Lately, when it is time to get dressed in the morning, my 3 1/2 year old insists on wearing a princess dress. I can occasionally convince her to vary her wardrobe slightly, but that usually requires that the outfit has a horse on it somewhere.
Originally, a princess dress was extremely formal and long and sparkly. A.K.A. her flower girl dress. If it wasn’t for trying to stuff the fancy dresses into a carseat buckle, I really wouldn’t mind this so much, but alas, there is no way around the stuffing.
With a little encouragement from me, my daughter has decided to allow other dresses into the princess dress category. Requirements include that it is long, no zippers, must have a skirt, and the skirt portion must be longer than the bodice portion. This is serious business.
To be quite honest, I have not been a huge fan of the princess dress phase. Beginning in pregnancy I was determined my daughter would not be obsessed with the idea of princesses. Have you ever seen a shirt with “Princess” stamped on the front in squiggly letters? I see those and think, “How terrible that we are encouraging little girls to think they can have anything they want whenever they want it! We are turning them into little brats!”
Okay, so that’s harsh, but it was a common thought to enter my head.
But I’ve changed my tune.
You see, there was the day my little 3 1/2 year old said something rather profound. In her matter of fact way, she said, “I am a princess. God is King and He made me, so I am a princess.”
You can wear all the princess dresses you want for the rest of eternity, my dear, for you speak truth.
It’s one thing to shout out that you are a princess and go around with a spirit of entitlement. It is quite another to know your identity as a child of the King, and to dress in a way that shows you are proud to be your Daddy’s daughter.
As you go throughout your day, remember who you are. Remember Whose you are. Wear your princess uniform proudly (whatever it may look like). For we, my friends, are all daughters of the King.
We are all princesses.
“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” (Galatians 3:26-29; NLT)