Turning PAIN into PURPOSE with Cherie Rickard

Feeling like you can never recover from a great loss — a death, breakup, divorce, or a lost career? Feeling like life handed you some crappy cards? Feeling like God doesn’t see you?

Whatever is hurting you can be your fuel, but will you allow your pain to reveal your purpose? 

Meet my dear friend, Cherie Rickard! She has discovered how to live passionately and on purpose despite pain and grief…and she is showing others how to live a purpose-driven life! She has the joy, peace, and love of someone who appears to have a “perfect life,” but Cherie’s world was turned upside down when she got a call at 2am several years ago, a call that changed her life forever. Cherie’s precious son had died in a car accident and ever since that day, she has battled through grief and come out on the other side stronger. Not only is she healing, she is coaching other women how to thrive after great losses.  

I cherished our time together because she is a women of dignity and wisdom. Cherie is the host of the Podcast Radio Show “Real Girl Talk.” She’s also an author, speaker, medical professional, and a certified grief and empowerment coach! In fact, it was her dark season of grieving that led her to this life path of purposing to help others heal too! She is determined to live out loud and thrive in God’s purpose for her life. I call her my instagram mama because she is such an encourager, always giving me the pep talks just when I need them in her Instagram videos…and if you listen to this show, you will get a pep talk right now!

In this episode, she shares how PAIN REVEALS YOUR PURPOSE and how to choose to walk in purpose rather than shrink back into the pain. Here are some topics that we discuss:

  • How does grieving effect our relationship with God?
  • What if someone isn’t ready to heal? 
  • Why might someone not “be ready” to heal?
  • How could our pain be used for a greater purpose?
  • How does helping others aid in healing yourself?
  • What steps of grieving would you encourage others to prepare for?

“Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on God” ~Isaiah 30:15

We believe it’s our responsibility to share how God has healed our hearts, and although I have not experienced a loss like Cherie, I know what pain feels like. Truly, my greatest loss was the loss of “what I imagined my life would be like” — the picture of marriage and a family I had in my mind being shattered by my divorce…and my healing came through picking up the pieces and teaching others how to heal too. I was only one step ahead in healing, but that’s all I had to be to inspire others.

That’s all you have to do too — be one step ahead. Put one foot in front of the other. You are strong enough to overcome!

I hope you benefit from ENLIGHTENED, the podcast by me, Sophia Spallino, an audible experience that leaves you feeling at peace, encouraged, and in touch with your soul. Thank you for listening as Cherie Rickard and I talked about turning our greatest pain into our purpose.

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With infinite love and gratitude, I pray that peace be with you. xo Sophia (@SophiaSpallino on Instagram)


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