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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.




How suddenly a day can take a turn for the worse, possibly a deadly turn! Iva and I had been out with the ladies for a birthday celebration breakfast for a friend. After returning home, my husband and I made plans for the day.

I got a piece of Mentos gum, as one fell in the floor. I scrambled to get it before Iva. What I didn’t know was that more than one piece fell.

“What’s Iva eating?” asked my husband.

I opened her jaws and removed a barely bitten piece of gum. The hard shell had barely been broken, but I had heard Iva crunching loudly when I approached her.

Fearing she had ingested something harmful, I prayed. I looked up at her as she handed me her paw. I told her God loves her. This dog that bows her head when I pray. People have photographed it at church. This sweet dog who wants to comfort people when they cry. She is special.

We headed to Lowes. I googled a question: What to do if my dog eats gum?

The first answer raised concern. If gum contains xylitol, get the dog to the vet immediately. Thankfully, we had the same gum in the car, and my husband discovered the deadly ingredient. We never knew. Our vet is near Lowes, so we were already headed in the right direction. A picture of God’s providence. They were closing at noon. We had fifteen minutes, but when I called, they insisted we bring Iva immediately. They needed to induce vomiting.

They rushed Iva to the back. As I waited in the exam room, I prayed. About twenty minutes later, a tech returned with a happy Iva. She had thrown up the gum, and no further treatment was necessary! Thank You Jesus!! Thank you, Blue Ridge Animal Clinic in Lexington Virginia, for treating Iva promptly and not sending us to an emergency clinic.

Xylitol is a sugar substitute also known as sugar alcohol. You can learn more about it here:


As a writer, I pray our close call will alert dog lovers everywhere to read the ingredients on household items. Please read the above article to learn the variety of products containing this toxic substance for our fur babies.

Our day can change in an instant, but God is never surprised. Hence the importance of praying for the Lord to direct our steps every morning. He knows what our day holds. Thanks be to God, the Healer of all, our day ended happily.