The Biblical account of Lydia’s story (Acts 16) is very lean on details, but what is there has always raised several questions in my mind, not only about her, but about Paul, Silas, Timothy and Luke, as well. As I studied deeper, I was moved to research the Philippian culture, the types of dyes a trader of purple might sell, as well as what a fortune-telling slave-girl might be like.
What I found in my research was that Lydia’s situation was very similar to what many women today face. She was independent, a business woman, and a leader in her community. She had to “keep the faith” while facing a culture that seemed to oppose her beliefs at every turn.
I felt my heart nudged to write about this amazing woman, in hopes of encouraging all the amazing women I know around me, who face opposition on a daily basis and still manage to stay strong and inspire others.
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