Recently, I saw a meme that stuck with me…
“On the darkest days, when I feel inadequate and unworthy, I remember whose daughter I am, and I straighten my crown.”
With 3 little girls in the house, we have gone through our share of sparkly crowns. When you don a crown, you stand a little taller and prouder. I can’t lie—it makes you feel regal—a little Princess Di-ish. However, we all struggle with insecurities, vanity and weak moments of sin, not feeling crown-worthy.
Oh, how easy it is to compare ourselves to the woman next to us…her beautiful thick hair, salon-manicured nails and fit body. She lacks the muffin-top. She’s got the Instagram-model family with their beach vacations. Her Easter baskets were filled with the perfect balance of holy, wholesome, and candy. She’s the woman with the devout family–all perfectly poised with prayer hands–who we envy at Mass as our child pitches her pacifier three pews ahead. In our minds, we think she has it all together.
What we don’t realize is that we ALL struggle with similar insecurities.
Jesus died and rose to save all of us! By His grace, we are given crowns we do not deserve and way too often we don’t feel good enough to wear them. Who are we trying to please? Ourselves? Those around us? If we are truly authentic with ourselves, we will strive to please one…The One who placed the crown on our head to begin with.
This Easter season is wonderful time for us to work on being honest about ourselves…our best and our worst self. Lent was a lot about denial. We can make Easter be about acceptance. Straightening our crown when we need it and standing taller as we are able.
My dear friend recently wrote an blog in this Lenten series for Bellator Society titled “Penance Prayer” in which she was given a prayer after Reconciliation.
“God is my God, and I am His daughter.”
I love this prayer, which can be said in so many moments throughout the day. We need reminders, things we can cling to and to remind us of our relationship with Jesus when we have moments of inadequacy, when we aren’t or don’t see our best selves.
There are many reminders that we are daughters of God, that we are His princesses. So ladies, straighten your crown and remember that you ARE a princess to the most wonderful King.