A Cinderella Attitude in Cinderella Circumstances


The other day my 7-year-old daughter and I popped in an oldie but goodie-Cinderella.  As the narrator began telling her story, one remembers her life did not start out as a fairytale-she was trapped, abused, and orphaned.  We then get our first glimpse of Cinderella and she isn’t crying in the corner-no!  She wakes up singing, whistling, getting dressed and cleaning up with the help of lovely little birds and cute little mice.  Always processing situations, the psychologist in me said to my daughter, “Wow, she really has a good attitude given her circumstances”.  To which my daughter replied, “Yes-and she has the help of her little friends”.

It made me remember that we have even more help than Cinderella.  When life is tough, or we feel trapped or abandoned, we have the help of the Great Helper-the Holy Spirit.  As Jesus prepared his disciples for his upcoming crucifixion, he promised them the help of someone who would take his place-the Holy Spirit.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another HELPER, to be with you forever…” (John 14:16)

The movie also made me question myself—when life throws me Cinderella-like-circumstances, do I have faith in God and do I take pleasure in God to display this Cinderella-like-attitude?

The answer, of course, is no, not always.  But I want to!  And God has something to say about HOW.  It’s called faithfulness.  And here’s the biblical blueprint:

1)  Ask God for the ability to see Him in your circumstances.

“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…” (Ephesians 1: 17-19)

2)  Believe God when He promises He is using your circumstances for GOOD.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11)

3)  Thank God for all of your circumstances.  That’s right-all of them.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

And unlike fairytales that we all know are most often too good to be true, God’s promises are for real!  And they are for us to enjoy!  To God be the glory!

Glorifying God with you,



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And, I will continue to praise Him, in the midst of adversity or peace. I love Him, so much! I stand because of His mercy and grace. Wonderful post! ~Cynthia
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Amen, seeing God, believing God and praising God in our Cinderella circumstances is the only way to go. It’s not easy, but He provides the strength for that too! I love the way you “see” God in your everyday life my lovely friend 🙂

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