Every day we are blessed countless times. We often overlook the Source of the good things that happen to us and chalk it up to good fortune or “lucky breaks”. Although I have always known that all good things come from God, I have often neglected to give Him the credit. Now, after having experienced a life changing decision, I have become more aware of His personal attention and recognize each and every blessing and their unbelievable timing. I call them hugs from God and began this website in order to share them and have a place where others can share their “hugs”.
After 20 years in a dead-end job I felt that I couldn’t stay there another second, so I decided to leave. While the awesome indescribable relief of simply walking out that door was overwhelming, I worried that I might not be doing what God wanted me to do. I was old enough to retire and had “put in my time”, as it were, but the economy was bad and it was scary to lose the paycheck. I took all of it to God and asked Him to let me know He was standing by me in this decision. I imagined feeling His arms around me and instantly felt calmer. Then the blessings (hugs) began.
Four months later I found that I had become very frugal and was a much better money manager. When bills came due, God directed situations that supplied whatever was needed, and He provided unexpected help from various sources and persons. Every day now I am aware of and very greatful for the many hugs I receive……………All things work together for the good to those who love God (Romans 8:28)
Please email me (email@example.com) your experiences with your own hugs from God with your first name/initials and city and I will post them for others to appreciate. Your email address will NOT be posted (unless you request it) Thanks, Kat. firstname.lastname@example.org
Said the robin to the sparrow,
I should really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.
Said the sparrow to the robin,
Friend, I think that it must be,
That they have no heavenly
Such as cares for you and me.
Five years ago a mother cat had a feral litter of kittens in my garage. After a very long time and many attempts to capture them, we finally had them and got them neutered and spade . They were presumably happy but one day a few weeks ago, the two smallest females escaped through a window that was left open. They ran. For three weeks they would be seen hiding in the bushes and would even come up on the porch to be fed but would not come back in. W e tried every trick to no avail. They were wet and cold and scared and hungry but wouldn’t come in. The weatherman said there was a chance of frost. I had asked God to protect them from predators and a multitude of other dangers, but now I was begging Him to let this be the night they would finally decide to come in where it was safe and warm and nothing would harm them. They were meowing from the bushes for food and I hunkered down in the doorway and called them for about the millionth time and they came up to me. One of them let me pet her and I was able to pick her up and bring her in, My daughter was able to convince the other cat that she was coming in too. At first they were very scared but they quickly remembered their surroundings and were very happy and content to be back. I was very grateful to God and thanked Him profusely. From this experience with my feline version of the wanderers, I now have a deeper respect for what the Prodigal son’s dad was feeling. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. KAT
One of my favorite authors is Billy Graham and while reading a devotional he wrote, I found a valuable excerpt I’d like to share.
Mr. Graham said we should have an “attitude of gratitude.” He says we may have a hundred good things to be thankful for, but let one bad thing happen, and it’s all we think about. We should have the attitude of Matthew Henry who wrote in his diary on the day he was mugged:
“Let me be thankful first because I was never robbed before; second, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third because although they took it all, it wasn’t much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed and not I who robbed.”
A lady shares that she was concerned about her approaching birthdate when she would have to renew her driver’s license. She fretted about it for weeks worrying that she would fail the eye test as her vision was fuzzy when reading street signs. Not bad enough to be a danger, but, she was afraid if she failed the eye test she would be denied her license until she got glasses. She prayed and prayed that she would pass. When the day came, her birthday, she was a nervous wreck going into the DMV. After her picture was taken, they printed it, handed her new license to her and told her to enjoy her day. Either the eye machine was out of order, or, the clerk simply forgot. In any case, after she left the license bureau, the lady thanked God profusely for His special birthday present to her.
Heavenly Father, please bless and strengthen the survivors of natural disasters; fires and floods, plane crashes, train and bus wrecks, and all other disasters and random acts of violence. Please comfort the families of the victims and protect the mental well-being of the rescue/clean up teams. We pray fervently that all the victims, both human and otherwise, are now safely with You where they will never have to experience pain or fear again, but, will rejoice in Your Glory forever. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
A lady in Ohio told me about an experience she had during a car accident. She caught a patch of ice and her car spun out of control and the driver side door flew open. She felt herself being sucked out of the car and was hanging on to the steering wheel for dear life as she was sliding out of the vehicle. Suddenly, she felt two strong hands grip her shoulders and pull her back into the car and she was able to correct the skid and get the car stopped. No one was in the car with her so she was pretty shaken up. Praise God for the lifesaving hug she received that day!!! –KAT
I decided years ago that I wanted to me a medical assistant. I love kids so I figured that pediatrics would be the perfect field for me. When I graduated my hope was to be hired into a pediatric office. It didn’t happen. Instead I was hired into a job where the skills I had been taught were not being utilized. I was unhappy for two very long years. I thought that God had ignored my prayers. I couldn’t have been more wrong. God’s hug to me…….this coming Tuesday I begin the next chapter of my life…….in a pediatric office. Thank you Lord, for knowing the best time to answer my prayers. —Tina
It occurred to me that my extreme love for all animals is a gift from God. Also, every time that I receive affection from an animal……a lick on the hand, or a cuddle, or looks of complete trust….I realize that these are all hugs for me from God too. I found this most appropriate prayer….KAT
LET ME BE THERE FOR THE SPEECHLESS,
THOSE WHO ARE SMALL AND WEAK;
LET ME SPEAK FOR ALL HELPLESS CRITTERS,
WHO HAVE NO POWER TO SPEAK.
I HAVE LIFTED MY HEART TO HEAVEN
ON BEHALF OF THE LEAST OF THESE
THE FRIGHTENED, THE HOMELESS, THE HUNGRY
I AM VOICING THEIR PLEAS.
IF I CAN HELP ANY CREATURE,
RESPOND TO A DESPERATE CALL,
I WILL KNOW THAT MY PRAYER HAS BEEN ANSWERED,
BY THE GOD WHO CREATED THEM ALL.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
How awesome that the Creator of the entire universe and everthing in it cares about every single member of His creation! How magnificent that every sigh is heard and every tear that is shed moves Him to send comfort in many different forms. (HUGS) How blessed are we that He loves us so much that He went to the Cross to save us.
Thank you Father for Your love and caring. Thank You for surrounding us with the warmth of Your concern and the many blessings You send each day. Praise Your Awesome, Holy Name!