November 2021—Cultivating Happiness with Gratitude

November’s Recommended Resources are curated to support you in having the critical conversations with your children, spouse, CG group, and community, allowing a deepening in understanding of God’s design and intention for happiness.

Resources to READ this month:

Why Emotions Matter (Tristan & Jonathan Collins) The Collins help us unpack our God-given design as an emotional being.


One Thousand Gifts (Ann Voskamp) A beautiful way to cultivate happiness is focusing on gratitude. Ann helps to guide us in the rhythm of giving thanks.

You are Mine (Max Lucado) This children’s book (for all ages!) is such a simple and proud reminder of looking to our God for value, being grateful for how He made each of us.

Be the Light Blog This month’s CG blog highlights Oregon native and Kintsugi artist, Stephanie Schmidt, who has created specific Kintsugi designs for our CG community. Read about her “why” and learn more about her heart for daughters and God’s redemption in our lives.

Twirl (Emily Lex) This simply delightful story from watercolor artist Emily Lex encourages children (ages 4-8) to become exactly who God created them to be, living freely and lightly for Him.

Resources to WATCH this month: 

Dear Mattsons Each week, Jeff (MA ORGL) and Terra (MA LPC, LMFT) Mattson, co-founders of Courageous Girls, will answer your BIG and small questions about raising kids in today’s anxious world. Tune into YouTube for their first episode. Got a question for the Mattsons? Submit a question!

Resources to LISTEN to this month:

Living Wholehearted Podcast (Episode 96: Cultivating Happiness with Tristan Collins)

Be Loved, Love Well