I've been sleeping for like a year.
Most of you know that I've had two major losses - my Mom went on to be a soldier of a Higher Rank in Jesus' Kingdom last year, and my Grandma went on as Security Detail in September of this year. Gosh, I miss them!!! I search every day for their presence around me...every once and a while, they'll remind me that they're near.
I had an AWFUL day yesterday - deplete of creativity, love, attention, wonder, and curiosity. I didn't see these blessings around me, but I prayed that I'd be full of all these today....and boy did God deliver!
I've been trying to build a life in Winston-Salem, NC since September, and it's been a bit tough. It was hard to find all the hot-spots, cool wine bars, sexy cafes, and the socialites that fill them.
It hit me on Thanksgiving when my sista-girl, Gabrielle came to town. I've had it all backwards. God should've really been first on my list of priorities. I'd visited different churches in my new city, but I didn't go to church. I prayed everynight, but I wasn't talking to my Heavenly Father.
I changed my route (and 'tude) not too long ago, and all kinds of joy has come into my world! I've been hit with all sorts of inspiration lately, and I just wanted to share a few thoughts in case you're facing some trials of your own.......
1. Pray honestly and boldly. And faithfully.
2. Be honest about what you've been through - when you're ready. Your testimony will give someone else faith (shout out to Yogi Dada!)
3. Surround yourself with people who know what to do. Angela, who put a roof over my head /Jami, who planned a weekend getaway the anniversary of Mom's passing / Gab, who planned a trip to see me on Thanksgiving / Missy, who mapped out all of my Christmas time....I.love.you.so.much.
4. Find a church that you really like. Winston Salem First has seen a lot of Allyson Reaves lately.
5. Reach out to someone else who may be going through the same thing to help them through it. This one, I haven't quite mastered yet, but I'll keep you posted.
ps - A very humble and sincere prayer for the families in CT.