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Crafts that Put the CHRIST in CHRISTmas!

While counting down the days to December 25th, you may be a little overwhelmed. Have you finished getting gifts for your parents, siblings, friends, teachers, coworkers, and church staff? Are you running out of money? Have you been so busy with shopping, finals, and everything else on your plate that you haven’t even begun decorating?

Take a deep breath…
…and breathe out.
The Christmas season was created as a time to reflect on all that God has done for us. But like so many other times in life, there is so much to distract us, that Christmas can sometimes become meaningless! 
We’ve found a few ways to reflect on the miracle of Jesus’ birth, while still providing an opportunity to decorate and create low-cost gifts for friends and family. Here are a few pins we’ve found on this. Be sure to follow Girlz 4 Christ on Pinterest for more ideas like this! 
Make a stable ornament for your tree!
Make a beautiful nativity ornament!
Scripture Ornaments. Use Bible program like ESword or Theophilos to make these and you don't have to make any copies. :)
Christmas M&M Poem and Gift Idea
Now it’s your turn! Share with us any crafts you made this season, especially if they celebrate the reason for this (and all) seasons!
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Girlz 4 Christ Winter 2013/2014 Issue!

The Girlz 4 Christ Magazine Winter 2013/14 Issue is out! Below you’ll find the titles and authors of all the contents inside. Some of them you can click on, which will take you to the weblink for that article. The other articles can only be found inside the magazine. (But you can subscribe for free in the right sidebar!)
Godly Girlz
4 Ways to Spread the Gospel Adelee Russell

Girlz in Action
Miracle Seed Maddy Morrison

Fashionable Girlz
Natural Beauty Products Natasha Atkerson

Girlz on the Go

Healthy Girlz
Winter Workout Jessica Lippe
Homemade Spiced Cider Jessica Lippe

Fun 4 Girlz

Top Books Every Girl Should Read Natasha Atkerson
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Gift Guide

Maybe you still have some last-minute shopping to do. Or maybe you’re figuring out what to do with some money that you’ve been given. Here are our suggestions that will make any girl smile!
For the BOOKWORM
Anomaly by Kristen McGee Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.”*
Anomaly is a story of love, boundaries, and believing that you are something greater than what society tells you to be. All her life Thalli has been programmed to follow orders and never think outside the box. When she starts questioning her surroundings, her program, and feelings…where she lives, this kind of thinking leads to death. It’s only when she is about to die that she becomes alive.
First Date by Melody Carlson Devon has just begun attending a Christian school, and although she’s not so sure what she believes about God, she realizes that the people at her new school are boring. It even appears that the boys are avoiding talking to the girls at all costs! Devon decides that she, along with her group of friends, can turn this school atmosphere upside-down. Together they start a secret club calling The Dating Games, or DG. Their first mission is to help each other get dates for the homecoming dance. The only problem? None of them have dated before! Okay, maybe that’s only one of the many problems they run into… This is the first book of The Dating Games series, written by the popular Christian author Melody Carlson. This is different than anything she’s written before, and it will be interesting to read the upcoming books! 

For the HEALTH FOODIE
Good Belly Whether you want to start the New Year healthy, are having any sort of stomach troubles, or are just looking for a tasty beverage, you should try out Good Belly Probiotic Juice Drinks. There are so many good things about it: there’s a special kind of probiotic strand in the juice, it’s organic, and comes in either shots or quarts (I tried the quarts in several different flavors and highly recommend them). Some of the drinks are gluten-free and others provide a multivitamin. The only thing that is lacking is that these great-tasting drinks are actually not 100% juice. But because this is an innovative company, I’m sure they’re working towards a wider variety of options. I took Good Belly as part of their 12-Day Challenge and felt much better after doing so. You can also try their 12-Day Challenge and receive coupons by signing up at goodbelly.com.
Primal Strips You will love Primal Strips Vegan Jerky, even if you aren’t vegan! Although they don’t taste the same as real jerky, they come in a variety of flavors, some that are even better than the beef version! These are great for those
who are on special diets, because they are
nutritious, gluten-free, non-gmo, vegan, kosher,
and preservative-free. They’re perfect for on the
go as well. Visit primalspiritfoods.com

For EVERYONE
A great gift that will bless not only the recipient, but the world, is a donation to charity in the recipient’s name. It’s best to ask the intended recipient for the name of their favorite charity, but here are a few to get you started:
-EveryOrphan.org                            -GOProject.org                                
-BoyfriendBears.org                        -ElliesRun.org   
-Amazima.org                                  -BirdsofHope.org                          
-WorldVision.org                             -RaphaHouse.org
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Call for Talent!

Lily Garay was a featured musician in our most recent G4C issue.

Gracie Schram was another… you could be next!

Are you an aspiring Christian musician? Girlz 4 Christ wants to help you out! In each issue, we have a column called “Jammin’ With” which is a profile of a talented young lady. If you’d like to be featured in “Jammin’ With”, e-mail us at Girlz4Christ@yahoo.com!

Of course, not everyone is musically talented, but God has given us all talents, and many of them could be used in G4C! If you’re a writer, write an article for us! (And if you’re a published author, you could even let us review your book!) If you are a photographer or artist, you can help us create illustrations. If you run a small business, we would love to help get your name out by reviewing your product. Even if you’re simply good at making friends, you can encourage all your friends to subscribe to Girlz 4 Christ Magazine!

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Nov/Dec 2012: Broken But Beautiful

The Nov/Dec issue of Girlz 4 Christ is out now! If you missed it, be sure to order a FREE Girlz 4 Christ subscription today! Just e-mail Girlz4Christ@yahoo.com with the following information:
-Your full name
-Your state/country
-Your e-mail address
-If under 13, your parents’ name and e-mail
Subscriptions are free, but we appreciate donations to help keep our magazine and website running. You can donate using the sidebar to the right.

We’re really excited about this issue. It includes so much, including:
-Christmas ideas
-Healthy recipes and substitutions
-Interviews with Austin Gutwein and Lily Garay
-Volunteer opportunities
-Devotionals, like this one:

 Broken- But Beautiful
Close your eyes and imagine this. A beautiful, hand crafted, gloss covered, clay pot. Every inch of it is smooth, its shape is perfect and the intricate hand painted designs covering its surface are exquisite. There it is, sitting proudly on the makers work bench, useful and beautiful.

Now look to the floor of the workshop. Underneath the desk you see a potsherd – a broken piece of pottery. It’s small and ragged, bare of gloss or color, and pretty much useless. But here’s the catch: Later, when the Maker comes back to the workshop, he crawls on his hands and knees underneath the desk and picks up the potsherd gently with his fingers. Then he takes the glossy pot and brings both into his house to put on display.

I know what you’re thinking. Weird.

But wait – there’s one more important part to this story. You know that potsherd?

That’s you.

Sure, we’d all like to be the perfect pot. But let’s be real – maybe you’re shy, or have trouble at school, or don’t look like a runway model – whatever it is, you probably don’t consider yourself ‘perfect pot material.’
Maybe you feel broken, small and insignificant.

Take a look at this verse from Isaiah: “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands?’” (Isaiah 45:9 NIV)

Isaiah has a point. As girls that belong to Christ, we love and serve an all-powerful, all-loving, and all-purposefulGod. Every inch of you was designed and planned by a loving and attentive maker. God doesn’t make junk.

So why don’t you have those stunning blue eyes and silky blonde hair? Why then, every time you meet new people, does your personality decide to up and disappear? Why are you possibly the worst person on the planet at math, and equally hopeless at sports?

One, because you were created that way, and two, because being less than perfect means that God isn’t finished with you yet.

It’s okay for a daughter of God to feel broken. God, our maker, is still molding, and meanwhile he can use our brokenness for his purpose – our weaknesses to bring Glory to him. 

Brokenness is beautiful.

Paul hit the nail on the head: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6 NIV)

Being a Christian girl in a hurting world doesn’t mean having it all together. It doesn’t mean being the perfect example, or being smooth around the edges. Sometimes, the greatest testimony you can offer others is to show that you are also broken, but that your creator is creative and he has plans for you beyond the scope of human imagination.

Be confident in the knowledge that one day you will be finished. You will be painted, glossed, and shaped to perfection.

But until that day, also know that you already sitting on ‘God’s shelf of fame,’ you are already worthy, and you can already do great things for the kingdom of God.
A little potsherd can be anything in the hands of a big God.

Want to read more about this topic? Look up these verses:
·         Romans 9:20
·         Jeremiah 18
·         Isaiah 43
(*Tip*Isaiah is a wonderful book of the Bible to read if you want to find out how much God really does treasure you!)
by Grace Harrison
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Girlz 4 Christ is Now FREE!

For over a year, we have been charging a modest fee of $5 for a yearlong subscription. We did this to allow for as many people as possible to be able to afford G4C. However, we still realized that this excluded some people. Some people couldn’t afford it. Others couldn’t do online transactions. So, we decided to take a leap of faith: Girlz 4 Christ is now FREE!

Anyone can subscribe, so spread the word! All you have to do is send your name, birth date, state/country, and e-mail to Girlz4Christ@yahoo.com. (If you are under 13, we’ll also need your parent’s name and e-mail.) Then, we will sign you up for a FREE subscription to Girlz 4 Christ Magazine!

Even though we are excited to be able to offer you FREE subscriptions, there is still a cost for us. We have NO paid staff, all of us are volunteers, but we still have the costs of web hosting and office supplies. If you would like to support Girlz 4 Christ, you would be helping to spread the Good News around the world to girls of all races, ages, economic standings, and nationalities. You can make a donation by using the PayPal button in the right hand sidebar.

Thanks for sticking with us for more than a year. We hope that we can spread God’s love even further!