It is hard to believe the CG year is coming to an end. Our Leadership Team prays that your year has been filled with God’s abundant grace. It has been a unique year, one filled with pivots and adjustments to Zoom calls and social distancing. Your perseverance to finish the year well is such a testament to your daughter. If you are a leader, please make sure to check in with each of your CG mamas regarding their plans for next year. This is a very important step to take, as it helps each mom take time to reassess their commitment to the group and gives you time to plan accordingly!
If you have any questions or would like prayer, encouragement or coaching, please reach out to our CG Leadership Team at email@example.com. We are here to help!
Rooted In Grace,
Courageous Girls Leadership Team
Preparing My Children to Face Racism Guest Writer: Joi Hailey
These last few weeks have been extra hard. Processing the level of injustice and pain in this world is overwhelming for adults, yet, as parents, it is our job to help our children know how to face a harsh world. We must model courage for them in the midst of chaos – a kind of courage that only comes from knowing and trusting a God who made us all in HIS likeness. We believe that Courageous Girls is making a mark in the world – one that is helping restore what is good, pure, and right – by reminding us all that God created us all equally and whole. God is building up a mighty generation who trusts Him and His ways. He is love. He is just. Racism is neither of those. We asked our friend and co-laborer, Joi Hailey, to share from her mama heart what it’s like to be a woman of color raising her children in a world where racism still exists. Read with an open heart and ask God to show you what your next steps might be as you lead your daughters (and sons). We trust His movement in your life.
I Want More of My Dad Guest Writer: Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield
I’m at the age where attending funerals is becoming more commonplace. And truly, there’s nothing like an end of life celebration to bring everything into perspective.
Awhile back I attended a funeral for a dear friend’s husband. There was hardly a dry eye in the place as one of her sons shared story after story about what his dad had meant to him. While choking back tears, he invited us all to dig deeper as he said, “I think everyone in here could say, ‘I want more of my dad.’”
His words hung in the air. I was profoundly touched by his statement, so much so that I grabbed a pen and quickly wrote down his words so that I’d be sure to remember them. He ended by saying that he was one of the lucky ones to have had an invested dad.
InCourage + Courageous Girls Mamas = Summer Mama Retreat
Now that the InCourage Gathering is a LIVE simulcast on July 10th-11th, we think this is the perfect opportunity to gather your CG mamas and enjoy the conference in the comfort of your own home. What an incredible "mamatreat" filled with amazing worship, speakers and relevant wisdom for such a time as this! InCourage 2020, a national women's gathering, was envisioned by our own CG founder, Terra Mattson, inspired by her book Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted In Grace, and sponsored by Living Wholehearted. Each session will have specific discussion questions for your group to unpack, as well as a wealth of resources in over 40 breakout sessions. If July 10 & 11 does not work for you or your group, choose to set your own time and date before July 31st! This is the beauty of a virtual conference!
If you are not yet in a Courageous Girls group but are interested in starting one, this would be a wonderful opportunity to host other mamas and begin to grow deeper relationships. Get your tickets today!
Calleigh Germer is a 13 year old Courageous Girl who is using her voice to raise awareness and funds for the Childhood Cancer Research at CCtdi (cc-tdi.org). Calleigh’s friend, Hollie, passed away from cancer and she committed to help support cancer research so other kids would not suffer as Hollie did.
When you buy one of Calleigh’s hand pressed jewelry with Couragoues, Rooted in Grace, or the CG logo from our CG shop, you are not only supporting #courageousgirls but also joining Calleigh in her mission to raise $3000 this next year for #childhoodcancerresearch!