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Anne blogs at www.FrontPorchInspired.com about surrendering everyday living for sacred purposes. She and her husband, Jay, are founders of a ministry called The Bridge, focusing on missional living, intercultural relationships, and advocacy for youth in vulnerable places of life. She holds an MA in Teaching Languages (English and Spanish) and...

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  1. Thank you!!!!!!!!! The Lord has caused one with such need to be up close constantly in my home-my husband, who is in a tough test of faith.

  2. Jesus came near to love us up-close, and His body broke to heal ours. A beautiful thought, at Christmas or anytime. He should be so much more than a story to people, sadly a lotof people still don’t know that.

  3. Beautiful Anne! I’m a hugger, and love the closeness of family and community. So much truth, and love this: Jesus came near to love us up-close, and His body broke to heal ours.

  4. Anne,
    I love closeness. I love to snuggle, hug, etc. People (ALL people) need to be loved and told they are loved ALL the time!

  5. “Staying close takes commitment when there are no feelings because it’s an intentional choice to be available, to continue holding and loving and hugging no matter what.”

    Yes! This commitment is His example of a perfect love ~ and ours to TRY to do as well ~ with the help of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

  6. “It’s an intentional choice to be available…” Those words hit me hard just now. I’m not as available to love those around me as I should be, as I want to be. In this world of distraction, making myself available does need to be intentional. Availability and loving do not just happen.

  7. Oh my how I loved this! I’m so grateful He is an Up-close kind of God… an up-close Kind God!