This little princess truly came in to complete my life when she was born. God has used her in tremendous ways to speak to me, comfort me, and love me through her. One of my favorite things in the world is to photograph women and show them their beauty. I love speaking life into these women and show them their worth because as women, we are prone to think negatively of ourselves. It is the enemy's biggest victory to speak death and destruction into our lives and we don't even realize what's happening until it may seem too late (but it's never too late for Jesus, because what the enemy means to use for evil in our lives, God will use for good to triumphantly lead us into our calling). Sometimes we don't realize the lies we have listened to in our heads until we realize that we are in a relationship that is beneath us or until we realize we believed the lies the enemy or others have said about us to the point that we settle in so many ways and stop believing for God's best in our lives. If he can bring a woman down, he can attack her children and her family. When you doubt God's goodness, when you doubt His love for you, get on your knees and look up. Seek Him with your entire being. We don't even realize sometimes how worthy we are of nothing but the best because we are daughter's of the one true King of Kings. The Bible says that if we believe Jesus is the son of God and we confess with our mouth that He is King and repent from our sins, He is faithful and merciful and forgives us of all our past and calls us children of God. This means we are co-heirs with Jesus. Do you realize the power in His grace? We are called sons and daughters. This means I am a princess, the daughter of the King of Kings. Yet so many times we settle for the enemy's lies in our mind, all around us. I have chosen to set the example for my princess. I want her to realize now, at this age, the power she has at her disposal just because she has been redeemed and called the daughter of the King. It's amazing how when I tell her how beautiful she is, she always looks at me as if I'm just telling her that because I'm her mother and have to say it. The self-doubt starts so young. So I speak life into her daily. I affirm her daily, but you know what? It had to start with me. I had to use God's truth to affirm daily who I am in Christ and realize that I am created for greatness. That is the only way I can do the same for my daughter and for my boys or for anyone else that God puts in my path. So, every day, no matter how I'm feeling or what life throws my way, I remind myself and declare these things:
-I am marveloulsy loved by Jesus
-I am fearfully and wonderfully made
-I am dangerous for God's kingdom
-He has given me a wise and discerning heart so I can take the enemy's lies and cast them out. So I can determine when someone in my life is not good for my life.
-I walk faithfully before my God
-I am here to soar in Jesus' name
-I am a Proverbs 31 woman
-I walk in the fullness and umbrella of His favor daily for His honor and glory
-My Jesus is my fortress, my rock, my redeemer, my salvation, my refuge, my strength, my provider and my stronghold. I Him, I have everything I need.
-No weapon formed against me shall prevail
-He is using me to do great and mighty things in His name
These declarations have not only transformed my view of myself but also have changed my life in every aspect. I will always make sure my princess knows the power she has because she is a new creation in Christ, a princess, who is fearfully and wonderfully made. She will grow up knowing that God has a huge destiny for her life and that she will be a woman of influence for His kingdom. I have learned that I am a lioness fighting for the future of my children. I am loving having a front seat, watching the transforming power of His love in their lives. I have made a promise to God that my princess (and my boys) will always see first hand what it looks like to be like a tree planted by the streams of His living water and what it means to bear fruit that never stops. Remember: You are loved by the King of the Universe. He gave His life for yours. In that alone, there is awesome power that you can only tap into if you give Him your soul.