Are you Getting Your Vitamin H?

Are you getting your daily vitamins?  I know I take a daily multivitamin and fish oil from Costco to keep my body healthier, happier, etc.  But what about Vitamin H?  What is that you ask?  Vitamin H is a daily Hug!

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This week’s prompt on Five Minute Friday is Embrace.  To me embrace strikes up a picture of hugging in my mind.  I like to give hugs, but sometimes they feel awkward or forced.  But, I hug anyways.  I think it’s important to hug people.  Hug your family, friends, and even hug a stranger if you feel called to.

All the friends here say hello. Pass the greetings around with holy embraces!

We are called to show love to one another in the Bible.  How better and how simple would it be to offer or receive a daily HUG?  I challenge you to hug someone today.  And, if you live alone you may just have to travel to a friend or family member to get that hug in.  Or, go to a nursing home, preschool, daycare, or place with special needs adults.  They are definite game players for the Hug Challenge.

Turn your back on sin; do something good. Embrace peace—don’t let it get away!

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The hug challenge is one I’m going to add to my Lenten activities.

Lent is a time to prepare our hearts for Christ and the Christ offering of death and the miracle of resurrection.  God loves us, and He loves us so much He sent himself down as a baby to be human.  I suspect he was a hugging kind of boy and man.  I’m not sure, but I would like to think he was willing to hug.  Men and women both need hugs.  Kids need hugs.  We need hugs.  We can even get virtual hugs from the Bible if we read it, listen for His voice, and look for Him in our day to day living.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

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Let Them Be Little

I recently bought a sign last year that says: “Let them be little.”  It is a simple black and white wooden sign with scripted lettering.  I hung it by the computer in our toy room.  I often get frustrated with the messes upon messes.  Then, when I see the sign I realize that with the messes comes the chance to be carefree and child like.

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Child like is a fun place to be.  It is not productive necessarily, but it is full of exploration, laughter, and seemingly silly tasks.  I was recently referred to as a “child magnet” by an adult girl friend.  I am a magnet for children.  I’m not sure why other than that God made me that way.  I like kids.  They intrigue me.  I feel comfortable around kids, perhaps more comfortable around children than adults.

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We adults have a lot to learn about the Importance of Being Little.  I am reading a book by that title by Erika Christakis.   It is outstanding so far…even though I have only completed the preface.  What books are you reading right now?  I have several going.  I think that is child like.  Having an interest in many books.  I have fiction, non fiction, Christian living, and always a little Bible Gateway or Student Bible time in the mix of any given week.  I have a devotional that sits by my sink “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young which has quotes from the Bible put in everyday language.  Love it.

What do you love about books?

What do you love about little children?

Do you think it is important for us to allow kids to “be little?”  Do you think we have expectations that are realistic of kids and of ourselves.  God is in control of our whole big world and every human upon it.  That’s my belief at least.  If it is not yours that’s okay too.  We can agree to disagree.  I’m cool with that.

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Will you join me in this new year in my journey to be a Mom in Prayer?  Will you take time to pray for our children, schools, teachers and staff?  It is an easy and a hard task to take on.  It is important.  The little people are important and cute, and we as moms need prayer to make it through the days with them!  We need to be praying for their safety, happiness, and their souls to grasp how much they are loved by us and by their Heavenly Father.

Dear God,

You are Our Creator.

You made us each as a baby, child, and on into our adult lives.

Forgive us when we lose patience with the littles or expect them to be big.

We are your servants, we are all teachers, and we are all called to love one another.

Give us strength for today.  Give us fun for today.  Give us the joy and pep in our step that we had as children.  Help us find the energy and enthusiasm that children possess.  Let us be little today.

Amen.

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