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. I sensed the warmth of His love and approval flowing into my very being. 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)
Another thought…the more I study, the more convinced I am about animal immortality. I feel it is another major Hug from God.
Please share your experiences – your own Hugs from God for others to appreciate, and your thoughts and feelings on animal immortality as well. Thanks, Kat.
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(Thanks so much for contributing this hug Calista. )
This isn’t actually my hug but I received a personal “hug” after I read about the 10 year old girl who stayed alive 17 hours under many pounds of rubble in the earthquake in Italy. No doubt God was holding her until help came . Just reading that made me feel the warmth of His love . CK
Tina R./Toledo, OH — I had Reilly from the tiniest kitten who needed naps every few minutes to my HUGE “kitty bunny” with the big thumper feet (I tell you, they literally looked like rabbit feet) that still needed naps every few minutes.
He meant so much to me and was so important to me. I took that for granted though. Reilly had health concerns that snuck up on me super fast. His life was cut way to short. He should have had so many more years to live. He’s been gone now for about 7 years and I still think about him all the time. I have other fur babies to hold and love, but for those of you who know and love each and every one of your animals, you know that it is not a replacement. I still miss Reilly, I regret that I didn’t get him help when he needed it, and I have guilt that when he took his final breath I was not right by side.
I choose to believe though that he is in heaven right now with Jesus playing with every cat toy, bell, ring, and ball that he could possible hope for. Jesus is playing with him, and caring for him until the day when I will be able to wrap my arms around him again and feel those huge feet kick up against me……like my bunny.
Great hug for a frantic mom in Florida when her 22 month old daughter got separated from her when a boat they were in overturned. It took an hour for rescuers to find the toddler, safe under the capsized boat where she was able to breathe in an air pocket until help came.
It occurred to me that before the fall of mankind , when things were perfect in the Garden of Eden, perhaps animals were intended to be able to converse . After all, when the serpent spoke to Eve, she wasn’t surprised or astounded it could speak. Instead, she listened and considered what it was saying. Perhaps, and hopefully so, animals in eternity will be able to express to us their thoughts and feelings and fill us in on their histories. How awesome that hug would be!
The Bible is somewhat silent on the subject of animal immortality and this may be because man, in his arrogance, might feel if there’s an afterlife for an animal there’s nothing he needs to do to be saved himself. I struggled with this since I was a small child and prayed through tears many times that God would let me be with my beloved pets in eternity. The first verse I was inspired by was Romans 8:22-23. “…the whole creation has been groaning . ..” I was impressed that meant not just humans but all created living beings. The more I prayed the more confidence I felt that this is true. Since then, I feel God has led me to many more verses and publications that support this hope .
I had to add my hug to this list . Recently I adopted a puppy from a rescue and was sitting on my porch with him enjoying the warm evening when he suddenly darted off my lap and went tearing across the street and across a field after whatever he must have decided needed chasing. It was dark and I’m disabled and was terrified. I prayed for God’s protection over him and started out walking and calling. It was difficult to see but as I approached a streetlight a block away, I saw a little girl coming toward me with my puppy in her arms. She caught him on the run and was bringing him back to me . “I know where he lives ‘ cause I saw you playing with him the other day when I rode my bike past your house” she said. God bless her heart. Something really bad could have happened and some would call it lucky that I got him back safely . I know better. That was a hug from above for sure and I am so thankful.