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Philippians. Love it. Lu-HUV it. One of the gals in my Bible study, Kim Heinecke, brought up something so awesome that I must share it with you, my internet peeps.  Kim and I have similar stories with much different outcomes. And we’re both living blessed lives. She will tell you that her life is the best but I, of course, have to argue that one. I mean seriously, I have the best man alive as my husband AND I have five letters in my first name and five letters in my last name. I know. Regarding verses 12-14 in the 1st chapter, she asks, “How would I fill in the blanks? How do my struggles advance the gospel?” She took the liberty to fill in the blanks for me and I must say, it moved me. Take a look.
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to Cindy and her encounter with infidelity in marriage has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that our God is big enough to redeem all things and to restore that which was broken and wounded. Because of my [her] chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to guard our hearts in marriage and to pray for our spouses but to look to Christ to fill all the voids.
It’s your turn now. Whether you’ve endured some extremely painful circumstances in your life or not, we all have a story to share. Here’s the passage:
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me ___________________ has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that _______________________. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to ___________.
Share with the rest of us how your life is advancing the gospel.

20 thoughts on “Fill In The Blanks”

  1. “Now I want you to know, sisters, that my brokenness has really served to advance the Gospel. As a result, it has become clear … to everyone else that missionaries aren’t any different than they are. Because of my chains, most of the sisters in the Lord have been encouraged to be more transparent and authentic.”

    amen.

  2. Now I want you to know that forgiveness and selflessness has really served to advance the Gospel. As a result, it has become clear to everyone else that we all need God’s mercy and grace. Because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters in the Lord have been encouraged to live a more selfless life, walk in forgiveness, and refuse to live in bitterness.

  3. Now I want you to know, brothers/sisters, that what has happened to me Heidi, my years and years of verbal abuse that I withstand is moving me in the steps of true healing and freedoms has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that WE CAN HAVE FREEDOM if they would only trust and be vulnerable to a living God allowing Him to show His glory in the redemption He so gladly gives. Because of my chains, most of the brothers/sisters in the Lord have been encouraged to seek and know that Christ is the healer, the restorer and they fall at His feet.

  4. Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me, raising children as a single mom, has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that no one can be EVERYTHING a child needs, whether mom or dad. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to look to the FAther to fill in the gaps we, as parents, leave in the lives of our children every.day.

    (I was so encouraged to read those others!)

  5. This is SOOO good!! Hope you ladies had a blessed morning together!

    Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me, my walk in shame, has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that there is nothing that the Lord can’t redeem and make new. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to surrender all broken places and find healing and newness in Christ’s love.

    good stuff. good stuff indeed.

  6. oh this is pretty darn good, cindy-five-letters.

    seriously.

    Now I want you to know, SISTERS, that what has happened to me , MY BROKEN MARRIAGE, has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that GODS FIRST DESIRE IS TO RESTORE! Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to KEEP SPECIAL GUARD ON THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS.

  7. “Now I want you to know, sisters, that my struggles and victory through this deployment has really served to advance the Gospel. As a result, it has become clear … to everyone else that women can survive the pain and loneliness of military life and come out stronger, closer to Christ, and living out their true purpose. Because of my chains, women across the nations will be encouraged to embrace the adversity and be changed for the better!

  8. This is awesome Cindy…thanks so much!

    Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me, INFIDELITY IN MY MARRIAGE, has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that GOD IS SO GOOD and CAN RESTORE US IF WE ARE OBEDIENT TO HIM. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to PLACE GOD FIRST and to GUARD OUR MARRIAGE!

  9. Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me, LOSING MY TWO YEAR OLD IN A CAR WRECK DUE TO MY EX-HUSBAND’S DRUG ADDICTION, has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that it IS POSSIBLE FOR CHRISTY TO WALK IN JOY IN THE MIDST OF TRADEGY. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to believe that they can WALK IN FORGIVENESS AND JOY ALSO.

    Cindy, it is so true. There is BEAUTY BEYOND THE PAIN!

  10. Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me childhood sexual abuse has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that anything and anyone can be forgiven if we ourselves want forgiveness for the hatred we once harboured. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to use their past as a testimony of God’s glory and not use it as a label of who they are.

  11. I could cite several circumstances that sound very similar to what has already been expressed but I will say this…today was one of the most inspiring blogs that I have read in a long time. Beautiful.

  12. Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me as a teenager in having those two abortions has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that there is nothing we cannot rise above and that we are forgiven and washed clean. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to break the chains of our past choices that hold us down.

    at least, i hope so!!!

    this was fabulous!

  13. What my husband and I have been through with a pornography addiction almost ending our marriage has been used by God to reach and minister to so many people. We had no idea when we were walking through it that God would use our broken places to reveal His own characterstics and glory. It’s amazing to me how God can take our muddy lives, spit on on it, and turn it into something beautiful beyond imagination.

    Truly, How great is our God!!!!

  14. wow. thank you cindy. i really needed to read this tonight. the past few weeks have been extremely difficult for us. i know God has a plan and a purpose in “it all,” but it’s nice to be reminded.

    Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to us in the ministry has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that millions of students will be reached to become fully devoted followers of Christ (by several prophetic words). Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to trust God through the good, bad and the ugly, even when they don’t understand the circumstances they find themselves in at times.

  15. Probably the most dangerous weapon you aliens have. If used correctly, you can be of use healing others like you. If used incorrectly, it can expect everyone else to be like you. It’s all in the use. IMHO, as always. (grin)

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