Are You a Princess?

     

       

    

by

Princess Barbara

(Shelton)

   

   

Little girls love to play "princess."  The crown and the cape are probably the most fun aspect of it all, and maybe the bossing-people-around part too, but there's just something delightful about being a princess or queen, and acting very stately and regal.

     

Both of our daughters love tiaras; they both used them for playing dress-up, and Sharnessa wore one as a bride.  (In fact the one above is the one she wore in her wedding! And there's a picture of her IN it at the bottom of this page!)  The interest for Sharnessa is also connected with her name which means "Pure Holy Princess."  But I think that the desire to be a princess is "in our blood"; not just limited to those with the word "princess" in the meaning of their name! 

    

This love of "princessiosity" was in my heart 'n' soul at a very young age!  In the picture below, "Princess Barbara" ~ yes, that's really me! ~ is four years old.  This was forty-four years ago!  (as of this writing, which is in early 2001)  Even though that was a verrrrry long time ago, I can still vividly recall and even feel again how totally royal and elegant I felt walking around my yard in my beautiful crown and cape!  The fact that saddle shoes adorned my feet and that I had an everyday dress on didn't diminish the royal experience for me one bit; my crown and cape covered a multitude of "normality."

      

Princess Barbara at age 4 in Hoquiam, Washington

   

My "royal cloak" was just an old skirt of my Mom's, and the crown was a joint mother-daughter effort, made out of cardboard and aluminum foil.  (I loved to create things!)  But I tell you, I was ROYALTY!

  

I don't want to over-spiritualize the experience, but I believe there was something very significant about this wonderful feeling, of which I had no understanding at the time.  But I must have sensed in my little four-year-old heart and spirit that I was a princess.  And this is not "just for pretend"!  We are truly God's beloved and precious daughters (and sons!), adopted as His own, children of the King of the universe, and therefore of royal heritage! ~ princesses (and princes) in the purest sense of the word!  In fact, in this light the royalty of this world is really "the imitation."

   

I think that many of us don't know who we really are.  If we did, we would act and think quite differently than we do. Let's take one particular verse and see if we really believe it...  We are encouraged in the Word of God to:

    

"Be anxious for nothing

By prayer and supplication make your

requests (needs) known to God."

   

   

Another translation says it a little differently:

  

"Don't worry about anything;

instead, pray about everything."

   

Neat thought.  But how many of us are anxious ~ for and about many things?  If ~ when ~ times get harder for us, this verse is not going to suddenly become null and void, but, quite to the contrary, it will become even more relevant!  In fact, that's when it will actually s~P~r~I~n~G into action!

   

My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus." We've GOT to get out of our "poverty mentality" and start walking as if we are the princesses ~ daughters of the King ~ that we are! Would a TRUE princess go without her needs ~ and even desires ~ being met? NO! She would go to her Daddy King and make her requests known to him! Hmmm, now that sounds like a scripture!!!    "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything... Make your requests known to the Father..." 

   
So no need to be sad and complain that we don't have enough money. We need to grab hold of WHO we really are, and go to our Daddy-God! "He has given us confidence to approach His holy throne..."!!!  He doesn't want us to hold back or stay away!!!  If we lack that confidence, it's only because of one (or both) of two reasons:
  
1) We haven't asked for it. or... 

  
2) We are believing lies. Like these: "God doesn't want to bless you." "You're unworthy." "God only blesses spiritually, not financially." "You've blown it so many times you don't deserve His favor. ~ Which is actually TRUE, but that's exactly what grace IS!!! ~ "unmerited favor"!    

     

Getting to the place of freedom and walking in the fullness of grace begins by yielding our hearts and lives to the only One who possesses the power to save, heal, and help us; the only One strong enough to carry our burdens and relieve our anxieties:  the God Almighty, Our Lord and King!  Ah!  King!  If we are children ~ more specifically daughters ~ of the King, that makes us princesses in a totally correct and complete sense of the world. So if we are still walking in shame, failure, or discouragement, we have not fully realized who we really are.

      

I want to share a very short story with you that expanded my picture of what a princess is... 

        

~* Lightning! *~

        

Author Unknown

      

        A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school.
        As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with the thunder and lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child.
        Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming sword, would cut through the sky. Full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child's school. As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up, and smile. Another and another were to follow quickly, and with each flash the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile. 
        When the mother's car drew up beside the girl, she lowered the window and called to her, "What are you doing? Why do you keep stopping?"
        The child answered, "I am trying to look pretty, God keeps taking my picture."

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What I love most about this story is that this little girl knows who she is!  It never even occurred to her that the lightning might be anything scary, or anything but her Daddy God taking her picture! That mama had done some good reaping for this little girl to be sowing this kind of fruit!  (And even if the story is made up, I hope you'll be able to enjoy the point. )

    

When the going gets tough, and in the midst of difficult circumstances, let us, His beloved children, remember who we are.  Let us not be found "holding on to a form of godliness, but denying the power therein."  Let us lay hold of Him and His goodness ~ and think, feel and act like the princesses we really ARE!

  

    

      

Here is Sharnessa (whose name means

"pure, holy princess") in her crown, with her

 husband, Sam, of about 10 minutes!

Tory and Chrissy at their wedding

reception. She too wore a tiara. (It's just

born in us, isn't it?!?!)

(Click on the above pictures to go to their wedding pages!)

(I apologize for how Tory and Chrissy's picture looks! 

That day may have felt like a "blurr" to them, but not THIS much so! 

As soon as I can find out from Sam how to fix it, I will.)

          

       

            

The rosebud wallpaper is from

...and the lavender check background are from

Click on the crown at the top of the page

to go to the "Tiara Town" website which is where

Sharnessa got her crown!

  

  

   

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