She was a princess, she didn't have to cook and clean and wash and sew. But she chose to. She excepted these seven crazy misfits, she loved and cared for them expecting nothing in return. She had nothing and no one. She was on the run for her life. But she won people over, not with her pretty face or popularity or a great sense of humor or dazzling smile. Not by having her life all together and knowing exactly where she was going, but by loving people. In all their broken beautiful forms. She met the evil in the world with kindness. Her name was Snow White. She'd lost everything, but she still had love.
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Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-13 NIV
When life is hard it's easy to curl up in a ball, suck our thumbs or stuff our face with chocolate and push the world away. But Snow White didn't do that. Instead, she didn't let her circumstances define her. She didn't let her present define her tomorrow. She didn't change because she'd gotten hurt. She reached out and met people who were hurting and she changed their lives. She was a light in the broken places so that when she bit the apple and fell asleep, even Grumpy realized how much he had changed because of her. Even through her own pain, her brokenness she was touching others.
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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Don't let your current situation define you. This is just a chapter, not the end of the book. This isn't how your story ends- the author is just working on the next page. Be patient. No good story is complete without some trials. It's through these trials that the characters discover who they are. What they are made of. Trust Him...
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Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything James 1:1-4 NIV