I am truly thankful for this phenomenal opportunity to interview Shamika Pool for the Dreamer Blog.
Shamika Pool is a woman of God, a woman of faith, mother to her beautiful daughter, entrepreneur and a servant of Christ. Shamika gave her life to Christ 4+ years ago and she lives to please God daily. Prior to giving her life to Christ she was broken, rejected, abandoned, angry and abused. Due to all of the hurt she carried she was looking for love in all the wrong places. At that point in her life she found herself in an abusive relationship where she lost herself, her voice, peace, dignity and self-esteem.
Domestic violence is something that is not talked about enough. Many women are scared to share their story and some don’t make it out. But God! God spared Shamika’s life and allowed her to share her testimony with the world.
Her Story of Glory
It all started with me questioning a relationship, he got so mad he choked me. I remember acting like I passed out just so he would let me go. I could barely breath. He told me he loved me and that he would never do it again, but that was just the beginning. This continued for about 2 years. I remember going to a job interview with a black eye, but I wore my prescription glasses to cover it up. At one point I tried to break up with him but he wouldn’t let me go. He told me that if he couldn’t have me, no other man could. He proceeded to tell me that he loved me and would never do it again. I was so insecure and I didn’t know who I was, so I believed him. I dealt with infidelity, lying, cheating, abuse (verbal, and physical). I literally went through great adversity in this relationship. I remember breaking up with him again. Something in me just wanted to break free from this toxic relationship. I knew that was not the life that I wanted to live and it had to be something better out there. But this man refused to let me go. He bussed the windows out of my car, threatened my family and made me feel like I was worthless. I was ashamed, embarrassed, insecure and scared for my life.
I lost my dignity, my strength, my voice and my peace in the relationship. And it effected every relationship there after.
When I say God spared my life, he truly did, I made it out when some women don’t.
After that relationship I got into other relationships but something just didn’t feel right within me. I was looking for someone to fill a void that couldn’t be filled by man.
Some people turn to drugs or alcohol but I turned to sex. Sex was my way of filling the voids in my life. But when it was all said and done and I came back down from that temporary high, reality set in. I was still hurt, abandoned, rejected, abused, angry and misunderstood. So using sex to feel those voids to be honest didn’t do me any good. It didn’t do anything but make the matter at hand worse. Because the voids that I was trying to cover-up were still there. I still had to deal with them. So instead of using sex to fill my voids I became celibate in 2013 and have been every since. This was still before I gave my life to Christ. I felt as if I needed to be a better mom to my daughter and show her that she is worth more than what I was going through at that particular time. I wanted my daughter to know that her jewels are precious and shouldn’t be given to just anyone. Believe it or not, your children watch your every move and they mimic what they see you do.
Shortly after becoming celibate I gave myself to the Lord and was filled with the Holy Ghost. When I say I went through deliverance after deliverance. I had to ask God to cleanse me of everything that was not like him. To take away the anger, the hurt, the pain, insecurity. I definitely didn’t want to live with un-forgiveness and bitterness in my heart. I would literally go in my prayer closet and cry out to the Lord. Some days it felt like God was killing me. But to be honest he was, he was killing everything that was not like him out of me. He was cleansing and purifying me to be more like him. I started to read the word and declared it over my life daily. The Bible says God chastise those whom he love Hebrews 12:6. I thank God for loving me just that much not to leave me where I was. When I say I was messed up “I was messed up”.
Birthing The Dream
I can honestly say today as I write this testimony, I am clothed in Strength and Dignity and Laughs without Fear of the Future. Psalms 31:25 My God is a faithful God.
Through my experience of domestic violence God begin to shine on the creativity within me. I started a business, Divine Anointed Creations. In this business I design inspiring messages on t-shirts, mugs, candles, prayer shawls, pillows etc. Every item I make God breathes on the creativity within and it comes out amazing. I also use this as a way to give back and a means for inspiring and encouraging women all over the nations. Every message can inspire you to be a better you.
Note: No matter what you are going through or may be faced with right now, remember God is your strength, hope, confidence and love. He will never leave or forsake you. I encourage you to believe in yourself and be all that God is calling you to be. Never let you past mistakes define who you are, don’t be silent speak out and be free. God did it for me and he can do it for you.
I pray my testimony encouraged you to know that there is a better way. Your life is better in Christ. You don’t have to wait until your sick and tired, waiting until that point maybe too late. Find the strength and will yourself out, your stronger than you think you are. Guess what, I don’t know you but I believe in you. You can do it! It’s never too late to get out, God hears your cry! Remember it’s only in Christ that you come to know yourself and learn who you really are, who God created you to be. You can only live your best life in him.
Blessings to you all!
It was truly an honor interviewing Shamika Pool. Her testimony is amazing and can help so many women all across the nations. To find out more about Shamika Pool her Information is attached below this article. Shamika is truly living out her God given dreams while using her story to bring back the glory.