So there's this really common, yet uncommon story about how A.L.I.V.E. was birthed.
Just like most stories it started with a burning desire to see change within the youth in the community (which at the time was in the city of Tuscaloosa, AL). This dream started as an assignment in graduate school at the University of Alabama, and continued with my internship, and then followed me into my first career position as a Substance Abuse/Mental Health therapist.
While chasing career status, financial stability, and fulfillment, A.L.I.V.E. (which wasn't the name at the time) was my rescue plan out of that position where I felt underwhelmed. I loved the kids I met, but hated the politics around helping them. 2 failed licensure exams and 2 relational heartbreaks later, I was officially living at "rock bottom." So mentally and emotionally burnt-out, I honestly was a shell of a person. Praying constantly to just make it home into my dark room where I could be numb and NOT think about ANYTHING or anyone!
But one night, while showering, the Lord gave me the name A.L.I.V.E.! I was so amazed, and it felt like I got shocked by a defibrillator. I began to pick up the pieces to this dream, and dreamt AGAIN! Several words spoken over my life about this dream and it began to be a little more clear that THIS was the true desire of my heart. However, it also became the biggest giant I had to face-to-date. I began to have this overwhelming feeling of how I would be letting God down if I didn't release this into the earth as He had given me.
"Talk about rock and a hard place"
So afraid of the weight ahead me (PURPOSE), but also fearful of what would happen if I died with the dream in me...whew!
Obstacles of doubt, insecurity, brokenness (and this list could seriously go on) stood in the way of what would be my greatest LEAP of trust in Jesus. It was now the silent battle of my heart.
Finally, January 1, 2015 was the day of birthing.
The next step was to share with others the vision that lived within the depths of my heart for years. Through this process consistent miracles occurred. From logo creating, to piloting the vision, to creating a team of pure-hearted, passionate individuals...it has been a beautiful outpouring of God's patient pursuit after His children.
I'll be forever grateful to those that have sown unselfishly and generously into this organization. For the prayers, the wisdom, and the help during events. It truly means the world to me.
I know this is just a portion of my "yes" to the Lord. Which has been the most frightening, yet fulfilling, faith walk in my life.
I love A.L.I.V.E. with all my heart, and I will work AND trust the plan of the Lord with all of me. When I'm afraid or when doubt is near, and even when I don't understand everything from the beginning. :)
I will say yes, forever!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.