“On my darkest days when I feel inadequate, unloved, and unworthy, I remember whose daughter I am and straighten my crown.” – author unknown
I was recently asked by my ridiculously talented friend, Kristy Robertson with The Painted Nest, to write up a little something about the quote above. She has handcrafted a beyond-beautiful sign for her shop and was purposing to share a message of hope with those who would bring one into their home. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity (okay, real talk – my short legs and lack of vertical trajectory abilities make it a bit more like a small hop). And although I ultimately was able to deliver her a guest post which you can find here, I’ll admit it didn’t come as easy as I had hoped.
With what was officially my very first writing job at the forefront of my noggin, I sat down at my trusty laptop, stretched my fingers out to ensure faster typing, and…immediately panicked. Not only was I sharing a piece of my soul with potentially a kajillion more people than my little blog has ever reached, but I had also signed myself up to speak on a holy subject with about zero percent authority to do so. I mean, who am I to give spiritual advice about faith, trust, endurance? I’m really not that special and definitely couldn’t tell you the order of the books of the Bible or anything. Although, I did earn an Awana’s vest patch for that very thing in 1987. I mean, not to brag or anything. Honestly though, I’m just an ordinary girl with real life issues and experiences.
But that’s really the point, though, isn’t it? Most of us are ordinary with real life issues and experiences. We’re the meat and potatoes, the foundation. And it can be too easy to forget that God has set us up to be even more. It’s through our ordinary lives with our real life issues that His Grace is best served.
”But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” ~1 Peter 2:9 (emphasis mine.)
Every time life throws us a giant curve ball, causing feelings of insecurity, doubt, mistrust, we need to remember who we are, cling to the royal throne we’ve inherited, and straighten our crown. His promise isn’t one of an easy life with rainbows and unicorn rides. His promise is one of hope and enduring love, of resilience, and most importantly, of a greater purpose. Step out of the dark and into the light.
And daughters, straighten that crown!