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Simply Stories Podcast

Oct 21, 2021

Today on the podcast we have speaker, author, mentor, and spiritual support leader for the YouVersion Bible app, Cindy Beall. She is also a woman who has been through incredible seasons of heartbreak after her husband revealed his unfaithfulness to her with multiple women, he was deep into an addiction to pornography, and one of the women he had slept with was pregnant. Cindy shares with us with such beautiful honesty where God met her in her heartbreak, and what the journey looked like when she felt called to stay with her husband as God restored her his’s life, her life, and their fractured family. Ten years later, Cindy wrote a book called Healing Your Marriage When I Trust is Broken: Finding Forgiveness and Restoration, and now ten years after its first release, and 20 years after that heartbreaking season of their lives, the book is being re-released with updated insights from its original publication in order to counsel and care for those who are living in similar seasons of heartbreak. 

Not everyone’s story is like Cindy’s, and we discuss that at length, but everyone will experience some type of betrayal and suffering, and I hope and pray that this message from Cindy can infuse hope into your soul that the Lord is near to you. We also talk about the powerful impact of porn and pornography addiction for men and for women, and how the human brain and body can so easily become entangled by it, as well as what it's like to hear from God, the power of the Word, prayer, living in community and how the Lord can be close to the brokenhearted. 

Listen, friend, I just want to reiterate something Cindy says in her powerful book and it's this:  “I can’t promise you that God will restore to you what has been lost, but please know He will restore you.” Don’t lose heart, friends. Keep going. Ask for help. Cry out to the Lord. Take a nap. Make the call. Whatever your next right step is, the Lord can and will meet you in it. Further up and further in; that’s where we draw closer to Him. You matter, friend. Your story matters. 

Connecting with Cindy: 

20th Anniversary of Healing Your Marriage When I Trust is Broken: Finding Forgiveness and Restoration 




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LifeChurch in Oklahoma 

Creators of the YouVersion Bible App 

The Bible Recap

Tara Leigh Cobble’s episode 60

Suicidal Ideation 

Craig Groeschel 

Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle 

Kristin Schmucker with Daily Grace Co. 

Hunter Beless with “Journeywomen” Podcast

Research on the effects of pornography

Connecting with her YouVersion Team

Resources to Help with Porn Addiction:

Covenant Eyes

XXX Church

Family Life

Scripture References:

Romans 10:9-10 -It is with your heart that you believe, and with your mouth you profess

Luke 1:37, Luke 21:33- The Word of God will never fail

Habakkuk 2:3- the vision yet for the appointed time 

Galatians 6:9- don’t grow weary in doing goods 

Psalm 107:2- Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story
Joel 2:25 - “He will restore the years the locusts have eaten”

Job 42:7-17- where everything was reversed and restored

Psalm 23:3-He will restore the soul 

Ephesians 1:3-14, 2 - You are who you are because of who God says you are. 

2 Corinthians 12:9-His grace is sufficient, His power is made perfect in my weakness

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (Message translation)- My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

Hebrews 12:1- Throw off everything hinders you

Deuteronomy 6:4-7,Matthew 22:37-40,Mark 12:30-31,Luke 10:27- Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, mind, soul and strength 

Galatians 5- We feed our flesh or we feed our spirit

Psalm 34:18- He is close to the brokenhearted 

John 10:10- The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy

Ephesians 6:10-18- Armor up! (Armor of God)

Matthew 9:35-38- The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few

Connecting with Emily and Simply Stories Podcast:
Instagram (Em life // Podcast Life)

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