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Tuesdays Torch week 464

Tuesday’s Torch

12/26/17

By: Tim Sader

so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. (1 Thessalonians 2:8)

Before going into the future and learning that praise is important to chase fear and the enemy far from us we found out about the machines that assist me in my daily living. When my brother died in 2011 at 28 I was 31; we were best friends and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. I dealt ok with the grief and sadness mentally but it affected me physiologically. I eventually got sick and wasn’t eating much; I got down to 105 pounds and my breathing became so labored I was scared to get off my Bipap in the morning. This is when I first went on the daytime noninvasive ventilator. When I first got it they gave me a floppy blue hose with a neck and mouth piece so every time I needed a breath I had to have help getting it. My mom, aide or friends had to sit beside me all the time so I could get a few deep breaths every five minutes. Later we mounted it on an IV pole and finally they brought me a gooseneck air hose that is attached to my wheelchair so I can get a breath anytime without assistance. Up until that point traveling in our big old blue van seemed impossible so I didn’t leave the house much. Finally when I had control of my own air we went out all the time to eat, to church, movies and doctor appointments. After leaving a MDA clinic appointment in downtown Charlotte we were on interstate 77 and we were rear-ended in our van. Somehow by the grace of God mom kept the van strait. Instead of hitting the brakes she sped up to get out of the way and safely pulled off before calling the police. The van was beat up bad on the right rear side of it, mom had a sore neck and I had a compound abrasion on my side I didn’t find for a few days. Not long after we got home a lawyer called so we set up an appointment at the house and learned what we needed to do. The van was considered totaled but was still drivable. Mom went to the chiropractor to get checked out and needed to get treatment for a few months. We ended up getting about 5,000 dollars from the insurance companies so we added it to our get a new van fund.

By 2013 I was in a much better frame of mind, I was feeling better, eating more and getting used to assisted breathing. Early in the year the Lord put it on the heart of our friend Julie to do a fundraiser of some kind to help us get a new van. Her husband Craig is a professional sound technician so we decided it would involve music. Although this benefit was for me I wanted help because it was recruiting bands, corresponding with them, and scheduling them to play. My dream career was to be in the music industry so I went online and found a list of area bands and asked bands I know to play. While I did this Julie was busy meeting with pastors, organizing volunteers to help with food, activities, handling ticket sales and looking for sponsorship donations. We decided to call the benefit Care Give Love Festival. We had seven bands, comedy, handicap van on display, fire department helped cool off the kids, there was a cake walk, a bake sale, BBQ food truck and chainsaw artist. This was all possible because Julie and her friends cared about me. God helped gave her an overwhelming love for my family and me. Not only did we see the gospel at work through her she wanted to share life with us and help us in any way she could. Christ gave us the command to love one another; just as He loved us we should love another. If we love one another everyone will know that we are His disciples (Jn. 13:34-35). Whoever claims to love but hates a brother or sister is a liar. If we do not love others who we can see, we cannot love God, whom we haven’t seen. This is why we have the command: Anyone who loves God must also love others (1 Jn. 4:20-21). From savings, family & friends, the insurance settlement and 3,350 dollars raised at the festival we had a down payment of 10,000 dollars for a van. We had to finance 16,000 dollars of it but we were able to pay it off when we sold our home in York. Since the state paid to modify it we ended up with a van that is worth twice what we paid for it.

Lord you know that life can be hard for us when troubles come but help us to trust in you so that we can get through it. Help us to see that the storms we face will come to an end and there will be sunshine when it does. Sometimes it takes difficult moments in life for us to better experience your goodness when it is shown to us. Lord I ask that you give me opportunity to share my love with others so that they can experience you in me. Help us to love those who are seen God so that we can love you like we should. In Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

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Tuesdays Torch week 463

Tuesday’s Torch

12/19/17

By: Tim Sader

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)

Before I continue my story about what I’ve done I need to fast forward and tell about what has been happening lately. Wow I have had quite the journey physically, mentally and spiritually. I find it ironic that last time I had the opportunity to write the Torch we talked about hospitals and the machines that help me live my life so that I can do my work for the Lord. For three weeks I struggled to write a Torch before midnight because something wasn’t right in my body and I just couldn’t shake it. A few Thursdays ago I felt sick to my stomach and everything I tried to eat or drink I would get choked on. I went to the doctor the day before but I felt bad enough on that day I knew I needed a hospital and if I wouldn’t go my wife was going to call an ambulance. In the ER they had trouble getting blood and starting IV’s so they used imaging to start three lines. After getting blood for labs, I got a chest x-ray, EKG and echocardiogram. They wanted to see my heart and lungs since I had been coughing some and it made me have chest pain. My blood came back and showed I had an infection. I had my third UTI and come to find out I had pneumonia though I didn’t think I was that sick. After all this they needed to test my swallowing to see if I was doing it safely without aspirating. They brought me ice chips, a sip of water and apple sauce to try and swallow. Ice chokes me, I don’t sip liquid and apple sauce is so sweet it makes me get thick saliva in my throat. I was wore out from three weeks of being ill so not a fair test for them to determine how I do swallowing. Speech therapy determined it was unsafe for me to eat or drink anything so all my fluids and food came through IV or nasal feeding tube while I was in the hospital for the next two weeks. After spending over thirty hours in the tiny ER room they moved me to the Neuro floor so I would have the help I need for my level of care. My mom never left me alone there because my voice was to low, no one could understand my noninvasive ventilator and breathing is pretty important.

After being in the hospital for about five days the IV antibiotics and respritory treatments began to clear up the pneumonia and infection. Every night I had new nurses taking care of me and because my heart is weak my regular blood pressure is very low so I had to keep explaining this when they freaked out. The doctor finally put in my chart that it was normal for me and they worried less. While I was there I remembered the conversation I had with my friend Cliff about how I could get a grip on the fear that kept trying to creep in on me. He asked me what is the worse thing I could fear and I said death. He reminded me that death has been swallowed up in victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. This is why we can stand firm and let nothing move us because when we are working with the Lord it is always worth it (1 Cor. 15:54-58). The thief comes to steal, kill and to destroy our lives but Christ came to give us a blessed life (John 10:10). Christ came and shared in humanity with us so that by His death He could break the power the devil had over death. He freed those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Heb. 2:14-15). My friend on the phone told me that whenever fear comes creeping in the best thing to do is praise the Lord. His name is majestic in all the earth and His glory is set in the heavens. Through praise children of God have a stronghold against the enemy, to silence the foe and avenger (Ps. 8:1-2). Praise stills the enemy, it cripples him and when we resist him he will flee from us. Many times in the hospital doctors presented me with alternative feeding options so I could return home and every time there were serious risks if I were to proceed. These were not options to me so they had to put in a pick line so I can get IV feeding. Miraculously this went in perfectly but what is most amazing is that I’m able to swallow food and drink despite being told I would never do it again.

Lord I thank you for the abundant life you promised to give me in place of what the thief has stolen. When I am confronted with fear and the anxieties of life help me Lord to praise until the enemy becomes silent to me. Lord I only want to hear you when I find myself in difficult situations. Other voices may say a lot to us and it maybe reality to them but Lord I want your reality to be mine so that I can share the victory with you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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