Orlando, Florida — We packed the princess dresses, the tiaras and the sparkly, sequined shoes. For the next four days, we will reside here, in this world of “make-believe” fashioned by man.

But everywhere we look, we see past this facade to catch a small glimpse of what awaits us in another Kingdom.

We dine at the royal table. We are clothed as royalty. Even in T-shirts, we are called princesses, not because we’ve done anything to earn it, but because the King chose us.

We are daughters and sons of the King.

We have come here before, to this world of Disney-made royalty. But this time, we brought a very special “Daughter of the King” along with us: Grandma Joyce.

It has now been six weeks since her husband, Paul, passed away.

We had hoped Grandpa Paul would be with us on this trip. My heart ached to step on the airplane without him, and then to see the empty plane seat beside his wife. The airline

representative said that the flight was only three seats short of being sold-out. One of three empty seats was in our row, and to me, it whispered Grandpa Paul’s name all the way from Iowa to Florida.

But Anna, 4, saw it all differently. She says she’s sure that the seat wasn’t for her Grandpa. He had better things to do than fly to Orlando.

Anna told me, most assuredly, that her Grandpa isn’t missing a thing. She says he has his own version of DisneyWorld that surpasses what we’re experiencing here.

And who can argue with that?

Because of Jesus …

by | March 6, 2009 | 14 comments

14 Comments

  1. casey

    Sometimes people really slam Disney for its practices, but I think they’ve hit on a deep need that many people feel. We all want to feel special. I hope you enjoy this memory making time with your family.

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  2. mom2six

    God has ordained praise from the lips of children, seems to me they understand heavenly things sometimes so much more clearly than we do. Epcot was our favorite. Hope you enjoy your trip! In Jesus!

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  3. LLP

    Even though I’m in my 20’s, I still love Disney movies, especially the Princess ones, for this very reason. And the Narnia movies, too!

    As true followers of Christ, we are indeed Royalty. That’s incredible to think about.

    I agree with casey. I think places like Disney are vital and, in a way, help us to know how important we are to God.

    Thank you for the post, and the awing reminder. 🙂

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  4. Julie

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful time!

    Sweet blessings,
    julie

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  5. Darlene

    Oh Anna. You have got it down girl.
    Have a blast, you precious daughters of The King!!!!!!!

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  6. janelle

    Trusting that your time away will be blessed.

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  7. hope42day

    Hoping you have fun, laughter and many princess moments!

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  8. Carey

    Ah, the wisdom of a child. Wow.

    Looks like you guys are having a great time!!! Love it that you got to get away with Grandma, even tho it wasn’t as you had hoped.

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  9. Minister Mamie L. Pack

    You just have to love the simplicity in the wisdom of children. I am thankful to be a daughter of the King.

    with blessings,

    Minister Mamie

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  10. Pam at beyondjustmom

    I love the links you draw between fantasy and faith. I know that magical place at the top of the castle. Hope it was a special, healing time for all of you.

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  11. Jennifer Hudson Taylor

    We took my daughter and two of her friends two years ago and we had so much fun. I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow Disney.

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  12. Billy Coffey

    I absolutely love this.

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  13. Chris Godfredsen

    Beautiful, beautiful!

    I pray one day I am still alive and able to read the young Lee girls’ version of getting down with Jesus.

    I pray, too, that these two beautiful young ladies you and Scott are rearing one day count themselves blessed as they should for the parents who so loved the King and lived for him right before their very eyes – so much so that they draw others to Him. Lydia and Anna bless us as you recount their insights – and they are blessed to have you as mom and dad.

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  14. Chris Godfredsen

    Beautiful, beautiful!

    I pray one day I am still alive and able to read the young Lee girls’ version of getting down with Jesus.

    I pray, too, that these two beautiful young ladies you and Scott are rearing one day count themselves blessed as they should for the parents who so loved the King and lived for him right before their very eyes – so much so that they draw others to Him. Lydia and Anna bless us as you recount their insights – and they are blessed to have you as mom and dad.

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