The Book of Acts, Chapter 16, gives a brief testament of a woman named "Lydia". Although little is known about this woman of faith and independent means, much can be gleaned from her story. She was a seller of purple cloth, its color derived from crushed seashells. Both an artisan and businesswoman, Lydia was seemingly the head of her household. Was she single or possibly widowed? Probably so. We may also presume from the context that no synagogue existed in Philippi. Thus, when the Apostle Paul came looking for the place of prayer, he found Lydia, along with other women of faith, gathered together at the riverside to celebrate the Sabbath.
It was in that place of prayer and worship that "the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul." What a beautiful thing to be perfectly positioned in that place of prayer and worship with like-minded believers to receive the encounter of a lifetime. This divine appointment forever changed her, included every member of her household and ultimately transformed her city!
My heart's cry these days is summed up Psalm 27, where David says,
"The one thing I ask of the LORD-- the thing I seek most-- is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD'S perfections and meditating in His Temple. For He will conceal me when troubles come; He will hide me in His sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock...... My heart has heard You say, 'Come talk with Me.' And my heart responds, 'LORD, I am coming.'"