God Uses Autism Advocate, Ashley Dudley To Be Salt and Light in Atlanta Community

Autism Advocate, Ashley Dudley posing for a Christmas selfie.

The hand of God is moving in the believer of Jesus Christ’s life, Ashley Dudley and taking her to the next level of glory as an Autism advocate for the present generation, for such a time is this.

Ashley was not diagnosed with Autism until the age of 28 years old. She went through

Autism Advocate, Ashley Dudley smiling at the camera with loving and nurturing mother, Dee Dudley.

many trials and tribulations during her early childhood years that God allowed her to walk through to come into His purpose and plan for her life into her adulthood.

“I was born early and had learning disabilities throughout my school years,” Ashley tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “Not keeping up with others in elementary school led me to get a diagnosis.”

The Holy Spirit of God led Ashley to seek guidance from a mental health professional to gain understanding of her mental health and get a diagnosis. Getting the diagnosis empowered Ashley to move to the next level that God was taking her, as a future advocate of Autism.

By stepping out on faith, Ashley has made many breakthroughs through her favorite hobbies and creativity. Some of these hobbies include building legos, creating jigsaw puzzles, writing in her journal, fantasy writing and daydreaming. These hobbies have been healthy coping mechanisms for Ashley during the times that she has struggled with Autism and empowered her in her walk with God. They have given her greater understanding of who she is, as a child of God with Autism, and to draw close to God.

“Building is a coping mechanism for me because it is helpful,” Ashley tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “It has actually made me want to access and be myself a lot and let my creative self come out.”

 

Autism Advocate, Ashley Dudley smiling at the camera with joy as her portion.

Being diagnosed with Autism has empowered Ashley to recognize and overcome negative thinking through expressing her emotions through her creative hobbies. Anxiety is an emotion that Ashley has had to battle and overcome with the power of God and in her interactions with others.

Overcoming anxiety has empowered Ashley to trust others and God as He developed and molded her character through her perseverance in seeking the Lord, His Kingdom and fruits of the Holy Spirit.

“I have anxiety,” Ashley said to Atlanta Christian Voice. “I had to learn to trust in God more and trust people in general.”

“I had to learn to trust in God more and trust people in general,” Ashley tells Atlanta Christian Voice.

Ashley praises God for knitting and creating her in her mother’s womb for the woman of God that He created her to become and how He wants to use her inside and outside of her community.

“I thank God for making me for who I am because He doesn’t make mistakes,” Ashley tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “I thank God for the special person that I am. In a way, I’m happy because I love myself. I had to pray my way and recognize that point.”

“I thank God for making me for who I am because He doesn’t make mistakes,” Ashley tells Atlanta Christian Voice.

Ashley’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, which is written, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Ashley also has many goals for the future as she trusts in the Lord to order her footsteps.

“I see myself becoming a well-renowned speaker,” Ashley tells Atlanta Christian Voice.

For more information about Ashley, visit www.autismspeaks.org.

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Sarah Dickens is the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and two M.A. degrees in Global Studies and Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hopes to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are ministering to children and serving on the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon, Japan, and Uganda, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, making and creating art, and reading books by Christian authors while sipping a cup of tea from one of her favorite tea mugs. Her life verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
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