Women of the Word: Lydia

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Lydia is mentioned twice in the book of Acts, but even from these short glimpses at her life we learn a lot about her. The Bible says she was from the city of Thyatira and was a seller of purple cloth. Since the process of dyeing cloth was expensive and the color purple a sign of royalty, Lydia was probably a well-to-do businesswoman. But the Bible tells us something else about Lydia. Acts 16:14 says Lydia “worshiped God” and “the Lord opened her heart.” Despite her job, prominent position, and riches, Lydia sought God, found time to worship Him, and believed in Him.

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