To Whom I Belong


“On the days I feel inadequate, unloved, and unworthy, I remember whose daughter I am and straiten my crown.”-Anonymous

I tucked myself into the theater seat between two of my daughters. Lily James, a beautiful British actress, danced across the screen as Cinderella. I knew the story, read it time and again, yet I was mesmerized by Disney’s live rendition. The quaint setting, the whimsical animals, and the amazing dresses met all my princess’ expectations.

But most of all I enjoyed Cinderella’s character. She loved her parents, but too soon they were both taken away and replaced by a wicked woman and her two ridiculous daughters. Little by little, Cinderella’s outward beauty faded. Soot covered her face, her hair dulled, and her hands looked like she’d scrubbed the floors all day. Yet inside, her beauty remained.

She acted kindly toward the very folks who treated her poorly. Cinderella accepted her place in life with a humble heart because she remembered who she was. She belonged to her father and mother. A mother who told her to “Have courage and be kind.” And a father who loved her so much he told her, “I always leave a part of me behind, Ella. Remember that.”

At times I find myself covered in the soot of disappointment or up to my elbows in stress. Life overwhelms me, but then God reminds me who I belong to. He’s my Father and he loves me more than I can understand. He offers his glorious riches of forgiveness and grace and holds me in his heart.

I am a daughter of the King!

Ephesians 1:18-19
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Penny Frost McGinnis About Penny Frost McGinnis

Penny Frost McGinnis writes devotions, book reviews, and thoughtful posts on her blog, "Hope for Today's Heart." Blessed with five children and eleven grandchildren, she and her husband live in southwest Ohio with two sweet dogs. When she's not working at the local academic library or spending time with family, she enjoys reading, writing, nature, sewing, and praising God.


  1. The play must have been wonderful to see! I really like this anonymous quote coupled with your scripture of our being royalty. These thoughts are always breath taking to me. Thanks for your post.

  2. Loved this post, Penny. Shared it on Twitter and Facebook 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing, Penny! 🙂

  4. Jude,
    I saw the quote on Facebook and it spoke to me so clearly. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Thanks so much, Peg!

  6. It is joy to be part of this group, Joi.

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