in Joy

Joy Comes in the Morning

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“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

I often have trouble sleeping. Like many women, I lay in the dark and all my thoughts begin rushing to my mind. What is my schedule tomorrow? What time is my son’s baseball game? Did I sign that permission slip for the field trip? Did my husband set his alarm? Did I close the garage? I wonder what will happen on tomorrow’s episode of This is Us….

Can you see where I’m going here? I think as women we tend to constantly plan and be on top of what is going on with our family, our careers, our friends and the world in general. And often those thoughts become very weighty. I remember distinctly lying in bed as tears fell when I realized in my mama heart that something was not quite right with my youngest son. He was about three years old and just didn’t seem to be developing as he should. In the darkness, in the night, I knew, and I cried.  

A diagnosis for you, your spouse or one of your family members can be weighty. For me, in darkness, at night, those heavy feelings become as heavy as an elephant. Tears begin to flow. Even scripture says “weeping may come in the night …” (Psalm 30:5). One commentator I read said, “Our wearied nerve and brain seem unable to bear up under pressure. Our pulse throbs and fevered, restless body refuses to help in the work of endurance.” As I lay there, my soul is weary and dark. But oh, there is hope!

Our God does not leave us. David continued to write in that verse I mentioned earlier, “but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). YES! Joy. After the struggle. After the sleepless nights, there is joy. The morning after the struggle and the heavy elephant sitting on me, light shines. The sun comes up and sheds light on a new day.

Maybe those financial struggles that keep you awake at night are still there in the morning, but there is always hope in Jesus. Maybe that child who is causing heartbreak is still a prodigal, but you can approach the throne of the Savior with joy on his behalf. Maybe that dream of marriage and family is dying after being single for so long, but God is longing to bring joy in the sunrise. The light of a new day and the hope of what is to come is never farther than a whispered prayer. He hears our cries. He sees our tears. He gives us joy.

Just this past Sunday, Pastor Mike mentioned this in the book of Lamentations. He spoke of the prophet Jeremiah being so weary because of all that had happened to him as he watched his world crumbling around him. But in Lamentations 3, starting in verse 21, he writes, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23, emphasis mine).

And joy can lead to laughter. In Ecclesiastes 3:2-4, we are reminded there is a time for everything: “A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.”

Yes, we can cry. Yes, we are to weep, to experience that brokenness; but we are also to harvest, to heal, to dance and to laugh. I love to laugh to most of all of those. It is my absolute favorite thing to do - laugh until my sides hurt. Laughter is truly the best medicine.

No, my problems have not gone away. My son has a diagnosis that he will live with for the rest of his life. And this may cause struggle in his life and ours. More tears will fall in the night. But my son is the epitome of joy! His smile in infectious. He spreads love to everyone he meets. And his laughter is contagious. And my joy always comes in the morning.

When was the last time you turned those tears to joy and laughter? Take some time and bask in the joy the Father wants to pour down on you. Join the Women’s Ministry for a free night of laughter on April 25th at C3: Comedy, Cake and Coffee with Kerri Pomarolli. We all need a good laugh!

Kim Reed

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.
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in Unity

Building Oneness in Christ

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“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4: 1-3)

Welcome to our new blog! I am very excited about this new Women’s Ministry resource. We hope it will become a great way to hear from the women of our church throughout the year. (Email Jenn Dennard – - for details about becoming a contributor.)

Just a little bit about me: I was recently asked to step into the position of leader of the Women’s Ministry team. With much prayer, I felt Christ was leading me to accept. I have three grown children and one grandson. I love to snow ski and play tennis, plus interior design and family time. My passion is building relationships between women.

Retreating in the New Year

The WM leadership team kicked off the year with a short retreat focused on the fruits of the spirit. It was a time of bonding, hearing one another’s faith story, and focusing on each fruit through mini devotionals given by each team member. This devotional time was a reminder that in order to have the attitude of Christ, we must choose to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as His words instruct us. (Check out “Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit” by Christopher J.H. Wright if you’d like to better understand Galatians 5:22-23.)

Another theme that kept coming up during our time together was the desire to help the women of our church develop relationships with each other. Whether you’re new to BHBC or have been a member since the “hardware store” days, getting “plugged in” and making new friends can be hard in a church of our size. And so we are in the midst of planning to have several different locations around Cobb and Paulding where women can drop in to hang out, meet one another, and become familiar with the Women’s Ministry team and Life Group leaders that correspond to different seasons of life. More details coming soon!

As you may have realized by now, we will not host a churchwide Women’s Ministry retreat this year. With much prayer and discussion, the planning committee felt that God wanted them to take a break, regroup, and wait for His direction regarding an event in 2020. We will host a Retreat Forum at BHBC on Monday, April 22 at 7pm to gather ideas and suggestions about next year’s retreat. See details about that below. We are positive that God will do something amazing in 2020!

Other upcoming Women’s Ministry activities include:

March 9: MUST Ministries Serve Day from 10-12pm at the MUST warehouse at 1280 Field Parkway, Marietta, GA 30066. Contact Donna Redner to RSVP .

April 22: Retreat Forum at 7pm. Location at BHBC TBD. Join us as we gather ideas and suggestions for the 2020 Women’s Retreat. Plan to come and share your ideas.

April 25: A Night of Cake, Coffee, and Comedy with Kerri Pomarolli, author of the “Mom’s Night Out” devotional and movie screenplay. Free admission. We’ll be collecting full-sized hygiene items for women as part of our missions outreach that night.

Let’s Get Started

My heart for the women’s ministry is that we will all feel we are one in Christ and “walk across the room” to meet each other. My prayer is that God will help us build each other up. Recognizing the value of every person. Focusing on what’s important. Living by faith.

Continue to be faithful to our loving Father!

Kim Edde

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.
Stay up to date with Women’s Ministry events here, and missions opportunities here.
Connect with Women's Ministry via Facebook and/or Instagram @bhbc_women
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