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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!

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Translate the Bible and WIN!

If you are able to read this, then you are one of the people on Earth fortunate enough to also be able to read the Bible. But there are 350 MILLION people on this planet who can’t read the Bible at all. Why? The language the speak does not have a written alphabet, so they do not have a Bible.

Wycliffe is a ministry whose goal is to allow everyone in the world to be able to read a Bible in their own language. They are working towards this goal by sending missionaries to these unreached people to learn the language and create a written alphabet for their language. You can always help out Wycliffe by supporting their cause financially. But for the next several weeks, they are inviting you to do more.

Play the Wycliffe game “In Other Words” by clicking here.  This game allows you to answer Bible trivia. As you answer the questions correctly, you will translate a Bible verse. Earn points for answering the trivia, translating the verse, and doing other bonus activities. As you earn points, you can be eligible for some cool prizes, like bookmarks, bracelets, iPads, iPods, and even a trip to Florida! So what are you waiting for? Sign up and play every day!

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Girlz 4 Christ May/June 2012 Issue

It’s about time for the May/June 2012 issue of Girlz 4 Christ! If you’re a subscriber, you’ll find it in your inbox within the next couple of days. If you’re not a subscriber, you can subscribe right now by clicking the button in the right-hand sidebar. (Or, you can take advantage of our special offer .)

This issue is loaded with lots of goodies. Here are just a few of the many things you’ll find:

-A one-week devotional that will equip you to take a stand a make a difference
-An interview with Gracie Schram, a teenage musician using her talents to help people in developing countries
-A closer look at Christian singer sensation Kari Jobe
-Health tips including recipes, water benefits, kitchen reviews, and the dangers of yo-yo dieting
-Modest fashion guides
-Recommendations for books to read

Tell us what you think about this issue. Leave a comment on this post!

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Book Review: The Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson is a Christian author of over 200 books, many of them especially for teen and preteen girls. One of her latest, The Jerk Magnet, is the first book of the Life At Kingston High series.
Chelsea Martin’s life has been less than spectacular. She doesn’t like the way she looks and doesn’t have any friends. On top of that, her dad is marrying his girlfriend AND moving the family halfway across the country! When Chelsea’s stepmom-to-be treats her to a makeover and new wardrobe, Chelsea thinks that starting a new school with a new look might be a great opportunity for her. For the first time in her life, she can attract boys and make lots of friends. Things start of great at her new house… she becomes friends with her neighbor, who takes her to a youth group where plenty of boys find an interest in Chelsea.
Although everything appears to be going great as the school year rolls into action, Chelsea can’t help but notice that, although she’s constantly surrounded by boys, the one boy she actually wants to meet seems to be going out of his way to avoid her. In fact, all the guys who do go after her are complete jerks! And she’s not doing a very good job at making or keeping female friends, either. Did her makeover on the outside change who she became on the inside? Throughout this book, you’ll discover with Chelsea what outward appearances really mean and who God has created us to be.
This is a great book for any girl- preteen, teen, Christian, or non-Christian. It’s a fun read, understandable, and well-told. I’m excited to read the next books in the series!
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Countdown to Courageous: It’s Here!

Today’s the day! You can now see Courageous in theaters across America (and even in a few other nations as well)!

As you see it today, this weekend, or any time thereafter, leave a comment here telling us your favorite scene, or something that you learned or were inspired by in the movie.

Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

As you watch the movie, see if you can find these hidden “Easter Eggs”. If you can’t find them all, then you’d better go watch Courageous a second time!

-You can get a quick glance of the fire station shown in Fireproof. Also, listen to what the news story is saying when Adam watches TV in the evening.
-Look for a Facing the Giants poster in one of the kid’s bedrooms.
-There’s a scene from the Flywheel movie as well! Can you find it?
-This movie is all about families, and you can find a famous (and large!) family making a cameo! While you won’t see all of the 19 Kids, you can see the boys running a race and other Duggars crying in church pews.

This is just a sample of what you will find in the pages of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. For more information about subscribing, click here.
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Book Review: Double Take by Melody Carlson

If you’ve been reading Girlz 4 Christ Magazine, then you’ve read book reviews about some of Melody Carlson’s books, such as the Words from the Rock series and the Never Been Kissed novel. You’ve probably read at least a few of her 200 books, which include the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. But, just released this month is her newest novel, written just for teens:
 
Double Take is not your ordinary Amish fiction! In fact, it’s more like a modern-day version of The Prince and the Pauper. A 17-year-old New Yorker heiress named Madison VanBuren is tired of the daily pressures of her life, so she jumps into her fancy convertible and heads out on a day trip to the countryside. When she finds a quaint town, she meets an Amish girl by the name of Anna Fisher, who is just as tired with her simple and mundane life as Madison is tired of her hectic one. They realize that, without Maddie’s makeup and accessories and without Anna’s kapp and Amish dress, they actually look like identical twins! So it’s decided that Anna will spend a week in Maddie’s penthouse while Maddie spends her spring break helping on Anna’s relatives’ farm. Will rich girl Maddie learn to work in the plain life? Will Amish Anna be overwhelmed by the modern technological world? Will anyone find out about this secret switch? Guess you’ll have to read Double Take by Melody Carlson to find out! You can find it in Christian bookstores or wherever Revell or Baker Publishing Group books are sold.

I really enjoyed this book (read it all in less than 24 hours!), not just because Melody Carlson is among my favorite authors, but because it is a unique tale of two different worlds colliding. Both girls are thrust into completely new experiences and learn to depend on God along the way. Plus, you get to learn a little about the daily life of both the Amish and New Yorkers along the way!

JUST FOR FUN QUESTIONS (Share your answers in a comment!)
-Do you plan on reading Double Take?
-Have you read any other books by Melody Carlson? Which ones? Which were your faves?
-If you could switch lives with someone completely different from you, who would you switch lives with?

This is just a sample of what you will find in the pages of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. For more information about subscribing, click here.