Lydia McLaughlin, former star of the hit Bravo series “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” is reflecting on how God used her to further the Gospel during her time on the show and why she finally left, choosing to devote her time to encouraging women to find their joy and identity in Christ. “God really used the whole experience [on “Real Housewives”] to give me a ministry, to give me a platform,” the 42-year-old speaker and author told The Christian Post. McLaughlin, an outspoken Christian, wife and mother of three boys, joined “The Real Housewives of Orange County” in 2013 for season 8, left and then rejoined in season 12. She told Christian Post that initially, she laughed off the idea of appearing on reality TV. However, after feeling called by God to “build a wall for my people” and being encouraged by her husband, Doug, she auditioned for the show and soon became convinced that it was her ministry and purpose.