Friday, February 5, 2010

FOR ALL YOU PURPLE LOVERS

Purple is royalty. A mysterious color, purple is with both nobility and spirituality. The opposites of hot red and cool blue combine to create this intriguing color.
Purple has a special, almost sacred place in nature: lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are often delicate and considered precious.
Because purple is derived from the mixing of a strong warm and strong cool color it has both warm and cool properties. A purple room can boost a child's imagination or an artist's creativity. Too much purple, like blue, could result in moodiness.

Purple always reminds me of Lydia in the Bible. I LOVE LOVE LOVE teaching my Sunday School girls about Lydia. It is so interesting that the color came from a tiny gland in the shellfish from the water beside her. Also interesting that the color was only worn by the wealthy. Here is something I found on line about Lydia the Seller of Purple.


They stayed several days. Then they heard that a group of people met by the river to worship on the Sabbath day, so they went outside the city gate to the meeting place.
They sat down and began to speak to the women who were gathered there to pray. One of them was a woman named Lydia who was from the city of Thyatira (thigh uh TIRE uh), which was in a district east of Macedonia. She was a dealer who sold purple cloth.
Purple cloth was very expensive. The reason it was so costly was that it was difficult to make. The dye for the cloth came from a shellfish. The juice was white while it was in the veins of the fish, but when it was exposed to the sun, the liquid changed into bright purple and red colors. It took a lot of work to catch enough shellfish to dye even one garment.
The beautiful cloth was mainly used by members of the royal families and Roman senators who were required to have a purple band around the edge of their togas, or robes.
As Paul preached, the Lord opened the heart of Lydia to receive the message about Jesus. She believed his words and responded to the teaching. She and the members of her household were baptized.
We don't know if she was married, or single, or a widow. She probably had people working for her in her business since she was a merchant.
She told the men if they considered her a believer in the Lord, she would like for them to come and stay at her house. Evidently she had plenty of room to accommodate the four of them; Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke was with them also. She continued to urge them and they accepted her invitation and stayed at her house.
Lydia's heart was like the good soil in the parable of the sower. When she heard the word of God, she received it with joy and obeyed the words of the apostle.



    
 
♥ Have a wonderfully blessed weekend, and wear purple ♥

6 comments:

Keith and Julie Loveless said...

My daughter's favourite color is purple.

Grammy Blick said...

Purple is the favorite of so many of my family members. I had one aunt that didn't own a piece of clothing that wasn't a shade of purple! Both daughters and granddaughter find ways of having it around them. Second daughter's bedroom carpet is a rich purple. You've helped explain "Why?"

Kristy said...

I am a purple lover!!

Barbara said...

Yes Christ in me gave me a passion for Purple, I am an heir in the family of God now, and that means royality, Hallelujah what a Saviour

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Barbara, thank you for commenting on my blog and leaving your own blog address! I really enjoyed reading about Lydia today! I had never heard about the origin of the purple dye. I teach a ladies Sunday school class so that may come in handy someday! :)

Looking forward to reading more on your blog!

Marilyn...in Mississippi

prashant said...

i had one aunt that didn't own a piece of clothing that wasn't a shade of purple!

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