Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Griffiths.
Hi Dana, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Growing up in a single-parent home with a mother who was an alcoholic made things difficult. For many years I battled with abandonment and rejection issues. My self-esteem was very low and my mental health was very bad. Due to feelings of rejection, I always thought taking my own life would be an easy way out, and depression was my best friend. I rejected God by choosing things over him. I conformed to whatever a man wanted me to be so that I could be loved.
Until one day, I gave up. I was tired of going through a life of depression, turmoil, unwise decision making and more. I decided to finally trust God. No matter how lonely I would’ve felt, or not knowing if the Lord would come through on my behalf, I decided to trust him. In trusting the Lord, I have been able to get my mind back, my emotions stable, and begin my healing journey. Today I trust God more than I ever have. He has never failed me. He has never left me. Through my tears, my isolation, and my doubt, God was with me. And I rest assured, he will never leave me nor forsake me.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Not at all. Life is hard! Being raised in poverty, dealing with childhood trauma wounds, uncertain of when God will show up for you can all be hard. Leaving a life of old ways and habits and intentionally walking with God required great sacrifice. I lost friendships, I left unequally yoked relationships, I sacrificed financial opportunities. It wasn’t smooth nor easy, but it was worth it.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an EMT in the state of Maryland. I love helping patients feel better, like their original self again. What sets me apart in the workplace is my empathy and love towards everyone. Some people find it unusual. But I believe just a smile (even if it’s with your eyes because of these masks) can go a long way.
Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I think taking risks can be both good and bad. I am currently in a season of learning Wisdom. How to not be hasty and think before taking action. However, what led me to the person in Christ that I am today involved me taking a BIG risk. I quit my job one day, blocked people on my phone and social media that were detrimental to my peace, and left friendships. It was literally just me and God. That was risky because I didn’t know what would happen. But I knew it had to get better somehow. But that risk propelled me into the ministry I have today named “Abandon Everything Ministries”. When taking a risk, exercise wisdom and outweigh the good from the bad consequences of that risk.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.abandoneverything.com
- Instagram: abandoneverything_