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Tuesdays Torch week 497

Tuesday’s Torch

08/14/18

By: Tim Sader 

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. (Psalm 127:1)

When we got to Summerville everyone got lost on the way to the storage building. We finally met up and were shown where to go. Unfortunately the day was very hot we got overheated with the van off so much that I felt faint and it made everyone worry about working in it so everyone was moody. At the end of the day the difficulties worked out, our stuff was in storage and we were content. When the Lord moves us chances are we will face trials along the way but they only show us He is there and will be our help. When we have faith that He can do it we get to see what He can really do. After putting our stuff in storage we had about twenty days before we could close on the house we were buying. This time would have cost too much for us to stay in a hotel so Perry and Darlene let us stay with Sammy at their house. We slept in the guest room and my mom stayed in Sammy’s bedroom. There wasn’t a lot for us to do while waiting on our new house. We had to sign some papers for the lawyer one day, meet with the insurance company and mortgage lender. There were inspections and things being done by our realtor so he kept in close contact with us. I was going to let mom sign for me on closing day but the attorney told me it was best if I didn’t give her power of attorney because it cannot easily be undone. She could help me sign as long as the lawyer saw I was competent and agreeing to do so. While we waited Sammy and I were still on our Greys Anatomy marathon and at some point we decided to get the full effect and watch Private Practice, Greys spin off show. Some days we went out for lunch or ice cream but mostly Sam’s dad cooked a nice dinner every night we were there. On Sundays we went to church together and for lunches out to eat because that was a tradition for me and mom. One day mom and me went to the military base to see what we needed to do in order to renew our ID cards and see what kind of benefits we’d get when my dad retired that year. For some reason we weren’t eligible for much and mom wasn’t supposed have a military ID any more. Another day we went with Sammy and her dad to meet Jill the wheelchair seating specialist so she could pick up her new wheelchair.

We enjoyed a nice couple of weeks with Sammy and her family. We stayed there the whole time except the last night before the closing when Darlene had family coming into town from Pennsylvania. That night mom and I stayed with Sammy’s sister Amanda and Alicia at their house. Sammy stayed with her dad that night because she didn’t have to be at the closing with us. I swear I have never signed so many pages in my life it was insane. I held the pen in my fingers while mom stabilized my arm and helped move my hand to sign every page. This meeting was about two hours long but it was exciting to be a first time home buyer. After the closing everyone was on standby to move us just around the corner from storage facility to our house. While they loaded the pick-up trucks with the first load of stuff; mom and I went and picked up Sammy so I could bring baby home to our house. We were so thankful for Darlene’s family who were on vacation for helping with the move. It all happened in just a few hours and we couldn’t have been happier to finally be in our new home. God puts His dwelling place amoung us, inside of us so that He can walk with us and we can be His people (Lv 26:11-12). It is better to spend one day at the door of His house then to live with wicked men (Ps 84:10). No matter what house we live in the Lord is our refuge and dwelling place, no harm or disaster can touch us there (Ps 91:9-10). Unless the house we live in is built by God it was built without a purpose. In order for Him to build it all He has to do is fill it with Him in us. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything (Heb 3:4). Every house I lived in as a child the first thing we would do is pray and dedicate our house to God. After getting moved in this was a tradition we continued so that our house would be something built by Him.

Lord I thank you for providing shelter for us so that we can have a home. If we are blessed to have a physical house to live in we are grateful for it but help us not forget to dedicate it to you so it is built with you in mind. Where ever we lay our head God belongs to you. Help us to see that you are our dwelling and place of refuge. We trust you God and believe no harm or disaster will come near our home. How much better it is God to spend one day at home with you then to live with the wicked. Our house maybe built by someone but help us to see that it all belongs to 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, 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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Tuesdays Torch week 496

Tuesday’s Torch

08/07/18

By: Tim Sader

Strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. (Acts 14:22)

After coming together for the big move to Summerville we got the truck packed and the house cleaned before heading to our destination. On the way out Sammy and I got locked in the van but our lawn care guy happened to be across the street and he saved the day. Then we met up with our moving truck and got on the road. It was amazing how much transpired in such a small window of time after being in one place for so long. Looking back I see that God was saying move and when the Spirit says move it is best that we do so. This move was only three hours away just barely far enough to be considered long distance. Sometimes traveling is difficult for me so we have to stop for a drink and repositioning sometimes. This was difficult in a motorcade riding down the interstate with all our possessions following us. Fortunately it was fairly easy to figure out how to make a stop by calling Ronnie and telling him we were stopping. It sucked having to slow our mission but we only had to do it twice so it wasn’t that bad. When we got into town somehow we got separated from the truck and they didn’t know where to go. They stopped at a gas station and we caught up with them there and waited for Laura to show us to the storage facility. We got parked in a spot next to the office in the shade so mom could check in and sign the papers. For some reason it took much longer than it should have then they took my mom on the golf cart to see which building we were in. It was like 100 degree heat index that day so it didn’t take long for us to start roasting in the car. We were in our van, Laura in her car and the moving truck waiting behind us. No one noticed our van was off. What was even worse we tried calling everyone and no one answered their phone. We were very annoyed and nervous because we just kept getting hotter and heat kills. After a while my whole body broke out in a strange sweat, I turned pale, nauseous and felt faint. This scared me bad but finally mom got back and I was able to drink some water, Gatorade and started feeling better right away. I think I was over heated and experienced the first panic attack of my life. I was so upset thinking how crazy it was that on my first day living with my wife I was having a major health scare.

This simple mishap that happened in the midst of this busy move set off a chain of negative events that day. Getting hot like I did had me on edge and made mom nervous so we felt she needed to sit with us for a while in the van. I never had problems with the heat like that but she’s always been sensitive to it and wasn’t able to be much help. Between me needing her and being out of the heat made it seemed she was ungrateful because no one needed to be in that heat. The man and his family who drove the truck all had health problems and never agreed to help unload the stuff. We tried to have more people there to unload but it all feel on a few broke down overheated people and a couple others who showed up later. I calmed down, mom was able to help some and everyone did what they could so we got it done but not without a few hurt feelings along the way. When the Spirit moves us away from our comfort we need be strong and encouraged to keep our faith in the Lord. There is no doubt that we must go through hardships to get where God is bringing us to. When Moses sent spies into the land God promised most of them came back with a negative report not remembering what the Lord had done for them (Nm 13:31). They felt that taking the land was impossible from those stronger nations. Because they feared taking that step God made it so they never had to. The next generation believed God could certainly drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites (Jo 3:10). There was still anxiety I’m sure because the gates of Jericho were securely barred and they had tall walls. But the Lord told Joshua that all of Jericho would be delivered into their hands so he trusted God (Jo 6:1-2). By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the army marched around them for seven days (Heb 11:30). By faith Sammy and I knew this day would come and it was no easy day for any of us but at the end of the day our stuff was in storage and our hearts were full.

Lord it is no doubt that coming out of our comfort zone is no easy task so we ask that you would help us with all of our moves in life. When hardships show up we ask that you would help us to not waste it stressed, mad or upset. Instead help us to be strengthened and encouraged when we endure such a challenge. Give us big faith God like the faith of Joshua and Caleb to see the Giants in the land and say but our God is so much bigger. Show us God that you are able to deliver us from all the ites standing in our way. 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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