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Hug ‘Em Tight

Posted by on August 27, 2012

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Within the span of an hour on Friday, I learned that one of my older daughters’ classmates had lost his dad unexpectedly on Thursday night and one of our elementary school kindergarten teachers has a 14-month-old with cancer. My heart is breaking for both families.

We had some soccer drama with our older daughter over the weekend. It included tears and frustration. Yet, when I went to bed last night, emotionally exhausted from a weekend spent speaking at the WHOLE conference and dealing with my daughter’s disappointment, I realized all of my daughter’s tears and frustration were small potatoes. As I lay there praying for these hurting families, I realized that simply being together, being healthy and being loved are the most important things in the world. Soccer will sort itself out. My daughter will grow and learn through the situation. It will all be OK in the grand scheme of things.

So, this morning, I want to be brief and simply want to offer this reminder:

Your family is a gift.

Your kids are treasures.

Make the most of today because we don’t know what tomorrow holds.

Never miss an opportunity to offer a hug or a word of encouragement.

Always say “I love you” before any member of your family walks out the door.

Hug your kids tight. Hold them close. Let them never wonder if they are loved.

Because we’re not promised tomorrow, but we do get today. Make the most of it, even in the midst of drama and difficulties. Because you don’t know if you’ll get another chance.

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5 Responses to Hug ‘Em Tight

  1. Mary Beth

    I just spent the weekend with family celebrating my grandfather’s 85th birthday. So grateful for the time we had with them. This is a timely reminder.

  2. Rosann

    Oh so true! I know I did a lot of hugging and reflecting on that very truth this past week as I spent an abundance of quality one on one time with my family for our final staycation fun prior to school starting. We had a great time and I was reminded how precious each moment is with our loved ones. It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of life. I pray God will continue to bless me with many more precious moments with my children and husband and that He’ll remind me to slow down and see Him in those moments as well. Thank you for this awesome word!

  3. Salina Gibson

    Lori,

    This is so true. My husband and I have been talking about the same thing this week. A lady in our neighborhood was diagnosed with terminal cancer recently, and we are dealing with fighting cancer in our beloved dog.

    We have no idea what’s in store for us from day to day. We definitely need to be thankful for what we have and be ready for Him to come back for us at a moment’s notice.

    Thanks!

  4. Janie

    Thanks even though mine are grown I follow you. If I’m ever blessed with grands, I learn all the time from you.

  5. Lisa

    I’m in such a similar place, so I couldn’t agree more with your insights and admonishments. Thanks for putting it out there!

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