Last year you competed and won the title of Mrs. Oklahoma. What prompted you to enter the contest?
I entered the pageant in hopes to help bring a voice to the devastation of those who suffer from the pain of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I watched my brother fight this war for years and I felt like this was Gods way of providing a path to find new answers!
Had you ever competed in any similar contests before the recent title?
As a matter of fact, this is the first pageant I have ever been a part of. I love the glamour and beauty that comes with the idea of pageants, I just never thought I was that type if woman to win one. But I was to put myself out there in order to open new doors with regards to finding hope for OCD.
Since winning the title has it opened doors for you?
The doors were absolutely opened. And not on just their side; I found a new strength within myself to fight for what I believed in. The community was incredibly responsive and I can’t begin to express my gratitude for each and every individual who stood beside me and gave OCD a voice.
What and who inspires you?
First, and most of all, God. I would be unwilling and unable to do any of it without God. My family, and my husband, David, is my best friend. My two precious angel boys Parker and Grayson are what give me life and breath every day. And without my brother Phillip, this would not be a journey in my life. I’m deeply blessed beyond words, and that inspires me to no end.
Do you have any artistic abilities?
I believe that the artist abilities God gave me comes in the spirit form. I have a deep love for others. I am sensitive towards hurt, pain and need. I don’t want to see people with the pain of feeling unloved. I’m also in love with Interior design. I just have a knack for it.
Everyone seems to have a cause or a passion. Do you have one and if so, would you like to tell us a little about it?
My community cause is definitely OCD. But one cause that I have a deep love for is Godly families. One aspect is marriage, and the other is creating beautiful, God loving children, who will grow to become men of integrity and lead their Godly families.
Going back to the topic of Mrs. Oklahoma, how difficult was it to compete while also holding the title of wife and mother?
I was truthfully nervous about that balance. My husband and I laugh now, but honestly the night I was crowned, I almost handed back. I have one shot at a life with my children. I did not want to miss a moment. I kept my heart close to Christ and he knew the depth of my desires. Somehow, by the Grace of God, he allowed me to wear the crown as a mother, wife, believer and Mrs. Oklahoma Int.
Finally, How has the experience of winning the title changed you?
I will never be the same again. Once you start working for the Lord, your life will be forever changed. Oddly enough, I would think I was going somewhere to share about my platform and change lives but it was everyone else who changed mine.
Written by Michael Franks
Photography by Epiphany Photo Media
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