GIFT GUIDE: 7 Small Business Shops (with A Cause) Your Girlfriend Will Love

Shopping with the intent to give back to those who need it most IS the reason for the season:

love God by loving others.

Below is exactly what these small business are doing - giving back to the community and causes that are making an impact globally.

Personally, I raise awareness against human trafficking as often as possible. I cannot say enough about these AMAZING businesses to BIG things!

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There are so many wonderful products from jewelry to totes to candles…that your special someone will just love!

I’ve also included several discount codes with the photos!

Be sure to click on the photos for more details!

“Sunday Brunch” 8 oz candle

-Eleventh Candle Co.-

(portion of proceeds go towards ending human trafficking)

DISCOUNT CODE: GILDEDWIFE

2019 Dream Planner - White Marble

-Horacio Printing-

(10% of each purchase goes to A21 - organization fighting human trafficking)

Mitten Crate Box (4-5 items from Michigan small businesses)

-Mitten Crate Co.-

(provides meals for 3 people at Gleaners Food Bank)

DISCOUNT CODE: BIGSHOES

“Love One” Yeti 20 oz Rambler

-Love One Store-

(100% profits - Feed the Children of Uganda)

Various Print Pouches (set of 3) - SALE

-Better Life Bags-

(providing employment for women with barriers in Detroit)

Amber Studs (brass or silver)

-Purpose Jewelry-

(100% profit goes to International Sanctuary - survivors of human trafficking)

“Free to Grow” Tote

-Tote Project-

(10% proceeds go to Two Wings, a non-profit that mentors human trafficking survivors)

-BONUS GIFT-

“Home + Holiday” Glass Tumbler Candle - 11 oz.

-Caylan Wax Co.-

(portion of proceeds will fund strategic anti-human trafficking operations in America)

DISCOUNT CODE: THEGILDEDWIFE

LET ME KNOW WHICH ITEM YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON OR IF THERE’S ANOTHER SMALL SHOP GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITY…

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30 Stocking Stuffers Under $25 For the Christian Woman

This post contains affiliates links. When you complete purchase here, I will receive a small commission towards blog maintenance at no extra cost to you.

TIS the season to spread cheer, make memories and remember that it is better to give than receive….

I know how difficult it can be to find THEE perfect gift for a friend, family member, co-worker, etc. so I wanted to help you save both money and time!

The following gift guide was carefully curated with the christian woman in mind and what I’m currently picturing inside stockings (or under the tree) for your special someone.

ENJOY!

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LET ME KNOW BELOW WHICH PRODUCT YOU LOVE OR IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER FAVORITE :)

BE SURE TO CLICK THE PHOTO FOR MORE DETAILS!

FOR THE FAITHFUL TECH

“FAITHFUL YOU HAVE BEEN…” BIBLE VERSE IPHONE COVERS

-Prone To Wander LA-

“Clothed in Strength & Dignity…” PopSockets Grip and Stand

-Proverbs 31-

Custom Key Chain- metal keyring (hand stamped)

-We Are Tumble Shop-

“I can do all things…” Phil. 4:13 bible verse

FOR THE FAITHFUL ORGANIZER

Wildcard Page Pack

-Cultivate What Matters Shop-

Val Marie Paper - Daily Sheets

-Val Marie Paper Shop-

2019 Cultivate Wall Calendar

-Cultivate What Matters Shop-

Daily Notepad - Wildflower print

-The Daily Grace Co.-

FOR THE FAITHFUL HOMEMAKER

“I Can Do All Things…” mini 12x6 sign

-WahltoWallWordLove Shop-

“Make Life Happen” 4x6 gold foil print

-Cultivate What Matters Shop-

New Mercies Tea Towel

-The Daily Grace Co-

Count Your Blessings Canvas Banner (Sale)

-ProneTo Wander LA-

FOR THE FAITHFUL COFFEE/TEA DRINKER

Salted Caramel Christmas Blend - coffee ground 12 oz bag

Kingdom Growers Coffee

Gold Foil “Give Me Jesus” Mug

-The Daily Grace Co.-

“Our God Is Real” travel Mug

-The Daily Grace Co.-

Earl Grey Tea - 2 oz loose leaf tea

-Kingdom Growers Coffee-

He Sings Over Me Mug

-139Made Shop-

“New Morning New Mercies” 12 oz matte mug

-The Daily Grace Co.-

FOR THE FAITHFUL WRITER/READER

“The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson

(powerful read taking prayer to the next level)

Abide Prayer Journal

-The Daily Grace Co.-

Write The Word Journal (Cultivate Faith)

-Cultivate What Matters Shop-

Highlighter Set

-The Daily Grace Co.-

“Women of the Word” Studying the Bible by Jen Wilkin

“Walk in Grace” Ephesians Study Journal

-Well Watered Women-

FOR THE FAITHFUL STYLIST

HIS Jewel Bar Necklace

-ProneToWanderLA-

Temporary Tattoos (set of 10)

-Shiloh Collect-

“Rooted” t-shirt (olive color)

-Jennifer Edewaard: Rooted Shop-

Psalm 91 feather necklace 4x6 gold-foil scripture card

-One and Daughter Shop-

“Growing Good Things” (berry color or teal)

-Cultivate What Matters Shop-

Proverbs 31 Woman Bible Verse

-Divinity Boutique-

Why I Choose to Love my Husband Above our Children

My husband and I celebrated SIX years of our crazy love.

I was already planning an evening with Netflix and a cup of hot tea - yes, tea. (Green or black tea with a splash of honey is my jam.

While attempting to fold laundry and organize the basement, ( all while toys were being launched across the room) I heard a familiar song over the speakers. My husband had synced his phone to the basement radio to play the song I had walked down the aisle to. He even had a single rose in hand. 

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I couldn't believe it.

He arranged for my sister-in-law to watch the boys; so off we went to celebrate, just him and I. 

  

That evening, it occurred to me that we had been abusing "our time." The time that is meant to strengthen us. Our marriage had been placed on the back burner for whenever convenient. That time couples require to mature as a spouse and a parent.

Becoming a wife also comes much responsibility.

Ephesians 5:22-23 states to "submit yourselves onto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of his wife, even as Christ is the head of the church..." 

And husbands are to mirror a love for their wives just as Christ has for the church. When Jesus calls wives to be submissive, that is not to be considered a weakness but rather meekness. Defined as being humble or righteous: King David, Paul the Apostle, Moses and Jesus Christ himself were all described as being "meek." Although, it is a rare virtue among those in an aggressive and over-bearing world, the Lord says, "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5 

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As I strive to become better at my wifely duties: to be meek, obedient, tender-hearted, loyal, respectful, kind, and careful not to let my funny bone deteriorate, I am simply doing my best. Over the years, I can see where my husband may feel devalued while having battled for my attention and/or affection. I truly believe that a marriage sets the tone in the household. When we disagree, our children can sense the tension and unfortunately, converts into hostile parenting. 

 

Ultimately, our children perceive us as primary role models. How I speak, my mannerisms and the respect I show towards my husband (and vice versa) is how they will ultimately treat others, possibly their future spouse. I hope that they will turn to prayer to help sustain both their marriage and families.

This is why I choose to love my husband above my children; so that they may respect, trust and see our love as mighty and intimate as Christ's love for the church.

As a mother, continue to extend a hand of guidance, love and prepare them for the challenging road ahead. And as a wife, lend your obedient ear, faithful hands and steadfast heart to the one He created for you. After all, you are on the same team.

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Amy is a devoted wife and mother with a passion for connecting with women in all walks of life. Her blog, The Gilded Wife encourages and empowers women to live a full, free, and fierce life according to God's word. Her joy is found in the Lord and gives all the glory to Him. She enjoys traveling, is a lover of dark chocolate, and hopes to become a foster parent one day. 

 

How My Faith Was Influenced By The Media

With a year of blogging under my belt, I feel that I've only skimmed the surface. I wanted to be sure that I was accomplishing the very reason why I started this blog...

I was an introvert-turned-partially-extrovert who had built a tribe, began to peel back a layer or two for those who wanted to hear my heart, and established a deeper relationship with Jesus. If one post touched one reader - for the better - or sparked a desire for a personal relationship with the Lord then I have succeeded.

A year ago, I began this blog with a broken heart. I was facing a struggle Inever imagined would have affected me as profoundly as it did. My trust in the Lord was under fire and I was left in a tailspin that wanted little to do with God.

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Tears shed, endless questioning and disbelief left me emotionally paralyzed on why someone I loved dearly could walk away.

Sure enough anger, sadness, betrayal, frustration arrived uninvited and set up shop in my heart. I was caught off-guard with what God was allowing to happen. 

"God, I'm a good person, so why did you allow this? Why me?"

Sound familiar?

Sure, I'm a good person but by who's standards, mine or His?

In the beginning of this hardship, this movie gave me some clarity. I had been focusing on all the wrong things and asking the wrong questions. I watched some of the movie and had to walk away. And this time, I allowed a those countless messages from books, television, and others harden my heart towards those I thought were the enemy. 

 

(When you experience heartache, you search. Search for something, anything - to fill that broken void. That's what I did. Because I wasn't ready to face reality, I was seeking answers from where I typically look first, the media, in hopes I would find "a sign." I had never googled, researched, and read SO many books than I had during that season of my life. Unfortunately, I was left with more questions than before I began my conquest to resolution...)

 

And after many days and tear-filled nights, I dropped to my knees with heart bursting with lies from the enemy. And I prayed.

God wasn't deliberately hurting me or found joy in my pain. He IS a God of love, salvation, mercy and forgiveness.

I had to take a step back and reevaluate my heart, and when I did, The War Room was waiting. 

 

The War Room Movie left a resilient and new found love in my heart. The extraordinary cast would use His word as an active weapon against the enemy, because THAT IS WHO WE ARE FIGHTING, not each other. 

After having watched War Room numerous times, I had several takeaways and thoughts stirring that helped transform my heart for Christ:

  • A prayer journal and wall. If I'm not praying for my family, who is? Keeping a prayer journal and/or wall will track victories and keep my heart from going astray. Focus on His promises.

  • Do I trust God? When I was disheartened, I sought worldly answers because I was desperately seeking comfort and peace. Do not look to things of this world. The Lord says, "For everything, there is a season." There will be tears and joy...He does make everything beautiful in it's own time. So, I will choose to trust that this is a season. I choose to become stronger from this trial and trust His faithfulness, because there is beauty in brokenness.

  • "I am His before I am yours." The wife in the movie spoke this to her husband after his repentance of his past mistakes. He went on to ask her, "Why? Why would you still love and stay with me after how I treated you? And this was her response (ALLL THE HEARTS!) Isn't this how we should approach every situation? Seeking Him. Trusting Him. Loving Him before all things. Our joy cannot come from people, (media) or things because like me, you will be left discouraged. Like the woman in the movie proclaims proudly, "My joy is found in Jesus!"

 

Don't be discouraged, friends. Through trying times, remember to seek Him over all things. Be quick to forgive as Christ forgave us

 

He HEARS you and IS working. 

 

 

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How One Woman Is Fighting For Freedom

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It is a horrific crime that some have heard of but is hardly spoken of today. I came across Kelly's Instagram page, then her Etsy Shop and quickly became inspired by her cause, to end modern day slavery. Here is Kelly's testimony and more about Speak Justice Design Co. 

 

For years, human trafficking pulled heavily on my heart, but I didn't know what to do. Around 30 million people are enslaved around the world, and many of those people are in sex slavery. Just a few years ago, you didn’t hear much about sex trafficking, and most of us didn’t know much about how it was happening, especially in the U.S. There still aren’t solid statistics that accurately represent how many people are being trafficked because it’s such a difficult crime to track and stop. This global industry is making billions off of the innocence of the vulnerable. The average person trafficked into the sex trade is 12 years old. 12 years old.

 

 

It's a huge, dark, sickening problem, and I felt totally defeated whenever I thought about it. I didn't have much money to donate or much time to volunteer, so I just sat on God's call on my heart. I pushed it aside.
 

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When I started my design business five years ago, I never imagined that God would use it as a vessel for his mission for me. I did contract design work for businesses and churches for a few years, and then I decided to open an Etsy shop to have a better outlet for doing the kind of design work that I love. During all that time, my business felt incomplete. I felt like it was supposed to be more, to mean more, but I didn’t know what.

 

Less than a year after opening my shop, God gave me the vision to use my work to take a stand. I had read another article about trafficking and was thinking, what can I do? How can I find a way to give? And God prompted, give your business away. Take whatever small reach and resources you have and leverage them for those with no voice. I knew in that frenzied, giddy night of brainstorming and praying that God had lined up everything -- my business, my Etsy shop, my social media platforms -- so that I would be ready when he tugged on my heart again. Here was the meaning. Here was the divine purpose.

 

I rebranded my business four months later to Speak Justice Design Co., and started donating from every sale to The Exodus Road, an organization that helps find, rescue, and restore people who are trapped in slavery. For every $10 that is spent in our shop, we donate $3. In the six months since the launch, we’ve raised almost $1,000 for rescue. That’s enough to pay for four weeks of investigations, or transitional care for nine survivors after a raid. I have never loved my work so much as I do now that I am helping fight for freedom.

 

I know that not everyone has the same calling, which is why Speak Justice is about living intentionally at home in the world. That includes ending slavery. That includes purposeful motherhood. That includes serving your community and speaking up for the marginalized. Oh man, it includes so many good things! I want to live intentionally and inspire others to be intentional in whatever they do. I’m passionate about God’s mission for me, and I want to help others discover their mission too! You don’t have to waste any more time wondering what that meaning is you’re looking for. God has a call for your life right now.

 

It's still a struggle because I have to balance this passion with my other calls to serve my family (my pastor hubby and two sweet and spunky boys, 3 and 1) and the church. Sometimes I feel like God has given me more missions than what I can accomplish. But I do my best to trust him with that and keep working. To pursue His idea of success, not mine. To just be obedient to the call and let him fill in the rest. Because it’s really his mission, after all.

 

CONNECT WITH KELLY

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | SHOP

More about Kelly

Kelly is an optimist, a sensitive heart, quiet by nature and hopelessly forgetful. Her happy places are in meaningful relationships, pour-your-heart-out worship, autumn in the mountains and anything with her boys. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Josh, and their two very social and animated boys, who are 3 and 1. She serves in student ministry with her husband and is the founder of Speak Justice Design Co.

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