Growing up, one of my favorite movies was the 1995 version of the story, “A Little Princess”. I had seen the Shirley Temple version a couple of years before and enjoyed it, but the ’95 adaptation captured my heart. In this story, a young girl named Sara, who was adored by her father, was sent to a boarding school while he went away to war. She was popular and loved and treated like royalty until news arrived that her father was killed in battle. Now an orphan, suddenly Sara’s world changes overnight. She is no longer the star pupil, but forced to work as a servant at the school to help cover the costs that her care incurred. My favorite thing about this movie is how Sara handles this horrible change in her life. She continues to hold her head high and her spirits higher. She is still loved dearly by her friends and even though her father isn’t there with her, she remembers that she will always be his princess. There’s an especially poignant scene where Sara is shouting at the cruel headmistress, affirming that she is a princess, even though she wears rags and is dirty. All girls are princesses. Hadn’t her father ever told her the same?
It is no secret that my household is a Disney-loving one. We’ve got oodles of princess movies, toys, and dresses. My girls love to dress up and pretend. They’ll often twirl in their play ball gowns, declaring that they, too, are princesses. Each time, my husband and I will confirm this. Yes, sweetheart you ARE a princess! You are Mommy and Daddy’s princess and most importantly, you are Jesus’ princess!
“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’ Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” Galatians 4:6-7 NLT
I think there are some of Jesus’ precious daughters who need reminded of who they are. They only see their dirty rags or their unfair circumstances and have forgotten that their Father is the King of kings. If you have decided to follow Jesus, you are an heir of God, a princess in the most royal of courts.
It is not arrogant or proud to make this claim; it is an acknowledgement of who God is and who He has made us. It is a confidence born of knowing who we are in Christ. Imagine what you can do with confidence like that! Imagine the security, the assuredness that will fill you when you approach life knowing that you have been set apart by the King Himself.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 ESV
My dear sisters, I don’t know what you have faced in your life. I don’t know if you had an earthly father that told you that you are a princess. I don’t know if life has been cruel and unfair and left you feeling anything but royal and special.
What I do know is that God says you are special.
He says you are royal.
He says you have a purpose.
He has called you out of darkness, shame, and sorrow. In its place is His glory and freedom. Because of this truth, we can walk taller and face whatever challenges the day brings us. We can respond gracefully when encountering curve balls. We can make a difference to those around us. We know that our value is much deeper than circumstances or choices.
It’s time to straighten that crown, princess. You are the daughter of the King.
About Tiffany Miller :
Tiffany Miller is a wife, stay at home mom to three little girls, and a writer. She fell in love with Jesus at a young age and grew up wanting to make a difference for Christ in her generation. God called her into full time ministry when she was a teenager, and over time that call was defined more specifically to be ministry to women. It is her desire for every woman to know how cherished they are by their Creator, and that they are never forgotten and never hidden from the one Who loves them most.