Recently, my daughter has really begun repeating words that I say, even after the first time hearing them. To my disappointment, though, she has yet to say “I love you” back to me. But I have become very fond of a little ritual we have, and I recently realized it was her way of saying she loves me.

One day a thunderstorm blew through, and in the midst of the flashes of light and loud rumbling, my daughter sought shelter in my arms. As I held her tightly, I reassured her with the phrase, “I got you.” She whispered back, “Gotch” and gave me a squeeze. Now, when she feels scared or when she’s being particularly sweet and cuddly, I often hug her tightly and say “Gotcha” – to which she always responds with a little squeeze and “Gotch.” It melts my heart every time.

When I am afraid – of the future, of the unknown, of how we’re going to live on our budget, of…of…of – I now think about that mental image and picture God holding me in His arms, whispering, “Gotch. You don’t have to be afraid. I am with you, even to the end of the age.”

When I’m discouraged – about life, about relationships, about my ability to be a good wife and mother – I hear God saying, “Gotch. I’ve got a plan for you. I have abundant life for you. I’ve equipped you with everything you need.”

When I’m weary and need a reassurance of His love, He’s there in my ear, “Gotch. Come to me and I will give you rest. Sit with me. Drink deeply. I love you.”

Do you hear Him saying it to you?



  1. Anonymous

    Beautiful! I love the picture that you’ve painted of God’s protection–something we’ve all needed lately amidst the severe storms. Thanks for providing my daily devotional today; I was feeling like I had been gypped since Bekah hasn’t posted yet today. 🙂

  2. L.L. Barkat

    I’ll be happy to hear it in this way… a sweet and gentle, affectionate expression of love.

  3. spaghettipie

    A – Glad you stopped by and found something encouraging.

    LL – I love thinking of it in that way too. Very comforting.

    LM – It melts my heart every time she says it. I love to think about the fact if I love her that much, how much more our heavenly Father loves us…

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