A Signature Work (Limited Edition)

July 30, 2010 | 24 comments

Just think:

You are designed and drawn by the King of all Creation.

Yeah, I’m talking to you.

On the mirrored-easel, The Artist traced out the image — a reflection of Himself. And then He fussed over the tiniest details, to make you … you.

The pudgy fingers. That silly, crooked toe. That cowlick that won’t tame. The way you get the hiccups when you can’t stop laughing. The hazel eyes that squint when that grin stretches wide. The graying around the temples.

The scar on the leg.

The gnarled hands with the bony knuckles. The freckles you despised as a child. The age spots that polka-dot her arms.

He made it all.

I wonder if He tossed his head back in holy laughter when He dreamed up the innie and the outie.

He declared every bit of it good. Very good.

You are a signature work. A masterpiece, signed by the artist. In the God Gallery, you are one of one, and it’s written in pencil in the corner like artists do: 1/1. That’s right: no duplicates available.

He stretched the canvas of you over the days that He numbered. And He framed you in the best materials available: the wood of Calvary.

And my …

You’re spectacular.

“We are, by Your design,
The Signature of Divine.”
— By Needtobreathe

Photo: One of His masterpieces, on the background of another of His masterpieces.

Post: I write this in response to the people who drop by here almost daily through a Google search with these terms: “I feel ugly.”

Related Post: What To Do When We Feel Ugly

by | July 30, 2010 | 24 comments


  1. Chrissy

    GORGEOUS picture!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. A Simple Country Girl

    I know you are talkin' to me. And may I remind you of the same thing sista?

    Oh, and that little note at the bottom of this post, it makes me sad. God does not make mistakes. Not ever. If you are feeling ugly, please ignore what the world says and find out what God says. Also, listen to Jennifer, she knows our Creator's heart–and you are in it.

    That image is beauty, bended and brilliant.


  3. Modesty is Pretty

    I haven't said those words but I've thought them in my mind, you are right, He created us unique and awesome, each in a different way. This is a wonderful post! I'm leaving your blog feeling happy and beautiful! =D

  4. Charity Singleton

    This was perfect for today! Thanks for this. You are a signature work, my friend!

  5. LynnRush

    Amen. Love the picture.
    Thanks for this.

    Happy Friday

  6. Linda

    This is a beautiful reminder for me. Even the difficult parts, the health issues that make us question why, are all part of His design. It is a comfort to know that because it is His design, it will all be well.

  7. Beth.. One Blessed Nana

    oh, what a great picture. i so wish that we could all be confident of who we are in Christ and not judge ourselves by the worlds standard of what is beautiful. Christ IN us is beautiful.

  8. Connie Mace

    Beautifully images, well said.

    Hurt my heart too, that people believe they're ugly. That's a lie from the pit.

    Truth, from The Throne of Grace shows a different story, the story that Jennifer expresses.

  9. Missie

    beautiful post! You are such a good mommy!

  10. LisaShaw

    Powerful sharing sister! Beautiful photo! Truth spoken!!!

    Love ya!

  11. Gabi Dickinson

    Having just finished a conversation in which I told my brother I'm ugly multiple times, I really needed this post.
    Thank you, sister!

  12. Shirl

    Good words! Good words!

  13. Nathan

    Great picture…

    Also love the reason you posted…

    And how did you know about my cowlick and the gray around the temples? Hmm, thought I hid it pretty good in my pic!!

  14. Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus

    Gabi — I can hardly imagine a more beautiful you — very image of God.

    SCG — I know, I know. It is sad! I had someone the other day who came by on a Google search that read, "I'm an ugly man." Even guys suffer with this.

    To you all — Thank you for your beautiful words in this place. The King is enthralled by your beauty — each and every one of you! (Psalm 45:11)

    And that goes for you, too, Mr. Gray-Around-The-Temples-Nathan. It's a "crown of splendor," you know. (Proverbs 16:31)

  15. Anne Lang Bundy


    Could you have been more profound with more brevity, Jennifer?

  16. Karen

    "He framed you in the best materials available: the wood of Calvary."…this touched me so….

  17. S. Etole

    my mirror doesn't always speak kindly …. thank you for this

  18. Lyla Lindquist

    One of a kind.

  19. travelmom

    Lovely – and a powerful reminder that is perfect for me today. I love the phrase "signature work". Be blessed today – I know I am after swinging by your place.

  20. TUC

    Amen from one work of art to another.

  21. Jennifer

    Yes–two beautiful creations. And the third one behind the lens. Blessing today, Jennifer.

  22. Lea

    Oh, how beautifully stated, brought a smile to my face! And, what a gorgeous picture. Thanks for starting my Lord's Day off in such a "fine fashion." Blessings to you!

  23. thegypsymama

    Oh man – yes. Preach it sister!

  24. Ann Kroeker

    Truth. Plain and simple.

    And beautiful.


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