When you love God (and Disney)…

I’m a minimalist. We budget. Save. Look over Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps at least once a year.

I’m married to a “giver.” We’re committed to the Summit, Compassion, and church planters around the world.

But I’m also a Disney fan. And that’s not cheap.

So in this perfect triangle of crazy, my life joins together.

Give to the Kingdom. Save for the future. Make memories at Disney.

I’m not sure how it all happened. How it all works. But it does.

I’m often inclined toward guilt. We shouldn’t spend that. People are suffering.

Sweet gifts from God can feel like burdens while they’re actually intended to cause rejoicing.

It’s a balance we seek. Long for. Try to teach our kids.

God loves us like a Father. And Fathers give their children good things to enjoy.

What kind of God would our kids grow up knowing if we never point out the good? If we always talk about what He’s wanting from us and not giving to us? Why would anyone serve someone like that?

Please hear me in total, not pieces. The Gospel is worth sacrificing for. It’s worth moving across the world for. It’s worth, well, everything.

But I won’t let myself believe the lie that to sacrifice means never to enjoy. That it means not to embrace the grace that God has planned for us.

So friends, we’re gonna take Disney trips over here. We’re gonna be a family and laugh and eat and be thankful for God’s goodness to us.

And we’re also gonna take missions trips. And serve and love and be thankful for how God is moving around the world.

Because our hope isn’t based on our savings account. It’s not based on our budget. It’s solely based on the love of our Father, “who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” (I Timothy 6:17)

 

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Dear Disney Princesses

Dear Disney Princesses,

I think you girls are beautiful. No, really, so beautiful. I don’t have a little girl (not yet!), but when I do, I plan on making sure she becomes a fan. We will watch every Disney movie. We will wait in line for hours to meet you at Disney World. We will even drop the big bucks to “princess” my little girl up at the Bibbidi Bobbidy Boutique. I like you, and I plan on passing the admiration down.

But here’s something you must know….The things you are looking for. The songs you sing so beautifully. They can’t be found in a Prince (no matter how shockingly handsome he is). Truthfully, most of the things you look for have already come. Nope, not in my amazing husband. Not in the beautiful fairytale world that is yours. What you look for most…it came as a baby. Let me explain…

Dear Ariel,
You sing my favorite Disney song of all “Part of Your World.” It does seem pretty nifty up here…walking, dancing, running. But let’s talk truth. This world can be pretty hard. There’s heartbreak and pain. It’s a broken place. Sinful and dying. My Father, though, He’s working on a new world for me. One that will never pass away. Heaven. That’s a world worth singing about.

Dear Belle,
You are hands-down my favorite. Beautiful. Smart. Kind. I love the “Tale as Old as Time” song. My favorite phrase “Barely even friends, then somebody bends, unexpectedly.” I’ve been loved like that. It’s a tale older than time. My Hero loved me when I was His enemy. When I wanted nothing to do with Him. And He didn’t just bend. He died for me. Gave up His very life. Unexpected. Grace. Beauty.

Dear Snow White,
You confidently sing “Someday my prince will come.” Good news…He already has! Not in that strapping, dark-haired guy that awakens you with the kiss of love. But the real prince. The Son of the King. He came. He gave up everything. For me. For everyone. The Prince has already come!

Dear Jasmine,
Don’t we all want “A Whole New World.” I definitely do. It sounds like a new start to me. A fresh one. That’s what Christ came to give us. He offers us a clean slate. And every morning, carpet ride the night before or not, His mercies are new. Understanding His love makes life seem like a whole new world.

Dear Cinderella,
You set the princess bar pretty high. So beautiful in those glass slippers. You’re a dreamer. I love your song “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” We all have dreams. But here’s a thought…sometimes those dreams don’t pan out like we planned. Then what? We’ve got to have faith in something. I’ve chosen the Creator of the Universe. His love blows me away. I can trust His plans even my dreams don’t pan out.

So there, sweet sister friends. I write because I care. I’m still a fan…always will be. But you need to know the Truth. What you look for I’ve found. Not in a guy. Not in a perfect situation. I’ve found it in the Gospel. I’ve found it in God’s love for me and Jesus’ death on my behalf.

Keep being beautiful, girls. We love you for it. But don’t forget…there’s a bigger story out there. And knowing that story means knowing there’s a happy ending in store!

Love and Hugs,
Princess Tiffany

PS-Yes, when we go to Disney, my 3 boys want a picture with the Lego Hulk. One day, princesses, one day!

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A Post From Disney

Wednesday…at 8 pm…with 2 partially packed suitcases…Jeremy and I decided to leave for Disney!!!

The trip was already planned (months before) but on a whim we decided to leave a day early.

By 9:30 we were on the road. I drove til 2:00 am when my eyes were forcing themselves shut. Jeremy brought us into Orlando at 6:30 am. The boys slept.

We hit the Magic Kingdom running (literally!) at 8:00. Crazy!

This post will go out on Monday morning. Right now it’s Sunday night, and I’m sitting on a bench between our room and the lake. We’re staying at Pop Century.

It’s quiet here. Everyone seems tired. Tomorrow will be here with new surprises and parks to explore.

I am so thankful for this trip. We come back home on Wednesday. In a million years I could never have predicted how desperately I would need this time away with my family. We have already been so blessed.

May I not miss a day wishing for something more!

So happy Monday…enjoy some pics of our trip, and I’ll be back to regular posting later in the week!

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