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I am Godís Workmanship.
By Sharon Jaynes
When my son was in elementary school, he created some
works of art that had a striking resemblance to that of the
world-renowned artist Picasso. However, Picassoís paintings
are worth millions of dollars and my sonís are only valuable
to me. What makes a work of art valuable? Its value is based
on the artist who created it. You, dear friend, are a piece
of art created by God Himself. King David described it this
For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in
my motherís womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full
well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in
the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of
the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days
ordained for me were written in you book before one of them
came to be. (Psalm 139:13-16).
Woman was and is one of Godís most magnificent creations.
As a matter of fact, she was His grand finale. After God
fashioned Eve, creation was complete and He took a rest! God
has placed in our hearts a love for beauty and a desire to
be beautiful. Letís go back to the beginning of time and
reflect on our magnificent beginnings.
After God created the sun, moon, stars, earth, waters,
creeping and flying animals, he created man. But something
was missing. For Adam there was no creature suitable for
him. This is the only time God said an aspect of His
creation was "not good." He said, "It is not good for man to
be alone" (Genesis 2:18).
So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man,
and he slept; then He took one of his ribs, and closed up
the flesh at that place. And the LORD God fashioned into a
woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought
her to the man. And the man said, "This is now bone of my
bone and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man" (Genesis 2:21-24NASB).
While God created the world and all it contains, He did
something a little special when He made woman. The NASB
translation says He fashioned Eve. He didnít simply make you
Ė He fashioned you with extra special care and meticulous
detail. You are a thing of beauty, a sight to behold, and
one of His most spectacular masterpieces - a work of art, a
valuable original, a one of a kind, and created with the
brushstrokes of love.
My prayer for today: Dear Lord, Thank you that I am
fearfully and wonderfully made. Forgive me when I complain
about your masterpiece Ė my nose, my hips, my ears, etc. I
praise you for the intricacies of the human body. The fact
that my heart beats without my telling it to, my lungs
inhale and exhale without my instruction, and my reflexes
react automatically. Thank you that I am fearfully and
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Make a list today of how your body is wonderfully made by
- My eye lids blink.
- My food is digests.
- My heart beats.
- How have you complained about your body lately?
- How does the above list of how you are wonderfully
made compare to your complaints?
- When you see a newborn baby, what is one of your first
- Considering that Genesis 1:26 says, "Let us make man
in our own image," how should we view ourselves?
"Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with
[elaborate] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the
wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes; but let it be the
inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the
heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle
and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up,
but] is very precious in the sight of God"(I Peter 3:3-5
"My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places
on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your
voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely"
(Song of Solomon 2:14).
"The king is enthralled by your beauty" (Psalm 45:13).
Sharon Jaynes is an
international conference speaker and author of ten books
including Being a Great Mom-Raising Great Kids, Becoming
the Woman of His Dreams, and Becoming a Woman Who
Listens to God. For information about Sharon's books or
speaking topics, visit
Dr. Paul Reisser delivers practical answers to your
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- Find out how much sleep you really need
- Discover what's disrupting your sleep and how to wake
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your health and what you can do about them.
- Examine nine lifestyle energy drainers and learn how
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This is an excellent little
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are tired or not able to get the sleep you need, this pocket
guide will give you much guidance. I highly recommend
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