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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Why I Make the Sign of the Cross (Although I am Not Catholic)

Why I Make the Sign of the Cross (Although I Am Not Catholic)

The Sign of the Cross (Latin: Signum Crucis) is often seen as a blessing of one’s self or another person. Some may refer to this ancient practice or blessing as the “crossing” of oneself. This blessing is made by the tracing of an upright cross or + across the body with the right hand, often accompanied by spoken or mental recitation of the trinitarian formula: "In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost. Amen.”

            The Sign of the Cross is most often associated with people of the Catholic sect of Christianity. However, some Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches still believe in making the Sign of the Cross at prayer times, meal blessings, and at major rites, sacraments, or sanctions of faith. This ancient gestural prayer customarily begins and ends our formal prayer, from prayer/grace before meals to the Church’s principal/central prayer, the service/Mass. Sign of the Cross is used at other times as well, for example, when receiving a formal blessing, receiving absolution, and entering a church and blessing oneself with holy water.

Bert Ghezzi said this about the Sign of the Cross, “It's a shame that many non-Catholics see it as something they shouldn't be doing; it comes from an ancient Church that we all share.”
If you think about it, it makes plenty of sense. It is an ancient custom/blessing that originated in the beginning church, the first churches, the church that we all share as Christians. Why don’t we all continue this custom?

Personally, I make the Sign of the Cross before and after a prayer. I am not Catholic but I see this as something special. It’s a silent agreement or prayer between me and God. The way I look at the Sign of the Cross is like this- there is 4 points of the cross in which is made when making the Sign of the Cross, so there would be 4 words.

Typically the words In the Name of the Father (forehead), Son (mid-chest), and Holy (right shoulder) Spirit/Ghost (left shoulder) are said. While in more formal prayers or more important circumstances I will use the afore mentioned phrasing or blessing. However, on a daily basis, I think that the four points equate to other words/phrases when praying or having time with God.
When I pray and make the Sign of the Cross before a prayer I imagine it like so (again, this is something between me and God), Lord (forehead) hear (mid-chest) my (right shoulder) prayer (left shoulder). When I make the Sign of the Cross after a pray I imagine it like so, Thank you (forehead) Lord (mid-chest) for (right shoulder) listening (left shoulder).

Now I’m not saying that you have to do this. I feel it’s a personal choice between you and God. I find it comforting and in a sense a silent prayer when I don’t have words. When I’m driving and I see and accident or I see a homeless person, or when I drive over a bridge over water (a huge fear of mine), I make the Sign of the Cross as a silent prayer. God knows our hearts and thoughts. He hears and He listens. Even when we don’t have the words to say or even know what is bothering us, God knows. For me, the sign of the cross is just that.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

My MONQ Moment

Hey y'all! I submitted my MONQ Moment video to the company to help spread the word about MONQ! I'm going to post the link below. I'd love it you took a look at it considered trying it! Please let me know if you have any questions!

My MONQ Moment *||* Natalie

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RIP Aunt Peachy

Unfortunately, my Great Aunt Peachy has passed away. I didn't see her often but the times I did were always fun and I'll always treasure them. I love you Aunt Peachy and I'll see you in Heaven one day.

Rest In Peace Aunt Peachy ♥

Posts may be delayed in the next few days due to this. I hope you understand.

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Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Life Y'all!!

Hey y'all. WOW. Life is crazy. A lot is going on right now, so that's why I haven't been posting as much.

I passed my big test for my future career, I've interviewed, and just waiting to hear back. I've been trying to spend time with friends and family as we navigate our lives and try to stay sane. I've been working at the store a lot lately, been to Kings Dominion with some friends, etc.

What all do you guys want to see on here this summer?

Here is a list of a few things I have planned:

  • My MONQ Moment (explaining what MONQ is and a video from my personal YouTube channel)
  • An article I found and my thoughts on why/why not all Christians should make the sign of the cross before and after prayer.
  • Recipes!
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

I'm Back!

AH! Its been almost 3 months since I last posted! I forgot my password and couldn't log in! It was awful being away from everything! So much has happened! Family Christian (my former job) closed all 250 stores across the country. I'm not working at Kirklands with my mom- its super fun! I'm still watching Little K and Little B. Speaking of which today was Little K's 6th birthday party! We got to ride horses- it was a blast! I'll post a picture below of me on a horse today. It wasn't as exciting as riding on my own but I know for liability reasons they had to walk around with me. I'm going to look into maybe doing riding lessons there. My family went to Carolina Beach in North Carolina about 2 weeks ago. It was fun but quite the adventure. My grandpa got really sick and was rushed to the hospital. He was there for over a week. Unfortunately I had to come home before he was released, but hes home now and doing really well- PRAISE GOD!

Other than work not much is going on. I did sign up for a ministry college- its all online and a go-at-your-own-pace thing. I'm really excited for it! If you want to know more about it, comment on here and I'll do another post on it!

What do y'all want to see on here this month? This summer?

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This is me today riding the horse (Mick)
at Little K's birthday party!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

How I Finally Moved On...

Let me first start out by saying I'm so sorry for not having post for over a month. I've been crazy busy with school, work, church, and vacation. Turks and Caicos was amazing, I'm going to do a post about that in a few days. 

Break-ups are never easy. PERIOD. If you're anything like me, you're hurt (consciously) at first then you "move on." I was dating a guy about two years ago. We broke up, got back together, then broke up again. That really made it hard to "move on." Well about 10 months after our break up, we started talking. I thought I heard God telling me to give him a second chance. So that's exactly what I did. Sadly things weren't as good as I had hoped and we fought a lot, he ignored me, etc. I tried to tell him that it hurt me when he did that and long story short he didn't care. So I broke it off with him. It was one of, if not the hardest, break-up I've ever gone through. 

In all honesty, I thought he was THE ONE. The one God had for me in my life, my other half, the one person God had designed just for me. He did all the right things, said the right things, and at first everything was really good. He was (and hope he still is) a really sweet guy. For our one month anniversary (the first time around) he bought me a GORGEOUS Irish promise ring with my birthstone on it. Below is the ring.

Image result for irish claddagh ring aquamarine 

When we broke up for the final time, I was past heartbroken. I think the term for this was soul-broken. I was upset at him, at myself, and even at God. Why would God bring such a wonderful man into my life only to have him treat me the way he did. If God loves me why would He let this man hurt me? I clung to that ring like it was my life-line. I clung to it as if to remember all the good times he and I shared. I wore it every day as a reminder that I still had that love to go back too. That no matter what, I could go back to him. 

A week ago while I was on vacation in Turks and Caicos, (6 months after out final break-up) I was having my quiet time one morning on our little screened-in-porch. As I sat there, I cried out in prayer, asking God to guide my fingers to the verses I needed to hear that day. He answered- BIG TIME! I felt the nudge, you know, the one from the Holy Spirit that if He nudged you any harder He'd just shove you out of the chair? Yeah, that one. He told me, take the ring off and put it away. I cautiously took it off, but didn't put it away. I sat it right next to my bible. I'll admit, it felt wrong! I wanted my ring back. However, I let my fingers flip through the Bible, when I felt the urge to stop on a page I did, wherever my right thumb landed, I read. Here are the verses that I came upon (I swear it was God guiding me to read each and everyone of those words).

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” ~Psalm 34:18

 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” ~Psalm 147:3

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” ~Proverbs 3:5

“She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future” ~Proverbs 31:25

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” ~John 14:27

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” ~Revelation 21:4

He knew exactly what I needed to hear. Suddenly, after reading the Scriptures above and crying out in prayer, I suddenly felt…. peace, joy, contentment deep in my heart. Pure emotions, not just the dim, dull ones I had been feeling for months. I felt like my entire being had just had a huge weight lifted.

During my prayers that day my main question to God was “why? Why would You let me hurt like that for so long? Why would You bring him into my life for me to fall so deeply in love only to have my soul crushed?”

Do you want to know that God told me? He said go read Jeremiah 29:11. I knew the verse by heart. “For I know the plans I have for you declared the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Again, I asked why. I know Your plans are for my good, to make me a better person, to make me stronger, to build me up. Buy again I ask why let me fall so deeply in love with this man to be so crushed and hurt?

I felt God smile at me right then. He told me ‘you just said it. To make you a better person, make you stronger. Build your soul and character. It may hurt now, but it’s for the best. You know that I have that one for you. You need to trust Me. It always works out the way it should. Pain is a part of the process. It’s terrible and it hurts, but it builds you up to be a warrior in My Kingdom. Be strong.

It was hard believing that. Me, a warrior? Me, being strong? No… that’s not usually how it works. I’m the kind that bottles it all up and shuts down, barely treading water. However, once I released it all and gave it to God, I felt 100 times better. It was like my ex-boyfriend was suddenly gone, that weight on my shoulder, gone.

Break-ups suck. Holding onto pain sucks. Feeling worthless over a man sucks. But trusting in our amazing God and giving Him all your pain, that… that feels incredible. As I finished up my quiet time that day I took the ring, and put it in a bag to bring home and forget about. I’m going to bury it out in the yard when the ground thaws. A symbolic gesture to move on that he is in my past and that is where he will stay.

I’ll admit my finger felt empty without a ring. I thought about putting it back on. NO! I’m not going down that road again! So, I got onto Amazon.com and ordered myself a new ring, a ring I call my God love ring. God loves me so much; I can lean on Him. I can cry to Him, be mad at Him. Yet, no matter what, He will ALWAYS love me and look out for me. Below is the ring I ordered. It just came in today and I cannot be happier.

I’m happy to say, I have moved on. I’m finally free of the pain, resentment, fear, loneliness, and self-doubt that the break-up caused me. 

I am strong.
I am courageous.
I am free.
I am beautiful.
I am worthy.
I am a daughter of God! 

Thanks for reading my story! 

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Friday, February 03, 2017

New Favorite Bible App!

Oh my goodness, I'm in love with this new Bible app my friend Kira showed me. Its called the YouVersion Bible App. It has everything you could ever want! It has everything from Basic Bible to Reading Plans. From Devotionals to Audio Bible. Its amazing. I'm currently doing the Proverbs daily devotion and reading plan. It's available in both Apple and Google Play stores as well as for your computer! I highly recommend it! Here's a link to the website for it:

YouVersion Bible App Download

Let me know what you think!

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