I KNEW it was him and he was saying "You are my beloved in whom I am well pleased Matthew 17:5" I was sooooo done for the longest time that night, but it was definitely the best experience ever. After that, I kept feeling like new was saying move to Houston, but it still was not what I wanted.... But he was relentless. I kept praying and crying, praying and crying that he would give me more concrete confirmations or that he would change his mind but he didn't. This went on from like December-ish to June. By June, I said well God I think you're saying go so let me go see about an apartment. I made it clear to God my need for a few things to already be in the apartment and in head I had a few desires:

1. Built In Bookshelves were a must
2. Washer and Dryer
3. Dishwasher
4. Garden Tub
5. Private area for my cats poop pan

I saw a few places then the big one came.... As soon as I walked in I saw all of the built in bookshelves, then the W/D, and when I hit the bathroom it took everything in me not to cry.... I looked at the guy and said I'll take it. Signed on the spot...

He gave me my apartment number which was like #1524 or something like that on the 2nd floor, but a few weeks later I emailed requesting the 1st floor because I wanted the hardwood floors.....

I couldn't Believe what was about to happen next..... He sent back my apartment number..... #1111

And that was it..... I completely lost it at my computer and it took me a few days to recover!!! Even Tuesday when I walked up to the apartment all I could do was laugh and smile, because I couldn't have made this up. Like I received a lot of confirmations about moving here, but it's soooo amazing what a God did after I signed the lease. Now for the next 365 days I get to see 1111 every single day and I know without a shadow of a doubt that I'm in Gods hands and that he is truly pleased with me.

After accepting that apartment, I was reminded... Everything new and nothing old... so I sold EVERYTHING that I owned except for my clothes, shoes and books and hit the road. I didn't know what I was going to do when I got here, but I remembered when I left Kentucky, I sold everything and carried my books, shoes and clothes... so this move was nothing new!! I'm super excited about the past 72 hours, I've purchased all new furniture, appliances and some things I've been wanting for a very long time... so I'm truly grateful for now only these new items, but such an amazing new start....

A lot of times we find it hard to obey God, because we typically want to know the entire story before we move, but I refuse.. I told God I will do whatever you tell me to do. I'll obey and ask questions later... and that's exactly what I'm going to be doing while I'm here in Texas... for as long as I am supposed to be here.

Soon, I'll share the details of what happened upon my arrival, but let me say this..... About $10,000..... STAY TUNED!!!!


  1. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! What an Awesome Testimony! Thanks for following the will of God for your life. You are such a Blessing the body of Christ. We welcome you to Houston with open arms.

  2. Have you ever thought of becoming an author? I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your blogs. Your testimony could really help people. You truly have a gift

  3. Praise God!! I'm actually starting to work on it. I have I slow myself down or hire someone to write as I talk.... Thanks so much for that compliment

  4. I'm finally reading why you relocated, per your Periscopes! It was a great read! Thanks for sharing your testimony on listening to God and being courageous! Courage and faith can lead to some amazing things!!!!

  5. What a beautiful testimony...God has great things planned for you & your obedience is leading you towards your blessings....thank you for sharing it...

  6. Thank you ladies praise God. Obedience unlocks a lot of things, we just have to exude the courage to obey.