My Heavenly Hug – By Shelly Thomas

lightstock_114182_small_bhpIt was 6:30 a.m., and already I felt exhausted. It had been long week, a long month, even a long year. With all three of my adult children making choices that concerned me, I had spent many hours in prayer, trying to give my worry, which seemed looming around every corner, over to God. And now one of my children had just done that “one more thing.” It felt like too much to bear. As I drove to work, tears streamed down my cheeks.

“I just can’t do it, God!  It’s too much!  I really need a hug. If you were like a mom, you’d give me a hug!” I cried.

My mother had passed away several years earlier, but I still missed her everyday, especially her hugs. Driving on to work, and still fighting feelings of anger, resentment, fear, and stress, I tried desperately to think faith and hope. Still, I kept wishing I could have a great big hug from someone who really cared.

About 30 minutes after arriving at work, I got a call from my husband. I was immediately concerned because we generally did not call each other during the workday. I answered the phone right away with worry in my voice.

“Hey, honey!” came his cheerful voice. “I just wanted you to know I’m praying for you. I know things are super stressful right now and I wanted you to know that I love you. In fact, I wish I could just reach through the phone right now and give you a great big hug!”

The tears started to flow as I heard those words. Surely, God had been listening to me that morning.

A little while later, as I was going about my business, one of my coworkers started asking how I was doing. I shared that things were a bit stressful with my children right then, but mostly I was fine. However, she immediately proceeded to give me a huge hug. It was so unexpected, and unusual for my colleagues. Yet, not an hour or so later, it happened again with another coworker.  At last I turned to God, embarrassed that I had doubted His love.

“Lord, forgive me. I know You heard me, I know You care. You are like a mother, and a father, and everything and anything else I will ever need You to be. Thank You for showing me today in such a tangible and real way that You do love me. Thank You that You’re listening to my every word and will supply my every need. Thank you for hearing my prayer for a hug! I love you!”

Shelly Thomas lives in northwest Arkansas, where she works as an electric coordinator for Walmart’s home office. Thanks to Elizabeth Fresse for transcribing this testimony.

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  • Blessing Mutiro

    Powerful testimony Shelley. It came to me at a time when i also need a big hug from God. Your testimony has given me hope that as your prayer was heard and answered, so will mine be answered too.

    • Rosalia

      True. God answers prayers

  • Sharon

    Amen! needed this sooooo much!!!

  • Fungai Sakaike

    Amen! I needed this story to give me a hug so thank you Shelley and thank you Lord!

  • Victoria

    We thank the Lord God for your testimony that affirms to me that our merciful Lord is real and His promises are sure, for He promises not to leave us nor forsake us.

  • Vlasta Hitzgerová

    Thank you Sister Shelly for your testimony. I also need a big hug. I thank the Lord for His promise in Isaiah 49:15, “Can a woman forget her sucking child,
    that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.”
    and “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)

    • Rosalia

      How comforting to know that we have a caring father who’s always there for us

  • Derek Morris

    Thanks for your testimony, Shelly.
    Lord, help us to see when You are at work all around us.

    Please remember Romania in your prayers. More than 2000 evangelistic meetings are scheduled for the months of February and March. We are seeing God move in wonderful ways!



    • Lynette

      I am praying for you brother Derek, God is going
      to work miracles in many hearts.

    • Vlasta Hitzgerová

      Praise the Lord! I am praying for Romania, and Ukraine, and also other Eastern European countries where evangelistic meeting will take place. God bless you all!

    • PNB

      Remembering you and all the other presenters and teams in prayer. May God strengthen, empower, uplift and embolden, you with His Spirit of love, grace and faith to light up the darkness in the name of Jesus Christ.
      – Peter Nigel

    • Rosalia

      We are praying pastor. May God bless His work in that area. There’s nothing impossible with Him

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri


  • Esther

    Thank you for sharing your testimony, Shelly. It is always encouraging to see how God hears and cares about everything we are going through.

  • Desiree

    Thank you for sharing,so encouraging to be reminded that GOD loves and cares for each of us on an individual basis.Praise GOD. Yes HE cares.

  • D.V.B.

    Thank you Father, that You are indeed touched with the feelings of our infirmities. Help us Lord to be Your hands and feet in a hurting world. Lord, I need to see Your rainbow. Your rainbow tells me the storm has passed.

  • Jeanette

    Thank you for your story, Shelly. It really hit home. We moms face a lot of worry at times with our grown children, and how comforting to know God is always there to give us hugs!

  • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

    So excited that God sends “hugging hearts” to us when we need them the very most!! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Akudo

    How lovely and awesome. I so thank God for my sis Shelly. God please send my own big hug. I long so much to have some. Thank you in advance for answered prayer. AMEN & AMEN.

    • Vlasta Hitzgerová

      Dear Sister Akudo, I send you a big hug and pray the Lord will give it to you.

  • EverBlessed

    God is omnipresent, He hears, He sees, He cares. Thanks for your testimony it just makes me stronger knowing that God still cares

  • PNB

    Thank you sister Shelly for sharing your experience of God’s all encompassing love. Spiritually and emotionally uplifting. Praise JAH!
    – Peter Nigel

  • Ken

    Shows how important it is for us to share one another’s burdens. I remember being in desperate prayer, pleading with God to show my wife how much He loves her – so she will give her heart to God. Then inspiration spoke to my heart – “I will do this through YOU.”
    Every day since that morning it has been my prayer to be able to show her God’s love by being God’s love toward her. It has made a difference in both of us. Every time I feel short in patience or selfish that answer to prayer comes back to me; I must be the answer, by God’s grace. God is so merciful and gracious!
    Thank you for posting this testimony. It reminds me that we are to be God’s love to all around us, not only those close to us or who are easy to love, but to all.

    • PNB

      Brother Ken, may God speak powerfully and clearly to your wife of His love for her. You are right – it starts with you and God is using you in a powerful way to demonstrate His love. Praises to God!
      – Peter Nigel

    • Rosalia

      Very true Ken

  • Thank you for sharing your testimony.
    How awesome it is to know that God hears the big requests and the ones that seen small and insignificant.
    Blessed be your name, dear Father for such a love that will never let go. Amen.

  • zoneiz02

    Praise God!

  • Natasha

    May God continue to bless you have poured out a multitude of blessings from this testimony. It is so touching. Thank You Abba for You know we all need that ‘Big Hug’ from time to time.
    God is mighty to save and strong to deliver. Let’s give Him the glory and honor that is due unto His Holy and majestic name!

  • Amie Lazado

    What an amazing God we have. Lord God help us to trust in you fully.

  • Pam Boykin

    I know Shelly, She is such a beautiful person, My prayer is that The Lord will pursue your children…Proverbs 21:1… love you Shelly

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen, Praise the Lord.