“Daughters of kings are among your honored women;
at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.”
Psalm 45:9 (NIV)
My email contains the word princess in it. My mother has told me numerous times that I need to get a grown up email address. I told her it is my grown up email address since it has my married name in it too, and is quite a step up from rainbowbrite! Yep, rainbowbrite. (Child of the 80’s, remember!)
As I was reading today’s scripture, I was reminded and affirmed that I indeed have my grown up email address, because not only does the hubs often treat me like a princess, I am the daughter of a King. We are all children of God. He is the King of Kings, and that makes us royalty! Sons and daughters of God; princes and princesses of the King.
Is this really how God sees us?…
One of my favorite movies is Ever After. I used to watch it so often I could quote it for you; in fact, the hubs laughs at me when he sees me mouthing the words while watching it. It is the “true story” of the little cinder girl, Cinderella. It takes place in early 18th century France and is being told as the historical account of Cinderella to the Grimm Brothers by who we later find out is Cinderella’s great-granddaughter. It is a beautiful movie both in scenery and plot, but what I really love about it is how they portray the little cinder girl, Danielle, played by Drew Barrymore. She is a strong character who has suffered great loss, heartache, and strife. She has come to think her place is a lowly one, but she loves greatly and fights for those she loves. Towards the end of the movie, when the prince is asking her hand in marriage, she doesn’t understand how he could love her or see her as anything but a lowly, poor, and literally filthy servant; a commoner unworthy of the future king. Prince Henry responds that he is not before her as a prince, but as a man in love; he sees her and loves her as she is.
This is the beautiful way that God sees us and loves us. Despite our actual appearance or circumstance, God sees us as His beautiful children; princes and princesses wearing crowns of gold (or platinum if you prefer.) He longs to bind our wounds, clean us up, wrap us in fine clothes, and fill our lives with royal blessings. He places a crown of love upon our head and declares us worthy, beautiful, and loved. We are His.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” -1 John 3:1 (NIV)
Will you let Him exchange your rags for a crown?
Day 23′s Daily Step from Holly Wagner’s book, Daily Steps for God Chicks: The 90-Day Devotional for Real Women,
is to find a crown, be it plastic, paper, or platinum. Put it on….Yes, seriously! Put it on for a few moments, and take a look at how God truly sees you, crowned in His love and grace.
Guys, you know you have always wanted to be the King of the castle, so put your manly crown on too! We will settle for a favorite ballcap if you don’t have pencil and paper and can’t fashion a crown!
Click a picture of yourself and put it somewhere you can be reminded that you are a prince or princess of the King.
Here is mine! I have to remind myself God loves me in the no make-up look too!
Have a blessed day.
Hope to see you for Day 24!