I realize that I’m behind a few days in my blogging through the Bible. Over the next week I’ll be catching up and putting out my review for Saving Mr. Banks… and maybe one for Frozen just because.
This blog is about why I haven’t blogged for two days. And it all has to do with a girl named Lydia.
For the past 30 hours I’ve been at the hospital. about 24 of those hours were in Labor and Delivery, where my new baby girl Lydia took her sweet time making her grand entrance.
That’s right. We have a new baby girl, and her name is Lydia Elizabeth.
I know. Cute right?
I’d say that she’s very nearly perfect.
When it comes to naming our girls (we have two now!) we wanted names that reflect the type of godly feminine character that we hope they will embody. Our oldest girl is named Tirzah. I’ve written about her before (Here, here and here). Our new daughter’s name, Lydia, comes from the book of Acts chapter 16:
So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
Lydia, like Tirzah (who can be found in Numbers 27), possessed a complex set of qualities. She was a humble, confident, successful, and God-fearing woman. A worshiper of God. She was teachable, articulate, and hospitable. And she had an insatiable appetite for the things of God.
This is the kind of daughter we would like to raise, a new adventure that begins today.