Today was filled with good music, amazing lessons and special bonding with Lauren. She and I went to the Girls of Grace Event sponsored by Point of Grace. If you aren’t familiar with POG you really should give them a listen. They’ve been around for a LONG time and I have loved them from the beginning. They have a passion for reaching teen girls with their message of Christlike Spirit, positive self-image and healthy relationships. We heard some terrific music from artists/bands we have never heard. The post I just posted was one of those new bands, Satellites and Sirens. I predict they will be huge in no time. They remind me a lot of Skillet and Disciple. They fall in the Christian Rock category. If you wanna reach young people today that is where you need to go.
Lauren and I with Point of Grace (Shelley, Denise, Lauren, Me and Leigh)
I wish they had distributed a booklet of some kind with a place to make notes on each of the speakers. I saw Lauren making notes on her iPod. And I made a few on my Droid. But it would have really helped to have had a booklet set aside to help this poor mom remember more about the speakers and what they said. But I will do the best I can off of memory just to give you a brief overview. There are 3 more GOG Events in this year so check out the website to see if one is coming near you. If you have a teenage girl it would be worth making the trip and paying the cost to attend.
Constance Rhodes from Finding Balance spoke on having a positive body image and about the weight loss/eating disorder struggle. I think I gained more from this than anyone else in the room. She has amazing resources on her website as well. Please check it out whether you need it or your daughter. It is a lesson we all need to learn – what is inside matters more than what is outside.
Leigh Cappillino with Point of Grace spoke on loving yourself and accepting yourself for who you are. Unfortunately Lauren and I spent most of this time in the line at Starbucks (Yes, World Outreach church has a Starbucks in their lobby). So, we didn’t get to hear most of what she said.
Chris Wheeler was an emcee and he spoke next on relationships and how a girl (and women) should not look for a guy (or man) to complete them. They need to find their completion in Christ. He talked about the difference between boys and men and how boys are not mature enough to know how to handle the tender heart of our girls. POWERFUL!
There was a fashion show by Amber Lehman – fashion stylist to the stars. She used 10 girls from the audience to serve as models to show fashions today in a fashion show titled Classy Not Trashy. It was a lesson in how to be stylish but modest and to remain mysterious like God intended us to be. She stressed how to respect ourselves and focusing on what kind of character we portray from the inside and letting it show on the outside.
Denise Jones – another member of Point of Grace – spoke on how to keep our hearts Clean, Committed and Created in Christ. She used the analogy of how our closets reveal things about our hearts.
Mixed into all of the speakers we heard the music of Point of Grace, Jason Castro (2007 season of American Idol – the guy with the dreadlocks), Meredith Andrews, Satellites and Sirens and Dara McLean.
Lauren with Jason Castro
This day was so amazing that it qualifies as my Perfect Moment Monday and my Finding the Happy moment for Monday as well. Click on the links here or on the buttons in my sidebar to visit the sites to participate.
How could you spend a whole day with your teenage daughter and get your picture made with Point of Grace and NOT have a perfectly happy day full of happy moments!