Patrick McBride

RACHEL FRANKLIN

Patrick McBride
RACHEL FRANKLIN

RACHEL FRANKLIN

Jena, IA

Photos By: Laura Beth Bailey

Dark situations to silver linings.  Tell us about the struggles you have had growing up and how they have shaped you to the person you are today.

I have been a family person my whole life. I always said I never knew what I would do if my parents divorced. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be, “one of those kids.” When my parents did divorce my whole world was up in the air and I felt like I had no stability. I couldn’t control anything that was happening. I felt forced to be in a situation that I never saw myself  in. I entered into deep depression and anxiety because the thing I never thought I could handle happened. At that time I saw no light at the end of the tunnel. Years later, I got more settled and used to them not being together. Things began to look up. I started realizing how blessed I was even in situations that seemed impossible at first. Even though they aren’t together, I am thankful that I have two parents that would do anything at all for me. They don’t hate each other or make things awkward for me. That seems to be a common thing and thankfully it didn’t happen to me. At that dark time, I couldn’t see hope in the situation, but God showed me how I was wrong. I believe it shapes me as a person because it taught me that even though I think I can’t do something or can’t make it through a situation, there is ALWAYS a light at the end of the tunnel. I just had a i learn that it was there and allow myself to see it.

Tell us more about yourself.

I consider myself a happy and outgoing person. Because of my experiences, I can usually listen and help other people through tough times. I’m a type of person that can be very hyper at times, I learned a few years ago that Christ is the center of my joy & so I can see light in any situation and think of ways God can use it. My hobbies include singing, sleeping (most importantly) and quality time.

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