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A Ray of Hope on the GMC Denali Dream Drive

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I took the above photo while traveling on the Denali Dream Drive to visit the HGTV Dream Home last December. During the trip, I was feeling some kind of way about going into my second holiday season as a widow. I needed some time and space to think. The trip opportunity came at the perfect time for me, from my friends over at General Motors (GM). I remember stepping outside of the HGTV dream home and looking over the beautiful land that surrounded us. I glanced at the tall and beautiful trees, homes, water and mountains; along with the beautiful GMC trucks made that moment so beautiful and memorable.

 

Photo Credit: Dawgelene Sangster

Photo Credit: Dawgelene Sangster

While standing there, I began to think about my life; my purpose and how the past 2 years had felt like I was in land unreal, yet I was enduring because God had given me hope, even in the midst of what I had gone through. At that moment, I looked up into the sky and in the midst of the trees, I saw the most beautiful spot of sunlight shining through. It was so bright that I could hardly look at it directly. Within that moment, God spoke to my heart and said, "I am your ray of hope'! It was a powerful moment of release and relief to experience and I will never forget it. What has been your "Ray of Hope" during challenging times? Let me know by sharing it here, and then share this blog with someone you know that may need a "Ray of Hope" to get them through the day.

 

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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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