Saturday, 27 March 2010

Lavish gift-giving

~Gifts from my King~

Like any girl, I have always wanted to be a princess. I mean, who wouldn't really? About 2 years ago, my King impressed on my heart to start writing. Through that, my blog Princess Warrior lessons was born. He gave me the title of the blog and my name 'Princess Warrior.' At the time I didn't feel much like a princess or a warrior. I was on anti-depressants, miserable and lonely. But I was at a point in my life when I was ready to trust Him to rescue me and He did.

Over the last 2 years, He has taught me how to live up to my name of Princess Warrior. I had to fight against my feelings of depression and stand on the Word that He would heal me. When I felt like sitting around the house all day wallowing in my depression, I would chose instead to quote scriptures. Did I still feel depressed? Sometimes, yes. But I had to trust that He would come through for me. And He did.

I had to also realise how the King of Kings saw me as His daughter. As He patiently showed me who I really was in Him, and not what the world told me I was, (or even how I saw myself), something shifted in me. And I started to slowly become who He had always destined me to be. The more I saw Him as His Princess, the more I became His Princess. The more I realised how much He loved me, the more He lavished me with gifts.

 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. (Ephesians 1:4-6, The Message)

An amazing thing happened when I started to act like a daughter of a King - I started to see Him giving me gifts fit for a princess. When we purchased our house a year ago, I smiled as I noticed that the curtains in the main bedroom were off white and gold and very regal looking. I visited my friend Paula a month ago and she decided to bless me with some jewellery that she owned, but didn't wear anymore. A few weeks ago I left a congratulations on another friend's post on her 100th post. She was having a giveaway to celebrate and, I won some jewellery from her too!  (I actually didn't even know I had entered the competition.) The necklace is in the photos above.

My favourite gift that my King has lavished upon me was the gorgeous chandelier in my photos. A few months ago, I had a first time visitor to my home. She was from another state, visiting a mutual friend of ours and I had invited them both over for the morning. As I was giving her a tour of our home, we got to the staircase and she casually said, "I have a chandelier at home that is just sitting in boxes that would look great here. It's worth $4000. Would you like it?" Would I ever! A chandelier fit for a princess. I have always loved chandeliers, but would never spend thousands of dollars on one. To me they are a luxury, not a necessity. But my Father wanted me to have it as a gift, because He loves me. He is a lavish gift-giver.

The chandelier stands as a reminder to me of His love for me. It also stands as a reminder of Mighty Prince Warrior's love for me, as it took him a whole day to put it up for me. See all the crystals? They had to be hung individually. Thank you Honey!! It means so much to me. My King is a lavish gift-giver, just like any loving Father is to his daughter. 

Still taking lessons from the King,



6 comments:

  1. Whooo! THIS IS THE GOD I SERVE! I'm so glad to know Him! Blessed is His Holy Name! Thank you as always for sharing, Jo! My heart is touched by your purity of heart! YOU are a woman of God whom I aspire to be like in very deed. Keep it up:)

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  2. Love His lavishness! Beautiful post Jo. xx

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  3. Okay, I was totally passing by from Rebecca's blog - Grace Overflowing when your blog caught my attention. As I read today's message, I totally relate with it. Back in Dec, God spoke to me about writing, just like you He also gave me the name of the blog, He called it - Mothers with a dream 4 Christ. I was just confused, didn't know what to do with it, until I started writing, then I saw His vision. Everything started coming together and now am a faithful blogger. Thank you for that inspiration, I loved it!!!God bless you

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  4. Awesome post and awesome photos! Jasmine was SO happy to see your chanelier, as the 'whimsy' photo art I did a few weeks back was actually a result from us Googling chandeliers to see if we could see yours! Love you...and miss you!

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  5. Fantastic! The Lord desires to bless us more than we very expect or need. Like his grace, it is never just enough, is over and abundant!

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