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I love finding stories of faithful girls in the scriptures. Their examples give me strength and hope and I can’t wait to share some of their stories with you.
Today’s story is about Lydia, the seller of purple. Paul met her on his missionary journey to Macedonia. Let’s jump right into Acts 16:13-15 to learn about Lydia.
13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.
14 ¶And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
I believe there are three wonderful lessons to be learned from these verses.
Lesson #1 Paul found Lydia near a river where “prayer was wont to be made.” Essentially, Lydia found places where she could pray and feel the spirit. I love that she was near a river. I imagine that meant she was away from the crowded city streets and in a peaceful place. Like Lydia, I’ve learned the importance of finding a quiet place to feel the spirit. I love having quiet time in the car. I use that time to pray or listen for direction.
Lesson #2 Lydia’s heart was open to Paul’s message. She already believed in God, but had not yet received the good news of the Gospel. Lydia was humble and in tune with the spirit which made it possible to recognize and accept truth.
Lesson #3 Lydia acted on the promptings of the Spirit which led to her baptism and conversion and baptisms of those in her household. I love knowing that Lydia shared the truth she found and led the way for those around her to be baptized. Sometimes it can be difficult to share important truths with those we love, but if we have the courage to follow the spirit we will be blessed for testifying of truth.
I know that Lydia was an incredible woman and I hope that we can follow her example of seeking the spirit through prayer, accepting truth, and sharing our testimonies.
How do you keep your heart open to spiritual promptings? Do you have a specific time or place you like to pray?