by Dayana Shiplett
I was supposed to be aborted, grew up feeling unloved, and rejected.
At 7: I was sexually abused by the babysitter’s son and got extremely sick due to it.
At 12: I was forced to stop living with my mom in order to have a better life.
At 16: I was addicted to men, alcohol, and pornography.
At 18: I got engaged, was physically abused, and cheated on. A few months after, I partied too hard and ended up getting raped.
I planned my suicide, but even in that, I could not succeed, and I thank God for that.
At 19: I gave life and my dreams a shot and moved to Hollywood. I met a man who treated me like a princess and financially provided for all my needs. I even ended up having my own TV show on the Spanish network called “Dayana Grace Show,” but through it all, I still felt empty and without a life purpose.
At 21: I fully gave up my life and also my dream life in Hollywood to allow God to be my everything finally. I let go of everything and allowed God to be my everything. I moved to San Diego without anything, and I trusted God to provide for me fully, and He did every step of the way.
At 24: I went through a severe car crash that completely changed my life for the better. I became a more grateful person and excited to be alive. I no longer saw life the same and began to want to live each day with purpose. In this same year, I also moved to South Africa as a Missionary for seven months. I started a ministry called “GIVE HER COURAGE Worldwide.” This ministry helps women who have been physically and sexually molested.
At 25: I got married to the love of my life, who I met at an airport during a layover.
At 26: I started my first blog, Dayanashiplett.com, and started encouraging others on social media through faith stories.
At 27: I landed my dream job as a communications manager at a Christian nonprofit for adults with intellectual disabilities.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. — Genesis 50:20
Dayana loves the Lord and is full of energy and enthusiasm! She currently lives in Tulsa, OK, with her Austin Shiplett. She enjoys quiet moments to reflect on life and recharge for what is ahead. You can learn more about her at Dayanashiplett.com.