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Tuesdays Torch week 473

Tuesday’s Torch

02/27/18

By: Tim Sader

The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. (Psalm 93:3)

Sammy and I enjoyed four days together in April on her and her twins birthday so I could celebrate them with their family. I was happy to be there on the date she was born when she first had to learn and rely on the Lord. Everytime I got to hang out with Sammy we grew closer as a couple so everytime we were apart we searched for opportunity to see eachother. Early in May Sammy found out her sister and Alicia were going away for a week. Since their house was empty and they needed someone to watch their pets we saw opportunity to get six days together. I’m not sure how comfortable they were with the idea since they hardly knew mom and me but Sammy talked them into it. This was exciting for us because we might not have seen eachother that month without this opportunity. In all the anticipation for a whole week together I was dreaming of Sammy and our upcoming stay. When mom and I got to her sister’s house I thought I had to get Tuesdays Torch written. Sammy kept asking why I had to finish it right away; I didn’t realize it was only Monday so I had plenty of time. That night we ate Pizza Hut and watched a movie before she had to go home and sleep. The next day I finished the Torch and sent it out then we watched movies until dinner time. We went and met Sammy’s friend Kim at The Icehouse that evening for another magical meal at our favorite place. The next day mom and I were excited about meeting Sammy and her aide at Perkins. We hadn’t been to one for twenty years and when I was a kid we went there all the time. Sammy and I liked the show Dawsons Creek so we took a trip down memory lane and started watching the series together. The next day when Sammy got there our outfits complemented one another both with bright striped shirts and khaki pants. It was a big day because we went to Isle of Palms and met mom’s friend Trudy at Coconut Joes. It was a cool place, we ate outside on the second floor deck that looked out over the beach. We finished our little trip with hand scooped ice cream cones from a sidewalk shop.

Starting Friday we decided to enjoy the weekend at the house with our Dawsons Creek marathon. Mom cooked us a few meals that were pretty good, we ate some snacks and to go food for breakfast from Perkins again. Since her regular aide didn’t work for her on the weekend Sammy was able to spend the night Friday and Saturday with help from another aide she had on call. One night mom had to help both of us get into bed; it was the first time we got to lay together. Before we fell asleep we were able to be pushed close enough for our first little kiss then I had to put my sleeping mask on for my breathing. We then said our prayers together and talked some until we drifted off to sleep. That Sunday was Mother’s Day which is hard on Sammy because she lost her mother so she avoids going out on that day. Mom and I are close just like her and her mom were so seeing that was a lot like seeing the one thing that she misses most in the world. That being said she is still a trooper and appreciates other moms but it is bittersweet. This day was the final one for that trip so it was not a great day anyway. It was Taco Bell time, pictures and see ya next time we’re in town. On the way home I thought about our trip to the beach. The Lord established the earth on the waters and founded the seas (Ps. 24:1-2). The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths (Ps. 135:6). What amazes me is that He defined the boundary of the sea and it usually stays in its place. Sometimes oceans rise both literally and figuratively; they scream at us and the waves of life pound into us. It may feel like we are drowning in our problems but God who created the oceans answers with awesome and righteous deeds. He is our hope to the ends of the earth and the farthest seas (Ps. 65:5). There is nothing to big that he can’t fix when we seek Him for help.

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Lord we ask that you would help us to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Just being with the ones we love is a great gift from you God I ask that we never take them for granted. Lord when the seas are lifted up so that the waves of life roar and pound against us help us to realize that you are our only hope. Nothing is too big for you, no river to wide or ocean to deep can keep us from your love. Lord help us to be what most pleases you and to trust that you have our best interests in mind. 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, Facebook and 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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Posted by on 02/27/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 472

Tuesday’s Torch

02/20/18

By: Tim Sader

From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. (Psalm 71:6)

After hearing a message at church about staying full of God for our next assignment, I was inspired to show up at a concert and surprise Sammy. The wonders of God’s love should be a big surprise for us when we get to experience it. I had no overnight trip to see Sammy In March so when I knew her birthday was getting close I booked a room for a long weekend to celebrate with her. When I got to Summerville it was late afternoon so we hung out by the pool with her nephew Zach while waiting on her sister so we could go to dinner. Before going to dinner was one of the first times I met Sammy’s twin sister. I remember being slightly intimidated because twins have a close connection so she is protective of Sammy and her opinion of me was important. When she got there I gave Sammy the first gift I brought for her that weekend. It was a gold key on a gold chain because she used it to unlock my heart. That evening seven of us went to dinner at the Icehouse, one of Sammy and Amanda’s favorite places to eat. It didn’t take long for it to become my favorite too, everything was the best I ever tasted. After dinner it was already getting late so we said good night and I went to the hotel to sleep so I could get up for church in the morning. We went to Sammy’s early in the morning to follow her dad to church in our van. It was before we both tried to fit in one van. At church we learned about keeping our relationship with God simple so we can better live for Him. After church we went to Subway and picked up sandwiches for lunch outside by the pool. We went in the house after lunch to relax and watch some movies together. While we watched movies from her collection Sammy rubbed and scratched on my back because it’s her talent and I love her touch. Later that evening I met Darleen and Cody her step mom and step brother when they got home from Disney World. We all had Bojangles chicken for dinner that night and watched some shows on TV. The next day was Sammy’s actual birthday so as soon as we got up I had mom bring me to her house.

For her birthday she just wanted to spend the day with me. We watched more movies in the living room and later we got sat on the couch together so we could be a little closer. Later in the evening her dad cooked out on the grill and once again we celebrated the day my Baby and her sister were born. After eating dinner we had cake, sang happy birthday and gave out cards and gifts. When we were done we all sat around and watched Forest Gump. Alicia Sammy’s sisters girlfriend didn’t know something about the movie so everyone started saying it was filmed in Beaufort to pick on her. They were being silly over something simple and I had a lot of fun laughing with them. Sammy’s house really was starting to feel like home. I was happy about the day she was born and from that day I know she has relied on the Lord. From the womb her life has been hard but from the moment she could make a decision I know she has chosen to praise God. Both of us chose to follow God when we were small children. God knit us together inside our mother, He fearfully and wonderfully created us so we could praise Him (Ps. 139:13-14). God called out to and set us apart from our mother’s womb, grace called out when Jesus was revealed to us so we would tell others of Him. In that moment when he calls age or the counsel of others doesn’t matter, it’s between us and God (Gal. 1:15-16). Everyone in every nation, on every continent needs to hear that the Lord has called us from before we were born while we were still in the womb (Isa. 49:1). Birthdays are important to celebrate the beginning of when God first chose us. On that day we should gather in our homes and invite loved ones to share it with us (Job 1:4). We had a nice full day together on Sammy’s birthday but unfortunately the next day after lunch from Taco Bell it was time to part ways again. We always dreaded saying bye but we knew God would soon bring us together again.

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Lord we thank you for calling us from the womb. It maybe took time to answer Lord but now we praise you because it is by your grace we have been saved. Help us God to share your calling out to others so that they might answer and follow you. We pray for the nations Lord that your spirit would be on the world leaders so that the gospel maybe preached around the world so that more people will answer the call that needs no consult of any human being. 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, Facebook and 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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Posted by on 02/20/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 471

Tuesday’s Torch

02/13/18

By: Tim Sader

Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. (Psalm 31:21)

As I went to see Sammy on Valentine’s Day I looked around at the snow and realized I was finally willing to leave comfortable to chase the desires of my heart. Before leaving Summerville that weekend we went to church together and I very much decided that day that we needed to make it so we could be in the same tribe. After lunch at Zaxbys it was time for us to part ways again. It was always sad for us to separate but these trips to Summerville were a way to make long distance work for us. As soon as we could we planned a March date so that we wouldn’t get used to missing one another. Exactly a month from our sad goodbye we planned to meet again in Columbia at Five Guys for late lunch and a movie. We ate fast so we could make it to the movie theater where we decided to see 3 Days to Kill. Kevin Costner plays a dying CIA agent who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter during his time off. After promising no more working he is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. The movie was alright but ultimately it didn’t matter what we watched because we were there to spend time with eachother. After the movie we had a few minutes to make small talk while our helpers used the bathroom. When we went outside we took a quick picture right before it started to rain and we had to say a fast and sad farewell. In March we were waiting and saving money for the next time we could stay in Summerville. At the end of the month Sammy told me about a Tom Conlon concert she was going to at a coffee in her town. When she told me about it I told her that I wish I could be there too. That Sunday I wanted to go to the concert but thought it’d be to much in one day. After hearing a message at church about staying full of God for our next assignment, I was inspired to take a next step for my future. I asked mom to bring me to the concert so I could surprise Sammy and show her my love was real.

When we got to Summerville we went to the coffee shop early and ate some food in the van that we picked up on the way. When Sammy arrived we watched her pull in, get out of the van and go inside with her friend Sandy. She wasn’t expecting me to be there so she would have never been looking for my van. After she got settled I got unloaded and started down the sidewalk toward the door. Inside the coffee shop Sammy’s friend Friar told her that he saw someone coming and she was like lots of people are coming. He said no you don’t understand SOMEONE is coming! Right then is when I came through the door and she really liked that I was that someone. She was so surprised it choked her up and she couldn’t speak until her friend got some water for her to drink. We got to talk for a few minutes before the concert began but during the show I was sitting behind her so we couldn’t say much. It was all good though because showing up for her was an expression of my love to her and three hours together was worth six hours of travel. As I remember expressions of my love I thank the Lord for the wonders of His love showing up for me when I needed Him most. We should take the time to stop and consider the wonders of God (Job 37:14). He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted (Job 5:9). The Lord will show us the wonders of His great love, He will save with His right hand all who take refuge in Him from their foes (Ps. 17:7). When in love just to experience them is a wonder this is how we should feel about the Lord for the great things He has done. The Father loved Jesus His Son and showed Him what He does. He showed Jesus greater works so that we would be amazed and believe in them (Jn. 5:20). Bringing Sammy and me together was a great work He did for us; we have been good medicine for eachother. We enjoyed songs about friends, love and the Lord as we let our love grow. After a little conversation and a few pictures it was time for bittersweet goodbyes to conclude our March dates.

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Lord we thank you for the love we have been able to experience in our lives. We only know how to love you or anyone else because you first loved us. Help us to remember the wonderful ways you have touched our lives and saved us from whatever foes we are facing. You know our struggles because your son came to us and lived a hard life so that we would see you in Him and He would sacrifice His life so that our lives might be better. We thank you God for loving us enough so that we would know how to love one another. 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, Facebook and 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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Posted by on 02/13/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 470

Tuesday’s Torch

02/06/18

By: Tim Sader

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (Genesis 12:1)

The Lord asks that we be willing to sacrifice ourselves so that we can serve others. When we become least He can make us great. After our first date I knew I had feelings for Sammy so much so the next day I admitted I was in love with her. When I told her this she was relieved because she wanted me to say it before saying it to me. Most of our lives we couldn’t understand how people were so inlove to the point of it being sickening to others. We realized that those people acted like we were with eachother. For a couple weeks following our first date we chatted, flirted more and got to know eachother better. After meeting in person chatting no longer felt like enough so we needed a way to continue seeing eachother. Near the beginning of February we knew Valentine’s Day was approaching and we always were single for it the past so it was unlucky. We were no longer single so we wanted to spend it together. Since it was harder for her to get rides I suggested that mom and I could go to her town for the weekend. This idea seemed perfect, mom’s job is wherever I am and we had new wheels for traveling. After making reservations the entire state was hit with an arctic blast. We got a lot of snow and Summerville had freezing rain, everything was covered in ice which knocked down trees and the power was out. This was two days before our departure and temperatures wouldn’t melt the snow until the day we were leaving. Now anyone who knows me will say I hate being cold but this time I didn’t let it stop me. I had a path cleared to the van and with seven inches of snow still on the road we left our town. This was also amazing because it was the first time in almost five years that I would be sleeping in a bed that wasn’t adjustable, I was afraid. This was outside of my comfort zone but I was in pursuit of my Valentine and would not easily be deterred from getting to her.

After getting to the main roads and on the interstate the snow was melted so we made the trip without problems. When we got there we picked up a pizza from Godfathers at a gas station because I think they make the best pizza. We then followed the directions printed from google but somehow took a wrong turn and got lost. We called Sammy to get directions but since she cannot drive she don’t know road names or how to get to where she’s going. We drove around for two hours lost in a maze of roads and brick houses until her dad got home and gave us directions. That evening was Valentine’s Day; we ate cold pizza and spent time with her friends Kadie and Roy. Before leaving I wanted to get her something stuffed so she could cuddle it when I wasn’t there. I gave her a stuffed giraffe because I remembered a picture with her and a giraffe so it was perfect. She loved it, named it Timmy and slept with it in her bed at night. After less than four hours at her house I was glad I left my comfort zone because I was happier now. This makes me think of Abram when God called him and told him to leave everything he knew for some great nation God wanted to bless him with. The blessing of God would be upon those who bless him and a curse on those who cursed him and all people would be blessed through him. This sounded good to Abram so at 75 years old he left and took his nephew with him (Gn. 12:2-4). The same old thing was comfortable to me but if I was going to find something greater I had to risk it all to chase it down. Jesus told a man to follow Him but he wanted to bury his father first. Jesus told him let the dead bury the dead and for him to proclaim the kingdom of God. Another man wanted to say goodbye to his family but no one who does the work of the Lord has time for looking back (Lk. 9:59-62). If we leave comfortable we must look toward great things to come not at what we left behind. Anyone who has left things behind for the gospel will receive 100 times more in this life. This may include more persecution but also eternal life in the age to come (Mk. 10:29-30). Life was ok before Sammy but leaving it behind showed me that there is something better if we will go for it when we are called to it.

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Lord when the time is right and we feel your call to do something that is outside of our comfort zone help us to respond like Abram and chase the call. Help us to move Lord because if we stay where we are everything stays the same but when we go we grow and better is waiting for us at our destinations. Lord may we not regret choices we made in haste, without thinking or not asking you first. Lord we are asking now that you lead us from where we are to wherever we are called to go so that your blessings will come upon us. 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, Facebook and 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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Posted by on 02/06/2018 in Torches