Day 17 :: Who loves you? [+ a giveaway!]

on October 17, 2011 in 31 Days of Courage, Giveaways with 36 comments by

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My dad [you know, the 6 foot 3 inch character in this picture] does some funny stuff. I’m not just talking about standup routines, though he does that too. Seriously.

He also does funny stuff like reuse paper towels, pick at his beard hairs, and make his children repeat saying back to him.

For example, when we are on the phone and its time to hang up, he’ll say, “BIG KISS!” and the appropriate response is “LITTLE WAVE!”

I know. It’s weird. And I actually don’t do it. Instead, our convos go like this.

Dad : “BIG KISS”

Annie: “yeah, Love you, Daddy. Little wa….” then I trail off into oblivion and hang up.

But there is another one of Dad’s fill-in-the-blanks that I actually really like. He’ll say, “Who loves ya?” and then before you even have time to answer, he says, “Dada. Dada.”

Now mind you, none of us have called him “Dada” in approximately twenty years, but it still works.

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Why do I like that so much?

I think it’s really nice when other people remind you that you are loved. 

It makes you brave.

Like I mentioned on Day 3, I think there are a few main things that we should all remember in our pursuit of a courageous life. And on Day 8, we talked about the first one – who you are. You have to know who you are.

But you also have to know who loves you. Because when you know who loves you, you know your safe places. You know where you can rest. You know where you can go when you fail.

[Hate to tell ya, brave or not, you are going to fail.]

Knowing who loves you also lets you know who you can trust with your brave ideas and who will hold you accountable to being brave but not being foolish [if you let them].

You  may already have a list of people who love you growing in your mind. Or maybe you’re still spinning your wheels thinking up just a few.

Maybe today is a good day to figure out who loves you. Their love will give you courage.

Maybe today is a good day to tell the ones you love that you love them. Your love will give them courage, like a deposit in the bank of the heart.

I don’t know how it works, the science and math of it all, but I know that love given is courage gained.

And. Above all, remember this: no matter who you are or where you’ve been, God’s love for you is unmatched. HE LOVES YOU. So even when every human on earth takes their turn failing you, He never will.

Knowing that, truly knowing it, will make you brave.

His love is enough.

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Today, our friends at GloryHaus are giving away one of these beautiful boards. I think this speaks so much to being courageous. [That’s the point of all these giveaways, by the way. I just want you to be exposed to art that breeds courage.]

All you have to do to enter is answer this….

Tell me one person who loves you.

[I’m already excited about the comments… I think this list is going to be so beautiful…]

You have until I wake up Wednesday morning [around 8am Scotland time, 3am EDT, 2am CDT, midnight PDT] to enter.

So spill it… who loves ya?

36 comments

  1. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 5:51 AM  |  reply

    Wow, am I really the first commenter? Guess it pays off to get up on time for once ;)

    My husband, David, loves me. After being childhood friends and then 7 years of living very different lives (including one failed marriage and a child) on opposite sites of the country, we got back into contact. He pursued me, juice fasted 40 days prior to our first meet up, and has persisted in seeing me for who I really am (even when I had forgotten). We were married last year and he has been kind and strong and faithful and walked us through some very difficult times. He prays for us and seeks God for our family. He has become the safest place I’ve ever known.

  2. ~VA~
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 6:34 AM  |  reply

    …well this is probably cheating, but God loves me. I know because it is on my Wall of Truth (actually the mirror-painted closet doors in my dorm room…) and more importantly, I know because even when it hasn’t really felt like it at the time, I can look back and see that God really has been working with me through everything to help it work out for good…

  3. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 6:35 AM  |  reply

    I’m incredibly blessed to be well loved by my family and friends. The one that is standing out today is my friend Laura. She’s the kind of friend who you make a batch of cookies with just to eat the dough :) I love that she’s seen me at my best and worst and she still loves me for who I am.

  4. Carmen
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 6:43 AM  |  reply

    My parents love me. Sometimes I forget that, but I know it’s true.

  5. Kristi
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 7:00 AM  |  reply

    In my family the phrase was always, “who loves ya, baby?” “Daddy do. That’s who.” I have no idea how it started, but I always knew it was true.

  6. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 7:55 AM  |  reply

    you encouraged me to blog about the same topic :)

  7. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM  |  reply

    the little 3 year old that i birthed-catherine-she loves me very much. it’s quite a feeling to know you’re somebody’s favorite person…at least until she turns 12 or 13…so i’ll enjoy it while it lasts!! it makes me very brave and courageous to know that this wonderful little thing loves me and things i might have hung the moon. what a lucky mama i am=)

  8. Face
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 8:24 AM  |  reply

    My friend Pavla loves me– she spent all day at a hospital translating for me when Foard was sick.

  9. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 8:52 AM  |  reply

    My dad also has such sayings. My personal favorite is when he holds his arms out as far as he can and says “I love you thiiiis much.. and a little bit more”. He loves me as far as he can reach, and yet further still. Reminds me of a certain other Father too :)

  10. Monsterchew
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 9:45 AM  |  reply

    My husband loves me. Even when I’m stupid, petty and awful, he loves me. He loves me after 4 kids, 3 houses, 3 jobs, and lots of fun. I’m blessed more than I deserve :)

  11. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM  |  reply

    My children love me. Even when I treat the wrongly, they still love me! And by them loving me, I know that God loves me.

  12. Elle B.
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM  |  reply

    My best friend loves me. I’m so thankful to have someone who will listen to all my wild ideas, hopes, dreams, struggles, insecurities, blessings, frustrations (the whole shebang!) and love me in spite of me. :)

  13. Dana
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM  |  reply

    My women’s group at church loves me. I know that whenever I need some extra prayer or a listening ear, I can call them. It is not that weird to get a text at 6:00am from someone saying that someone needs prayer. They are ready to cook, clean, laugh, or whatever is needed. I love them and they love me. I’m so blessed.

  14. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:49 AM  |  reply

    my husband loves me. when he said “i do” almost 18 years ago, he meant it. in sickness and in health is a pretty serious thing when the person you marry is bipolar! the man deserves a medal or something! he is my rock and i love him so much! he has been through so much with me and my ups and downs it amazes me that he is even still here almost 18 years later! :)

  15. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM  |  reply

    my friend Maria loves me, just like I love her, it doesn’t matter what the other does we are always there for one another.
    When I need to talk she’s there, even if I just need someone to cry to. I can trust her with my deepest hopes and fears and she’s there to listen.
    WE are our sounding boards for one another, and often talk each other down from the wall.

  16. Angelica Docherty
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:25 AM  |  reply

    My parents love me :)

  17. Janet
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM  |  reply

    My husband and kids love me :)

  18. Melinda
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM  |  reply

    My best friend loves me.

  19. Erin
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM  |  reply

    My husband Grant loves me – still catches me off guard sometimes. He’ll say it in the most unexpected ways, places and circumstances. I love him, too.

  20. merideth
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM  |  reply

    Well, I could list several people. My parents, friends, my nieces, etc. But, one of the more special ones is one of my grandfathers. He passed away when I was 13, unfortunately, but he loved me unconditionally and I knew it. He thought I was the greatest thing and he loved who I was even when others didn’t. I still miss him after 22 years, and sometimes more than when he first died. He was my mom’s dad and he was one of those fathers who believed no man was good enough for his daughter(but he did like my dad very much), and if he had lived long enough I believe he would have said the same thing about my sister and I and my nieces. Whoever my future husband is he’ll have to be someone I feel my grandpa would approve of.

  21. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 12:45 PM  |  reply

    My husband loves me! He always wants to hang out with me, he thinks I’m cute when I throw temper tantrums, and we’re each others favorite person.

  22. Maria
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM  |  reply

    Oh my goodness it has been so lovely reading through these comments you’ve already gotten…

    My friend Ashley loves me. Ashley loves in such a great way – she makes funny comments on my facebook wall, she remembers special days in my life, and she is just… passionate about me. I mean that exactly as it sounds – when she tells me she loves me or misses me or is thinking about me, I KNOW she means it. I can feel it. She sends me cards and presents. She came to visit me last year, all the way across the country. She encourages me to do what I love (sing!) We both have very different political ideas, but she always accepts me and listens to me and doesn’t judge me. She makes me feel like I am special. She was my roommate in college and has become my family, and I love her too, and I hope she knows that.

  23. Carrie
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM  |  reply

    I would have to say my Mom…I know all my family and friends do, and of course my heavenly Father, but there is nothing like a mother’s love!

  24. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM  |  reply

    my teammates love me. They have seen me at my culture shocked worst and still love me and give me courage to keep plugging away. It is great working on a mission team where people love each other even when they disagree.

  25. mattox miller
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM  |  reply

    This is very sweet about your Dad and how he tells you he loves you. You are extremely fortunate.

  26. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM  |  reply

    I love this! My mom loves me :) She always used to ask us “Who loves mommy?” Answer: “We do!” Then she’d respond, “And mommy loves you!” :) You know what…she still does that – even though we’re in our mid-twenties. I love that.

  27. Emily Carlson
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM  |  reply

    My dad!

  28. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 8:58 PM  |  reply

    My son loves me so much. It is like looking at God’s love when I see his little chubby hands reach out for me to hold and love on him. He is my slice of heaven on earth.

  29. Deanna Cozart
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 9:09 PM  |  reply

    My husband, my brother, my kids, my small group. . . More people than I deserve! God is good!

  30. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 9:24 PM  |  reply

    I have so many people that love me, including my husband, but today I’m going to say my best friend, Suzanne, loves me. Today I was feeling discouraged and burdened, and she spoke the truth to me from God’s Word. She prays for me. She is a true friend, and I know that she loves me. :-)

  31. Andrea
    posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 9:39 PM  |  reply

    My students love me. I teach a total of 96 kindergarten kiddos and I know they love me by the way the run to hug my leg (and squeeze so hard), wave and grin if they see me in the hall way and they way they are Sooooo concerned if I am absent. They also tell me they love me in the pictures they draw. It looks a little like ‘I luv yoo mes pris’ but I am good at translating gibberish. They are the reason I get up with a smile on my face ( and a cup of coffee) everyday.

  32. posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:03 PM  |  reply

    My amazing husband loves me…we’ve been married for 6 months, and he’s truly the Love of My Life…I waited a looong time to meet him, and be with him – and God’s gift to me was so worth the wait!

    • Annie
      posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 5:12 AM  |  reply

      Yay Sarah! According to the random number generator, you are the winner!! Lucky #32. :)

      Check your email for instructions on how to get your beautiful board from Glory Haus! :)

  33. Christy
    posted on Oct 18, 2011 at 8:05 PM  |  reply

    Yay! How blessed am I? When you said name one person I was all, “just ONE?”

    I’ll go with my husband as the answer though. That man loves him some me.

  34. posted on Oct 18, 2011 at 8:54 PM  |  reply

    Wow! I could say the obvious and mention my husband. And Lord knows, he loves me a lot!!! But I’m gonna spotlight my oldest daughter, Teighlor, who is 16. I have the unique opportunity to home school her alone while my freshman son enrolled in public high school this year to play baseball. She loves me by trusting me with her heart in conversation that many parents don’t get from their teenagers, in asking my guidance in so many areas of her life, and in the time we spend together as Mom and daughter. While I’m still mom, first and foremost, we are developing a friendship that we’ll be able to transition into fully when she becomes an adult in a couple short years.

  35. posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 1:10 AM  |  reply

    My husband and children love me…and the most awesome God there ever could be for His love is unconditional ALL THE TIME. we human try as best we can fail at times, ,His love never fails, never stops and for that reson we can love through our frality.

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