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That Familiar Place


Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young WomenThat Familar Plaace by Takiela BynumI’ve been here before. Although I can’t see anything, I can feel everything. The smell, the sounds, even the taste, they are all dangerously familiar. The last time I was here, I vowed to never return, yet here I am…again.

The sheer blinding darkness, rancid suffocating odor, deafening silent screams, sharp slashing words, and mind wrenching imaginings – it all rushed back to me, beckoning me to return to its deadly embrace…killing me softly.

Suddenly, I’m entertaining thoughts of going back to that familiar place. I’m contemplating, reasoning with myself to loose myself, convincing myself to escape into the comfort of that familiar place…and I began to drift.

Opening my eyes, I immediately notice something is distinctly different. I’m not in that familiar place as previously mentioned. I look up and recognize my surroundings. Instantly thanking God for His peace that is beyond understanding. Like a hedge of protection surrounding me with His presence, shielding me from the depression devouring me only moments ago.

That familiar place, although it may be comforting it is dangerous. That familiar place may be internal like depression, it may be anger, jealousy, or pride etc. However, it can also be external, as well, for example, a casino, night club, drugs/alcohol, etc. Whether internal or external only God can protect you from it, He is your refuge. It is when we are weak that His strength is perfected. Will power won’t do it, determination isn’t enough, only the power of God can completely and utterly destroy that familiar place and give you a new place to dwell. The safest place in the world is in the will of God. Find peace, comfort, and deliverance all in God. Abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

Let’s pray…

Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your peace today. It is a peace that goes far beyond human understanding. I ask that You forgive me for retreating to that familiar place. That place that has me bound, fleeing from trials, and cowering in tribulations. You have not giving me a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. I will come to You when I am in danger for You are my refuge. You are my strength. You are my strong tower, a very present help in the time of trouble. You are my everything. I am eternally grateful for your unconditional love. I trust You Lord. You are a keeper of those who want to be kept. I want to be kept by You. I love You Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Takiela Bynum is a speaker and author who has lived through unimaginable abuse, growing up in a single parent home, and becoming a teen mother. In God’s good and perfect ways, Takiela has the experience necessary to connect with youth on a deeper level. The Lord exchanged the ashes of her life for His beauty, indeed. You can find more info about Takiela on her site,

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