Hugs are truly essential!
Have you ever thought about how powerful a hug is? During the times of despair a hug seems to help release the fear or anxiety that seems to have you paralyzed during that time. A hug is defined as an act of holding someone tightly in one's arms. Hugging is also a form of intimacy. I thought about that the other day and had an ah ha moment. There are times when I have hugged myself when things seem to be falling apart and there's no one around for me to hug. I realized that I am not really alone and my hug is powerful because God is actually hugging me back. It's the most comforting thing, and the tighter I hug myself the more I feel His presence. I now have my own definition for the word hug.
That's exactly what I was doing when I was hugging myself. I was holding unto God, His word, and His promises. I needed His strength to carry me through. I honestly don't know how long I sat in the middle of my floor, hugging myself, and rocking. I felt Him tell me it's ok, I have you, I won't let you go, I promised never to leave you nor forsake you, I'm not only hugging you but I'm holding you up. I was reminded of Isaiah 41:13For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.(KJV).
I want you to be encouraged, you're not alone, God is hugging you, just like He's hugging me!!
Peace & Blessings,