Straighten Your Crown’s title was given to me several years ago when I found myself in a pit of intense grief and disappointment. I knew I needed to put one foot in front of the other but I couldn’t figure out how to even stand up. I cried out to God and He reminded me who I belonged to and as a result, who I truly was. What I initially thought was defeat at the hand of our enemy was actually the starting line of a whole new journey. God let me know He was the author of my story and it didn’t end in that pit of despair. In His strength, I was able to stand up, shake of the dust of the pit, straighten my crown, and begin to walk forward in the truth of who I belonged to and who God said I was.
Nearly three years later, I was connected to Tamika Thompson through a group of mutual friends. I noticed right away she had a feature series called Wear Tha Crown Wednesday, in which she highlighted a woman of God who wore the crown well each week. I feel in love with this concept and her heart right away. As time passed, she opened her heart to write about what Wear Tha Crown meant to her. I was so blown away by the message God had spoken to each of us that I asked if I could share her words here as they speak straight into the heart of the Straighten Your Crown mantra that God laid on my heart nearly three years ago. Here are Tamika’s own words as to what it means to Wear Tha Crown. I pray they speak to you as they spoke to me.
Wear Tha Crown
by Tamika Thompson
When God first spoke to my heart about wearing a crown as I ran errands, volunteered at school, and lived life within my community, I was completely clueless about the impact for the Kingdom that God was giving birth to through Wear Tha Crown Wednesday. I’ve experienced a tremendous amount of trauma in the church by women, who have mistreated me or family members because of their own insecurities, and leadership who condemned me for seeking counsel about how to use my gifts from God. I was told I was trying to be too spiritual.
I knew so many who had been crushed by the church, and as women, I found sisterly love to be absent and terribly rare both inside and outside of the church walls. The moment I honored God and wore my crown weekly on Wednesdays, everything changed! It became a tool to talk with strangers about God’s love and I had the pleasure of praying for heavy hearts and wounded spirits.
I had some health issues that were serious and followed God’s direction to manage those conditions while trusting God for His healing balm. My world changed completely in 2017 when I learned I had two months to live. I battled multiple heavy trials at once and withdrew from social media to begin treatment, posting sparingly until I returned to Instagram earlier this year.
When I say that ALL hell broke loose after that diagnosis, the magnitude of the warfare that came against me caused major scars. Imagine you’re battling for your life, dearest friends and loved ones betray you, church folk abuse their power in the church and stain your good name, passing judgement as Job’s friends did.
There was an intense battle for my identity. Satan did everything he could to strip me of my identity, because if we don’t know who we are, WE FORGET WHOSE WE ARE! There were moments when I felt like I couldn’t take any more bad news, any more attacks, but things continued to unravel. God’s grace is sufficient was a major truth gem that I held on to with weary hands. One day I recall feeling too weary to pray myself out of the pit, then God stepped in and reminded me of the heart behind Wear Tha Crown Wednesday and why He’d had me adorn myself with a crown in the first place. God had me place my crown upon my head, step into my prayer closet, and He refreshed a very weary soul as I sought Him. God began to minister to me about my identity, my inheritance, and the connection to the crown.
God painted a picture for me so that I could understand HOW HE SEES ME. When I kneeled before Him, my Father saw me as a royal daughter, and that crown was a reminder that HE SEES ME, HE HEARS ME, WATCHES OVER ME, AND LISTENS TO MY PRAYERS! He was attentive to my needs and even though there was dense darkness all around me, His light shined enough for me to come out of that darkness, and no matter what I was facing, NOTHING could change the fact that I wore the crown, an inheritance gifted to me because of the spilled blood of Jesus Christ upon the cross.
That moment in my prayer closet solidified my identity as a daughter of God. I understood that wearing the crown was about taking back our true identity and maintaining God’s vision of who we are through trials, unkind encounters with sisters, and lost church members. My identity by the grace of God, has become unshakeable. My prayer for daughters of God everywhere is that we can love others, especially our sisters, with His heart, and that we never lose sight of our royal identity. I’m going to leave you with a few scriptures in relation to the word “crown”. Be blessed and never forget whose you are, beloved.
Some of Tamika’s Favorite Crown Verses:
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 ESV) You shall be a crown of beauty in the hands of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. (Isaiah 62:3 ESV) And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (1 Peter 5:4 ESV) I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. (Revelation 3:11 ESV)
Feature Photo by Ashton Mullins on Unsplash
Tamika Thompson, affectionately known as Lady T, has a burning love for God that has intensified through adversity. She lavishes her sisters in Christ with the love of Jesus through fashion and faith posts on social media. A Christian stylist and model, Tamika passionately inspires God’s precious daughters to rely on the word of God to understand their identity while celebrating their pulchritude (beauty) and modesty. Her name means beautiful, and fashioning eternally beautiful women is her mission. Tamika recently accepted an invitation from the Father to speak and write. She believes that women should walk towards eternity together through the trials, trenches, and beauty of life. Her new blog will be launching soon. Until then, you can connect with her on Instagram.
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