Valentine’s Day at Cherished Support Group
Each Tuesday night for the past 6 years, women from all over the DFW Metroplex have gathered for a night of fellowship and encouragement. Women who have seen darkness, lived in shame, fear and disappointment about where their journeys have taken them. Women who share one thing in common; each have experienced the sex industry firsthand. They were prostitutes, escorts, strippers, sex trafficked or involved in the porn industry.
But when they show up at the Cherished support group, they are no longer labeled by their past. They are identified by their true value as ones who were made in the image of God. They are experiencing a transformation process of becoming powerful overcomers! We refer to them affectionately as Butterflies.
Last night, we gathered with our Cherished Butterflies to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Our devoted volunteers provided an incredible meal, roses and gifts for each woman. We spent an evening together watching the latest Cinderella movie while eating lots of chocolate, dressed in our pajamas for added fun! As we watched the movie, I could not help but feel the desire in the hearts of our women. We all have this desire to be seen; to be found worthy and valuable. We desperately want to believe that we are special.
The words that have been spoken over these precious women are unthinkable. The labels they have worn have been so heavy they seemed paralyzing. Yet, these brave women grabbed onto HOPE. They mustered up enough FAITH to walk out of the doors of a strip club and into the arms of Christ. They are being transformed by His love for them. I love the scripture in Psalms 45:11 that says: The King is enthralled with your beauty; Honor Him, for He is your Lord.
These precious women have changed my life! They have incredible courage and determination to run after God, to find their true identity, and then in turn, help other women just like them do the same. It never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Every Tuesday night for the past 6 years has been my favorite night of the week. The Cinderella story, as inspiring as it is, has nothing on the real life stories of our Cherished Butterflies!!!