On the conference call Tuesday night, I made a comment that I hoped didn’t offend anyone.
Lelia Chealey had just shared her incredible testimony about how she had an affair, got pregnant, had an abortion, and didn’t tell her husband for years because of fear. She did finally tell her husband and today they are a part of a marriage ministry and she is using her life for Christ in amazing ways. Not many women share secrets like that. I call them secrets, because most who have done what she did (and there are MANY), will carry those offenses to their grave. And I can understand why. But not Lelia. She and her husband both agreed that it’s a story worth telling. It demonstrates the healing, cleansing, redeeming, and restoring power of Jesus Christ and if we are still alive and breathing, God ain’t finished with us yet! I love it! In fact I love it so much, I said on the call,
“I love dirty bad girls who get wiped clean by the Lord! I LOVE THEM!”
I so hope no one thought I was calling anyone a dirty bad girl, I didn’t mean it offensively. In fact I think the reason I felt free in saying it is because I’m a dirty bad girl. I’m not gonna share all my “secrets” with you, but I am!
When you think about it, aren’t we all? Who doesn’t need the love and forgiveness of Jesus? There’s not a one of us who doesn’t need to be wiped clean by the Lord! So therefore there’s not a one of us who is justified in judging another or looking down on someone because their sin is worse than ours. We all need Jesus and He died for dirty bad girls just like us! I pray that message alone gives you hope, freedom, and a little less trouble in your heart. Sweet sister and friend, you are loved by Jesus. And I love you too. Might sound corny, but I do!
I seem to be a magnet for dirty bad girls, and I think it’s because God knows where I’ve been and that I see potential in every created being. I’ve seen victory stories like Lelia’s and so I can see a victory story for everyone. Sometimes they happen and sometimes they don’t, but I still choose to see the potential and let God do the rest. That’s not as easy as it sounds, but I’ve learned that a lot of times, we have to get out of the way so God has the chance to do His work. It’s hard to step aside, especially when you love someone, but it really comes back to trusting God. Trusting that not only is He enough for us, but He’s also enough for anyone we might be trying to help.
Lelia had no problem with me referring to her as a dirty bad girl, do you? Are you a dirty bad girl? Have you experienced the wiping clean that Jesus can give you? Or do you need to experience it, but something is holding you back? Dish it sista, let’s hear from you.
This week in our study, we are “Learning to Trust Again” and contemplating the question “What’s the Worst That Can Happen?” Great week for us dirty bad girls. There is hope for us all.
Dirty bad girls unite! There is a clean life for you and you can find it in One Place…the loving and forgiving arms of Jesus! Join me there okay?
You can read more from Lelia by visiting her blog.
***Thank you again to Lelia Chealey and Robin Rohrbach for sharing their difficult stories with us this week on the conference call. If you would like to sign up for our conference call series, it’s not too late. Each call is recorded for later listening or download. You can sign up here. These calls are fabulous. I don’t say that as a pat on my own back, because I have very little to do with them. It’s God and the guests and messages He provides. It’s like attending an event without leaving your home.