Tiaras and Toilets
If you're stopping by from today Proverbs 31 "Encouragement for Today" devotion, Greetings!
I'm interested to read your story and hope you will post your comments below.

Did you know I wear a tiara when I clean my castle?
I wish I could see the expression on your faces right now and I bet you're thinking one of two things...
1. This is one crazy chick
2. Who does this chick think she is, a pretty, pretty princess?
Well.. you're right on both accounts; I am the crazy, pretty,pretty princess of our home.
My husband and sons would say Amen to that!
I haven't always lived like a princess; in fact for many years I never even knew I was a princess.
Now, I'm not referring to the castle I live in or the chariot I drive; I'm referring to the "Princess Attitude" in which I live my life.

For years my attitude was that of a beggar instead of a believer; a pauper instead of a princess.
When I read Isaiah 62:3 "You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God." (NIV) I discovered a "New Attitude" There it was, right there on the page in black and white. The king of the universe, my heavenly Father considers me His royal daughter; a crown of splendor. Hey, if that's not a good reason to wear a tiara I don't know what is.
Okay, I know you're wondering why I'm telling you all of this and you're probably asking yourself "Why anyone would wear a tiara to clean their castle?"
Here's the point:
I wear a tiara when cleaning to remind myself of the true meaning of a princess...
A true princess comes to serve, not to be served and that's easy to remember when you're scrubbing toilets.
So get yourselves a tiara friends, sing Patti LaBelle's song "A New Attitude" as you clean your castle and ...
Live like a Princess




24 Comments:

Blogger jazzymom said...

I read your entry for Encouragement for Today and had to stop dead in my tracks when you wrote, "Secret Sisterhood of Low Self-Esteem." I'm ready to resign also! I could wear my game face of confidence as a child but as an adult it didn't work. I am ready for the tiara I wear on my head to be the same size as the one I wear internally!

Blogger Laura said...

Zoe,
I happen to think you are very cute! Good for you for keeping your cool and being an example of God's grace. I still struggle with those issue you discussed, but God reminds me every day how valuable I am to Him!
Warmly,
Laura

Blogger Lisa said...

Thank You for your Blog site.
I'm becoming more Blog Friendly.
I enjoyed reading Proverbs 31 today.
I can tell how the Lord is working in my life and how humbling it is.
I can see his handprint on almost everything, which is very humbling.
He really does love all of us so very much, if we just take the time to STOP and LISTEN.
Thank You for your words of encouragement and listening to the Lord to do what you do.
He inspires each of us and we never know how we affect others all throughout the day :)
From Chris Rices song "On the other side of the Radio" to your website.
We are all close, but yet so far.
Have a wonderful day :)
AGAPE,
Lisa

Blogger Joyful said...

LOVE the tiara! I have one too!!!

I'm guess you can tell by my blog address, "Princess Joyful", that I'm as crazy about this royalty theme as you are too. My house is filled with "princess" accessories! (I even have a hand-held mirror that has a tiara and the word "Princess" etched in it so that when you hold it up to look at your reflection the tiara appears over your head.)

When you've had years of living in 'poverty' and then one day suddenly begin to understand who you are in Christ, your life completely changes. When I speak I have a message I share about "The King and I" - about being a "paper bag princess" and living like a beggar within my own kingdom, until the King of Kings rescued me.

I love the old hymn, "My Father is rich in houses and land. He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands. Of rubies and diamonds of silver and gold, His coffers are full, He has riches untold. I'm a child of the King, a child of the King with Jesus my Savior, I'm a child of the King."

Royally His,
Princess Joy

Blogger Lisa said...

AMEN! I will wear my princess crown proudly today as I tend to a sick child and entertain her brother, clean the bathrooms, empty out the garbage, and sneak in a princess-sized chai tea latte somewhere among the madness.

I did happen to read your devotional this morning (get them every morning in my inbox) and saw so much of myself in your words. I, too, would've crumbled under the weight of thoughtless words a couple years ago, but now I know who I am in Christ, God's beloved daughter and His creation wonderfully made. I no longer let my jar of clay determine my true worth, praise Jesus! Although, if my jar of clay shed a few pounds, that wouldn't be a bad thing...

Thank you so much, Zoe! I love your blog and am so thankful that you share your unabashed love for Jesus with all us sisters in Christ.

Blogger Kristi said...

Thank you for allowing GOD to use you through Proverbs 31 ministries...you have no idea how much this post was needed for me today. My husband and I are struggling through the after effects of some poor decisions I made at a younger age that were partially due to my lack of self-confidence and self-esteem. It has not been fun or easy to deal with, and is definitely a tool for satan to use against us. Thank you for the reminder that GOD sees us as He created us, and that He will always love us. I needed that today.

Blogger Digging for Pearls said...

Zoe,
You are a scream! :) I remember how much fun my mom and I had getting to know you at She Speaks last year.

Thank you for your sweet reminder of who we are in Christ, but also to remember that we are servants as well.

Blessings,
Pearls

Blogger Chatty Kelly said...

Zoe - I think we are sisters at heart! After reading your P31 devotion today, it hit home so much. And for me I bounce between low self-esteem, and too high self esteem to "protect" myself from the low. When really what I need is self-respect and the only one to esteem is God.

Thanks for the great P31 post and your blog, Princess. From one "Pretty Pretty Princess" to another. Love it!

Blogger grey like snuffie said...

Loved the Encouragement for Today post and really loved your blog post. In our home we have a princess who also knows the secret handshake. As the Queen (acknowledged by all) I have been learning that I truly do "ravish my Father's heart" (Song of Sol. 4:9)

Blogger Kelly said...

What a coincidence! Today is my birthday...the big 50 I have been dreading somewhat! But yesterday at work (we celebrated then as I am off work today) my co-workers brought me black balloons and gifts and a funny flashing button that says 50 on it..but they also gave me a tiara to wear for the day!! It made me feel like a princess and I know that I am one of God's princesses! Thanks for your story about keeping your cool...I struggle too with clients who can be demanding, and your cool and polish in your story really helped me think about the next time I am in a similar situation at work!
God Bless!
Kelly

Blogger MrsProverbs31 said...

Zoe, You are so funny. I laughed all through both articles. Thank you so much for those reminders.

I remember when I used to work as a collection agent. I cried when someone took my attention off of her debt to my personal race. Ouch! That was over ten years ago. But, back then, I was so hurt. Anyway, when you share about your reception experience, it brought back the vivid emotions. I'm alright. But, I could use this back then (not that i don't need it today).

God Bless.

Blogger ms ashua said...

I also get the Encouragement for Today emailed to me daily and look forward to it daily. It amazes me how much women suffer from low self esteem, myself included. I'm better, but still struggle with this issue. IT IS WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT I AM LOVED BY GOD! I am learning to use that bit of important information daily to combat low self esteem and the messages given to me by the world.

Have a blessed day!!! I am!

Blogger LAnn said...

Zoe, I was once a member of the "low self esteem" club. Then I met Jesus, and now a member of His royalty club. In fact last fall at a women's conference, we were encouraged to ask Him for a name from Him. After several confirmations, I felt my name was "Queen." He is so good to us as we are all "His Princesses!"

Blogger Tammy said...

Zoe,
I would have giggled had you said you were hired because you were cute..and I happen to think you are..too bad that customer didn't see the opportunity to laugh...

I am wearing my tiara proudly as I do laundry, exercise, errands, and keep things in running order. God is all about relationships and I am grateful that He loves me so much.

blessings

Blogger Rhodora said...

I just had to thank you for your devotion today...it truly was an Encouragement for Today!
Similarly, how I would have reacted years ago is very different from how I would react today...age? wisdom? God's grace? Thank God we don't remain in the same place spiritually when we walk with the Lord!
A Bible Study leader once said at the beginning of the study, "If you are the same in May as you are today (September), then you would have wasted your time. Allow God to grow you through your study of His Word."
Thank you again for the sweet reminder of who we are because of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Blogger Karen said...

Thanks sooo much, Zoe, for such great encouragement. I can really relate to what you went through. I'm learning to "let it all roll off my back" by remembering Phil. 4:13: "I can do ALL things through [Jesus Christ] who gives me the strength." and Psalm 139:17 which says in the Living Bible translation, "How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can't even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me."
I'm going to buy a tiara! Thanks again.
Princessly,

Karen

Blogger Karen said...

Dear Zoe,
Thanks so much for your encouragement. I can really relate to the critical comments. My pastor's wife said last year that I would be a lot happier if I learn to be a duck; let it all just roll off my back. With the Lord's help I'm doing that.
I will do your suggestion about writing scripture verses that remind me how valuable I am to the Lord. My "life verse" is Phil. 4:13: "I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me the strength." One that reminds me of my Heavenly Father's love is Psalm 139:17 TLB: "How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can't even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me." WOW! At age 58, it's about time I get a tiara!
Princessly,
Karen

Blogger Karen said...

Dear Zoe,
Thanks so much for your encouragement. I can really relate to the critical comments. My pastor's wife said last year that I would be a lot happier if I learn to be a duck; let it all just roll off my back. With the Lord's help I'm doing that.
I will do your suggestion about writing scripture verses that remind me how valuable I am to the Lord. My "life verse" is Phil. 4:13: "I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me the strength." One that reminds me of my Heavenly Father's love is Psalm 139:17 TLB: "How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can't even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me." WOW! At age 58, it's about time I get a tiara!
Princessly,
Karen

Blogger Kay Weathers said...

Love that idea. I love my Proverbs 31 devotion daily. I enjoy all of the blogs I get to read that I have found from this ministery. My blog title is Heir of Nobility, I am a child of the King!!!!!!!!! Please know that I stop by everyday I don't leave a comment but I am here every day.

Blogger GOD'S LADIE said...

I am resigning out of the sisterhood of low self-esteem as well! I am on my way to walking in my tiara boldly. Thanks for the encouraging post!

LaTonya/FL

Blogger Lisa Roszler said...

Zoe, girl, you are a trip! I'm going out tomorrow to get a tiara!

Here's to the Sisterhood of Princesses! I sometimes struggle with the old "tapes", too, but things like your post today are God-sent to remind me again who I am in Him. I say, even when I fall flat on my face, at least I'm still moving forward! (And God picks us up and straightens our tiaras!)

And by the way, I share the job of "front desk" with a young woman who still breaks down when patient mean-ness rears its ugly head. I will forward today's P31 devotional to her. God is using you mightily, Sister Princess!

PS: See you at She Speaks!

Blogger Tammy Nischan said...

Great words! My sister gave me a beautiful tiara a couple of years ago with a big purple "40" in the middle!!! It was my fortieth birthday! I wore it all evening! It is now in my daughter's big container of dress-up clothes, but I think I need to pull it out! Love you,
Tammy
Hope we meet at She Speaks!

Blogger Natalie Jackson said...

You said that you didn't know that you were a princess. I have lived half my life not knowing that, but now I just have a hard time believing that I am a princess and living like it. I went to a conference this week and I was around so many beautiful women and I felt so inferier. Did I mention I am 9 months pregnant? I didn't have a nice body before this and now I have this nice beautiful bulge that houses my beautiful daughter who could please come soon since her mom and dad want to meet her very much. I felt ugly around these women. Some were dressed up and the only thing that I can fit it is casual clothes. But I had to remind myself that God thinks that I am beautiful. It doesn't matter what people think of me, but what He things of me. I just wish I could think that all the time. Thank you for your encouragment I would love to here more about it sometime.

Blogger Zoe said...

Hello.
I read your P31 devotional.
We are reading the Search for Significance in my women's group.

Yesterday, the second chapter was devoted to Gen 1:24-31.

Where Adam is declared to be very good, because God created him. Adam didn't DO anything to be worthy or unworthy.
He simply was worthy because God created him and He fully connected to God because it was before "the fall".
When the choice was made to find (greater) significance in a place other than in God (by / in ourself or others).

Having struggled with low self esteem my entire life, this has been a great eye opener.

I have never "blogged", but I hoped to share this book/resource. Could you post it for me?

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