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"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"          

 

Acts 16:13-15 (NASB)


“And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing there would be a place of prayer, and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.  (14.)  A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.  (15.)  And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.’  And she prevailed on us.”



Emily Pettitt is a Crisis Response Chaplain, missionary, author, public speaker and founder of GraceFields Ministries.  In 2012, she felt the Lord calling her out from her busy-ness and into a season of sitting at His feet.  This season sparked a fascination with women of the Bible, such as Lydia, Mary of Bethany, Anna and Rahab.  More importantly, it rekindled a captivation with the King of Kings!

During this time of resting at His feet, He posed the question, "Will you go where I send you?" The question seemed odd considering He was simultaneously calling her to "Be still."

 Sometimes the depth of our "yes" can only be cultivated in the stillness of the secret place.

Over time, that tiny, timid "yes" developed into a sense of adventure and a genuine desire to GO, even to the dark and difficult places, carrying the light of His love.

Now as a Crisis Response Chaplain with Crisis Response International, "Chaplain Emmy" has the opportunity to reach the harvest in crisis. "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few, Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out His workers into His harvest field."

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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.'"
 

Not quite the same...
But we can learn a lot from Lydia :-)

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