A collection of stories and poems to inspire and encourage. They reflect the love, compassion and faithfulness of an Almighty God who reveals Himself to His sons and daughters in so many facets, so you can: Understand the keys to living a victorious life; the importance of yielding to the Holy Spirit; and the power of embracing your Kingdom identity and its benefits.
When I visit my grandchildren I tend to monitor what they watch on television. Most of the time, it is the cable channels that are geared to youth, history or animals. Once in a while they will rest on a channel that might not be appropriate for them. So I intervene and remind them of the instructions they have been given by their parents because we are careful about what is being fed into their spirits.
I saw the movie “Princess Diaries” with my granddaughter several times and regarded it as a delightful movie. One after-noon while at home, I was channel surfing and came upon the very beginning of the movie, so I decided to watch it. This time I found it to be very inspirational. From start to finish, it teaches a lesson about embracing our Kingdom identity if you view it from a Christian perspective. If you have never seen the movie, I’ll try not to spoil it for you while making my points. Or if you have, then I might provoke you to watch it again.
The main character, Mia, is a teenager who is considered a nerd. But she and her best friend are mutually happy about who they are despite mockery by the “elite” in the private school they attend. One day Mia is summoned to a consulate and on this visit, she finds out about her true identity. The queen dowager, who is also Mia’s grandmother, informs her that she is really a princess and heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Genovia.
The movie depicts Mia’s initial struggle with accepting this information. In my first book, “Pray What God Says,” I share a little about my best friend ministering to me. As I listened to her and other Christians, I discovered that my thinking, words and actions were not bringing desirable solutions to my problems. Whenever I hesitantly followed their wise counsel, read the scriptures and prayed, I experienced significant changes in my life. I struggled nearly 13 years with making a decision to accept the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. I finally said yes to salvation and eternal life with Him. My spiritual tug of war came from feeling that I alone was more than able to fix any challenge in my life. But now, I thank God everyday for His Holy Spirit, who helped me yield and give up “self” and dis-cover who I am in Christ Jesus.
Titus 3:4-7 New Living Translation (NLT)— Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”