My Purpose Driven Journey

Author, Book, Website, model, Sharika, Powell

My name is Sherika Powell and I am on a purpose driven journey. Our purpose in life looks different for everyone.  A lot of us will never know what our full purpose or potential is on earth. My mission is to not only find mine but to help others unleash theirs as well. Why am I on this journey? For many years I didn’t do what I was on this earth to do. I didn’t even think I had a purpose. My path in life started out on a rugged difficult road. I was just a young girl when I became a victim of sexual abuse, at the hands of my step father. As a young girl up to adulthood I felt great shame about this. I felt like I was damaged goods and I was not worth being loved by anyone.

 So I went through life not believing in God, not trusting easily and falling into damaging relationships. I decided that I could trust no one and it was up to me to take charge of my life. I had to rely on me and me alone. So I did just that but over the years I realized that my strength was limited. I fell flat on my face many times and I knew that I could not continue my life this way. So, what do you do when you are at your wits end? What do you do when you feel like your head is about to explode, and breathing air everyday actually hurts? I fell to my knees in prayer. I realized  I was done feeling this way,  like the world was torturing me, and that’s when God and all his grace, mercy, and glory steps in. I decided eventually to dust myself off, seek Gods truth about myself and the person he has purposed me to be. I was tired of listening to the “false script” in my head. It said; I was unworthy, ugly, useless, unlovable, and damaged goods. The truth was that I did not need to carry this burden of guilt and shame anymore.

These negative labels were not for me to carry, this was not the way God intended for me to live. As survivors we carry the guilt and shame of what was done to us. It is not for us to carry! For me it took many years of healing to get breakthrough. What was meant to destroy me, physically, spiritually, and emotionally has been turned around for my good! I am using my past to redefine my purpose on this earth. Sharing my journey and what I have learned along the way with other women gives me great joy!

 I have ended the victim mentality that plagued me for so many years; I am now a THRIVER!  Many women are still hurting, still trying to heal, and I am here to tell you that it can and will get better. I understand, I get it, I know the uphill battle you face every day, I’ve been there and to be honest there are times I’m still there. But I know “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. Your beautiful tomorrow is a prayer away.

You can be a victor, you can get through this! With God’s grace it can and will be done in your life! I am a living, breathing, walking testimony that it will get better. Nothing is too impossible for God!  It took many years of processing God’s truth to realize I was loved and I was worth being loved.

Today I feel blessed, blessed to speak to women about my journey, blessed to be able to share my life in my upcoming book “A Woman Unchained” Breaking The Silence of Childhood Sexual Abuse. A Warriors Journey! (TBR August 2016).  I am blessed to have found my voice, my reason for being alive. Breathing air doesn’t hurt anymore, breathing air lets me know that I am alive, my purpose is real, my journey isn’t in vain and above all God’s got this!

About the author;

Sherika Powell is passionate about encouraging and helping women reach their full potential. Sherika is an accomplished author, talk show host, pod-caster,  and motivational speaker. Sherika’s book ‘Women Unchained’ is to be released in August 2016. 

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