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When the princess sucks it up

There’s something so sweet about a little girl.  I love seeing their delicate mannerisms and their flowing dresses.   I always envisioned having a little girl with long, curly blonde hair.  I love walking through the girls section at the children’s store looking at all the sweet, beautiful things they make for the girlie girls of the world.   And nothing tops all the princess dresses at the Disney Store.  I may get a strange look if I ever get the courage to ask “Does this come in adult size?”

From childhood to adult, we still appreciate beautiful things.  Like a breathtaking gown hanging in the store window, to a soft, subtle necklace of pearls.  Even if it’s not our style, we can appreciate it.

“Suck it up, princess”.   Heard that saying before?   It seems like a crazy thought to go from the world of “sugar, spice and everything nice” to….. “suck it up” or “deal with it”.  Almost carries with it this vision of a princess transported out of her palace into a crummy hotel with no hot water.  Or worse: a campsite with no shower….. (scary music inserted here)

Women are intricate.  We can be flowing with full-out femininity, and the next minute bring out our “Xena Warrior Princess”.   The gown goes from puffy and pink to tight leather with weapons.   And that switch can happen in a matter of seconds.  Don’t believe me?  Just make some ignorant comment about our weight….

Yet no matter how sweet and powerful we can be, we are still delicate.  We like to be handled with care.  We like to know someone is sheltering us from the storm (even though we SAY we can manage just fine….)   But life isn’t always chivalrous.   It can be  downright cruel.   What’s a poor, fragile woman to do in this unfair world?

Suck it up.  Learn to fight it out.  Persevere.  Don’t stop.  Don’t quit.  Don’t give up and never give in.   Bring out the warrior in full force.

We need to learn to be women who don’t quit….. who don’t go down without a fight.  I feel like there have been times in my life (too many) where I quit before I could fail or be made a fool of.   We could be on the brink of a  huge breakthrough, but we’ll never know – unless we don’t quit!

I wasn’t planning on writing this, but I feel there’s some reading this blog right now who are thinking of quitting.  Thinking that your idea is “silly” or you’re just plain tired of your situation.   I feel the urge to hold your arms up and say “you CAN do this thing”.  Don’t give up now.  You’re too close.   How about  just one more day?  That’s do-able isn’t it?

God created you with an ability to go past the pain, to persevere through the tough (just think about childbirth!!).  You have the ability to make it.  Seriously, you DO.  So get up, dust yourself off, grab a cup of coffee and know that today you are gonna make it.  With God by your side, you’re gonna win.

Today, cultivate your heart to develop something society has lost: endurance through the thick and thin.   Remain steady.  Don’t let anything move you.  Stand firm.  Believe.    And just when you think you have nothing left, believe some more.

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. – Hebrews 12:1

God has a crew (great cloud of witnesses) cheering you on!   So that’s it!  Let’s throw off all the chains that try to hold us down.   Let’s decide to get rid of the sin that smudges our lives with grey and mediocrity.  Let go and RUN.  Run like an athlete who wants the gold.

You can do it.  Suck it up princess.  Cultivate the heart to learn to endure and not give up.

“The fact that you want to quit is confirmation of your amazing calling.” – Matthew Barnett

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