Thursday, 29 May 2014
A while back Little A and some of her friends we had a "Royal Red Tea Party".
The whole idea for it came about after we read the story "God's Little Princess, Gigi's Royal Tea Party".
Once we had finished reading it Little A asked me if she could have a tea party too. She said that it should be red and not pink and then she proceeded to choose her guests.
I asked what we should have at the tea party, meaning what food or drinks we should have. Her response was wonderful, " Cups, and plates, and spoons." Perfect. Easiest party ever.
So we went about planning a Royal Red Tea Party, since we couldn't call it a princess party since we had some little princes we were inviting.
The day was perfect. Little A was so excited about having all her friends over and about all of the decorations. She had seen some of the pieces of it as it was being put together, since I did some decorating before hand so that I wasn't doing it all the morning of the party.
Since our party was set for the morning we kept it somewhat healthy and had fruit (red ones of course), White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins, Banana Berry Bread (Gluten Free- made by my sister), and some sparkling fruit juice for the little tea cups.
The kids had a wonderful time during tea and then headed outside to jump and dance around on the trampoline and play in the sand.
During the party Little A must have changed her outfit a handful of times. She loves playing dress up. Most of the royal guests were also dressed in their finery and it was a lot of fun seeing them oo and aa over each others outfits.
After the party Little A and I read through the book again and talked about what it meant to be Gods Little Princess.
She then told me that she wanted all her friends to be God's children as well. (Music to my ears)
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"
1 John 3:1
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession,that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 1:9
The most wonderful thing about knowing that you are a child of God, is the closeness that comes from that. I know that the little tea party was fun for the kids but I really wanted to give Little A something to remember and that would remind her that she is a princess because she belongs to the Father.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
I love those verses. They speak to my soul every time I read them.
By the Spirit we call Abba Father. "Abba" is used as a term of endearment for a father, it is translated not just to father but to daddy, papa, or dear Father.
There is something wonderful about being able to cry out to the God of the universe and call him daddy.
Daddy is used by children as a term of endearment. It would be strange to hear a child call their father, daddy, if they never see them or barely know them. Daddy evokes thoughts of trust and comfort, closeness.
And because of being Gods children we can approach God with freedom and confidence. We can put our trust in him. We can hope in him and know that he has plans for our good.
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
There is nothing more I want for my children then for them to know Christ and be able to approach God with freedom and confidence, knowing that they have been adopted into sonship.