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Appreciating Love Through Death

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by Dawgelene "Dr Dawj" Sangster- While the world celebrates what is known as Valentine's day with all of the cards, candy, expensive dinners and items; I remember a man, my late husband James Sangster, that showed love EVERYDAY by being present in my life. James wasn't this extreme romantic who made a big deal out of secular holidays, but he showed love by being mentally, spiritually and emotionally present in my life. While that may not be a big deal to some, for a woman like me that takes pride in my faith, mental stability and emotional connections, having someone to give that on a daily basis is extremely important to me.

 

James was that guy that paid attention to details I didn't even know he was paying attention to like changing my hairstyle ever 3 weeks; feelings of frustration without me saying a word or knowing when I needed a hug. I shared things with him I did not want share with others because I knew he had my best interest at heart and would oftentimes save me from myself! On this day that the world celebrates, I choose to salute a great guy that lived a life of faith, strength and courage until the very end, and was a great husband.

Rest in Peace James Sangster and Thank You for all you did in my life!

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Why Avery Sunshine Understands Her Purpose!

I sat down with the beautiful and very talented Avery Sunshine, for an intimate discussion on life, love and her purpose.  She helped me to understand her “calling” to serve others and why she is truly grateful.

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Dawgelene:

How does it make you feel to know that you have a positive impact on so many lives?

 

Avery:

(Chuckles) “Wow. The first feeling is unworthy and then gratefulness. I'm worthy and I know that God put me here for a reason. I finally get it even though it has taken me a long time to realize just how worthy I am. My aunt told my mom when I was a girl that I was going to be a preacher and she used to call me “preacher girl”. I ran from that label for a long time; but I am no longer running from my calling that God has on my life. I am a different type of  “preacher” and I AM worthy of the calling God has on my life to touch so many other lives in a positive way.

 

Dawgelene:

What are some things you are grateful for?

 

Avery:

I am really grateful for the reminders in my life to confirm, affirm and validate what I'm suppose to be doing and my purpose. I get those from my partner Dana, my children and others that tell me to keep doing what I'm doing and making a difference in the lives of others. It’s a shame that we often believe the negative before the positive; the lie before the truth; but I'm reminded daily that I'm one of God’s angels called for a purpose. I use my calling to remind others to keep pressing forward no matter what you are going through. It doesn’t matter what your situation is, God can and will use you if you allow him to because you are here for a reason, and you do have purpose.

 

 

Dawgelene:

What are your final thoughts on purpose?

 

Avery:

I have been talking to my partner about writing a song. I told him that it isn’t always about what a person says to you when you are around, but I swear its about what people are saying about you when you are not around. In thinking about that purpose, I have to ask, what type of life are you living and what are people saying about it/you when you are NOT around them?

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