Disney princess Vs Xena warrior princess!
So I might be the only woman in the whole world who feels this way, but As soon as the word 'Princess' hits the air, I immediately start thinking of Disney types of princess’s. You know the ones that wake up from a kiss, the ones who are locked away in a tower waiting for 'prince charming', the ones that’s wear huge dresses and have beautiful hair and not one blotch or clogged pore on their skin…However, in theory, this sounds nice. That is not the kind of woman I want to be. I do not want to be a wimpy princess woman.

I want to be a princess like Esther, whose bold trust in God and love for her people impelled her to proclaim in the face of enormous risk, "If I perish, I perish"? Or Mary, who submitted with humility to the mysterious and terrifying will of God for her life? These are the women I want to be like, even though I often find myself so far from their godly examples.

Having said that, my sub-conscious feminist side was jolted the other day when flicking through my bible, I came across the story of Abram and Sarai. These two kids started out bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, God’s promise of many children and many blessings sitting at the forefront of their minds. They were ready to take on the world!

But as the years went by, no kids came along. Abram and Sarai were getting older and older, and God’s promise no longer seemed so secure. So Sarai decided to take things into her own hands–she compelled Abram to sleep with her servant, Hagar, to fulfil God’s promise. Hagar got pregnant, and the rest is history.
The result was a complete disaster.

But what is most fascinating to me about this story is God’s response. Rather than come down hard on Abram and Sarai, He does just the opposite–He reminds them that he will still fulfill His promise to them, even in spite of their unfaithfulness.
How does he do this? By changing their names. He changes Abram’s name to Abraham, which means "father of many nations." He also changes Sarai’s name to Sarah, which means "princess."

Now this move leads us to a very interesting question–why re-name Sarai "princess?" After all, she’d just mucked up the whole situation horribly. Doesn’t she deserve a good talking to? Is God simply letting her off the hook? And why "princess?" Aside from the fact that she wasn’t acting very ‘princessy’, could He have at least come up with a slightly cooler name, like Xena Warrior Princess or K Princess ( with her swords of course)? Not plain old wimpy princess!
However, the reasons behind God’s actions are significant and profound, carrying great meaning for chickee’s today. And not just the kind that involves puffy sleeves. Ya with me?..

In the weeks following the Hagar fiasco, Sarai’s probably pretty down on herself. She’s just sent Hagar away in the wilderness, so she’s realized that the plan did not pan out the way she anticipated. She is a total screw up, and now she’s freaking that she might have thrown away all that God had promised.
So what does God do? He reminds her of one unalterable truth: Sarah may mess up from time to time, but her identity remains the same. She will always be the daughter of the King. She will always be a princess.

You see God wasn’t talking about the kind of princess who waits all day long for her prince to arrive while she brushes her golden locks and sings to forest animals. The term "princess" is instead descriptive of her relationship to the King.

It was the same for Sarah, and it is the same for us. Once you accept Christ, you are the King’s precious daughter. You can screw up and be unfaithful, but your identity will remain the same. You will be His sweet princess, not in a wimpy kind of way, but in a way that declares to the world, "I don’t care what you say about me, and I don’t care about your standards of value or beauty. I am the daughter of the most High King and nothing will ever change that."
If you ever doubt your identity, your value, or your worth, remember Sarah. In the face of her sin God did not condemn her. He did just the opposite, and He is doing it now for you. You truly are a princess, and I mean that in the most non-cheesy, non-wimpy way possible.

Blessings, Shani!
 Shani
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joyce+

You would rather be a Zena my love lol. ... ahh I loved that show. Though I think I am more like their sidekick (remember him)
But , Darling you my love are gaining wisdom by the hour. I love the story of the women of the bible. They are true princesses we can look up to.
What you need to do hon, is when you are not feeling your best, go back and reread this, for this is what you KNOW not what you feel.
Keep it up my darlin girl
see ya soon
mum

K Reynolds+

:princess: Shani,

:clap::clap::clap: BRAVO!!!!!!!!

Oh, how I love this blog for it is so true! Now this is a blog written by a :princess:! I agree with Bethy. In fact, I am printing this off for myself as well. This is why it was so important for me to have that princess pin on (see avatar) my cap during cancer treatment and why I have to continue to keep things like that in front of me. God told me the very thing you have said in this blog... to never forget that I was his :princess: and that is what He wants all of us women to know... and yes, He wants all His men to know they are princes as well!

BTW, I do think K :princess: sounds like a rather cool name! :princess:

Blessings!

K :princess:

Alan+

Shani, I thought this was a simply great blog! Like Bethy, I think you need to come back and read this when you are feeling blue and down... because this truly is you.

You know how much I dislike agreeing with K:princess: ... about anything, but this time she is right. You truly are a princess in God's eyes.. and mine too!

God Bless!

Shadow

Francisco J Zubia

Blessing Shani! You bring up an interesting point about all this 'stars' and 'beacons of light' in the bible and they mess up like any silly person. In Revelation 6:12-16, God opens the six seal and reveals something theologians and most anybody don't want to hear, that everyone, Abraham, his wife and every mighty man or woman of the bible has fallen short of the glory of God, let turn to Revelations 6:12-16,

["... 12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

13And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:... ]

Every man that has ever lived, woman or child has to confess their sins to God. No matter if it was Peter, James, Paul, Matthew or Abraham and his wife, throwing Hagar mercilessly into the wilderness with child, and unforgivable sin to do to a mother with infant on hand. And all the 'stars' will fall from heaven and there will be an uproar, and earthquake in the heart of theologians and Pastors who preached on the obedience all this men and women of the bible...

But the end to magnify the Messiah Jesus as the only God sinless Lamb of God slain for our sins. And no one who ever entertained going to heaven has to come through him as the only way. No one will enter heaven by being righteous, holy, obedient, important, written about, talked about, applauded about, no- every one has to claim the blood of Jesus for his, her sins...

So if I have a hero I admire, I counsel myself and tell myself, "Soul, your hero better, better be Jesus... he'll like that!" Amen.

thbg

Alison Stewart

Shani!

Another great blog with another wonderful reminder. Keep preaching the word my friend, and keep soaking it in cos the more you keep soaking in, the more is going to spill over my way.

kb

Dan
Dan

SJ, very well put. It is really an awesome feeling when we stop to think about it, that we (each and every one of us) are children of the King. That makes us either a princess or a prince. I don't want to be a king, but I sure love being a prince, especially with a Father like we have! (My Daddy can do ANYTHING!)

Thanks for the reminder!

Sara Reckling

This is a side of Sarah that I had not looked at before. Yes, I've studied her mistake, looked at the consequences and her further mistakes, and then seen her shine in God's glory, even being mentioned in Hebrews. I had not stopped to think about why God renamed her Sarah, or even that He renamed her at all. Growing up in a Christian home and learning all the Bible stories has at times stunted my growth. . . because I just except things for fact and don't dig deeper to see why it's a fact. I truly am amazed at your insight here, not that it came from you, because we all know you are intelligent and bright, but that I have never heard it anywhere else.

I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to be copying and dispersing this at our Women's Bible Study! We just studied Sarah in our last book.

Sara

Shirley Hooper

Wonderful blog, Shani.

Thank you so very much for sharing what God is doing in your life. He is teaching you so many hidden truths, and I have to say, I am amazed that you are still in your teens.

It brings back to my memory, what the Apostle Paul said to the young Timothy... .. "Let no one despise your youth."

Much love x x... mumbly

Brittany McLain

Wonderfully put and thankyou for posting reading your blog really brought some much needed encouragement to me tonight.

Btw when I think of princesses I like to think of the movie "Princess Diaries" because it shows the strength and responsibility it takes to be a princess. :)

Rhonda Jones

I agree with sissy101 it does take strength and responsibility to be a true princess. we have to be aware to our responsibilities to others... friends, family strangers, anyone we may have an opportunity to minister to.

Deborah Pinnell+

Shani i love being a Princess now. I used to think it was wimpy too, but i did a Bible study by Sheri Rose Shepard it changed my mind about being a Princess. She has a book called "His Princess" love letters from my king. It is a daily devotional and I highly reccomend it. I wish I could send you one. If there is a way to get your address just let me know. Thanks for your blogs. Keep up the good work.

Esther Teuka

OMG Shani,

So Proud of you GIRL!!
where are the tissues how did i miss it ( you know you being all grown up in wisdom)
You keep on preaching my sister

Im very encouraged with your Blog
Love yah lots