Royal Invitation: Day 23: Lent Journey

19 Mar

  “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?

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Daily Step

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!

The tiara is from my wedding! I may just wear it to work around the house today...

Have a blessed day.

Hope to see you for Day 24!

Gracefully~~Heather

3 Responses to “Royal Invitation: Day 23: Lent Journey”

  1. pamularavi March 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Dear Sister
    In the out set i request you to use KJV instead of NIV bible
    You can search in google for the mistakes that were made in NIV translations.
    i appreciate the royal invitation content
    a small suggestion
    In the original bible there are no chapters and verses. It is a continuous written word. For our convenience the translators made the text into chapters and verses.
    So please read the last verse of I John 2:29
    “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him”

    The continuous verse ( I John 3:1) is ” Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”
    You have to clearly mention that the Royal invitation is not for all people but who do the righteousness in their lifes then they are born of Him.
    If we wnt to become as sons of God we should be righteous.
    You can search any search engine for the meaning of righteousness

    Thank you
    God bless you
    R Pamula

  2. Heather Tiger March 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    The beauty of freedom of religion is the ability not only to worship as we each choose, but also to explore different versions of the Bible. While the KJV as its place, I choose not to use it. If you want to do the research you will find mistakes and misinterpretations in every version available. This is not due to fallibility of God, but rather of us, humanity. Humans are fallible creatures and therefore prone to error, even with the purest intentions.
    As to 1 John 2:29, I agree that we are to be righteous, but the Royal Invitation, which is an invitation to accept grace and therefore accept our inheritance as sons and daughters, it is for ALL. You don’t have to be righteous to have the invitation extended; if this were the case, we would not need grace.
    I do not need to google righteousness; I will rely on my knowledge and my Religion degree as to my understanding, and on God’s wisdom and His leading as to the message He sends through me.
    I appreciate the comment, but do digress on the above points.
    Thank you and blessings,
    Heather

  3. pamularavi March 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Sister
    i agree that one don’t have to be righteous to have the invitation extended but there is a bold heading on the invitation that If only your righteous you will become sons and daughters of God.
    God’s Word is Infallible
    God’s Grace is extended to the world and not only to Christians but to everyone.
    Christ paid the price on the cross for all our sins and that doesnt mean that the people who were born after his death are sinless.
    To have our sins forgiven we have to confess them and we shouldnot do those sins again.
    When ever we quote bible verses we have to keep in mind the ultimate Gods purpose and we have to know the Gods attributes always.
    God bless you
    Prince Henry’s love for Cinderellas no way comparable to Gods Agape love.
    In Cinderall’s time people were poor, suffered great loss, heartache, and strife. But Prince Henry loved Cinderella only.

    BUT our God’s loves everyone in the universe without any motives behind.
    So we should not compare Gods love with Prince Henry’s love
    Please your dairy very conscious as you are presenting God to many people through this Blog
    If you like its better to share our thoughts though mail
    ravi,4781@gmail.com

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