Southern Gospel Weekend

MGM

Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Melody Without Measure by Ashley Franks

Written by scoopsnews on August 27, 2019 – 7:11 am -

Ashley Franks writes “My Child Has Anxiety and That’s Okay”

My child has anxiety.

Even reading those words makes me cringe. For a lot of her life I have tried to ignore it, but I can’t anymore.

So…my child has anxiety.

There I said it.

And for the most part, we go on an have a totally normal life. Our days are filled with talks about school, movies, homework, park trips, and ice cream. Sometimes I even forget that she’s wired differently. And then all of a sudden, she is having a meltdown about something that other kids would just snicker at, and I remember what parenting a child with anxiety is all about.

It means that I cannot just say “eat whatever I put in front of you or starve.”

Food textures are more than overwhelming for her. Trust me, I want to teach her that there are starving children in Africa and she would LOVE that corn if she’d just try it. But it’s crippling to her, so I accommodate and fix way too many Totino’s Pizza Rolls and chicken nuggets (this is a judgment free zone, right?).

It means she needs to get her feelings out.

There are times when whatever is on her tongue is literally hurting her, until she can say it to me. So, it means I stop. I listen. I let her get out what she needs to say.

It means sometimes she is afraid to do “normal” things.

It means we clean her room at 10 pm.

It means I answer a thousand and one questions.

It means she doesn’t do sleep overs away from home often.

It means we pray to Jesus every night for a good night of sleep.

It means we have some restless nights.

It means tears before school. It means I stop and hold her until it passes. It means I spend a lot of time explaining things to her so she understands the situation at all times. It means we reassure her that everything is okay. It means she bites her nails. It means she and I both cry when I have to be away. It means we limit how much sugar she eats. It means I parent her differently from my other child. It means she needs help getting to peace.

But it does NOT mean she’s broken.

It does NOT mean she’s messed up.

It does NOT mean she cannot live life.

When she feels overwhelmed, I gently remind her who is in control. I have said to her “who controls the weather?” so many times that she rolls her eyes at me now. But she knows. And I am more than willing to remind her as many times as I need to that she has a Heavenly Father who loves her and wants only good things for her, so she doesn’t have to worry.

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Psalm 56:3

Having anxiety means my daughter feels life more than other people do, and I will teach her to look at that like a super power. She is fierce and a force to be reckoned with.

It also means her heart is tender and she will be a world changer because the things that others don’t notice keep her up at night. That is something that this world could use more of. We could let her anxieties control her life, but we choose every day to live them, feel them, pray over them, and when we have to, we rebuke them.

It means she is extra special, and I am blessed to walk this road with her.

My child has anxiety, and it is okay.

 

Check out Melody Without Measure HERE

 


Tags:
Posted in announcements | Comments Off on Melody Without Measure by Ashley Franks

Melody Without Measure – “Highlight Reel”

Written by scoopsnews on August 13, 2019 – 6:36 am -

Ashley, Jaquita, & Katy

Life is like a melody, with highs and lows and everything in between. But what’s a melody without harmony, touching lyrics, and beautiful orchestrations? Katy, Ashley, and Jaquita have a desire to be that kind of support, encouraging and inspiring all who read to find the sweet melody in the chaos.

Jaquita Lindsey grew up in Camden, Arkansas, where music and ministry have always been a major part of her life, from singing in choir at school and church, to singing and playing drums with local groups. In January of 2014, she joined the Southern Gospel trio 11th Hour. Ministry is beyond the edge of the stage for her. “While songs and messages are an amazing source of encouragement for me, it goes beyond that during hard times of life. Nothing ministers to me more than having a friend tell me they’ve prayerfully had me on their heart. God can use us to build up each other.”

Ashley Easley began singing at the age of 4, in her home church in Heflin, Alabama. That day, music became her first love, until several years later when she met Jesus. She began traveling at the age of 15 and has always loved the ministry. In 2007, she met Josh Franks, and one year later they were married. The two have been married almost 12 years and have two children- Priscilla, 8, and Eli, 5. The Franks family continues to travel week to week and sing, but every Sunday and Wednesday you will find them on Airways Boulevard in Savannah, Tennessee, where Josh is the Senior Pastor at People’s Tabernacle Church. 

Katy Peach, as a young girl from Columbus, Ohio, had big dreams of traveling the country on a bus, singing Southern Gospel music. She was extremely blessed to have done just that for many years. But shortly after the arrival of twin boys, Clayton and Shelton, Katy’s dream changed to that of a mother whose desire was for her children to have a “normal life.” Although Katy can still be found in the studio on occasion, she now works in Banking while her husband, Troy Peach of The Perrys, continues to travel full-time. “I have certainly learned over the years that you don’t have to be on stage to be used by God and although I miss traveling and singing at times, I’m thankful for opportunities to minister and encourage from home.” 

 

Check out Blog : Highlight Reel


Tags: , , ,
Posted in announcements | Comments Off on Melody Without Measure – “Highlight Reel”