Dominque is the brains behind Faith>Fear. The beautiful thing about her journey and her faith is that she has become fearless. Many people dream of living this life without fear and she is able to do it below she shares the story of Faith>Fear.
“ I remember sitting with a friend and we were talking about the crazy radical faith I had gotten once I came to know Christ. I remember not being afraid of anything at all because of my mom sharing with me Luke 10:19. "God has given you the authority to trample over snakes and scorpions and the power to overcome the enemy. Nothing will harm you". Reading that scripture encouraged me SO much to be fearless in all ways and as I began to pursue God over sin, the time I spent studying the word I began to share it with my friends who were interested via email. It was only about 3 friends lol but then they began to tell their friends, I opened the emails up to more friends and family and next thing I knew I had over 100 people wanting to follow my journey of having radical belief in God. The friend I was sitting with suggested I call my journey, Faith greater than fear, that's when Faithfear.com was birthed. It's truly more than just a website someone goes to for encouragement, it's me sharing my life of having great faith and how it's only through Jesus Christ our Savior I'm able to conquer fears. “
I can’t imagine the pressure of being in the model industry. All I know is what I have seen on America’s Next Top Model ha !! I admire Dominque’s ability to maintain her standards. She shares that she once found her worth in accomplishment. She is not a competitive person so “staying in her lane” has not been a challenge for her.
"After being impacted by Gods unchanging love all those things such as having a college degree, etc became FAR meaningless in comparison.”
One of the struggles that Dominique shares is that of a growing Christian. She was one month deep into her new faith when she met her soon to be husband. Her husband was a believer for 10 years at this time. 10 months later she was introduced to his friends and church family who were mature in their faith. She began to think to her self that she was nothing like them. She soon realized that was not a healthy mentality.
“I removed myself from looking to other Christians as examples I sought primarily Christ for that example.”
” Look to Christ as an example, not just His followers. It's so easy for society and media to tell me who I am. I had to find my identity in something anchored, something constant, something everlasting especially in the fashion industry. True beauty emanates from a woman who boldly and shamelessly knows who she is in Christ, I believe that should be everyone's ambition.”
When asked what a woman should look like in her opinion she shares that; “The way a woman loves and her fearlessness is what sets a woman apart. A woman of honor reminds me of Proverbs 31:25 "She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future."
Dominique was blessed to have a wonderful sister. Her sister has lived a life of purity, saving herself until marriage and her first kiss with her husband was at the alter!! She is a missionary in Capetown South Africa. Dominque had a tangible example of what it looks like to be a woman with a relationship with Christ.
“Even as a teenager before I knew Christ I remember her loving on me unconditionally even when I had nothing but unexplainable hatred towards her. Her example was impacting me without me even realizing it.”
These words are a testament to the strength of true and genuine love for one another. Dominque shares her advice for women who may struggle with insecurity. She loves to read Matthew 4:1-11. I will let her powerful words speak for themselves and I hope it encourages as it did me.
“ You can see that our amazing Jesus was actually put through temptations [knowing that He was tempted is what made Him human to me]. Satan was seeking to put doubt and unbelief into the mind of Jesus and tempt Him to do things in His own power when He was weak from fasting, etc. But instead of Jesus falling into sin, He fought the strategies of the enemy with scripture! Satan twisted scripture to tempt Jesus, while Jesus conquered Satan with the truth of scriptures. I apply this to every area of my life. Fear and insecurity usually comes from believing the subtle whispers of the enemy and my best advice is to battle lies with the truth. Seek the truth in scripture about yourself. You are fully capable of taking a stand against the enemies schemes [Ephesians 6:11]”
When Dominique is faced with fear she says she "feels the fear but proceeds anyway".
“An example of that is skydiving! To jump out of a perfectly working plane I thought people were out of their MIND. You couldn't convince me otherwise but in 2014 I conquered that fear. It was when I met my now husband for the first time in person. I was dared to go but I also figured if I could conquer the #1 thing on my list that I'm most afraid of [which was skydiving], I can easily do #2, and so on. So I first acknowledge there is a fear and then set a practical way to conquer it. Dave Ramsey once said "90% of conquering a problem is acknowledging there is one"”
I couldn’t agree with her more!! I say all the time that fear is not a good reason to stop. Yet still living fearless does not prevent life from bringing disappointments or simple exhaustion but she finds encouragement in “some old fashioned alone time spent with some pen and paper. I journal because I go through hardships and it's easy for me to forget how God brought me out when the next problem arises.” She writes down what she goes through and how God brought her through. Remembering the faithfulness of God pulls her through discouraging times.
“Especially those days I believe I'll NEVER make it through, it's encouraging for me to look back and see how God was using pain to answer my prayer of wanting to be more like Him, more forgiving, more Holy, more honest etc. I have learned through journaling is absolute sovereignty. He uses every hour, every minute, every second to make us more like Him...if we're attentive to His voice.”
She relies on prayer sessions to push through the walls of life. She has learned to wait on God. When she is stressed and journaling isn’t getting the job done “ some good ol 90's music that I can dance around the house to gets the job done almost always!”
“There's so much faith involved in faith leaps and pushing through, but there's equal faith in having the strength to be still.”
It is refreshing to meet people who live without fear. People who are going to be who they are designed to be no matter what happens. Dominque truly is one of those women. Like me I hop her story has encouraged you to feel the fear and proceed anyway!! The best advice she has gotten was simple yet needed. “Be Yourself”
“I am a very soft spoken woman but I have a powerful God who goes before me which allows me to walk in faith, boldness and strength and essentially be comfortable with the personality He has given me. We really gotta work with what we got”
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