0 In Faith

Ignition Point

I truly believe in destiny.

When I was asked to write a prompt in response to the question posed, ‘What sets your soul on fire?’, I must be honest with you, at first through, I felt ill equipped to provide any response to the matter; bust as the saying goes, ‘What we make plans, God laughs’, and a hearty laugh he did indeed, because here I am, intending to write words of encouragement for the creative souls in the world.

So, at first glance to that above question, my mind innately roamed to the satisfaction naturally gained from the material wealth of this world. You know, the feeling of giddiness when you land a huge job opportunity, or the sheer excitement that erupts within you when you are doing something you enjoy, but I began to think a little deeper, the more I thought about the question, because I don’t know if any of you have experienced this, but feelings of giddiness and joy have been null in this season of my life.

In fact, to give you a clearer picture of what this season of my life has been like, I received an email the other week, an email from a highly important individual that offered me an opportunity that I have dreamed about, and have been waiting patiently for, but yet found no eruption of excitement in response to it. Have you ever been in this position before? I can tell you, that as my first time ever feeling sheer emptiness when something so grand denotes a grand response, was very disappointing, but at the same time enlightening.

It’s not that I didn’t want this big opportunity, not that I felt unprepared for such a feat, or honored, as well as thankful for the opportunity, because I could check all of these boxes with ease, but there was just something missing; though the symptoms of major depression, of which I’ve dealt with for years, could have played a part in my lack of response, my spirit, becoming more attuned to God’s direction the deeper I get into my journey with depression, begged me to take a step back and ponder on this peculiar situation.

35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.

{Psalm 119: 35-37}

In my pondering, I found this scripture. “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things”.

Wow.

I truly believe in destiny and now it’s clearer more than ever, why I am here to extend encouragement and response to the question of ‘What sets your soul on fire?’.

The answer is simple.  God; the author of all of our souls, the spiritual and immaterial part of our being. Yes, depression could have played a role in my lack of joy to that big opportunity, but moreover, I choose to believe that that moment was monumental for me to realize more than ever, that God, the strength of my relationship with him, and his divine direction, should always be the ignition point that guides where my heart in what I do, will catch fire.

The huge job opportunity, the big salary, the elite people connections, are all “worthless things” and for “selfish gain” without an anchored soul; without God.

So the question is, not only what sets your soul on fire, but how do I prepare my soul to experience the fire?

For me, I have to heal my mind and build up my spiritual strength through studying “his statutes”.

What will your preparation entail?

Whatever the answer, just know that happiness isn’t found in “worthless things”, but within the strength of your soul.


Dominique is a 31 year old career driven mother of Sydney (3 years old) and Sage (1 years old), as well as an honored wife of Derrick, a local practicing nurse practitioner.  She continues to teach at local colleges and be the best mother, wife, and friend, all while riding the waves of unpredictability with living with depression. 

Depression may be familial and prescriptions may have failed to work, but she refuses to let this illness stop her from living her LIFE; getting her PhD, continuing to be a great teacher, wife, mother, friend, and a blessing to others. She wants to break the stigma of living with a mental illness and help hold up the arms of those who are in the fight with her, those supporting those in the fight, and educating those that may not understand what it is like to battle with a mental illness everyday of your life.

She is fighting depression day by day and blog by blog; standing strong for mental health awareness. Follow her journey on her blog: amentallife.com ; through her creative outlet of design: thecapitolco.com and Instagram: @amentallife and @thecapitolcompany


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