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.

For many years I did not know 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, by my then step father. As a young girl and into 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 then that I could not trust anyone and it was up to me to take charge of my life. I had to rely on me and me alone.

So I did.

But over the years I realized that my strength was limited. I fell flat on my face many times and 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?

It took me to my knees in prayer.

I realized I was done and when you are done and you feel like this world is torturing!

That’s when God and all his grace mercy and glory steps in!!!

I decided eventually to dust myself off, seek God’s truth about myself and the person he has built me to be. I was tired of listening to the “false script” in my head that 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 is 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 to get to this point in my life and I am glad I did.

What was meant to destroy me, physically, spiritually and emotionally has been turned around for the 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.  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 everyday – 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 trial and error to know that I was loved and I was worth being loved.

Today I feel 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.

Breathing air doesn’t hurt anymore, breathing air lets me know I am alive, my purpose is real my journey isn’t in vain and above all God’s got this!

Sherika Powell

Rogers TV Talk Show Host on “Women on the Rise”.  2016 Recipient of the “Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada” Award Dare to Be Bold! Speaker. Upcoming Author.