Family Pride

We hope you enjoyed the CAN (Christian Authors Network) Catch-Us-if-You-CAN Hunt Last month. This month we get to read the thoughts of this precious young girl who took the most recent Becoming a Modern Day Princess class. The young Taylor writes:

Daughters of the King opened my eyes in a whole new way to this world, its people, and more importantly, my relationship with Jesus Christ.

The class consisted of about ten other girls from my church and youth group, along with three youth group leaders from Kings Harbor Church (my home church). A few of these girls I was extremely close to already, while others were simply friends of a few months. The class most definitely helped me grow even closer to long-time sisters in Christ, and to build new relationships with others. One of my favorite ways that I learned about myself, and the other girls in my study group was from the session on family pride. We talked about the positives and negatives about relatives both close and far in our family tree, and how they’re actions have effects on us today. We were also able to grow in our gratification for even the less likable aspects of our family trees. This particular teaching was extremely applicable to my life, since I struggle with several negative attributes within my family. I was able to detect qualities I didn’t want present in my family’s future generations (for ex. addictions, unfaithfulness, or bitterness) and generate a list of characteristics I plan on adding to my family (like loyalty to the Lord, musical talents, uniqueness, or even just kindness and love).

Becoming proud of my family was definitely one huge step I took towards success and becoming a Daughter of the King. That was definitely not the only teaching I benefited from though. My favorite class was our Faith VS Feelings class, where a guest speaker (a strong woman leader in our church and a close mentor of mine) expressed how we can live a more Godly life by putting our trust in our faith, instead of our feelings. The biggest detail I took from this teaching was that it is perfectly OK for me to have worldly feelings such as pride or anxiety, as long as I learn to rely on my faith. I learned that by accepting the feelings I have, I can face and overcome them through my steadfast faith in Jesus and his plan for me.

The passage Hebrews 12: 1-2 really helped me understand this, it reads, “1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” This verse truly expresses the greatness of our Lord, “perfecter of faith.” There is no better man to look to than Jesus and he has a “race marked out for us” that we can be able to run by trusting in him and him only.

The class ended with a final celebration, and crowning ceremony. Each one of us participants went up one by one and shared our most valued class, and verse. After, our fathers said a little speech and prayer for us, later to crown us with a delicate tiara. This ceremony was especially moving to me, as my dad and I do not have a very close relationship anymore. Hearing his words and his hopes for me to fix my eyes on Jesus touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Being able to enjoy an evening with him definitely made the night and made me thank God over and over for answering all of my long-awaited prayers. As only being fourteen, this was my first Bible class, but it has left me eagerly waiting to do all things for God’s good, and for God’s glory. I am Taylor Olson, and I am a daughter of the King.
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