Yesterday on Living Inspired, I had the chance to chat with Pam Davis. Here’s a little more from the founder of Girls ‘n Grace. To see all the Girls ‘n Grace be sure to visit the website!
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What is the primary central message that you want to be communicated through the Girls ’n Grace series?
Girls ‘n Grace exists to communicate the good news of the Gospel, which is God’s gift of grace in his son Jesus Christ. In a time when people across the world are performing acts, often times violent because of their “faith” it is important—no critical—to make the distinction between our faith and God’s grace. For Christians the focus is on God’s grace, where grace is a commentary on God’s goodness not man’s.
Even though it is the most important message it is the most difficult part of Christianity to grasp according to Philip Yancy, editor of Christianity Today. “The two major causes of most emotional problems among evangelical Christians are these: the failure to understand, receive, and live out God’s unconditional grace: and the failure to give out that unconditional grace—the good news of the Gospel of grace has not penetrated the level of our emotions.”
Empowering Girls Today in Truth of God’s saving grace!
Each person on the planet can be empowered by the divine nature of Christ; this is God’s gift of Grace to the world. The lie in the world today, propagated by dolls, is that we can be self empowered, all by ourselves independent from God; we can be strong, smart, and bold. The Bible says we are to demolish this pretentious lie that sets itself against the knowledge of God with the truth of Christ: I can do all things through Christ and apart from him I can do nothing. (2 Corinthians 10:5, Philippians 4:13, John 15:5). Therefore, living in an embrace of God’s grace—Jesus Christ—is the only true way to be an empowered girl!
What does it really mean to be a “girl ’n grace”?
A girl in grace is a girl, who chooses—oftentimes in deference to her own desires—to live in an embrace of God’s grace. That means when faced with difficult circumstances she like Paul has learned that she can—not only endure—but delight because in her weakness: difficulties, misunderstandings, and hardships. She can draw on God’s grace and experience Christ’s nature: his strength, wisdom, and courage and so much more!
Tell us why it is significant that the “i” is missing from the word “in” in Girls ’n Grace books.
I have had a ministry entitled Grace ‘n Christ for about ten years, so when it came time to name these new character role models it seemed appropriate to name them Girls ‘n Grace. Then a year into establishing Girls ‘n Grace, the Lord asked, “Pam do you know why it is called Girls ‘n Grace?” I answered, “It is because you want girls to live in an embrace of Your grace: Jesus Christ?” The Lord replied, “That is only partially true.” Then He asked, “When do you use an apostrophe?” I answered, “When there is a missing letter.” “And what is the missing letter?” I said, “I.” “Exactly. For a girl to be a girl in an embrace of grace they must have ‘i’ missing.” “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
These two stories mark the first releases of what will be a series of books that teach the message of God’s grace. Tell us about Sydney. Tell us about Mesi (pronounced Maycee).
Sydney Clair Wilcox is a ten-year-old growing up in the 1960s amidst a cultural war; the civil rights, anti-war, environmental, and women’s rights movement are all challenging her and her family’s values. What she and her family anchor to—and how they do it—is relevant for girls in today’s cultural war.
Mesi (pronounced Maycee) a girl growing up on the continent of Africa in a village that has yet to embrace God’s grace. Amidst a diverse landscape and people and threatened with drought, disease, and war, she responds to the living Christ and experiences firsthand the good news of God’s grace: a treasure that affords her joy, pleasure, grace of speech, good will, and the essential benefit—spiritual life.
What are your future plans for the Girls ’n Grace series? What other kinds of situations will the girls encounter?
I love people from all over the world, which led me to be a cross-cultural ministry major at one time. Throughout my time in the mission field in Central America and Eastern Europe the amazing stories of God’s grace at work inspired and challenged me. So it is my passion to share girls’ stories in other contemporary time periods from across the world so as to equip this next generation of girls to live as the faithful Bride of Christ in an embrace of grace.
To do so they need to practically understand the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible, specifically the New Testament. The word testament is not a word used much today. It means “covenant” or “promise.” God’s promise is grace. And God never lies!
Girls ‘n Grace plans to teach God’s promise of grace in a variety of ways including fiction books, mother/daughter Bible studies, and adult women’s materials so as to point out God’s grace to girls of all ages—so that they not only gain knowledge as to God’s promise but also grow in faith to receive Christ’s pure nature within their very own soul—I no longer live, but Christ lives in me—creating a fragrant aroma, blooming with God’s grace.