"Yet a time is coming
and has now come when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the
kind of worshipers the Father seeks." - John 4:23

My Heavenly Daddy is healing
me from the inside out.

Transparency is Real.
Many times painful.

Daddy let me be secure in You only!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

HUGGING


Hugging is healthy and is all natural!

Although many of us who have been abused sexually and physically it can be hard to accept or trust a hug. Although, I do love receiving hugs from people I trust, I find myself cautious when it comes to the opposite sex.

Studies have shown that hugs increase the "bonding" hormone oxytocin and decrease the risk of heart disease. Also, hugs lower blood pressure and helps reduce stress. Hugging can be a positive emotion for your health.

So, if possible seek out people that you trust and who will welcome your hug and visa versa!

I think it would have been neat to have lived during the time that Jesus was on earth. I would of LOVED to have received His hugs!!!!!! To be in His embrace!!!! His hugs were probably so unbelievably AWESOME!!!

I tell you one thing, in glory, I look forward to the 'endless time' where I will be in the arms of my Savior!!!!!

50 comments:

  1. I tend to stick my butt out away from the person I'm hugging. I'm not a real touchy-feely person at all. I don't mind too much receiving hugs but some guys have used them as an excuse to try and cop a feel and that creeps me out.
    I'm not religious but I do have spiritual beliefs and I would surely trust a hug from Jesus. I feel that in his lifetime he was a great healer and in spirit he is a benevolent and comforting presence.

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  2. Hugging transfer so much emotion and warmth, but can quickly turn very sexual, which is nice too,

    Secretia

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  3. What an enlightening post. Yeah I think Jesus would of been a hugging machine on earth. God Bless.

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  4. now that is an amazing thought, to be able to actually hug Him. i think your right it was probably an amazing hug.

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  5. i've always been hesitant to show physical love, like touching, hugging and kissing. fortunately i've 'outgrown' that...

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  6. I love the pic of the mother hugging her child. I relished those special moments when my children were young. I welcome hugs from friends and loved ones. Like others, sometimes I become uneasy about hugs from strangers. Have a peaceful day, JBR. Blessings, dear one.

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  7. Hi JBR,
    I love that picture....I love hugging, too. I with you. I am sure Jesus gives the best hug ever.

    One time I hugged an older woman at church. She said no one had ever hugged her at church. She started crying. I knew in that moment that Jesus hugged her through me. :) She still remembers it to this day. I never looked at hugging someone the same.

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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  8. Seems to me that you're being hugged by your savior every time you think of him.

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  9. Jackie WilsonOctober 29, 2009

    This is so beautiful! I'm crying reading the last two of your paragraphs. Your desire to be in the arms of Jesus is so very overwhelming to me right now. I long to feel his warm embrace. I know we can't now physically touch him, but to know we can feel him through his love of the holy spirit. I'm so glad to have read this post. I found you on Steerier's site. Thanks so much.

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  10. Beautiful post. I love those angel things. I have one which was an angel. But I love that one hugging each other. What friendship we have in Jesus! And you're right! How wonderful that would be...to be held in His loving arms...wow! for eternity!!!Blessings.

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  11. That was interesting to find out that hugs are healthy and can actually help prevent heart disease. Isn't it ironic, hugs help the heart! Very cool. I wasn't hugged much by my parents as a child, they were not touchy feely people. My grandmother gave me plenty of hugs. As a result, I am not too touchy feely with anyone except my kids, I hug them everyday! I don't want them to feel deprived like I did. I LOVE hugs from Jesus, I can almost feel His arms reaching out to me when I am worshipping Him. I'm like you, I can't wait until I get to Heaven and can actually hug Him. May you feel the warmth of His hugs today as you feel His presence.

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  12. Hugging does make a difference, but I am still not always comfortable. I need to be in the comfort of those I trust.

    Stop by All GODs Creatures. Sitka has something for you.

    Blessings and hugs, andrea

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  13. I type you a looong response but it accidentally did not get posted.. so going to just send hugs.. since I have to get back to some tasks. Love this post.

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  14. Yepp, hugging is so great we feel loved, accepted and cared for. The restriction of gender I do not feel ( anymore - grins)Dear One, thanks so muhc for your kind words over on my blog. I do know the points which need to be worked at and it was somehow clear it would hit me one more time before therapy. Funny as it may sound I am happy by now that I at least can predict that I am "working" towards it. But I did manage - I did pick up the phone. Mill of hugs across the pond.

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  15. Hugging does have a positive effect, it is 'warming' and have come to practise it quite comfortably in the last few years only among friends and family. Used to be confined to the kids only mostly because we didn't do a lot of hugging in my family back then, that was just commonly the way of life.
    God Bless

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  16. Hugs are an important expression of affection. By hugging someone, you remind them that you care about them and support them. Love your post.

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  17. I'm a hugger person. Love to give them and love to receive them and feel I can never have enough of either one!

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  18. This post gives me goose bumps. Hugs is my middle name. I used to give out free "Hug Cards to my friends as gifts and I would give them a hug when called upon.

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  19. I'm happy I stopped by your blog this morning to receive a warm hug from your post. I've never forgotten the moment in 1990, when I had just arrived at a detox center to get sober, the big woman who checked me in asked if she could give me a hug. I said no, I don't hug people. By the time I left ten days later, I gave her a big fat hug. Thank God that I now get to hug lots of women and a few men at AA meetings. Didn't know how physically good it is for my heart until reading it on your blog, but it's long been clear that my heart needs those hugs.
    Chris A

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing this post and I love your site! Oh yes, there is nothing like the loving, tender embrace of the Lord!

    Oh, thank you for stopping by my blog.......I look forward to stopping by and getting to know you through your anointed ponderings!

    Sweet Blessings & Hugs!
    Jackie

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  21. I'm learning to hug... and it's an interesting experience. Now that I know what it is like to have a safe hug, I find myself looking for them. I love the reminder that Jesus is the ultimate source for a safe hug.

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  22. Love through a hug.
    God will protect His own. Love is the avenue in which we can minister to God and we can recognize who He is by acknowledging His name. At the same time it is God who rescues us and lifts us up higher than the dangers at hand.

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  23. JBR,

    I too agree with you that hugging is so comforting and can't wait to receive that most precious hug from Jesus upon arriving home.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  24. Oh yeah.... Sometimes I close my eyes, wrap my arms around my shoulders and squeeze... and believe it's my Savior hugging me!

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  25. Hugs can be very pesonal. From a mans standpoint sometimes it's hard to display this kind of affection. But knowing the importance of receiving a hug may change the way I look at it later.

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  26. I love hugs too! It would of been so wonderful to have a hug from Jesus. Hope you are doing well dear friend!

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  27. Very true. And the kids that have so much hugs turn to be taller too.

    Hugs and blessings.
    Regina

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  28. S imply
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    That's what faith is all about.

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  29. I love giving hugs and I love this post. Well put. Thanks.

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  30. Hugs some times are very comforting to me, but other times make me very uncomfortable.

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  31. I am a hugger. It is scientifically proving that hugs are good for us. I had students who did not know how to hug because the only touches they encountered hurt them or was abusive in some way. I love hugs but I don't want to be hugged by everyone. Thanks for this post. I love the picture your painted in my mind of a Jesus hug.

    Have a terrific day dreamin of those hugs!!!

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  32. Hugs are one of the best things in my world!
    I give lots to hubby and my dog Jake ...they love hugs too!
    Loved this post and I send a hug to you!

    Margie:)

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  33. True story... over and over....

    when I have a migraine (comes with the lupus/PTSD) all I have to do is hug on my hubs. I place my head near and slightly under his chin and lay my ear to his chest. It just soothes me. Now it may not last, but for the time, it truely makes it feel better.

    Hugging... i'm all for it. Anytime anyplace anyone!!

    {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}
    Tammy

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  34. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to write me such a nice comment!

    I've got this on my wall:

    Hugging is healthy: It helps the body's immune system, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it's invigorating, it's rejuvinating, it has no unpleasant side-effects, and hugging is nothing less than a miracle drug.

    Hugging is all-natural: It is organic, naturally sweet, no pesticides, no preservatives, no artificual ingredients and 100% wholesome.

    Hugging is practically perfect: There are moveable parts, no batteries to wear out, no periodic check-ups, low energy consumption, high energy yield, inflation-proof, non-fattening, no monthly payments, no insurance requirements, theft-proof, non-taxable, non-polluting, and, of course, fully returnable.

    =) I love hugs.

    HUGS!

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  35. Thanks for this, JBR. At the retreat I was on last weekend, I did a lot of hugging and it felt GREAT! This was a big deal for me because I am afraid to ask for a hug, but I did a few times over the weekend.
    About a year ago, my therapist gave me a hug, and she said "if you ever want one, just ask." I have never asked... it's just hard for me.I've thought of it a lot of times, but just could not ask.

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  36. This is very true. Hug is like natural healing. :)

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  37. I've always felt like I'd just hug Jesus when I meet Him.

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  38. I agree with Epiphany--can't wait to have Jesus pull me into a hug when I see him!

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  39. LOVE THEM!!!! Here is a cyber hug for you. I go all out in hugging and squeeze REAL tight so you know who is huggin ya! My daughter is a huggy hugger just like me. Cant get enough.

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  40. Nice post JBR. Hugging is very good.

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  41. Hugging can be so healing. I remember when I got the word from my mother that my stepfather was dying. (I was abused by my father). I hung up the phone and started crying and my 2 sons and my husband immediately came from different parts of the house and enfolded me in a big bear hug. All four of us holding onto each other. I will never forget that moment. It helped me thru tough days.

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  42. I love giving, and receiving hugs. This post was very touching, may God grant you His hugs daily. I love you.

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  43. I was NEVER a "hugger" until about 4 years ago--decided then to join the human race, and I don't care WHAT they say or do...Steve is Steve!

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  44. stuck-in-the-middleOctober 30, 2009

    A beautiful topic JBR. Keep hanging in there.

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  45. Love that oxytocin. Breast feeding does the same ... and been there for 20 years now.

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  46. Hello my new Real friend !!! I love your post and l love to give hugs and receive them too :)
    Thank you so much for coming by my blog and becoming a follower too :) I hope you will enjoy my blog. I hope to be posting some more art this weekend, so I'll look forward to seeing your comments.
    I would like to follow you as well, I can tell you are a very real person and not just looking for attention. I like the fact that you are healing and sitting in your misery. You are a very strong and courageous person. With the LOrd on your side you are sure to be victorious!!! :)
    Take care my new friend,
    Julian :)

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  47. Finally a place I can say this and there will be some who understand. I don't like to be hugged unless it's my husband and daughter. I just don't and why some folks insist on hugging is beyond me. It makes me feel very uncomfortable when someone wants to hug me. I've always been that way. I did not grow up in a huggy family and perhaps that's why. Hugs were a very rare instance if my memory serves me correctly.

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  48. I want to thank you all for your wonderful comments. So many different views, so many different walks of life! We are all so very different!

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  49. Hi JBR, a big hug for you, for being the strong, kind person you are. God Bless.

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