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Nov
30

Need an Upgrade?

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Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young WomenWoman in worship positionHave you ever felt like something is missing in your life? I think most of us have at one point or another. We’ve tried filling the “something” with all types of things. We may try drugs, sex, alcohol, food, friends, family, materialistic things, success, or even activities to stuff into that gaping hole in our soul. Soon we realize no matter what we try to fill the hole with, nothing seems to satisfy that missing element in our lives. Sometimes we wonder aimlessly throughout our lives in search of a way to fill a God-sized hole.

Let me tell you sweetheart, there is NOTHING on this earth that has the capability to complete you like Christ!

Yes, life can be a hard at times. There are days you may feel like everything that can go wrong has gone wrong. Not mention the days when you cry yourself to sleep or feel like screaming at the top of your lungs out of anger and frustration, plus the times when the blows of life will literally knock you off your feet.

Usually during hardships people will turn to drugs, sex, alcohol, etc. to help them cope with the issues they are having at that particular moment. However, this kind of coping mechanisms is temporary and when the high descends, the drunkenness sobers, or the binge has ended, the problem is waiting with an open hand to smack you back into the harsh reality of its unrelenting embrace.

This God-sized hole that we long to fill will not be satisfied with temporal fixes. No sweetie, that will never be enough! Read More→

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Mar
24

UNfearFUL

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Young woman using calculator at homeAround this time last year, I was in the hospital preparing for major surgery. I looked cool, calm, and collected but the truth is that I was an emotional mess and unraveling quickly. Has fear ever taken complete control of your life? Has it grown grotesquely large, entirely or partially blocking God’s position in your life? It is time fear is dethrone and banished from our lives forever!
Maybe you’ve heard it said “do not fear” (or similar) is in the Bible 365 times – once for each day of the year. Our sovereign Lord knew that we would need daily encouragement in the area of fear. Someone once shared with me that fear has an acronym, it’s “false evidence appearing real” – F.E.A.R. Sometimes our minds will amplify a situation to the point that we can’t see anything else, especially God.
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 KJV
 
Then the scripture goes on to say “every high thing thatexalts…” Paul wrote Corinthians and this man is leaving no room for error. He is covering all bases by saying every thing and carefully placing the word high in the middle. Further explaining, he adds “that exalts” which means it is elevated or lifted in your life.
In the King James Version it says “…that exalteth”, when you see the suffix  eth, it means continually, every high thing that exalteth (continues to be elevated)…it all needs to come down. Paul knew that whatever is raised high in our lives is not in its rightful position. The high place belongs to God alone.
Next we come to the portion that says, “…bringing intocaptivity every thought…” Fears are produced from thoughts and then rapidly grow (potentially out of control). Can I share something with you? Fear was not intended for us to control but for it to control us. It accomplishes this by manipulation (i.e. making false evidence appear real), magnifying situations and resulting in the grand illusion that it is larger than life, larger than Christ. Fear does not fight fair. It will devour you and not think twice about it. It seeks to imprison you. That’s its mission and he is following the order of his master.

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Jan
03

The Reign of Worry

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Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young Women The Reign of Worry by Takiela BynumThe month of December is flooded with the commercialism of Christmas. Where there is commercialism there is pressure measure up to the standard set by society. Where there is unnecessary pressure there is stress and where there is stress, worry is always present.

Did you know that during the month of December the suicide rate dramatically increases? It shoots through the roof. Why is it that during the most popular and widely celebrated holiday also brings the most self-inflicted deaths? It’s because the meaning of Christmas has been reduced to profit making opportunities. Christmas is viewed as the largest revenue generating contingencies in the industry. Read More→

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Nov
29

Desperate Times, Drastic Measures

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Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young WomenDesperate Times, Drastic Measures by Takiela BynumDesperation can lead to a critical state of mind. It is defined as reckless or dangerous because of despair or urgency, having an urgent need or desire, leaving little or no hope. Have you ever felt that way, felt desperate?

Peter was desperate. In Matthew 14:22-36, the Bible talks about the miracle of Jesus walking on water and Peter asking to join.

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus and the disciples have recently finished feeding the thousands with three fish and five loaves of bread. Jesus sent the disciples ahead of Him on a boat while He dismissed the well fed crowd. After He released the thousands, instead of joining the disciples on the boat, He went up on a mountainside to pray alone. By nightfall, the boat was a few miles away from the shore, being pounded by the waves and wind. Moments before daybreak, Jesus went to meet the disciples.

As He’s walking on the water towards the boat, the disciples become terrified, thinking Jesus is a ghost. Immediately, Jesus identifies Himself and tells them not to be afraid. However Peter wants proof that it was Jesus and makes a request. “If it’s You, Lord, tell me to come to You on the water,” he says. Of course, Jesus replies, “Come.” Peter, full of faith, gets out of the boat and starts walking on water towards the Savior of the world.

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Nov
15

Freedom Call

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Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young WomenFreedom Call, by Takiela Bynum

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh; rather serve one another humbly in love.
Galatians 5:13 

If you are indeed counted as part of the family of God, you are the brothers and sisters Paul is referring to at the beginning of this Scripture. He is specifically talking to the children of God. The ending portion of the first sentence in that Scripture simply states, “…were called to be free.” That is the believers’ freedom call. We are called. The word called in this passage of Scripture is defined as “to summon by or as if by divine command” by Dictionary.com. As children of God, we have been divinely commanded to liberation, this is our heavenly freedom call. Our Father has called His children to be free.

There’s only one condition…you can’t misuse your liberty.

Your new found freedom cannot be used to gratify selfish impulses. Read More→

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Nov
13

Obeying God – The Simply Complicated

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Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young WomenObeying God - The Simply Complicated by Takiela BynumImagine if you were mountain climbing alone and lost track of time. Once you realized you would not reach the bottom before dark, you quickened your speed. In your effort to move faster, one thing lead to another and you dropped all of your equipment.

Now you’re running out of daylight and fog has accompanied the evening. You think you’re close to the bottom but cannot distinguish because of the fog. At last the night has engulfed the sky with no indication of you nearing the bottom. You keep moving toward the bottom, concerned about how much rope you have left. The temperature has dropped drastically.

Your fingers area numb from the cold and you’ve come to the end of your rope, literally.

All of a sudden, God whispers to your spirit, “Let go.”

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Nov
01

That Familiar Place

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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. Read More→

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Oct
18

A Salute to Single Mothers

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Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young Womentakiela-singlemomsRecently, my Christian journey led me to the path of single motherhood. Although my husband’s deployment to Afghanistan was temporary, the lessons God taught me throughout that period are ones that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

I grew up in a single-parent home. Even though it was hard (especially as a child), I never knew what my mother endured until the day I dropped my husband off at the airport.

A few weeks after my husband left, our SUV had a flat tire, our daughter’s car battery died, and I rushed our oldest son to the hospital. The doctor admitted him into the hospital on our daughter’s birthday. She spent her birthday and the next few days taking care of her baby brother while I stayed at the hospital with our oldest son. That was only the beginning and things did get much worse.

This was only two weeks into my husband’s twelve month tour!

Being a single mother is no easy feat. It is not for the weak at heart. If you are depending on your own insignificant power you will be devoured. Only the perfected strength of God alone will carry you through those days that try to consume you. God never designed the family to operate with only one parent; however, sometimes life happens and we find ourselves in situations that divine intervention is required.

I’ve known since childhood the detrimental effects of growing up without a father, but now I know from a mother’s perspective. I saw firsthand how my children suffered and struggled without their father. Finally, I came to the realization that no matter how hard I tried, I could never fill his role; I could not be the man they desperately longed for and needed. God didn’t create me to be their father, and I had to learn to do the best I could as their mom and depend on God to do what I (absolutely) could not do…be a father to them. It was a daily struggle.

That period of time had to be one of the hardest seasons of our lives, but we grew and became stronger because of it.

Single mothers, I salute you. You are strong. You have made many sacrifices. You are often taken for granted, go unnoticed, and are under appreciated. You will go out of your way to ease the minds of your children. You protect and provide at any and all costs. You spend ample amounts of time to ensure everyone else’s needs are met while your own needs go neglected. You smile to keep the family from crying. You are brave, even when you’re afraid. You are one trying to do the work of two, sometimes forgetting you’re empowered by three. Single mothers, I salute you. To my own mother, Glenda N. Drake, I salute you.

Now that my path as a single mom has come to an end it left me more grateful than I have ever been for the father of my children (my husband).

 

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 pefect 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, TakielaBynum.com.

Oct
04

The Size of Beauty

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Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young Womentakiela-beautyBeauty has no size. It can’t be weighed with a scale or measured with tape. Neither can it be bought or sold. Its depth is not determined by men or women. It can only be created by the Creator of beauty itself.

We live in a world obsessed with beauty, not naturally flawed beauty, but artificially perfected beauty. Unfortunately the media defines beauty and the public imitates it. The rule by which society measures beauty is critical and cruel.

Ladies, we put a lot of credence into our clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. but truth be told, these tangible objects can no more enhance true beauty than a decorative bow tied to a Picasso. True beauty is without measure, unable to be judged like in a pageant. It’s not determined by the shallow standards of this world. Remember that the truth of God’s word negates the lies of the world.

In 1 Peter 3:3 His word says: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.”

His word also says in 1 Samuel 16:7b “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

The size of your waist is not a determining factor in the beauty of God’s grace. Although society has a preference when it comes to sizes 2 or 22, God absolutely does not.

Personally, I think if God gave us a unit of measure for beauty it would be about 7 oz…that’s the size of an average human heart.

 

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 pefect 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, TakielaBynum.com.

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Sep
06

In the Wait of God

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Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young Womentakiela-wait“I’m sorry Mr. and Mrs. Bynum but your son tested positive for epilepsy.”

I knew something strange was going on with my son. He would have these moments of “spacing out” and unresponsiveness and when he came out of it he wouldn’t remember anything. Initially no one noticed but me because I spent the most time with him. I asked my husband about it and at first he hadn’t noticed and then one day he observed this strange behavior himself. We shared our concerns with a few family members and some of the responses were unbelievable, “he’s just being a boy,” “he’s ignoring you,” “boys just don’t listen,” “you’re overreacting,” etc. No matter what they said there was a nagging in my soul that wouldn’t rest, I knew something was wrong and I began to pray. My husband and I both began to watch and pray…and wait.

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