{embrace}

hug 7 SR
em·brace
emˈbrās/
verb
verb: embrace; 3rd person present: embraces; past tense: embraced; past participle: embraced; gerund or present participle: embracing
  1. 1.
    hold (someone) closely in one’s arms, esp. as a sign of affection.
    “Aunt Sophie embraced her warmly”
    synonyms: hug, take/hold in one’s arms, hold, cuddle, clasp to one’s bosom, clasp, squeeze, clutch; More

    enfold, enclasp, encircle, envelop, entwine oneself around;
    informalcanoodle, clinch
    “he embraced her warmly”
  2. 2.
    accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.
    “besides traditional methods, artists are embracing new technology”
    synonyms: welcome, welcome with open arms, accept, take up, take to one’s heart, adopt;
if you know me at all, then you know that these past few years have been quite the whirlwind.
but then again, i guess everyone is living in a whirlwind. life is full a practice of change. it’s the only thing that is constant. nothing in this world is permanent, there is something larger, something beyond this place that we must trust in, that we must seek in order to find that fullness.
God has given me many opportunities throughout my lifetime, and the past few years especially, to practice the word embrace. as defined above, accepting and supporting willingly.
how hard is that for us? for us human beings. we are not made to be perfect. we are perfectly imperfect…we are flawed. sometimes, its hard for us to step up, accept, and embrace. sometimes, we want to be stubborn and act better than others. we don’t like to be wrong. we aren’t willing to accept what’s right in front of us.
embrace is a word in our language that is often used for positive circumstances. but as i think on it more, even the challenging times teach you how to embrace. they teach you how to soak in the situation, however bad it is. those times, you embrace in tears, sometimes in awestruck wonder as to what is happening in your life. but whatever it is, you embrace. those around you, those nearest to you, those who will listen and give sound advice. and after you take yourself out of that, or whenever God places something in your life to make that time seem just a little bit lighter and better, the embrace turns into a joyful, jump up in the air, throw your arms out and run to whoever is in front of you hug. you smile, you cry…but you’re still learning, even in the joyful moments when everything seems like bliss.
for a while, it was challenging for me as a human being to embrace. he has brought many people into my life that have shown me how hard and how easy it can be to embrace a situation. sometimes its hard to know which way to go or which thing to embrace first. life can throw curveballs at you that you will never see coming and you just have to be ready with an open heart and an open mind. sure, there will be moments when you are on the floor and don’t feel like opening your eyes, but in those moments, do not worry. take courage.
take courage and embrace.
see all that there is to see in that moment. soak up every color, however light or dark. and remember. nothing lasts forever. so embrace as much as you can.
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