Family Life - home-and-family-spiritual-encouragement

As St. Francis De Sales once said: "We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God."


Family Life - home-and-family-spiritual-encouragement

There are many great ways for Christian women to stay in touch with their faith. Maybe you spend some time on Christian blogs, maybe you make sure to read scripture and pray every night, or maybe you take part in religious groups and organizations that help you feel motivated and fulfilled. All of these activities provide a great spiritual outlet, but it can still sometimes be difficult to keep your faith close when going about your daily life.

A cross necklace can be a great way to remind yourself of your faith and to subtly show it to others as well. Knowing that God is both spiritually and physically close to your heart can serve as a refuge when things get overwhelming. As St. Francis De Sales once said:

"We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God."

If you have a collection of cross necklaces and would like to know when and how to wear them, then this is the guide for you! It'll also come in handy if you are thinking of adding this religious accessory to your wardrobe.  Once your necklace arrives, here's how you can wear it:

 

1) A cross necklace for all occasions

 

If you are looking for a simple and tasteful cross necklace that you can wear on almost any occasion, then try to find a pendant that is relatively small and not too flashy. You can splurge a little bit if you want, but opt for something with a simple chain and a sterling silver or gold finish. A sideways cross necklace could be a good choice as well.

 

2) A cross necklace for casual wear

 

Your "all occasion" cross necklace could also be perfect for casual wear, but you might also be looking for something a bit more casual and free. Perhaps a basic wood cross necklace on a long black string, or even on a beaded string? A necklace that hangs lower and looser is a great choice when dressing casual.

 

3) A cross necklace for formal occasions

 

For formal occasions you may want to tighten things up a bit, and you will be looking at a cross necklace with a shorter chain. Go as flashy or as minimalistic as you want. With your formal outfits you can wear crosses encrusted with jewels or diamonds, but you can also stick with nice gold and silver designs if you had like to keep it toned down.

 

4) A cross necklace to show off your personality

 

A necklace that shows off your personality can really be any design, because it's all about you! If you had like to stand out, then a tasteful, Gothic-style cross is sure to get attention. You may also want to look for one encrusted with your favorite color gemstone, or even perhaps your birthstone. Getting a cross necklace engraved is another great way to personalize it.

 

5) A cross necklace to wear to church

 

Church is a good place to proudly display your Christian faith, but it may not be the best place to show it off in an extravagant manner. Leave your diamond-encrusted crosses at home, and go for something elegant but simple. Even a wooden cross would do. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look nice at church, but fashion definitely is not the main focus here.

 

6) A cross necklace for the workplace

 

Fashion is probably not going to be a big focus at work either. The best cross necklace for a workplace will probably be something smaller and more subtle. You can definitely match your necklace to your outfit, but there is no need to make a statement with shiny stones and glinting chains.

 

Spiritual Prayer 

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.  All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.  I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.  I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”