When the New Year rolls around, I like to come up with a theme. Last year, it was the Year of Fun.
The Year of Fun started off okay, with me purposefully throwing in fun activities that I wouldn't normally do. In January I saw Avatar in 3D with full digital surround sound. In February we had a wonderful indoor pool party for my son's birthday and I swam in my bathing suit in front of all the parents even though it was mid-winter and I was pasty white. And sometime later in the summer, me - a self-proclaimed hater of shopping and especially clothes shopping - bought myself a shiny pair of purple shoes.
But then it all sort of tapered off. The summer was hard, family illnesses struck and I had to quit work - all sorts of unpleasant things happened.
"Let's call this the year of "I don’t give a hoot" my husband said somewhere along the way.
It started to remind me of the previous year, 2009.
2009 was the Year of Good Enough. I was in survival mode, and simply did what had to be done. No extras. Just getting my family and myself through each day were my main goals.
This Year, while it's brand spanking new and I'm feeling so freshly confident, is gonna be different. This year I'm calling The Princess Project. Since it's a Year in Training, I figure it won't be a flop because I'm already a princess.
(I can just hear the laughter from my readers…but hang with me for a minute.)
The day I bought those purple shoes, I was feeling a bit blue. I went into Kohl's to pick up some essentials for my kids and that's when I wandered by the Vera Wang "Simply Vera" collection. There was a purple flowered "power" dress, paired up with the perfect jewelry and matching purse.
I stopped. I stared. I am not a clothes person, and I hate shopping. I hate it. But that day I was dressed in my jeans and a baggy t-shirt, and was feeling very weary. I wondered: what would I feel like if I wore that outfit?
I decided to find out.
I got the outfit in my size. I got the purse, then after seeing the price, found a purple knock-off of it much cheaper in a different part of the store. Then….shoes! I had to have shoes.
I found the perfect pair. Purple heels with metallic sparkly jewels on the toes. Not my style at all, but this was just for fun and there was no way I could afford the outfit anyway. So I grabbed the shoes.
I went into the dressing room and tried the whole outfit on - even the jewelry.
I looked in the mirror, and realized that I felt (and looked) like an entirely different person! I felt alive. I felt good. I felt….I felt like I could walk into a board meeting and take over a company in that outfit.
So I bought it.
"We are on a budget," my husband said when I walked in the door.
"But honey, I feel like a different person when I wear this outfit," I countered.
I tried on the outfit to make my point. My husband (remember, his year was titled "I don't give a hoot") merely raised an eyebrow or two when he saw it, but my youngest son can always be counted on to give an opinion.
"Mommy, you look like a princess," he said.
It was then that I realized, I am a princess!
I have been a child of God for nearly 30 years, and it has finally occurred to me that that means I am royalty!
God is, after all, the King of Kings. I am His daughter. That makes me a princess!
So I decided at that moment to start living like one. Not in riches (I didn't go back to Kohl's and buy 10 more Vera Wang outfits). Not in a higher-than thou attitude. But grounded by the scriptures that I've known my entire life.
"Now if we are children (of God), then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." Romans 8:17
I've spent the last year writing a book about being a child of God. Each chapter details how we are able to rely on and trust God as our heavenly father. So now, with scripture behind me to back me up, I'm taking it one step further and challenging myself - and you - to realize your worth as an heir of God.
No more walking around with our heads down, feeling defeated. No more wishing and wanting and hoping when we have a God who owns the cattle of a thousand hills and simply requires us to ask. No more feeling scared when we have the power within ourselves to defeat the enemy.
So this year is the Year of the Princess Project. I have started a blog to answer questions as I search for what it truly means to be an Heir of the Most High King.
What are the privileges - and responsibilities - that come with this position?
- What is grace and why is God eager to give us some?
- How much Power do we really have and what does that mean?
- In what way does God consider us beautiful?
- What's the castle look like and when can I move in?
- Is there an "arranged marriage" in all of this? Where is our prince?
- What if we are afraid of the King? He is, after all, the King.
While my family doesn't necessarily treat me according to my royal status, my God does. You, me - anybody who is a child of God - we are heirs of royalty. Come with me as I explore what that means this year. I would love to see your comments. Please post!