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What are you searching for?

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“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” Proverbs 8:17

If you were to google the phrase ‘top searches on google right now’ you would find a lot of sports inquiries. Doesn’t matter what team, just hundreds of thousands of people in unison asking about sports.  Over a million people recently searched for information about the Eagles football team in a 24 hour period? A million? Really? That seems like a lot of people searching for the same thing!

In fact, of the top 20 topics searched in the last 24 hours; 13 were sports, 4 were Hollywood, 2 were TV and 1 was music. If you were a curious sort and wanted to know what the top search in 2019 overall was, it was ‘Disney plus’. People are seeking, they want info, they want to know the answers.

What about you? Are you an ‘Alexa’ fan? Or perhaps ‘google assist’? Tools that help us in searching for answers. Of course, there is always the ultimate search engine… Mom! “Mom…where is my…” how many times have you heard that today?

We can’t deny that people are searching…

  • Trying to pinpoint the right gift, or the elusive one.
  • Trying to find the best way to cook a turkey.
  • Trying to discover the reason for the season.

So, what if you find yourself still searching?

Is it possible that we are not really seeking earnestly? I recall my 3 boys playing hide and seek when they were all under the age of 8. I found the older two happily playing another game when my understanding was, they were supposed to be looking for their little brother. When questioned the oldest quickly announced that they weren’t really looking for him, but if he thought they were then he would stay quiet and the older two could play cars without him bothering them!

This advent we have been blessed by the words of many of the women of our church.  The advent books have been re-stocked. But how many of those books are being read?

How earnestly are you looking?

The advent devotional was written to help us pursue, hope, love, joy and peace. Hopefully we have walked this journey towards Christmas in search of Jesus, and just as the star led the wise men, God’s word leads us.

What if we are spending time with the Lord, and yet are still a little ragged around the edges?

Perhaps we are not letting the word penetrate our hearts? It is hard to stop. Hard to say I am going to sit and be still, be quiet. Sometimes it takes the flu, or a stomach virus to get us to be still.

I don’t want to resist stopping so much that it takes a bug to slow me down. I want to be in a place where I can voluntarily recognize the value in resting, reassessing, and rebuilding. When I stop, I will hear the Lord’s voice more clearly.

Searching is not a new thing…

Rumi a 13th century poet said “What you seek is seeking you”

Marcel Proust a 19th century novelist said “The voyage of discovery is not seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.”

We are inquisitive people, we will always seek out answers to the questions we have. Anyone who is deeply interested in learning more, will learn more.

What are you waiting for? Turn to His word as the season of giving approaches. Accept His gift of salvation, and knowledge, and the blessing that comes with it. In the words of a fabulous hymn “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace”

CJ Crenshaw

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Be Still and Know that You Can Survive (and Thrive) During the Holidays!

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“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathens, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

It’s here. The holiday season. Take a deep breath. Don’t panic! There is hope. Hope that you’ll get through the next two months without feeling overwhelmed by the preparations, the decorations, the shopping, the card-sending, the parties, the family members who never seem to get along.

We all know that Jesus is the reason for the season, but sometimes that truth gets lost in the hustle and bustle of holiday prep. We know that we need to “be still,” but find it hard to stop spinning like whirling dervishes. The traditions we at first so happily engage in can quickly become overwhelming, leaving us feeling depleted and with little time for reflecting on the birth of our Savior.

Perhaps you can identify with some of the seasonal struggles below:

“I used to get overwhelmed by decorating, felt my house had to look perfect. I overcame that by dialing back my expectations and making a more reasonable schedule for decorating.” - CJ

“I love volunteering at my kids’ schools, and I tend to overbook myself during the holidays, trying to volunteer at everyone’s party, on every field trip, and for every program. A few years ago, my busy schedule and my ‘yes’ to everything had me overwhelmed. I normally start listening to Christmas music in October, but that year I just couldn’t even listen. I realized my many ‘yesses’ had caused me to just go through the motions and not even stop to listen to songs praising God for sending His Son!

I learned over the following years that I can say ‘yes’ to one or two things, but that I also need to give myself time to sit and enjoy the lights on our trees and listen to music. I now get up earlier than everyone else and turn on soft music and the tree lights so that I can start my day with ‘breathing time.’” – Kimberly

“About two years ago we were buying our kids gifts just to buy them. I was literally buying things so that they would have the same number of presents. Last year, we did the four gifts (something you want, something you need, something you wear, something you read) – so much less stress and we were able to spend more time together on the reason for the season. This year, we are going to try to give more experiences than gifts!” – Melissa

“Buying gifts for EVERYONE got out of hand for us several years ago (choosing that perfect gift combined with the expense), so we made a new rule: gifts only for kids plus an occasional name-draw gift exchange for adults. It’s really all about the time spent together!” – Jess

“I think all of the last minute ‘small’ stuff really gets us frazzled: gifts for teachers, friends of my tweens, class parties, gift exchanges, dance company girls and instructors, coaches, mailman … you name it. It can get crazy, and takes the focus off of the peace and calm of Christ’s birth if we let it.” – Sarah

“I bought a puppy at the last minute (literally Christmas Eve) just to try to have the very best gift a boy could want. Don’t buy a pet if you’re caught up in the moment. We spent five years trying to adjust to having a very excitable dog until we finally decided it wasn’t suitable to our lifestyle and gave him to a friend. Since then, I’ve tried to be more practical with gift planning.” – Sandra

“Best Christmas I ever had was a destination Christmas so that we could make memories (in lieu of gifts). It eliminated all stress and materialism.” – Donna

Can you identify with any of the stories above? It’s so easy to get lost in trying make everyone happy that we wind up losing out on opportunities to celebrate Christ’s birth. Whether it’s sitting for a few minutes in front of a softly lit tree listening to songs of praise, enjoying “quiet time” instead of rushing out to shop, or scaling back on decorating to avoid a holiday hissy fit, there are ways to keep Jesus at the center of your Christmas season.

Join the Women’s Ministry on Sunday, November 10 at 6:30pm as we “Gather Around the Table” for honest conversation with women of all ages and stages about how to not only survive the Christmas season, but thrive in our relationships with Christ. Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Jennifer Dennard

Interested in becoming a Women’s Ministry blog contributor? Contact Jenn Dennard ( ) for details.

Interested in joining the Women’s Ministry team? Visit our Teams page to discover our various committees and which one might be the best fit for you.

In need of prayer or a fellow woman in Christ to chat with? The Women’s Ministry team would love to be there for you. Email Kim Edde ( ) to connect with one of our team members.

Connect with the Women's Ministry via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bhbcsistersoftheheart) or Instagram (bhbc_women)

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