Category Archives: Terrific Take-out (giveaways & resources)

Wanting to Be Known

In a film I recently watched, a young man asked a woman he was getting to know what she was looking for in a husband. Her response was not one you commonly hear. She simply said:

“I would like to find somebody who I felt knew me very well. I want to be known very well by somebody.”

This statement possibly embodies the deepest desire of the human heart since the beginning of creation. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a romantic relationship—whether the need for connection and acceptance is filled by a parent, sibling, friend or life partner, don’t we all long for the type of relationship in which we can be fully known? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we never felt like we have to hide parts of ourselves to be loved and accepted by others?

Sadly, in seeking out the fulfilment of this need, many people end up putting their trust or hope in relationships or activities that actually have the opposite effect, leaving them feeling ashamed, empty and disappointed. And that perpetuates the cycle of looking for one’s own worth in all the wrong places.

Others may feel satisfied that they have that kind of intimate relationship in their lives and put all their hopes on that one person. This can also be a set-up for disappointment. There is only one guaranteed way to fill the need to be known.

We sometimes forget that we already are known—and loved—fully. There is Someone who knows us “very well” because He made us. We may feel, however, that God cannot fulfil our need for intimacy because He’s too far away and not in the flesh. I am coming to the conclusion that this assumption is the result of not knowing God ourselves.

In Philippians 3:10, Paul said that he wanted to know Christ. Jesus prayed in the garden: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3) There are many other Bible verses that talk about the importance of knowing God, His Word and His love. The amazing thing is that it is possible to know God personally and intimately.


If the young woman in the movie was not willing to know her future husband as well as she expected him to know her, that relationship would not survive for long. In the same way, we cannot expect God’s knowledge of us to be enough to experience joy and peace in our Christian walk. We must be willing to invest the time and effort to get to know Him as well.

I encourage you to read Psalm 139:1-16 for extra reassurance about how well God knows you, His dearly beloved! 🙂


1. You can download three colouring freebies that I created for Tyndale right here! [Note: The calendars on this page are from 2017, but you can still enjoying the colouring page parts of them.]

2. You can also print out and enjoy this free colouring page! (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Serenity Prayer

3. Check out my latest feature in the May/June issue of In Touch magazine!


Made in Vietnam

“In 2008, Bob Roberts Jr. picked up a chair used during a prayer meeting the night before and noticed a sticker that made him weep. It didn’t bear an inspiring message or Bible verse. It wasn’t a cheery smile or heart. It was a manufacturer’s label that simply indicated where the chair had been made: Vietnam”


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God’s Great Love

Here’s an excerpt from my new book that you can share with a special tween:

God's Great Love

(Click on the image to see it at full size.) Just share a link to this post or go ahead and save the image to your hard drive.

Puffy Christmas Tree Tutorial

On Saturday afternoon, a friend and I were invited to one of our local Baptist churches to teach their ladies’ group a Christmas craft. I had come across some cute ornaments (for sale) that were basically Christmas trees made with fabric and stuffed, with a cinnamon stick as the tree trunk. I thought, “I can do that!” So I experimented until I ended up with something I was happy with.

When I posted a photo of my samples (the two plaid trees in the photo on the left) on Facebook, a few of my friends asked for a tutorial. Now, I’ve never created a tutorial, even though I’ve been crafting for years, often creating completely from my imagination or as a result of being inspired by something I’ve seen. So this first attempt at a tutorial is raw and informal, simply because I don’t have the time, know-how or equipment for fancy photography. I hand-wrote instructions for quick printing (links at the bottom of this post) but will also include the instructions here with some photos. (Click on the photos to see the instructions that go with each one.) I’d love your feedback (and photos!) if you try this craft. If the tutorial works well and there’s enough demand, I’ll clean it up to make it more share-worthy.

Variations: Change the size of the fabric for bigger or smaller trees. Use a rectangle for a skinnier tree. Use a twig for the tree trunk. Use felt instead of fabric. Use your imagination!

Here are the free printables:

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I have absolutely no problem with you passing this tutorial along to friends but please use the share buttons below so that they come directly to my blog. Thanks!


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