I’ve always known that the Lord is the answer to everything. I’ve known it in my mind, but convincing a broken heart is often much harder. Stopping the flow of tears, laying aside the heavy weight within my chest cannot be done by just “knowing”. For instance, I know my husband loves me because he’s told me. But, I don’t want to simply hear the words once, I like hearing it often, especially during hard times.

I also enjoy hearing that my Father loves me. Sometimes, the journey seems long and all uphill. The answers to my prayers are “wait” or “no”. Discouragement lurks in the shadows, overwhelming me when I least expect it. What a blessing it is to my heart to see tangible proofs from my Father that He is with me in the darkness! Reminders that He is near when I am overwhelmed; He is my Rock.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, 
when my heart is overwhelmed:
 lead me to the rock that is higher than I. ~ Psalm 61:2
My Lord owes me nothing; He’s already given me His all. I have eternal life through Calvary! But how wonderful it is when He sends me reminders of presence! In the last several weeks, I have received many “hugs” as a I call them, from my Savior. I wanted to publicly share them and praise Him for His love and goodness!
 My friend, Ava, sent me this surprise box! Her daughter, Gracie, drew me a picture. She also sent some homemade busy activities for Matthew, mechanical pencils for my older ones, candy and a scented candle for me. What a great surprise!!

The same day I received the surprise box, I got this handmade card with very encouraging words written inside by my friend, Stephanie, in Ohio. It was a wonderful day!
 Just yesterday, my sister-in-law, Christina, sent me this handmade necklace and earrings! It was a wonderful surprise! She has great talent and I am so honored to be a recipient of it. Now I need to go shopping to find just the right outfit to wear it with! 😉
 This past Thursday, I was blessed to have a visit from my friend, Amanda, and her family! My kids loved playing with her boys and Terry and I were blessed by the fellowship with her and her husband, Jeremy. I have known Amanda since I was 15 when we met at teen camp. I have corresponded with her either my mail or electronically for eighteen years now. She is on furlough for a few months and went out of their way to visit us. They go back to Brazil at the first of the year. I miss her, but am so grateful we can keep in touch via the Internet! 
This is a lovely necklace that Amanda brought me from Brazil! 
Obrigado, Amanda! It was so wonderful to see you!
…the LORD watch between me and thee,
 when we are absent one from another. ~ Genesis 31:49
I’m so grateful for the Lord’s demonstration of love for me in such real ways. He is so good. I am so unworthy, and so very grateful.


5 thoughts on “Hugs from Heaven

  1. Anonymous says:

    I loved seeing the photos and hearing about the wonderful hugs from heaven that you have received. What loads of blessings!
    I love you.


  2. Amanda Tyler says:

    Thanks again for letting us come by! We really enjoyed the visit. It was refreshing for me and the kids had a GREAT time! Thank you for many years of friendship!


  3. Valerie says:

    You are a blessing to my life, Amanda! Thank YOU! ♥


  4. Anonymous says:

    Isn't Christina talented at making jewelry? She is friends with my best friend Erica, and when I was visiting with Erica for a week, (she lives 6 hours from me) Christina made me a beautiful necklace and pair of earrings! (It's a small world, isn't it?) It was so nice of her, to make something for someone she barely knew! I am glad all these little things made your week a good week!
    ~Cassandra Mc


  5. Valerie says:

    Hi Cassandra! It is so good to hear from you! Yes, she is so talented and it is a small world! I'm so happy that she brightened your day, as well. 🙂


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