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.
Abraham: Genesis 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!