Christmas Gift Guide | 2017

It’s SO hard to believe that it’s that time of year! You might currently be stressed with projects and finals as you’re finishing up the last week or so of the semester, but hang in there! Break is coming, and break brings Christmas, and Christmas gift giving [among many other wonderful things]!

If you’ve been wondering what else to add to your own wish list [due to being submersed in that studying, obviously], or want to know some cute, fun, or useful things to get for a galpal, we’re here to help you out!

Below you’ll find a list [+ some pics!] of some of our recs for Christmas gifts this year. Enjoy!


My favorite Lip Balmmm of all time! Specifically the Coconut Hibiscus one! So smoooooth and wonderful.

I love this book! Heather provides so much Truth to fill our minds with and also includes practical ways to renew our minds! A must read!

The Abridged Journal made by the awesome people at Letterfolk. This journal helps the wanna be journalers actually journal—it provides prompts and is so cozy looking. I’m putting it on my Christmas list.

My favorite candy of all time is Sees candy.  Have you tried it? You and your best friend need to share a box of these while watching Elf.



Love Does by Bob Goff- Life-changing. That’s all.

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Moccasins (slippers)- I know they look like most slippers, but these are better than any others I have had. They are the softest, most plush slippers… and they have a lifetime warranty. They are well worth the price!

Dr Bronner’s Peppermint Organic Lip Balm- This stuff is bomb- so good for dry lips in the winter! It is so moisturizing and I love the smell. Also, it’s not filled with yucky chemicals, so that’s a plus.

Bose Bluetooth Speaker- Perfect for playing worship music in the background while you work or for those times when you need a dance party.



Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey
Dried Mango from Aldi ((warning: addiction may occur- life changing yummy!))
Target Merona cotton-fleece leggings- SO COMFY and WARM- get them on sale!
Cool thrift store finds @ Fantastic Thrift in the Fan of RVA


These books are incredible. Rivers takes artistic liberties with them but Gods grace is clear throughout each.

Smells like Christmas joy!

A great bible study through the book of John for a group or going through John by yourself

Feels great! Smells great!



A mug to drink tea/coffee in during time with Jesus

A craft you love and want to do but never make/have time

This devo about living life “unhurried” — [You guys can download the PDF of this HERE!]

And a glorious smelling candle.


1- really cozy Sherpa lined blankets (I have one that I’m obsessed with and have trouble leaving it in the morning)
2- cozy slippers
3- prickly pear and orange Sanpelligrino
4- late night bowls of popcorn



You guys. I got this at Trader Joe’s this week and it’s almost gone. It’s a problem. Grab it while you can since it’s seasonal! But also be aware that it’s easy to eat a lot at once.

I recently found out about this company through instagram [@brunchcandlebox]. If you want to get/give a gift from a company that also gives back, and you’re addicted to candles like me, this company does a monthly subscriptions of a certain candle related to that month, and will even include a little snack in the box. For every box, they give a meal to a hungry child. You can just get/give a one time box if you want! The candles are great-smelling and last a while [even the small ones]. And it’s super fun to wonder what you’ll get!

You guys KNOW I love me some Ann. I’m always talking about this book but it’s so good and directs my heart to see the aspects of God’s grace all around me, even in the mundane.

For my creative types [or if you have one in your life]! This book my Jenny Randle is pretty cool. There’s different prompts each day to get in touch with your creative side, and there’s brief devo-type messages in each day to direct you towards God as the ultimate creator. If you need a little push to spark your creativity, this is a fun resource!

God Met Me // Resources from [TRVA Cru Fall Retreat]

Hey sweet friends! We absolutely loved women’s time at Fall Retreat this year, and we hope you did too. Doesn’t it always feel like we could use about an hour or two more in those discussion groups?? We would have loved to have sat down with each of you, with a cup of coffee or tea in hand, and hear your stories more deeply.

Maybe you should do that this week with some of your friends on campus! Seriously, it takes someone to initiate and be vulnerable… why not you?

For those of you who weren’t there, the theme of our morning was “God Met Me” — and we highlighted a variety of topics where different staff women shared ways that God has met them in different parts of their stories. From loneliness to injustice and everything in between, we had a chance to consider what God says about those things, what He does, and how we can respond in light of that.

Here are some further resources for each of YOU as you continue to dive deeper into what God has to say – books & articles from other godly men and women, Instagram accounts to follow, and podcasts to listen to.  This weekend, take some time away, and sit down with one of these things – journal, process, ask God what he might continue to teach you! Don’t let “what happens at Fall Retreat stay at Fall Retreat…”! He’s with you now, just like he was then. Lots of love to you… and enjoy these recommendations!

God Met Me [theme//in general]

  • Book: Unseen by Sara Hagerty
  • Book: Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen
  • Book: Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman
  • Book: When Life & Beliefs Collide by Carolyn Custis James

God Met Me in My Loneliness

  • Sermon: Gospel in Life by Tim Keller, “Friendship”
  • Instagram: @soulscripts [she touches on way more issues than just loneliness!]
  • Book: Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst
  • Book: Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Book: Seated with Christ by Heather Holleman
  • Article: Desiring God, “Six Ways your Phone is Changing You”

God Met Me in My Singleness

God Met Me in My Dating Relationship/Marriage

God Met Me in My Shame as I Fought for Purity

  • Book: Create in Me a Pure Heart by Steve & Kathy Gallagher
  • Book: Living Free by Ben Bennett, Brett Butcher, and Dr. Ted Roberts (Pure Desire Ministries)
  • Book: Sex and the Single Christian Girl by Marian Ellis Jordan
  • Pure Desire Ministries Resources
  • I’m Living Free Resources for Accountability, Working Through Pain, Locking Down & more
  • Article: Jessica Harris, “To the Woman Addicted to Porn”
  • Resources by Joy Pedrow

God Met Me when I saw Injustices in the World

God Met Me when My Life Fell Apart

God Met Me when My Life Didn’t Go As Planned

  • Book: Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb
  • Book: Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
  • Book: Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty
  • Any books by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Book: Anything by Jennie Allen

God Met Me Downloadable Art

  • Remember what God has done in your own life by downloading one of these “God Met Me” prints – or saving it as your background on your phone! He is the God who SEES and KNOWS you… and loves you! Be encouraged!
  • Downloadable Print 
  • Phone Background

Enjoy digging deeper & leaning into God — and comment below with other recommendations! We’d love to hear!

Stay awake, and be free! xoxo

Our Favorite Summer Reads//TRVA staff girls

You are done with classes!! For now!! Way to go! You made it through another year of school–and now it’s time for missions trips, pool sits, beach days, slow mornings, & plane rides!

As a Tidewater & Richmond Cru staff team we came up with a sweet list of summer must reads for you[from left to right]:

Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom [a biography that reads more like a story & it’s such a good encouragement to follow Jesus despite hard situations.]
Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin [Great if you want to learn how to dive into the Scriptures more this summer!]

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah [Best fiction book I have read in a long time.]
Come Help Change the World by Bill Bright [an encouragement to keep evangelism as a part of your summer plans.]

When Life and Beliefs Collide by Carolyn Custis James
Because He loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick

When Life and Beliefs Collide by Carolyn Custis James
Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Tim Keller

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty [an honest look at her season of loss, infertility, adoption, pain & how God brought redemption–she is an excellent writer–the only book I’ve ever re-read right after I finished it]

Forgotten God by Francis Chan[an excellent reminder about the Holy Spirit with mini missionary bios through out- what could be better?]
New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp [a grace filled way to start each day//devotional]

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung [A great quick read on discerning God’s will and Kevin DeYoung has some good humor!]
When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch [A book about shame and fear of people controlling you more than God’s great love for you] 

God Smuggler by Brother Andrew
Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman

Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

I Wear My Tutu Everywhere by Wendy Lewison
Fancy Nancy Tea for Two by Jane O’Connor

Happy Summer & Happy Reading!