The title, “Hugs from God to You”, is referencing a way of thinking that the Lord gave me during a difficult time in my life. In 2012, I had a sudden and very serious health issue and began a fight for my life. I was six months into a new marriage and was realizing that he was dealing with a substance abuse issue, which caused anger and very poor decisions. My big picture was a huge struggle. At first, all I could see was the struggle. I began to mourn the losses of health and life dreams. I can’t estimate how many hours I spent in prayer; my heart was so saddened. I kept turning to the Lord for comfort and peace. One night, as I was praying, He gave me a very simple answer that changed all my thinking… I was in a difficult season, but the minute, hour, and daily picture was simple… God was giving me hugs in small ways. The little things that God was doing for me were so simple that I was not acknowledging and feeling those hugs. Living in the moment and seeing so much that was going poorly, I did not stop, breath and enjoy the love that God was giving me. God was hugging me in many ways, everyday. He had not forgotten me and was still showing His love towards me.
I began to call each health and financial victory a hug. The hugs were as simple as me getting up and unloading the top shelf of the dishwasher. I cheered both me and the Lord as He gave me strength to fight. Though the struggle lasted for 7 very long years, the love of the Lord was there in everyday things. He was hour by hour, and minute by minute, right there. I had never felt the power and love of God more than during those years. In order to feel the hugs from God, I had to stop and acknowledge the simple blessings. Eventually the path took me out of the struggle and into calmer days.
I share this thought with you because it has changed my life. Every day is not going to be a million-dollar blessing. It may be dollar by dollar… one healthier moment… one smile… or a hug from a friend. It all adds up to a loving God and a blessed life. I am so thankful that I can share the thought Hugs from God to You!