This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In July and August, we’re reading the stories of Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Miriam, Zipporah, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Proverbs 31 woman, Gomer, Elizabeth, all the Marys, Martha, woman at the well, bleeding woman, adulterous woman, Canaanite woman, Lydia, Eunice, Priscilla, and the Titus 2 woman. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Lydia – Acts 16:11-15
Lydia’s Conversion in Philippi
11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.
13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
Open Your Heart | Jess Howell
Paul and his companions are traveling and sharing the Good News. They arrive in Philippi and are outside the city gates to pray. One of the women listening to them is Lydia, a clothes seller who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to their message, and she was baptized. Afterwards, she invited Paul and his group to stay at her house.
I don’t generally read ahead of the verses assigned, but today was an odd day and I felt compelled to continue reading through the chapter. Along with converting Lydia, the wealthy businesswoman, Paul also converts a demon-possessed slave girl and a jailer. Three very different people, and yet God has the power to open each of their hearts to hear the Good News. He didn’t waiver on gender, race, or occupation. I often struggle to open my own heart and share with just anyone I meet, but I need to be open to the Spirit using me to speak to someone whose heart God may have opened.
God, I know You want to use me in my ministry with kids to reach parents and families that need to draw closer to You. Help me to push away any fear or prejudice and just stay close to the Holy Spirit when I am called to open my heart to someone.
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