Craving Sparkle

Craving Sparkle

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As a little girl, I loved all things sparkly. One of my clearest memories is of a pair of dress-up high heels—silver straps, clear plastic heels with jewels and glitter suspended inside.

I’m now in the closet sparkle phase. I wear comfy clothes and practical shoes and live in a home with Mission style furniture. But I walk into a hotel lobby lit by massive chandeliers with crystal teardrops, and I still get that little girl joy.

Princess KeiraAfter raising four sons, the Lord blessed us with five granddaughters. Fairy wings, hot pink boas, shimmery satin, tulle, jeweled tiaras…I’ve loved it all.

When my oldest granddaughter was four, she was sitting in the back seat, I was driving, and out of the blue she said, “Grandma, how can I get to be a princess?”

Sadly, I’d failed to birth her father into royalty. So I answered, “You need to marry a prince.”

“Can you help me find a prince, Grandma?”

That’s a tall order. But isn’t that what we all want? A prince…someone to ride in and rescue us. Someone enthralled with us?

I’m convinced we were created, we were intended, to crave glitz and long for a prince.Reagan sitting crop

We were made to long for sparkle because this world of sensible shoes and practical furniture isn’t what we were designed for. We were created for a place with crystal seas and streets of gold. Just read the description of the Holy City in Revelation 21 for a picture of our real home, shimmering with sapphires, emeralds, topaz, and pearls.

And the best part? Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

A little further on we read: The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

Zoey 1This place we were created for sparkles and glitters because of the light of the glory of God. We were created to desire that Light, to crave being in the presence of our Father God, and we long to know we’re cherished because we were custom-made for a Heavenly Father who can do nothing less.

If I could rewind and rewrite that scene with my granddaughter in the car, I would have answered her question differently. “How can I get to be a princess?”

“You already are, honey.” At four years old, that girl already had a heart for the Lord, and I should have answered “You are a princess. You are a daughter of the King—and you were hand-picked by the Prince of Peace.”

I love these words:Lily princess

The LORD your God is with you,

he is mighty to save.

He will take great delight in you,

he will quiet you with his love,

he will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

Doesn’t this describe the strong but tender prince we dreamed of as little girls? The first time I heard this it was with a sense of awe. Maybe more like shock. He delights in me?

Hard to believe, hard to live out, but ySage twirling cropou and I were born to be princesses.

While we’re waiting to walk on streets of gold, let’s remind ourselves of our heritage. And maybe, just for a moment every day, and maybe just in our minds, let’s dance like carefree little girls, tiara and all, before the Father who delights in us.


Becky Melby About Becky Melby

Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of the Lost Sanctuary Series and a dozen other contemporary fiction titles. Married for 43 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family. Connect with her at her website or Facebook.


  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    What a beautiful persoective! I can’t wait to share this with my husband, who jokingly tries to convince me that gems have nothing to do with God! Seriously, this is an amazing post, especially in this modern time of cutting the prince out of fairy tales. I knew there was a reason that has bothered me and you just explained it!

  2. Beautiful! I want to send this to all the princesses in my life!

    • Thanks, Penny. The term “princess” gets such a bad rap these days. Hope all the princesses in your life can understand that’s exactly what they were created to be!

  3. As someone that has struggled with self-esteem most of her life, this post speaks to me like you wouldn’t believe. It’s a hard concept for me to accept. He delights in me? But it’s true. Thank you for this perspective, which I loved! I hope to see myself like that one day.

  4. Becky, I loved the reminder that all of life is princess practice 🙂 I once took my self-esteem and my princess practice to a corner at a Chicago museum, near some Spanish musicians. I closed my eyes and danced and twirled – until I bumped into another woman doing the same thing! We had a good laugh, but it makes me long for the great ballroom after the heavenly banquet when we won’t care if anyone is watching, and can twirl to our hearts delight.

    • Princess Practice! I LOVE that, Delores! I want it on a t-shirt as a daily reminder. And I’m inspired by someone with the self-abandonment to twirl to the music in public. Looking forward to that ballroom, too. Bless you, sister.

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