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Monday, February 2, 2009

Defiant Joy

My daughter went to a princess birthday party where all the little girls arrived in their royal attire. The girls were absolutely adorable! Many of them wore crowns and glitter in their hair. They all had on long fluffy dresses and smiles.

What is it that makes a little girl want so badly to be a princess? Children want to be a part of a royal kingdom (my son also enjoys being a knight!). If you are a child of God - you are a daughter of the one true King – you are a princess - and you do belong to a royal kingdom. We know that this world cannot be all that there is. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says “God has set eternity in the hearts of men.” And Mark 10 tells us there is a kingdom – and we all long for that place deep in our hearts.

This world is like Cinderella’s ball – the greatest day or joy eventually comes to an end. The clock strikes midnight and we fall on hard times. All joys we have here are just a taste of what is coming in heaven. And one day when we enter the kingdom of heaven we will never have to step foot back on planet earth where the clock can strike midnight. Forever we will be with the King of Kings and there we will live in joy for eternity! What a great hope we have!

Some days we live in “endure mode” but our King wants his princesses to live in this world with defiant joy! We must strive to live with a continuous joy that defies our pain, our disappointments, and our struggles. Galatians 5 says the fruit of the Spirit is joy.

Revelation 19 tells us that one day our Prince will come riding on a white horse to take us with him. “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True…His eyes are like blazing fire and on his head are many crowns…He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God…On his robe and on his thigh he has the name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

Princesses – Your prince will come for you! If this world has dealt you a royally bad hand – hang on – it won’t be long now till you stand face to face with the King of Kings! Take hope and courage from that – and have courage today to live life with defiant joy! He is worthy!

Walk with the King!



Anonymous Diana said...

CJ- I remember and appreciate too how Beth Moore challenged us to think about why we as women are prone to loose that joy a child like faith of being a "princess" who KNOWS she is a treasured daughter of the King as we live out our walk. She reminded us to not let this life (as you said) steal our joy that is found in Him alone!

Great pics!! :-)

February 2, 2009 at 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Diana said...

oops... that should say "AND" child like faith

February 2, 2009 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Yes Diana - as children we "believe" in a kingdom but then by the time we are adults we have been jaded by life. We have to be reminded to hold onto hope - he loves us so!

February 3, 2009 at 7:44 AM  

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