THE STORY BEHIND SHYANN'S HOPE
ShyAnn’s mom was a teen mom with a baby daughter. When she was 17, her mom found herself in a domestic violence shelter instead of going to proms and filling out college applications. She possessed a very poor self-image and had no healthy support systems, and was merely following the same patterns she was raised in. Five years later in 1983, she gave birth to ShyAnn. Her parents married but divorced after a short, tumultuous marriage, alcohol being the core of the destructive situation. For the next three years, she set out to make changes by going back to school. She also extended feverish prayers for God to send a good man to love her and her two daughters. The Lord heard her cries and brought them a kind and gentle man. To date, they have been married for over 31-years. ShyAnn’s family made extreme changes, created a music ministry, and were saved in 1996. More importantly, they realized that the Bible had been missing from their religious family backgrounds and subsequently, together discovered personal relationships with Jesus. ShyAnn's family ministry witnessed in detention centers, churches, and at many other events, both secular and Christian.
ShyAnn was a beautiful joy to her family. She was gifted with an infectious smile and an energetic, humorous personality. She excelled in her younger years in school; was VIP of her junior class; sang; loved music, dance, theater, rodeo, and clogging. However in her mid-twenties, she began to decline due to her dysfunctional family environment during her younger, crucial developmental years. Even though saved, ShyAnn did not have a strong biblical foundation and wisdom while trying to accomplish her dreams in a difficult, young adult generation. When she was on her own, chasing her dreams in the music industry, the result was detrimental. ShyAnn could not find the life she hungered for, lived 2000 miles away from family, and struggled to find a church home. ShyAnn was raised to love everyone. Sadly, she did not know how to Guard her heart. Rejection in love, relationships, and her dreams drove her to self-medicate her pain and anxiety with alcohol. On December 6, 2015, the Lord saw she was tired and worn-out and took her home. We praise God that in her short life, she touched hundreds of lives and never stopped fighting affliction in prayer and in faith. We learned from her writings how much she cried out to Jesus for help. Ironically, right before her accident, the last picture she took on her phone was of an old Gideon Bible, her final message for us was profound, never ending, and will live on forever: God's Word is truth. And no matter what; never play with fire and heed to the warnings from our parents, healthy role models, and adhere to the Word of God; further be mindful of deceptive and hindering relationships.
"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know your brothers around the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings". 1 Peter 5:8-9