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Sunday and Women!

Acts 16:13-18 (New Living Translation)

13. On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there. 14. One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. 15. She was baptized along with other members of her household, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed.

When I was a little girl, Sunday school was a day we looked forward to. Now as a "big" girl, I still love this day. An opportunity to gather with our brothers and sisters and lift up our Lord! Praising Him for all the blessings! Even when things are happening and we don't understand, we still come to Him. As I read this scripture about Lydia, (I liked her right away, she was a business woman that sold purple cloth), probably wealthy and influential in her community. This was Paul's first evangelistic meeting, and who was it with? Women! He preached to them and she accepted and believed what he told her about Christ! But that is not all, she and her family were then baptized. This opened up the ministry to this region. It is interesting to note how women were used in the early church, and the same applies today. Whether it is teaching Sunday school, bible studies or ministering in many other ways, women are special to God! If you will notice, the women were already gathered in this spot, Lydia it says "worshipped God" but it wasn't until she opened her heart that she could accept Him as her Savior. There are so many other things I would like to know about this woman, but we are just not told everything about her. But the main thing is she met Jesus, and then her family met Him too. Shouldn't we all be "influential" when it comes to the Kingdom of God? I believe so! As you gather this Sunday, I pray your heart will be opened to receive whatever God has for you. We are all on a journey, and the Bible is our road map. Chart your course and make heaven your home, but while you are still here, tell others what God has saved you from and for. Have a Blessed Lords Day!

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