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  • Debra McInvale

Holy Hugs and Quiet Whispers

Original painting, oil on porcelain.

Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens!

Psalm 36:5a NIV

By any chance, could you use a humongous, love-filled squeeze right about now? Or some whispers of encouragement?

Life has seemed out of control for an entire year now. A complete year! Hibernation simply does not suit us.

I don’t know about you, but I’m lonesome! Health issues and the dreaded COVID have made me a hermit. When doctor visits are your only social outings – its pitiful! And these days there are no outings with friends, no catching up over a burger, no haircuts, no pedicures. I have even stopped wearing makeup. Whoa. Scary.

I’m lonesome and look like a shaggy-haired hag. Plus, I have been talking to myself a bunch recently. (Is that good or bad?)

Oh, for the day when hugs will no longer be illegal and we can breathe on each other again.

Yet we need hugs now along with some whispers of encouragement. Right this minute! We thrive on them. Without them, we seem to wither.

So, where can we turn?

To Jesus! He wants to bless us with hugs, soul-reviving, life-enriching, everlasting hugs through the blessings He has just for us. Holy Hugs. Plus, He wants to whisper encouraging truths in our hearts through His Holy Word.

What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived - the things God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. John 10:27 NIV

Jesus hugs and whispers today in uncountable ways. Have you heard Him? Listen!

If you have - fantastic. Tell us about it. If not - don’t worry. You can!

I am a Southern “girl” (can you hear the accent?); and I invite you to pull up a comfy chair and sit down with a glass full of cold, sweet, iced tea so we can talk about Jesus. We can chat for a few minutes or we can talk till the chickens come home. It’s up to you.

Beginning March 9th, I will meet you here every Tuesday with a new post. And then I’ll hang around to have conversations with you through the comments or emails.

Our conversations might be online and our faces mug shots from Facebook, but will you reach out to Christ with me as we share our stories? It will be nice to share in longer sentences than Facebook and Twitter allow. I call it having conversations in ink.

Hugs and blessings,



Lord Jesus, we bring you our hearts. We have many questions and many frustrations. We are lonely and going stir-crazy and short of breath behind our masks while what we long for is to live vibrant lives that make a difference. Please speak into our lives through your Holy Spirit. Bless us with Your Holy Hugs and Quiet Whispers of encouragement. We cannot do this thing called life without You. Amen


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