2014-09-10 05.32.22


Stopping to a hug a friend.

I need to make that choice more often.

I text love.

I send notes of encouragement through Facebook now and then.

I try to be a decent social media encourager.

But a real hug?

No, I don’t make time for unexpected, real, tangible expressions of my heart as often as I should.

But when I do, I never regret it.

Even when the person I came to see isn’t home,

it never fails……

Someone’s there who could use a little smile –

A brief reminder they aren’t walking a tough road alone.

It’s so easy to get caught up in my own life, my own plans, my own agenda;

but when I make a detour, turn down that other road, throw my schedule out the window long enough to become part of someone else’s,

I always walk away feeling better, happier, more alive,

even if I walk away with tears.

Life is just too hard to walk alone,


people need to know they aren’t trudging forward forgotten.

Who needs a hug from you today?

Who needs to know they have a friend who is praying and cares and is willing to stop everything long enough to say,

“I love you and I’m here”?

Turn down someone else’s road today.

Walk into someone else’s office.

Stop by a co-worker’s classroom.

Make an unexpected phone call.

Do something that leads you out of your own world into someone else’s; and even if you feel like you have nothing to offer, give someone a hug, a kind word, a reason to smile.

Make time for love today,

and I promise you’ll feel His love pouring right back over you.

Matt. 25:35-40

“………………because I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then the righteous will say to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you something to eat, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or see you naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’

 The king will answer them, ‘I tell all of you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’