We met 17 years ago, started a relationship 14 years ago, he proposed 11 years ago and 9 years ago we became “1”.
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Celebrating Larry & Breona Bynum
Name: Breona Bynum
Spouse’s Name: Larry Bynum
Children’s Names & Ages: Brayden Bynum (11) and Brenden Bynum (8)
Larry’’s Occupation: Assembly and Test Specialist at Caterpillar, Inc.
Breona’s Occupation: Entrepreneur & Hairstylist at Everlastings Images Salon
Larry’s Hobbies: Fishing, sports, and working out
Breona’s Hobbies: Shopping, reading, and spending time with my family
Church/Place of Worship: Word of Faith Christian Center in Peoria, Illinois
This specific exercise… takes our marriage to another level of communication.
Ministry Involvement: Breona is the nursery director of ages 6 weeks- 3years and Larry is an usher and a volunteer assistant in the nursery.
Favorite Leisure Couples Activity: Something that my wife and I do often to evaluate ourselves within our marriage is a “use to” exercise. Both husband and wife both have to participate. You will share with each other what you use to do that made you feel loved or appreciated. Once they share, you will acknowledge what it may be and get back to making your spouse feel loved or appreciated from what they shared with you. This specific exercise may or may not yield the same results as it does for our marriage, but it most definitely takes our marriage to another level of communication.
Favorite Book on Marriage/Relationship: The BIBLE, 5 Love Language by Gary Chapman and The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
Favorite Song(s): Just for Me by Karen Clark Sheard, God is Great by Ricky Dillard, I Give You More by Lawrence Flowers, and The Worship Medley by Tye Tribbett
Favorite Restaurant: Chili’s
The best advice we can share to those that desire marriage would be to remember that it’s not always easy but it’s worth it when you wait on God and never rush.
Favorite Date Night Activity: Dinner dates and a taking a walk on the riverfront
How Did You Meet: Larry and I were high school sweethearts. We met 17 years ago, started a relationship 14 years ago, he proposed 11 years ago and 9 years ago we became “1”.
I was open to doing better because I never wanted my marriage to fail or be broken because of me…
What is the best advice that you’d give for those who desire Marriage: The best advice we can share to those that desire marriage would be to remember that it’s not always easy but it’s worth it when you wait on God and never rush. Always focus on “marriage” not so much of the “wedding”. Often times, people get caught up in the planning of the special day. Lastly, seek God first before making that commitment.
What are your thoughts on being submissive? I battled with being a “submissive wife” in the beginning of our marriage. I remember reading and hearing about being a submissive wife in marriage counseling. In a Christian marriage, to be submissive is about being humble and loyal to one’s husband. I understood what it meant, but receiving the word and applying it to your life is a totally different situation.
I’ve seen many wives serving their husbands more than being submissive to them. They felt “forced” to have their husband’s dinner ready by 5:00 pm and bath water ran by 6:30 pm, but yet she’s bitter with her husband or not truly desiring to be his wife. So as I was sitting in marriage counseling, I heard this word very clearly, but to be honest, I wasn’t receiving it. I couldn’t receive it because I had the wrong mindset.
My husband did not make it hard for me to submit: I made it difficult for ME. I was like an infant in that area. I had to acknowledge that I had a “submissiveness” problem, because initially, I viewed it in the wrong way—as though I was being made to serve him. However, this is not what it means at all. After reading the Word (Bible) over and over, praying, and linking up with another submissive wife to help me (thanks to my mentor Gia Jones), I was able to gain a clearer perspective.
I was open to doing better because I never wanted my marriage to fail or be broken because of me not handling my role as a wife as God intended. What I did learn through the process was that being submissive is voluntary. I had to surround myself with other like-minded wives to help me to see how I could reach my goal in this area. It was also important for me to submit to God first and do as He said in my marriage so that we could reap the benefits of blessings others. While every day is still a journey, I remind myself of my role with this scripture: “Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God (Titus 2:4-5 NIV).
Marriage is a ministry so what do you want others to glean from your marriage: We want others to see Christ in our marriage and the real meaning of marriage as God has designed it.
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