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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and honestly, I wish I had posted this earlier. But that’s what happens when you’re a busy mom of 4 and a pastor’s wife, HA. Anyway, here’s a list of some fun gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. I focused on general gifts for moms, dads, wives, husbands, and kiddos around the teen – younger kid ages. Let me know if you bought any goodies from this list!

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For the Wife & Mama

1. Monogram Necklace – 

2. Pacifica Eye Mask- 

3. Fuzzy Slippers –

4. Smart Sweets –

5. Makeup Fridge –

6. Cozy Robe –

For the Husband & Dad

  1. Aeropress-
  2. Fellow Carter Insulated mug – 
  3. Jack Black Skin Kit –
  4. Bro Mask – 
  5. Cravebox – 
  6. Timex Watch – 

    For the Teens

    1. Heart Pajamas –  
    2. Essie Nail Polish –
    3. Sour candy –
    4. AirPods Cleaning Pen –
    5. Extra Soft Blanket –
    6. Disney T-shirt –

      For the Teens

      1. Squeakee The Balloon Dog –  
      2. Pajamas – 
      3. Sarah Silks Enchanted Playsilk – 
      4. Piggie Paint Non-Toxic Nail Polish Set – 
      5. Pop It Purse – 
      6. Cub Coats –  
        For the Mama

        For the Mama

        Mom, Mother, Momma, Mommy, Mama,
        Whatever name you go by to your kids, I see you.
        I do, I see you.
        I see you are tired.
        I see you are exhausted.
        I know you think you are failing.
        I know you feel like you are not enough for your family.

        Will you listen for a minute… or two?
        Your precious children were given to you because you are exactly the mom they need.  
        Let that sink in.
        The Lord could have given them to anyone.
        But He gave this child to you.

        Your kids don’t care what you look like.
        Mom, they don’t see the extra 5 pounds that you do.
        They don’t see that you haven’t showered in a week.
        Your kids don’t care about all of the degrees that you have or don’t have.
        They don’t care that they don’t get the Pinterest perfect party.
        They don’t care how many mistakes you make as a parent.

        They are thankful for you.
        You are the most beautiful woman in the world to your kids.
        Your smile calms their fears.  
        Your hug tells them they are loved.  
        We will never be able to fix all of their problems, and we don’t want to because they wouldn’t learn that they need to depend on God.

        Your faith will get you through the hard parenting days.
        I promise.

        The most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your own home.  
        You are such a special momma, and you are doing a great job.
        Now keep going.
        I know the days are so long, but sweet Mama, the years are short.
        This season will soon be over, and you will wish you had embraced it more.
        Let us be parents without regrets knowing we have done the best we can!

        Try to do something this week too –
        Bless another Mama.
        A simple “you are doing a good job” can go such a long way to a tired mama.
        It may be in a grocery store or at a gas station.  
        Ask the Lord to show you a Mom that needs a blessing this week.

        Hold these two scriptures close and go give your kiddos the biggest hug.
        You rock, Mama!

        Isaiah 40:29-31
        He gives power to the weak
        and strength to the powerless.
        Even youths will become weak and tired,
        and young men will fall in exhaustion.
        But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
        They will soar high on wings like eagles.
        They will run and not grow weary.
        They will walk and not faint.

        Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Proverbs 31:28

        Featured image was taken by Meshali Mitchell

        Give it all to Him

        Give it all to Him

        I need to share the goodness of God with you today.

        The Spirit has been thick today.
        If you know, you know.
        Hours later, the tears picked up, so off to get dressed I went.
        Of course, when I say “get dressed,” I mean pulling clothes out of the dirty laundry because I haven’t had a chance to wash my clothes.
        Moms, you know this too well.
        Their clothes get washed, and if there’s room in there, then yours will.
        So I am writing this in a sweatshirt that says “Sunday Kinda Girl,”
        and it’s Saturday.
        No judging.
        I have on Christmas pajama bottoms from last year that are a bit snug.
        Thanks, thyroid medicine.
        And to top it all off, I am still wearing yesterday’s makeup from going to bed a little too late.
        The teens hung out at our house until late last night and of course,
        I had to give advice.
        If you are perfect and don’t get any of the above,
        I am sorry and hope you stick around.
        I promise you’ll like it here.
        I woke up with my eyes leaking.
        I knew what this meant.
        The Lord is saying,
        “There is something I need to tell you.”
        “There is something I need to show you.”
        Do you know that feeling?
        Doesn’t it feel so good?
        You feel so lost in His presence, but this time you like being “lost.”
        Not a “lost” like you are in Oklahoma, supposed to be in Arkansas,
        and end up in Missouri lost.
        That’s a story for another day.
        The tears haven’t stopped flowing.
        Praying in the Spirit.
        Come Holy Spirit.
        All of the noise is blocked out.
        The Lord is giving visions.
        You can SEE them.
        You are broken, but it’s a “good broken.”
        No, nothing is weighing on me.
        I’m not heavy today.
        I’ve gone to the burden bearer, so I’m light.
        He carries that load so much better than I do.
        Yes, He’s the most outstanding counselor ever.
        He doesn’t even charge an hourly rate.
        Thank goodness because I would be broke. Ha!
        Just in case you haven’t heard, HE paid my bill.
        He has paid yours in FULL too.
        We are undeserving.
        Aren’t you grateful?
        The Lord is working.
        The Lord is moving.
        I am thankful for what the Lord is doing.
        I am thankful for how HE is moving.
        I am grateful.
        He is worthy.

        See Sister,
        You shouldn’t just enter into His presence on Sundays.
        You have to crave His presence.
        Yes, crave.
        I crave Hershey Almond bars almost every day.
        Crave Him more than that candy bar, Sis.
        Your Sunday should carry into your Monday-Saturday’s.
        A presence of worship should fill your home, office, car, or
        We have to get to the point where we can’t step a step without Him.
        We can’t roll out of bed without Him.
        We can’t go into our day until we have first talked to HIM.
        I have to take daily medicine to function since I am missing my thyroid.
        It’s the first thing I do as soon as my eyes open.
        I have my pill and water on my nightstand.
        I know if I miss that dose, I will get sick.
        I can’t live without it.
        What if we approached His presence just like this?
        What if, as soon as our eyes open, we go straight to Him and His word?
        What if we lived like we can’t live without HIM?
        Sis, don’t put on a front.
        Stop saying the proper lingo.
        Don’t just post your love for Him.
        Be “hungry” for Him deep down.
        You know those hunger pains when you have missed a meal.
        Let that be your prayer.
        “Lord, give me that kind of hunger pain for more of you!”
        I can’t eat breakfast or drink coffee for 1 hour after my medicine.
        What if we approached the worldly noise the same way?
        What if we didn’t check email, social media, texts, or the news until 1 hour after spending time with Him?
        Something I have learned since taking this medicine is that my taste for coffee has changed.
        Some days I don’t even want it, and I don’t crave it as I did.
        I think you my, Sister, will see the same changes happen in your life when you start.
        Start your day in His presence first.
        Things and relationships that once filled you will not serve you any longer.
        Your life will drastically change.
        It’s a good change, Sis.

        He’s waiting.
        His arms are open wide.
        He doesn’t care what you’ve done.
        You don’t have to have it all together to go to Him.
        Because when you go to Him, you don’t leave as you came.
        He’s the chain breaker.
        He’s a giant slayer.
        He’s a miracle worker.
        He’s the soft, sweet, still voice that whispers, “It’s going to be Ok!”
        He’s waiting.
        He’s waiting on you, Sweet Sis.
        There is beauty in fully surrendering to Him.
        It’s more beautiful than any handbag you will ever carry.
        Yes, even Hermes.

        Give him your life.
        Give him your marriage.
        Give him your kids.
        Give him your ministry.
        Give him your job.
        Give him your hopes.
        Give him your friendships.
        Give him your finances.
        Give him your dreams.
        Give it all.

        Let’s go a little deeper.
        Give him your tongue.
        Sis, this can and will hold you back.
        Give him your words.
        Give him your anxiety.
        Give him your depression.
        Give him your mind.
        Give him your thoughts.
        Give him your fears.
        Give him your pride.
        Give him control.
        Give him the toxic relationships.
        Give him the bitterness.
        Give him the offenses.
        Give him your conversations.
        Give him your addictions.
        Give him every chain in your life.
        What else can you give Him?
        Sweet Sis, go to Him in prayer and ask Him to show you?
        But, don’t be scared when He shows you.
        Also, don’t ask and not do what He says.
        You will find a great reward in your obedience.

        Go ahead and give it to Him.
        He’s waiting to take it all.
        Take that first step.
        You got this.
        It’s time.
        Go into His presence.
        Invite Him back into your life.
        Invite Him back into your home.
        You got this because He’s got you!

        Holy Spirit,
        Speak to my dear Sister right now.
        I pray for total surrender.
        Let her surrender every area of her life to you.
        I pray for a new move in her life.
        I pray for a fresh anointing.
        Renew her mind.
        Guard her heart.
        Saturate her in your peace.
        Come Holy Spirit.
        Move Holy Spirit.
        Speak to my dear Sister.

        My Favorite Resources for Reading the Bible Through 2022

        My Favorite Resources for Reading the Bible Through 2022

        One of my favorite things to do at the start of a new year is read through the entire Bible. As intimidating as this might sound, with a good plan it’s actually easy and so fulfilling! I wanted to share a few of my favorite resources to support you in reading through the bible in 2022. Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re getting or what your favorite Bible study tools are!

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        1. Floral Journal (great for a Bible journal or prayer journal) –

        2. Neon arrows (for marking Bible verses or your notes) –

        3. The One Year Bible Companion –

        4. Prayer Journal –

        5. Bible Highlighters –

        6. The One Year Bible NLT –

        The Minick Family Christmas Gift Guide

        The Minick Family Christmas Gift Guide

        This year, I’m so excited to share our “Minick Family Gift Guide” with you! Our family has a wide range of interests and hobbies, so I hope that this Christmas gift guide makes shopping for your family, friends, coworkers, or neighbors a little bit easier.

        The links below are affiliate links of which I earn a small commission of each item sold, however, the price remains the same for you

        The Minick Family Christmas Gift Guide - Julia's Christmas Wish List for the wife and mama

        Julia’s Wish List – for the wife & mama

        1. skyn ICELAND Face-Lift in-a-Bag –
        2. Set of 3 Glass Photo Frame –
        3. Hydrogen Peroxide Bath Epsom Salt –
        4. Buddy the Elf Loungefly –
        5. Extra Soft Faux Fur Throw Blanket –
        6. Gotham Steel Pots and Pans Set by Chef Daniel Green –
        7. Mount Hagen: Organic Café Decaffeinated Freeze Dried Instant Coffee –
        8. Big Berkey Gravity-Fed Water Filter – (This has been on my list for years!)
          Here is a cheaper water filter option that we use everyday and we travel with – 5-Stage Water Filter Dispenser –

        Bonus – Fuzzy Fleece Open Front Hooded Cardigan –

        The Minick Family Christmas Gift Guide - Aaron's Christmas Wish List for the hubby

        Aaron’s Wish List – for the hubby

        1. Ceramic Coating Wax System –
        2. Car Vacuum Cleaner –
        3. Nintendo Classic Console Unit –
        4. Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Leather Secretary Wallet –
        5. Luggage Packing Organization Cubes –
        The Minick Family Christmas Gift Guide - Hayden's Christmas Wish List for the guitar player

        Hayden’s Wish List – for the guitar player

        1. RockJam Adjustable Portable Sheet Music Stand –
        2. Elixir Strings 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings –
        3. UGY Capo –
        4. Mechanical Metronome –
        The Minick Family Christmas Gift Guide - Preston's Christmas Wish List for the beginner drummer

        Preston’s Wish List – for the beginner drummer

        1. Evans Realfeel 2-Sided Practice Pad –
        2. Drumdots –
        3. Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones –
        4. Latin Percussion Tommy Lee Rock Star Signature Cowbell –
        The Minick Family Christmas Gift Guide - Londin's Christmas Wish List for the tween girl

        Londin’s Wish List – for the tween girl

        1. Macrame Hammock Chair –
        2. Caboodles –
        3. Sherpa KAVU Rope Fleece Bag Sling Crossbody –
        4. Sherpa Fleece Weighted Blanket –
        The Minick Family Christmas Gift Guide - Brooklyn's Christmas Wish List for the five year old girl

        Brooklyn’s Wish List – for the five year old girl

        1. Kids Weighted Blanket –
        2. Cry Babies Magic Tears Paci House –
        3. Barbie Color Reveal Doll Set –
        4. Squishmallows –
        5. Animal-Themed Kids Craft Kits –

        Thank you so much for taking the time to read my family’s Christmas gift guide, let me know if you’re purchasing any of these fun wishlist items in the comments!

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