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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.

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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! 🙂



Updates

1. You can download three colouring freebies that I created for Tyndale right here! You’ll find a calendar for May, a simple Mother’s Day card and a doodle that you can share on social media.

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

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3. Local friends, don’t forget that the Restore My Soul book launch and colouring party is coming up on Saturday, May 7! Here’s a link to the event information page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1513355205636290. Please let me know if you need more details.

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

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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”

 

That’s it for today! 🙂 Before I sign off: Please be sure to connect with me on Instagram if you use that app. I’m at www.instagram.com/annhovsepian.

See you later!

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Restore My Soul!

Tomorrow’s the big day… the day my first devotional colouring book is released! (It’s already been showing up on store bookshelves and people’s mailboxes so tomorrow’s really only the *official* release date at this point.) 🙂 There are already a couple of five-star reviews on Amazon including this gem:

“I would highly recommend this coloring book! I was drawn to all of Ann-Margret Hovsepian’s art work in Whatever is Lovely. She was my favorite artist in that book, so I was thrilled to see she came out with her own! The best part is the devotionals that go along with each coloring page.”

Don’t have a copy yet? Not sure whether you want to order one? Have a sneak peek at the book, thanks to this free download provided by my publisher. If you do have a copy, I’d love it if you posted a review on Amazon (or your bookstore of choice). Thanks!

You can also listen to this recent interview during which I chat about the inspiration behind this book, my journey as an author and my favourite colouring tools.

In the next few days, you’ll also be able to print out a couple of colouring freebies so be sure to watch for those links! I’ll share them here and on Facebook.

Know what else? I have a few more colouring projects in the works, which I’ll tell you about in the coming weeks. It’s going to be a fun ride so buckle up!

My next blog post will be less news-y and more reflection-y. Promise!

This and That

Wow, life has been so busy (in a good way) that I haven’t been able to write any fresh blog posts lately. I’m getting my projects (which will include a few new book proposals!) organized, however, so hopefully that will change soon. In the meantime, here are some quick updates you might enjoy.

  1. I’ve added a few new made-by-me Facebook covers to the Freebie page, which are yours to grab and use. Click here. A sample is at the bottom of this post.
  2. One of my articles published in InTouch last year won a second-place prize in the recent Evangelical Press Association Higher Goals in Christian Journalism award. Yay! Here’s the link if you’re interested: Messenger to the Military. I think you’ll find this woman’s story very inspiring!
  3. I recently had these articles published:
    1. Revival 100 Years After the Armenian Genocide (Christianity Today) – The positive response to this piece has been astounding!
    2. Columbia: Planting Seeds (Horizons) – A neat story about how urban gardening is helping spread the gospel in Bogota.
    3. Spring Cleaning: From the Inside Out (Choose Now Ministries) – Tips for parents and teens (with a free printable!)
    4. The Name of the Lord (A Look at the Book) – Third in my series of Bible studies on the Ten Commandments.
  4. I’ll be appearing as a guest on the Don Kroah show this Friday, April 17, at 4:15 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss my recent Christianity Today article about Armenia with guest host David Stokes. If you’ve got some spare time that afternoon, I hope you’ll tune in! Here’s the link. (Click on the Listen Live tab at the top.)

Inspiration

In closing, remember: You can never lose a homing pigeon. If your homing pigeon doesn’t come back, what you’ve lost is a pigeon. 😉

Free Facebook Covers

Here are some Facebook covers I’ve designed for myself over time. If you like any of them, please go ahead and grab them and use them. I make them for fun and not for profit so I’m happy to share. If you feel like sharing a link back to my blog, I will send you virtual hugs or chocolate, whichever you prefer. 🙂 And if this is your first visit to my blog, please stick around and check out my earlier posts.

Have a great day!

God’s Great Love

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

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(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!

 

New Column: Creative Connections

This is turning out to be an exciting year for me in terms of writing projects. Besides the release of my latest book for tween girls, Truth, Dare, Double Dare, I’ve had two new columns launch this fall and was just invited to write for a women’s ministry website. Here’s the scoop:

1. I already shared the link to my ChristianWeek column, but here it is again for quick reference (or for those of you visiting my blog for the first time. My column is called “Faith That Follows” and my first piece was “Choosing What Is Better.”

celebrate this day2. My “Creative Connections” column on Nicole O’Dell’s Choose NOW Ministries website launched on Friday. Please take a look, and leave a comment if you have a moment! Click here. (And here is my “about” page at CNM.) My first article is titled “Make Every Day an Occasion” and includes this original artwork by me.

3. In another month or two, I’ll be writing for FullFill, an online magazine for Christian women.

Before I sign off, I want to wish all my Canadian friends a Happy Thanksgiving (it’s tomorrow, October 13)  and remind everyone that…

The optimist says the cup is half full.
The pessimist says the cup is half empty.
The child of God says, “My cup runneth over.”

Also: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2)

One of my "calligraphy" doodles in my art journal.

One of my “calligraphy” doodles in my art journal.

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