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February Video Diary

Hi Girlz 4 Christ,

Hope you all have had a great month! Want to remind you as we finish out this month that because God loves you so much, He sent His Son for you. You are not alone in this! We are praying for you and the things that God has planned for your life! If you ever need anything, please feel free to reach out to us: girlz4christ@yahoo.com

You can watch our monthly youtube video below

Much love,
Lily Garay

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The Right Place at the Right Time by Marjorie Jackson


Have you ever had a dream? Of course you have. It may not have necessarily occurred during your REM sleep, but we’ve all had hopes for the future, near and far. We hope to succeed in life. We hope to win that award. We hope to make the team. We hope for minute to swing by the coffee shop.

What is your vision for your future? If you could do anything with your life and your future, what would you do? Travel the world? Do missionary work overseas? Get married and live happily ever after, the end? Everyone has dreams—some bigger than others. Many times, these ambitions and passions are God-given aspirations for our lives deposited within us.

It can fun to dream about the future. There’s mystery and excitement about the sunshine around the corner—what will tomorrow hold? It’s a totally natural, healthy part of moving forward with life.

But what about right now? God has us exactly where He needs us to be right now. We’ve got to learn to trust Him, trust His plans, and trust His Word. Psalm 139:16 makes it clear that God planned out every single day of our lives before we even existed. And, if that isn’t encouraging enough, God tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 that He’s got good plans for us!

Often times, it seems like there’s a rush to get to the climax of the story God’s written for us. Well, if He’s got great plans for me, then how come my life is so boring and dry? So hard? So ____? Do ever feel that way, like life lacks the flavor and purpose you desire? Join the club, I think we all do sometimes. We go through seasons of waiting, sometimes even seasons of trial and loneliness.

As trying as these times may be, they are often the times when we grow the most—we either grow closer or further from God, depending on our response. We can (a) grow bitter and angry at God and try out the world’s way to see if it makes us feel any better, or (b) put full trust and confidence in God and know that He’s working things out for us and we don’t need to worry.

Hint: (B) is definitely the right choice. This is what we would call contentment: no matter where you are in life—whether it be on the mountaintop of extreme bliss and incandescent happiness, in the “depths of despair” (as Anne Shirley of Green Gables would put it), in an uneventful, boring season of life, or even in a time of intense struggle—God is there, He is good, He is faithful—and we choose to rejoice and make the best of where we are, just because of that. We choose to trust God in keeping us put. We have confidence in the Almighty Maker that He knows what He’s doing and where He’s taking us.

Of course, I can’t say it better than Paul does in Philippians 4:11-13 (NASB): “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Hear that? It’s not us on our own strength. We can thrive in life with perfect contentment only on Christ’s strength! It’s Jesus who makes us strong. By trusting and delighting in the Lord, we are doing what we as humans were created to do—to worship God. And, as Christians, this is the ultimate calling: trusting, loving, abiding, knowing, seeking—drawing closer to God.
Don’t lose your ambitions, your hopes, your dreams. They have a place even in the now. Don’t be idle, either—get busy being content! Prepare for the future. Strengthen your relationship with God. See what you can do about your passions and interests now. Maybe your church needs another singer on the worship team—there’s an outlet for your passion for music right now. Find a volunteer opportunity to do missions in your own town. Have you considered starting a business? Organizing an event? Creating a project? Writing a book?

You know, if we take a good hard look at our lives right now—no matter what they look like—we can still find things to be thankful, joyful, and content about. We’re alive. We’re breathing. There’s a God pursuing us and intimately involved in our everyday lives. He’s at work all around us.

Let’s be Proverbs 31 women, content and busy at work to advance the Kingdom of God, anytime and anyplace.



Written by Marjorie Jackson
This devotional was originally published in the Winter 2015/16 issue of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. Subscribe now for free so you don’t miss an issue!

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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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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:
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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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Take a Stand Against Persecution!

Stephen, Acts 7:54-60
            Stephen was one of the very first Christians. He loved Jesus, and wanted everyone to know who Christ the savior was. Unfortunately, many people didn’t believe him. Many people were still waiting for a messiah, and they thought all of this talk about Jesus saving the people was just crazy lies. Hearing about Jesus made the people mad. So mad, in fact, that they wanted to kill the one who was preaching in His name!
            Even in the middle of a huge crowd gnashing their teeth and yelling at him, Stephen still proclaimed the gospel. He even had a vision of Jesus being at the right hand of God. This enraged the crowd even more, so they chased him out of the city. (Back then, being thrown out of the city often meant that the person would be killed. After all, they didn’t want blood stains all over the nice town buildings!) They threw rocks at Stephen until he finally died. With his last breath, he asked God to forgive his murderers.
            Stephen is known as the first Christian martyr. A martyr is someone who is killed for his or her beliefs. While Stephen may have been the first Christian martyr, sadly, he wasn’t the last. All but one of the apostles were martyred, and martyrdom continues even today.
            While persecution of Christians happens in every country of the world, there are several nations and regions that are particularly prone to martyrdom. The country’s law may prohibit Christianity, or there may be radical groups that are against the Christian faith. Voice of the Martyrs is a worldwide organization that helps the Christians in these restricted and hostile nations. They build churches and Christian schools, they train pastors, they hand out Bibles, and they provide basic necessities to those who lost everything due to hostile attacks. You can become informed about these countries and find out what you can do to help by visiting persecution.com. Subscribe to their very informative newsletter, shop at their online store, or make a donation.
            It’s great to help people in other parts of the world, but you also have the responsibility to take a stand in your own hometown. If you see someone being bullied or made fun of for witnessing Christ, stand up against the persecutors and comfort the one who was persecuted. If you find yourself being persecuted, ask God for help, and continue witnessing like never before.
            Stephen continued preaching and praying, even as he died. While you may not be murdered for being a Christian, we can all learn a lesson from Stephen. Are you willing to join God’s side and take a stand against persecution?

This devotional originally appeared in the May/June 2012 issue of Girlz 4 Christ, as part of a weeklong series of devotionals about taking a stand. If you would like to order the issue with this devotional, e-mail Girlz4Christ@yahoo.com. If you would like to order a yearlong subscription for just $5, click on the “Buy Now” button in the right-hand sidebar!
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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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On This Day, Over 2000 Years Ago…

Justice.
Mercy.
Forgiveness.
Freedom.
Life.

All these things were given to us the day Jesus died on the cross.

It’s hard to fathom exactly why Jesus came to Earth and why he died. Here’s an explanation from our teen intern, Lily Garay:

 You made, yet, another mistake. You feel guilt, shame, disgust. You feel as if it’s all over and you are just going to be making the same mistake over and over again. In your mind all you are thinking is how there’s no way God can forgive even if He did send Jesus to the cross to die for our sins.

What is the resurrection? Can I be forgiven?

God sent down His son Jesus to come to this earth. [see John 3:16]
God created you so the only way He could save you was to send a piece of Him. This was done through Jesus.

The resurrection isn’t about the bunny or the eggs. Those are just distractions created to take away from the real story.

The reason Jesus died for you was to forgive you. To read more about who Jesus is and His forgiveness read the books of Mark or John.

Jesus died on the cross for EVERYONE, so that EVERYONE could be free from their sins. God has given each one of us the gift of justice, mercy, forgiveness, freedom, and life. But, you have to accept this gift in order to receive its contents. 
If you have never accepted God’s gift, there is no time to do so like the present. All you have to do is ask. (This is often referred to as “praying”, but you can do this simply by saying whatever’s on your heart.) This weekend has been set aside to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Don’t let his ultimate sacrifice be wasted.
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