when entering college i had other plans for my life. my future included washington d.c., politics, and news cameras. it is amazing how God knows us better than we know ourselves. i thought i wanted to deliver news stories to homes across the country, but God knew He designed me to share the life-changing story with children. He eased me into this ministry path and it all began with princess stories on the playground.
as a college student, i took the job as paid childcare coordinator for wednesday nights. i couldn’t just enlist the workers and watch them have all the fun with the kids. i wanted to be building relationships with these kids myself. so, many nights were spent on that old church campus playground pushing swings, playing wall ball, and sharing princess stories. the girls and i would gather on a patch of grass or in the back of the wooden train and i would begin with “once upon a time.” the stories always included princesses and fairies, but the main point was that each girl was a princess because their Heavenly Father is the King of Kings. some nights we would even make princess crowns out of clover flowers and wear them proudly around our playground kingdom.
this week as my time here in the ‘boro is coming to an end, i am constantly reminded of these special moments that led me into children’s ministry. i am so grateful to have had the privilege to get to watch so many princesses and princes grow in their walk with Jesus and follow His path for their life. they now challenge me with their boldness and authentic faith. i smile because i know we will live happily ever after because of our precious relationship with God through Jesus Christ.