Thursday, June 19, 2008

Rocking Chair Reflections


Things are wild in the world of Bynum. I'm preparing for a trip to africa, Alison and Norah are preparing for a beach run with Grannie and Uncle Kyle, so needless to say there has been a lot of busy preperations going on. Work is super busy and for me there are several deadlines that I am attempting to met early so that I can be gone, as well as throw in a few planning meetings for the small group staff and ta..da, No time.

Enough of my whinning the reason for this post is to share so revalations I have had recently, now none of this is ground breaking or really even a new thought but it is where I am right now.

Last night I sat in Norah's room rocking her as she screamed (she is teething..AGAIN) and God spoke. As much as my heart was breaking for Norah, and I much as I wanted to fix it..I couldn't I don't have what it takes, all I can do is be there hold her and comfort her. That is when God spoke up and reminded me how much His Heart breaks to see us in pain, pain that unlike Norah not feeling well, this pain we caused by our sin. Yet even with OUR SIN being the reason for OUR PAIN, God still longs to comfort us, to hold us and reassure us. The great part of that is God does have what it takes to fix it. He has already done it, our sin is forgivin and we are adopted as His children and He is our Father.

That brought me to tears last night. I have a Heavenly Father who longs to Heal, Comfort, and Restore me. (AND YOU).

I challenge you and myself to take time when we hurt to turn to God and accept His comfort and Love.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Africa (no not the band)

That's right I'm headed off to Africa in a few weeks, Guinea to be exact. God has blessed me with a wonderful opportunity to spend a week participating in His work. While we are there we are going to work with missionaries, who have given their lives to spread God's Love to the the people of Guinea, by working with some students trying to learn English, visiting nearby villages and meeting people who are open to start building relationships.

With any trip there are costs involved. My part of this trip is $1,000.00 which includes my transportation, lodging, meals and insurance. Additional out of pocket expenses include shots, passport/visa and appropriate clothing/gear for the trip.

I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider participating in our trip through your prayers, encouragement and financial support. Whatever amount God might lead you to give will be a great blessing to me and the the people we have the privilege of ministering to in Guinea. You may make your check payable to First Baptist Church or to myself and send to me ( email me at bynum.brad@gmail.com if you need my mailing address). Any monies received over and above the cost for me will be used to help others to go this or future trips.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this opportunity to help spread God's Love in Guinea. I am confident that God has great things in store for this trip, and I pray that I will be forever changed by what He teaches me.

Again thank you for your support,

In Christ's Service,

Brad

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