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Who is Your Example of Godliness



By Carolyn Dale Newell

Now a certain woman named Lydia Heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.

Acts 16:14 NKJV

Is there someone in your church, a mentor, a teacher, or the little Christian woman next door who You look toward as a godly example. If you lack that special person, may I suggest a woman from Scripture?

Lydia is a superb role model. She had a full plate, but she handled it. She was the best of Mary and Martha combined.

Lydia was a business woman, a sales rep for the purple dye used by royalty. God had blessed her because Her home was spacious enough to accommodate the Philippian church (Acts 16:40). Let’s unpack the qualities this busy woman possessed. Qualities we desire.

First, Lydia was a woman of fervent prayer. Paul and his companions found this group of women praying on the river bank. These Gentile women committed time to prayer, and they realized its importance. They had learned about the God of the Jews, and now, they communed with Him. Could it be as they prayed that day, they asked the Lord to increase their understanding? And then came Paul.

Lydia worshiped God with all the truth she knew at that point. She was teachable, and she desired to learn more. As Paul preached the gospel of Jesus Christ, “the Lord opened her heart.” Lydia’s entire household was baptized also. God reveals Himself and the truth to those who seek Him.

Yearn to learn more about Jesus. Yearn to learn Jesus more. The difference is life-changing.

Next, Lydia was a woman of faith (Acts 16:15). She was faithful in prayer, worship, and service. She had put complete trust in Jesus Christ. Her faith increased as she drew closer to her heavenly Father.

Finally, Lydia was a woman of service. She opened her house to Paul and his friends. She fulfilled the commandment to love one another through her hospitality.

How much time did we spend in prayer today? In God’s Word? In worship? Worship is not reserved for Sunday only.

What about our faith in God? Does it grow? Can it move mountains? Are we faithful in all these areas? How do we serve God and His church?

Lydia was committed to prayer, worship, faith, and service. In addition, she managed her career. Today, how can we begin to live like this lovely seller of purple?

Lord, we ask You to examine us. Help us become mighty prayer warriors, faithful worshippers, and servants to You. Guard our time that we can live a life pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Read Acts 16:13-15.


Prayerfully consider the questions in the devotional. What areas can you spend more quality time on?

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Throwback Thursday: The Better Blessing



Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair.

And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

John 12:3 (NKJV)

Mary and Martha are often compared. Mary worshipped and Martha served, but they were both givers. Judas, who watched Mary anointing Jesus, was a taker.

Judas had realized that Jesus was not going to overthrow the Romans. His hopes for a prominent position in the new kingdom were dashed, and he was taking anything he could get, including the disciples’ money since he was treasurer.

Mary was sacrificially giving everything she had right down to her dignity. The act of letting her hair down was humiliating in their culture. Judas determined that the price of Mary’s spikenard was three hundred denarii (v. 5), which equaled one year’s income. It was a high dollar commodity because it had to be removed from the root of a plant found in India. Mark’s gospel tells us that she also broke the costly alabaster flask which contained the spikenard (Mark 14:3). No wonder Judas wanted the spikenard sold in order to get his hands on the money.


Some folks come to Jesus giving their all, like Mary. They sacrifice their money, time, and talent. They live to worship their Savior.

Others are interested only in what Jesus can do for them. They may be truly saved, but they don’t give of themselves. Their blessing comes from the warm fuzzy feeling they get when the choir sings. They seek intellectual knowledge rather than a more intimate relationship with Christ.

Mary obviously gets the better blessing. She was seeking to worship. She did not come just for the blessing, but God rewards those who seek to bless Him. Friend, you can never out give God, and I am not just talking about money. Don’t seek the blessing, but seek the One who blesses, Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father,

We praise You. We love You, and we thank You. Help us always to keep our priorities on worshipping and serving You, not on the blessings we receive ourselves. Amen.


Read John 12:1-8, Matt. 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9.


As you read your Bible today, let God speak to you. Never let it only be an intellectual study. Sunday morning, let your only objective be on what you can give God.


Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.