There are different types of hugs people give. A child’s hug is unconditional. A friend’s hug tells you they care. A spouse’s hug is one of love. Almost any hug shows some sort of affection. Even the hug I give to my dog.

Some days we just need to feel someone’s arms around us. We need to know that we are loved and cared for. That’s where a God hug comes in.

Matthew 11:28 states: Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. That’s the power of a God hug. It gives you a break from your troubles, and a God hug comforts and gives your strength to perserve.

What? You’ve never been hugged by God. Well today’s your lucky day. Make sure you have plenty of room. After all, God has long arms. First, reach your arms out to the side. Next cross your right arm over your left side and your left arm over your right side. Close your eyes. Tighten your arms around your body. Imagine God walking up behind you and placing his arms over yours. He pulls you to Him. Squeeze.

How many of you smiled? That’s because it made you feel loved. Those of you who turned your head to one side have something heavy on your mind, and you just needed someone’s shoulder to lean on. You chose God’s.

Anytime you feel you need a hug, give yourself a God hug. You can’t beat them.

I love God hugs. Since my kids have grown, the hugs have gotten less and less, and my dog can’t hug back. I think it’s has something to do with that opposable thumb thing.


  1. Great post Kathy. It made me smile and to try it. I felt God’s hug

    thank you,

    1. I’m glad you felt it.


  2. I love this post. “God Hugs”! How very true. I’m a hugger—-is that a word? We need to hug each other. Jesus met people with a kiss. Thank you for this beautiful thought, and thank you for my “God Hug” for the day.
    Hugs and blessings to you

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