One Day My Soul Just Opened Up

One day, my soul just opened up
and I decided
I was good and ready
to surrender my life to God.

One day my soul just opened up
and things started happening
things I can’t quite explain
I mean
I cried and cried like never before
I cried tears of ten thousand mothers
I couldn’t even feel anything because
I cried ‘til I was numb.

One day my soul just opened up
I felt this overwhelming pride
what I was proud of only God knows!
Like the pride of a hundred thousand fathers
basking in the glory of their newborn sons
I was grinning from ear to ear!

One day my soul just opened up I started laughing
and I laughed for what seemed like forever
wasn’t nothing particularly funny going on but I laughed anyhow
I laughed the joy of a million children playing in the mud
I laughed until my sides ached
Oh God! It felt so good!

One day, my soul just opened up
There were revelations, annihilations, and resolutions
feelings of doubt and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness
memories of things I’d seen and done before
of places I’d been, although I didn’t know when
there were lives I’d lived
people I’d loved
battles I’d fought
victories I’d won
and wars I’d lost.

One day, my soul just opened up
and out poured all things
I’d been hiding
and denying
and living through
that had just happened moments before.

One day, my soul just opened up
and I decided
I was good and ready!
I was good and ready
to surrender my life to God.

So, with my soul wide open,
I sat down
wrote Her a note
and told her so.

Gemmia L. Vanzant in Iyanla Vanzant, ONE DAY MY SOUL JUST OPENED UP

And that is exactly what happened to me.  I purchased this book sometime around 1998, maybe 2000, not quite sure.  That’s because, when i picked up the book, that I found in storage, and began to read it as if it were my first time reading it, only to discover my failed attempt at the book’s purpose.  As I flipped through the pages, I was shocked to discover that almost 18 years later, the same push that led me to find the book, is the same need I had back then.  I was shocked to read my issues with my husband, the same that is taking me for a spin now.  The same trust issues I had then are the same ones I have now.  Absolutely nothing changed.  I struggled with trust issues then, I struggle now.  However, this time will be different.  This time I will follow through.  This time, 18 years later I am going to push through the broken pieces of my life, I am going to complete my 40 day journey to “Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth”.  Will you take this Journey with me?

Removing the Veil, Revealing my Strength

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Unveiled by Dominique-Truly Defined

Blind to the Truth

For an entire year, I couldn’t figure it out.  I knew what the problem was, I knew the solution and yet I struggled.  I struggled with my Identity. I struggled with knowing WHO I am and WHOSE I am… I thought I was on a path to breaking the chains, removing the veil… Until I came across this blog.  It could not have articulated any better what my spirit self knew and my mind could not not process nor think.  It was as if I was pushing against something and that something was pushing back.  It brought me back to a dream that I had not too long ago.  In the dream, I was in a church, my home church.  I walked towards a door, opened it and went in; it was dark.   I sensed a trap, and before I could turn around to hold the door, the door immediately slammed behind me… shut. In the dream I yelled ” Damn you Satan!” I woke up annoyed, saying to myself, “this can’t be right!” How can I let Satan get the best of me. Satan has trapped me into darkness. Where was God My Heavenly Father? I also remembered thinking it was the first time I had called Satan by name.  It was empowering and defeating all at the same time.  I had come to realize that it was the trick of the enemy in my mind.

The Key to the house of David

ONLY God shuts doors no man can open. Not Satan.  In a sermon shared by Stanley Vasu, it reminded me that sometimes the Lord closes a door because it is not according to His will and purpose . When the apostles attempted to preach the Gospel in Asia and Bithynia they were forbidden by the Holy Ghost to go there. It was not the plan of God for them to go there at that time . Therefore we should be willing to accept the will and the purpose of God when He closes a door in our lives . We should not become disappointed and bitter against God when He closes a door that we wanted Him to open for us. We should trust that the Lord works everything for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. We should earnestly seek God for His revelation so that we can realize it when the Lord has closed a door for us and submit to His will.

This ring is serves as a constant reminder of what God has placed on my shoulder.

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I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

 

The Unveiling Truly Begins

The Elders say “Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil.”  I fought God hard on being transparent, vulnerable…But here I am…Ready to unveil the truth about me.  For 38 years I’ve lived life veiled. Just like a horse with blinders on, like someone who has lost their glasses. I have not been able to see clearly, Satan has literally covered my eyes so I can see just enough, but not completely. This is what I called the “confetti in my life.”  I’ve had glimpses of a true walk with God, despite the distractions the enemy has so cleverly placed before me. And it seems most often I fall head first into his trap and dwell.

Overall, I see I have chosen to believe Satan’s lies. Why? Because he is so subtle, and so good at his job.  I see how he has been in control of my prayer life. I’ve prayed fervently for certain situations or people or circumstances to change. Claiming all kinds of scriptures, uttering the same words Jesus told Satan on the mountain ‘It is written..” before reminding Satan what truly is the Word of God. I also quote quite often  James 5:16, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”.

Now, through the beginnings of unveiled eyes, I see that the prayers of the righteous are for internal change. For an open heart before the Lord, for my life to be pleasing and glorifying to him; for me to change not my circumstances or those around me.  That He will give me a heart of gratitude & joy amidst complete CHAOS!

Friend, let me tell you James 5:16 is TRUE. He will and can change your heart.  Your prayers are powerful and effective. He will unveil your eyes when you ask Him.  And, when He does what you see is AMAZING. What you are looking at is the same, but what you see is completely different. Its so much more.  You are able to see the absolute bondage Satan has you in and you see the complete FREEDOM that is found in Christ!

There is a story in 2nd Kings 6, where Elisha and his servant find themselves under siege by an army.  The servant says to Elisha, “What are we going to do; there are only two of us against then entire army”?  Elisha says (v. 16) “Don’t be afraid, there are more of us than those who are with them”.  Then, Elisha prays, “OPEN HIS EYES “(unveil him).  The scripture says that the servant sees hills full of horses and chariots of fire!  He saw the Lord’s army a complete other realm!  I want to see that, to be unveiled!  To be able to see what’s really going on around me, to take my head out of the sand.

The author of Hebrews in chapter 12 tells us to throw off the sin that so easily (and subtly) entangles us and FIX our EYES on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, and run with perseverance the race marked before us.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 to put on the full armor of God.  That the battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world.  To me he is saying _(blank)__ is not the enemy, Satan is.  He just has you fooled.  Stop fixating on __blank__ and start fixing your eyes on JESUS.  Look just above the chaos, He’s there.

Realistically what does this look like?

 

1) Remove the veil:

I’m learning that first I have to ask him to remove the veil.  Show me where Satan is telling me lies and I believe them.  Psalm 119:18 says open the eyes of my heart.   In Psalm 139: 23-24 David ask God to search him and know him to find the anxious thoughts. And lead him to the way of the everlasting.

2) Take thoughts captive

Secondly I am learning to take my thoughts captive. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, with emphasis on v.5 a We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Therefore, we should take our thoughts captive and compare them to the TRUTH.  Once we really compare what we are thinking to the Truth of God’s word, Satan’s lies become obvious.

3) Fix my eyes on Jesus

 

Last, what I am working on is fixing my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). I’m learning that if I’m fixated on __blank__, then I’m not fixed on Jesus.  Philippians 3:8 tells us whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy, we should think about these things.

One of the enemy’s most powerful lies is that you don’t have power over him or that he’s not there.  This is a LIE.  Even the weakest believer is more powerful than Satan.  James 4:7 says resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Don’t let Satan continue to keep your eyes closed.  Let the Holy Spirit unveil your eyes so that you can see what life is really all about.

John 10 says that you can live life to the full when you open your eyes and see Jesus.  Ask the Lord to unveil you and show you the absolute bondage you are in and how Satan has you completely paralyzed.  Ask him to really allow you to experience the unexpected joy (and complete freedom) of desperate dependence on Jesus.  Galatians 5:7 says it is for freedom that you have been set free!

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Broken Crayons Still Color

“…Out of your brokenness, God had multiplied something… now you have something to be able to share with others…”


I remember the first time I visited the Crayola Crayon factory.  I also remember the day when I was given the 64 Crayola Crayons box, then I got the box with the sharpener on the side.  So many colors, so many possibilities.  I also remember hating when my crayon broke because I had pressed to hard.  I had to tear the wrapping to get to the color, and putting it back in the box, seemed to leave an emptiness, simply because I could not see the crayon at the bottom of the box.

The resurrection of this childhood memory happened a few days after I celebrated the Resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I was in my car, listening to a pastor preach a message on a CD.  I was not really listening to it, my focus being on what was happening in the streets. And then I heard him say “…Out of your brokenness, God had multiplied something… now you have something to be able to share with others…God can’t share something out of you until you’ve gone through brokenness…BROKEN CRAYONS STILL COLOR!!!

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Even now, as look at the picture, despite the fact that I was hurt, mad and upset that my crayon was broken, it really did still color.  I have gone through many broken seasons in my life, broken heart, disappointments, betrayal…When I couldn’t see my way out of situations I put myself in…The pastor reminded me that “Broken Crayons Still Color.” I still have the “same efficacy in me”, my same ability.  I still have the power to color and make a brand new picture.  God never stripped me of the gifting and talents (the richness and nuances of every hue) that He originally put in me when He created me.  My destiny is pre-ordained by God, so it stands to reason that no matter how much I mess up, how many times I fall short, God will still use me, in spite of my brokenness because BROKEN CRAYONS STILL COLOR.

Come Journey with me as I Remove The Veil.

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“Today is a new beginning. Maybe a new chapter or a new page. Don’t dwell on what you SHOULD have done yesterday. Look forward to what you COULD have tomorrow. Get yourself together for what you WOULD or WILL do today.”♥POETRY QUEEN♥

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“Today is a new beginning. Maybe a new chapter or a new page. Don’t dwell on what you SHOULD have done yesterday. Look forward to what you COULD have tomorrow. Get yourself together for what you WOULD or WILL do today.”shoulda coulda woulda ♥POETRY QUEEN♥

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A Year Ago Today, Destiny was calling my name.

A year ago today, I was inspired by the preaching of Joel Olsteen, who preached a message of “The Destiny Gene”.  I was motivated to unlock my Destiny gene.  In that message, something in me had awaken.  I resurrected an old blog, and renamed it “Unveiled by Dominique.”  On August 1, 2015, I wrote my first real blog. The blog was entitled 8-1…The First Day of my New Beginnings.  Below is an excerpt.

“Life had taken its toll on me. Circumstances, valley moments, pain, hurt, disappointments, joy, laughter, happiness, all rolled into one. 

There was a battle for my life, a war for my soul.  But “Death” would not, could not win. I was fighting to stay alive. It was an even score. Life and Death stood face to face, darkness tried to steal my heart away…(CeCe Winans-Mercy Said No). One day I heard that song. In April 2015, I was let go from my “9-5”.  You see the number 4 (April) derives its meaning from creation. On the fourth day of what is called ‘creation week’ God completed the material universe. On this day he brought into existence our sun, the moon, and all the stars (Genesis 1:14 – 19). Their purpose was not only to give off light, but also to divide the day from the night on earth, thus becoming a basic demarcation of time. They were also made to be a type of signal that would mark off the days, years and seasons. I was being re-born, coming out of my coma and into a destiny that was waiting for me.”

In the twelve months since then, I was truly discovering who I was, the real me.  There were some things in my life that I was beginning to realize were no longer tolerable.  Something was happening to me on the inside.  I could feel it. I was truly breaking chains.  In that same blog, I posted a picture.  That picture was a true representation of “the me” then. I was suffocating on the cares of life.  No one could help me.Interestingly enough,, my mind nor my heart could wrap itself around the destiny that was calling my name.  I was still going through the motions…Hiding behind the veil.  Encouraging and empowering women, but couldn’t help myself.  I could not pull my self out of the pit that I found myself in.  But one day my soul truly cried out.  And God heard… And something was activated–again.  But this time, I am going to stay the course.

This time, it is truly my new beginnings.  I am stepping out on faith.  This is the new me

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Taking that Leap of Faith into my destiny.  With the help of Iyanla Vanzant‘s One Day my Soul Just Opened up, I am taking this 40 day journey, out of the wilderness and into my Destiny.

Come and take this journey with me.

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The Resurrection of Dominique

On Sunday March 27, 2016, I celebrated the Resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There are somethings in my life that are dead and buried. Things that need to stay there. Or so I thought.   You see, along with those “things” were also hope, dreams, promises, destiny and purpose.  Buried beneath the molestation and sexual assault,  were my destiny and purpose. Beneath the storms of my life, were my hopes and dreams. Every thing to me seemed like an even plane, defined as a level of existence, thought and development. I did not understand that I was born to live, not just exist.  Buried beneath the confetti of life, lies Dominique. Born Patrice Dominique Kemp. Patrice, as I soon discovered was who and what people thought I should be.  I was trapped in a bubble that was created by others.  My life became a metaphor.  I even looked at the characters of the Bible to find that one person whose life mirrored my own.  The more I searched, the angrier I got because God had I plan, and seemed impossible to achieve.

Hiding behind “The Veil” 

Patrice meaning “Noble”, is the “veil” that I hid behind.  This “veil” is defined as having a power of expression, either in speaking or writing. Being in favor for studying and research. I am clever, clear-sighted and intellectual. I don’t like to let others know my true feelings. I am bold, independent, inquisitive and interested in research. I know what I want and why I want it.  I desire to inspire and lead, to control other’s affairs. I am giving, courageous and bold, action oriented,energetic and strong willed. I want to make a difference in the world, and this attitude often attracts me to cultural interests, politics, social issues, and the cultivation of my creative talents. However, none of this made me happy, because I knew I was still so much more.  I have been on a mission to unveil the person God created me to be. To peel off the layers of hurt, pain, and circumstances of my life. I hid my hurt, pain, anger, low self-esteem behind this veil.  It was safe, and it protected me from facing my destiny.  In my alone time, I would often look in the mirror and try to find “greatness”,  that I could not see, and yet, knowing it is there, waiting on me.

What’s in a Name?

The day I decided to use Dominique was the moment God spoke to me and said: “It’s time to remove the veil, look deep within and break free.  It’s my name right? Not some fictitious name to hide my true identity. It’s a redefinition of who I am, who God has called me to be.  Origin of the name Dominique: Bestowed upon both females and males in France, Dominique is from the Latin Dominicus (Belonging To God), which is derived from dominus (a master, a lord).  There you have it!  I am a true child of God.  I belong to God!   I have always loved my name Dominique.  I always knew that it was powerful.  I was inspired to write my very first blog 8-1…The First Day of My New Beginnings.  August 1, 2015 is the day my name was changed to “Dominique.” The implication is that we all receive “names” from the world–Patrice Dominique. However, God has a promise for our lives as well, and His name for us is different. It expresses our personal relationship with God and the high value He places on us.

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NAS

When God is ready to bring His Chosen in to their true destiny, he changes their names and their identity. For example, Abram became Abraham, Sarai became Sarah, Jacob became Israel.

AbrahamGenesis 17:4-6 “4“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations. 5“No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I will make you the father of a multitude of nations. 6“I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you”…

Sarah: Genesis 17:15-16 “15Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16“I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”… 

Jacob: Genesis 32:28
Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

Dominique redefined me.  I use the name primarily for my business and “Unveiled by Dominique” which will soon launch as a platform, a movement for women to remove the veil to reveal their strength.  Dominique symbolizes my Destiny, my Freedom, My Purpose.  Dominique is symbolic of the resurrection of those things that was once considered dead. When people call me Dominique, there is a call to action that is awaken inside of me, a story that needs to be told, my story… Dominique is a legacy in the making.  Dominique makes a bold statement to the world that I truly belong to God and because of that I have survived what only God knew I could handle.  Only God can bring the dead things back to life.

There is a song that I love, that speaks to my resurrection. “wasted enough, of my DESTINY, trying to please those who really didn’t care about me, But I’m trusting You, for you hold the plans just FOR MY LIFE”.  In my desperate need for a change, I am giving it all to God so I can live FREE!!!

For My name means “I am Noble” and “I Belong to God”!

Eyes have not seen, Ears have not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for me.

Removing the veil.  Follow me and watch Him do it!

Dominique

 

50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Movement, Malcom X and Michael Jackson-Remembered thanks to “Formation”

As I continue to listen and watch the media -four days after the surprise drop of the single AND video of Beyoncé “Formation”- I remain in awe that Bey still has people talking…But was that not the point?

While scrolling through my Facebook Timeline, I came across this video posted by Pop Sugar Celebrity. It gives a break down of the meaning of the video that most people missed and blew the minds of White America. What Beyoncé did in that “Surprise Attack” was put White America on notice that we have had enough. We are here to #Slay racism, #Slay Political Injustice, #Slay Crimes against our people, #Slay Oppression.  That we are here to #Slay because we are Powerful Black Women.  What better way to say it then by remembering The Black Panters. Trust when I tell you it was no coincidence that Formation was released on the 50th Anniversary of the Movement. The Black Panther Movement was formed in 1966. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense was the largest Black revolutionary organization that has ever existed. To learn more about the Formation of the Panthers, their program and activities, but more importantly, what marked the Panthers out to be different from all other organizations, and what led them to be the inspiration to generations around the world to join the struggle against oppression, click on Formation

Not only did Bey pay Homage to The Black Panther Movement, she also remembered Malcom X and Michael Jackson. 

She remembered the State of Louisiana after Katrina. 

This is Black History Month. We Shall Never Forget those who fought for change. Let us come behind the “Veil” of complacency because we “think” racism is put to rest. I urge to really look at our history. We have been fighting the same fight for And since the Abolition of Slavery. Times have changed but the fight never ended. 

Let us continue to Remove the Veil behind which we hide.

Celebrate Black History,

Dominique