I celebrated my Birthday on May 14 in real style! My kids got me this nice t-shirt that says it all for me: I’ve been different mixtures of Princess and Warrior over the years of my life and this Birthday and t-shirt have given me pause to think about this, so here goes my latest musing. First of all, I think it’s really interesting that my Jewish grandmother’s granddaughter was born on the 15th anniversary of Israel becoming a modern-day nation!
I remember being a bit of a pouty princess in elementary school, always feeling a bit privileged as a little sister;
put-upon because I was a “big sister” to my youngest sister.
I remember trying to be a “tomboy” when I was maybe 7 or 8. The boys that lived on the street behind me tolerated me because no one else was near our ages. One winter day I had fun throwing snowballs at them… until one of theirs hit me in the face and I started crying and running for my Daddy, who came out to see what happened. Poor boys! I WAS one of my dad’s princesses!
For the most part, my warring was very fleshly-selfish the first couple decades of my life. I was 21 when I finally found a relationship with Jesus and knew there was more to being a Christian than going to church and singing in the choir. Before that, I knew John 3:16 and had memorized the ten commandments in elementary Sunday school.
One day while sorting out old stashes of things, I found a baby name book from the 1960’s. It said the meaning for Heidi is “battle maiden”. I suppose a princess could also act as a Battle Maiden, assisting her country’s troops, so this is another angle to ponder. I am a child of God, sister to King Jesus, so I think this makes me a princess who is also a battle maiden. I am filled with the Spirit of God and told to put on the whole Armor of God found in Ephesians chapter 6:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (we also are seated with Christ, hidden with/in God, high above all this wickedness and darkness-H.H.)13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (in the authority the Lord Jesus gave us-H.H.)
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—