Do you remember when your daddy was the world to you?
I watch my little girl, dressed in full princess attire, run to her daddy saying “daddy, daddy, I’m a princess.” She melts into his arms as he confirms her statement as true.
His affection for her, while always there and never changing, is now evident all over his face. He holds her close for as long as he can get her to be still and I know…I know he would move mountains for her. He would battle giants and shield her to protect her in every way possible. He would give her all that she needs and shower her with good gifts.
As I look into the eyes of my husband playing the role of daddy I see God. Not the God that some believe is distant and unconcerned but the Daddy God… our Abba Father. He gave us daddies to give us a glimpse of His heart.
But then we grow up and somewhere along the way we decide we are no longer princesses. We trade our garments for shame and bitterness. We quit running to Him and certainly don’t believe any more that if we did He would pick us up, look into our eyes and say, “You are my princess.”
But precious one, you have never stopped being His princess. You only need to stop long enough to look into His face and see in His eyes that He would move mountains for you. He would battle giants and shield you and protect you in every way possible. He would give you all that you need and shower you with good gifts.
I pray desperately that we would run into His arms…
By Kristin, Purposeful HomemakerLeave a Comment
Thank you for this beautiful post. I didn’t have this kind of relationship with my father. I have to believe he loved me. Yet, I don’t often recall him saying it. So when I grew up, I had the wrong perspective of my Heavenly Father. I’ts good to know that I am still His princess.
It is so hard to see God as a loving father if we have had fathers who didn’t model Him to us. Even the best daddies fall short. I think that might be one reason God wants us to be still in His presence, so He can tell us who He really is and how He really sees us. I love that He can even overcome our “daddy issues” with His powerful love.
Blessings to you Barbie!!
Wow! That was very powerful. Tears now. Thank you!
I’m so glad it touched your heart Heather. I really believe that God is overcoming so much hurt in our lives through the power of His love.
Robin Packer says
Ditto, Wow. That was powerful, thank you for posting this today. Beautifully written and this really hits home. God bless you and yours today!
God bless you too Robin! Thank you!
Amy Hunt says
I am truly only now–in my 30s–beginning to See God as my Father. I didn’t have that relationship with my father, and I was encouraged not to ever think of myself as a princess. But now, I do! I dance, I wear pink, I have jewels on my hockey helmet, and my husband and son See that I look at myself as a princess…choosing the freedom to live in that grace, given by my Father! It’s my worship, I am seeing.
I so much appreciate your post this morning! Rich blessings to you, Kristin, as Our Father swoops you up in His arms of grace…
Amy, I love that. Pink, jewels and dancing! What a wonderful way to celebrate!
I. Love. This. My daddy was the world to me. In fact, he still kinda is but my hubby holds my heart now too ;). I didn’t dress up as a princess but everything I did, I proudly showed him and awaited his hearty praise and big smile. I had to lean on my hubby more when we got married but I still am a daddy’s girl at heart. Thank you for showing me that I’m always God’s princess, even when I grow up.
I didn’t know you contributed to (in)courage. What a wonderful surprise. I’m a friend of your mom’s.
I didnt have the best or closest relationship with my father. It was hard for me to understand this imagery in scripture to it’s fullest. Then when my husband and I had our first daughter the truth began to form.
My daughters and I actually talk about this a lot. That being a princess is about who your Daddy is and not what you’re wearing or doing. They are learning that sometimes princesses wear jeans.
Thanks for sharing!
I’ve been realizing lately how jaded I’ve become simply by growing up and realizing how little is perfect. I’ve put that on God too. Thinking that He can’t be as great as I thought He was. But that is a big fat lie. He DOES still sweep me up and call me His princess. I don’t have to hold back with Him.
Amy McCollister says
I grew up having an excellent relationship with my earthly father. While I mentally comprehend that God is my ultimate Father, my heart has a hard time reaching to Him like it would my dad. I don’t know completely why that is. It could be that I’ve always been a daddy’s girl and to put anyone else in that place may feel like a betrayal to my earthly father. Like I said, I’m not completely sure, but I do know that’s a discussion my mind, heart and spirit are working on this and have been for a while. It’s only a matter of time before everything and everyone is put in their proper place.
Loves the article! I never had a ghos relationship with my real dad and my step dad whom i loved deeply abandoned me and my sister at 15. So learning to trust and believe I was a princess was hard. The Lord was always there whooing me back! And today I’m stronger and better because of the rejection I’ve been dealt. Took me to age 35 to truly forgive and begin to embrace my princess status! Love ya! April
I love your reminder and encouragment! We are all daughters of The King, making us His beloved Princesses. Thanks!
Love you, Frances
Thank you Kristin for writing on this. Even though I did not have that type of relationship with my earthly father I know that my Heavenly Father loves me unconditionally. I get to see what I should have experienced as a little girl every day in the relationship between my husband and my daughter and I thank God that she will have that fulfillment. Again, thank you for the sweet words. Blessings to you and your family and I miss you!!
Daisy Pastrana says
Kristen that was awesome!!!! Even if you don’t have that type of relationship with your earthly father, or if she does not have an earthly father in her life. We should always let our little princess know that she does have a father, a father that loves her more then anything that will move mountains for her, and when she grows up she is going want a husband that will make a good loving father for when she has her princess.
I, too, never had that kind of relationship with my dad and I admit I am jealous of those people who do. I find it hard to see God as a Father figure… but now that I have children of my own I can see God through my husband in the gentle and caring way he treats them. I may not have had a good experience growing up, but I have a good man in my life to show me how it should be.
Jami Kastner says
Oh! Thank you! You BLESSED my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this.
Thank you for this post. It was beautiful & inspirational.
Kristin – I love your analogy! You have wise words for all of us ladies. I remember what it was like to feel like Daddy’s little girl. I was blessed to have experienced that with my Dad. How much more so with our Abba Father! Nothing compares to knowing He loves us immeasurably. I love you friend…