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Tuesday’s Torch 508

October 30, 2018

By: Bobby Stewart (In Honor of Tim Sader)

This week marks a difficult installment of the Tuesday’s Torch. I am extremely honored yet incredibly humbled by this task. Tim Sader has moved on to the next stage of his journey, leaving us here to continue in mortality. I pray that we can all be strengthened, I pray that my words today may be inspired to help each of us. I pray that the Torch can continue to grow, to reach even farther, that the light it shines forth can help even more people. Moving forward without Tim will be difficult. For any of you who did not know Tim and stumbled across this message some other way: These words are also for you. For we have all suffered loss. We all have at least one person who means so very much to us that is no longer there to turn to. That we have lost to the grave or seemingly lost for other reasons. It is a brutal trial, sometimes feeling like an actual physical storm is hitting us with full force. In Matthew 8:23-27 we are given the following account: “And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” Through the example, learn to be patient in our trials, to not give up hope, to believe! And when you feel you are about to sink, call out to Jesus. When even the wind and the waves obey the Savior, surely He can help to calm our troubled hearts. Turn to Him, lean on Him. Trust in him even when times are tough, especially when times are tough. To those of us who sometimes feel like we are too broken, that we have messed up too much, that it is simply too late for us, these words of Paul should be of comfort. From Colossians 1:21-23 we read: “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled. In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight. If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven” Brothers and Sisters: At this time, if you are struggling, turn to the Savior. If you feel like you are at rock bottom, reach up. If you don’t think you can make it one more day, lift your head up, focus on Christ; and keep striving, keep believing, keep hoping. The Savior can truly make possible the impossible. He can lift us up and make more out of us than we sometimes think we can become. If you think that your lot in life is hard, just remember that He has felt your pain, He can provide the help you need in whatever situation you find yourself caught up in. Join me in striving to live better, love more completely, serve more righteously and be more Christlike in word and in deed. This is my prayer for each of us. Live well, in honor of your loved ones who have moved on, as a testament to God the Father and to Jesus Christ his son or because you simply cannot silence the burning feeling inside to shout out to the ends of the world that Jesus Christ is your Savior. That you have been redeemed. That you have shaken off the chains that bind you. That you have taken up your cross, and that you are following Christ, and that come what may you will never take your eyes off of that which is most important ever again! May God bless each and every one of you with all that you stand in need of at this time. That is my hope and my prayer, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, 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.comwe 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

Tuesdays Torch Week 506

10/16/18
By Cindy Lundhagen (guest writer)

As most of you may know by now, our dear friend and writer of Tuesdays Torch, Tim Sader, is currently in the intensive care unit at the Medical University of South Carolina. Tim is fighting for another miracle as I type these words. He is surrounded by family and friends and is deeply loved. Tim’s wife, Sammy, was in tears at one point in my visit on Monday. She said “tomorrow is Tuesday”. She was disheartened because for the first time in 505 weeks Tim would not be able to write his weekly Tuesdays Torch. She said she wished she could write it but she couldn’t. I asked her if she wanted me to write it for her and if so, what would she want me to say. Instead, she asked me to stand in for Tim this week and to write for him…so there would be a week 506…while Tim rested.

That’s how I wound up filling in for Tim this week. It seemed like such an honor at the moment I said I would do it. Now it just fills me with fear. I tried to get some inkling of an idea on where Tim would want to go next in his Torch by looking back as some of the recent entries. And it made me cry…and it made me feel so much more unworthy to write in his stead. You see…Tim’s most recent Torches were love letters. They were love letters about he and Sammy’s relationship. They were love letters that portrayed Tim’s everlasting love for Christ. They were epic love letters. And I don’t know how to write love letters. But this week I am going to try to write a love letter. I am going to try to do it for Tim.

I met Tim and Sammy probably close to two years ago. I was relatively new to church and relatively new to learning about Jesus. I signed up for some “Growth” classes in the church and that is where I found Tim and Sammy. I found this most amazing couple who were madly in love with each other and it was so endearing just to watch them. They just have this natural rhythm with each other that is magical…intoxicating…like they were just meant to be with each other. It’s a definite God thing that gives them a heartbeat for each other…a single heartbeat in two bodies. They are simply breathtaking. As God would say in the Old Testament, they are a “sweet aroma”.

And then there is Tim. Tim is this man that no wheel chair and no medical condition can hide. Tim in not defined that way. Tim is a man that knows who he is and knows whose he is…above all else. Tim comes across as quiet sometimes…until you get to know him. But really, he just knows when to speak and when not to speak. And when Tim speaks you are compelled to listen. He exudes Holy Spirit and Godly wisdom. Tim can mesmerize with a few simple words…much in the manner that Jesus does. He is like David in the Bible. He has a heart for God. And God doesn’t see like man sees. God sees the heart. He sees this big, wide open heart in Tim and he gifts Tim with this supernatural power to know his heart. He gives Tim the power to share his heart. And I think that’s why so many of Tim’s Tuesdays Torches read like love letters. It’s because Tim is in love. And when you are in love…it shows.

Tim’s love shows in everything he does. It shows in this gentle love of his bride whom he called “beautiful” on his birthday last Thursday. It shows in the loving faithfulness to God in the Tuesday Torches that he has written for 505 weeks straight…over 9 years of faithfully spreading God’s love around…sowing it everywhere. It shows in the Tim Sader Zoom virtual small group he started recently and that he leads in true Tim fashion. He leads it with love. It shows when he never quits sharing this Jesus that he knows with everyone that will spare a moment to listen. It shows in his humble spirit that runs his race with immense joy despite sometimes immense suffering. It shows. His love shows. His love always shows.

And to show our love for Tim, during this week 506, I want to close it with a prayer. I want to steal words of scripture to pray for our Tim this week because I think they fit him and are for him in this moment.

For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you Tim with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you Tim and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you Tim may always be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:14-19

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Tuesdays Torch week 505

Tuesday’s Torch

10/09/18

By: Tim Sader

May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. (Proverbs 5:18)

One nice day in late March Sammy’s bestie Kadie came to hang out with her for the day. I had the van at first but when I got home they asked me to go on a friendly lupper date with them. I felt like a privileged man that day with two pretty ladies to hang out with. We ate pizza, went shopping and had a lot of good laughs together. Having a good support system like Kadie and other friends is ideal. We have mutual feelings of affection to build each other up. God is the best friend for us, He will always support us because of His love. Starting in April we started seeing one year ago photos from our wedding weekend. Next was our one year anniversary and an opportunity for us to celebrate all our firsts together. The first anniversary is traditionally the paper anniversary so I wrote a poem about our firsts and planned to relive some of them that day. We celebrated our first talk, first date, first visit to her town, the first movie we watched. That day would be a reminder of some of the firsts that brought us to our first anniversary. For our first talk I bought her some of the favorite candies she told me she likes, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Skittles, Starbursts and red gummy bears. After giving her the poem and this little gift we went and had lunch at Mellow Mushroom because our first date and part of our proposal happened there. After our wedding the top layer of our cake never got wrapped up and put in the freezer which felt somewhat like bad juju. I think we told that story all year but as the one year anniversary approached it made us sad since on our wedding we never even got to eat it. One day I got the idea to contact the girl who baked the original cake and had her recreate the top layer of our cake for our anniversary. She no longer worked from the place we got married at so we met her at Starbucks and she brought our cake there to make a third surprise for Sammy at a coffee shop. When we went back to the house we had some cake then I gave her one more gift to represent when I first went to her house. It was a mini stuffed Timmy giraffe to match her big one and we watched Little Manhattan the first movie we saw in her living room.

Making it one year together felt amazing because we had to overcome many difficulties just to get to where we were. Many blessings flowed from the fountain of our love. My wife is so loving and graceful, her beauty always satisfies me and I’m intoxicated by her sweet love (Proverbs 5:18-19). It seems unreal to me thinking back to where our lives were before we found one another that we would be at that point already. Who am I and my family that God would have brought us so far so fast (1 Chr 17:16)? We are all His children, He loves us and wants the best for every one of us. What is our lot from God above, what is our heritage from the Almighty (Jb 31:2)? If we long to dwell in His tent and seek to find refuge in His wings we will be heard by Him. He will hear the vows we make and give Himself as a heritage to those who fear His name (Ps 61:4-5). The vows we make on our wedding day are blessed by God; they are part of our heritage from Him. Enjoying life with our spouse whom we love gives meaning to our lives. Without being able to love someone the days of our lives are pretty much meaningless. What is our work and toilsome labor under the sun all about (Eccl 9:9)? There are very few things that add meaning and depth to our lives. Loving our spouse and carving out a heritage with them makes our striving worth it. After a year of marriage the two of us realized that nothing else really matters in this world except for loving family and being a blessing in return for the fountain of blessing we have received. One year felt great but every year we can add to that one year shows us just how far we’ve come, how far God has brought us.

Lord we thank you that our fountain is blessed and you have given us a heritage of love and life. Forgive us God for thinking we can find happiness in all the toiling we do without you. Help us Lord to rejoice in the wife we married and in the family you have blessed us with. When we look at our wife my we be intoxicated by the grace and beauty that made us love them in the first place. Thank you for remembering me and my family God and for your love being a heritage to us. Our vow God is to seek you for our shelter because we love you and fear your name. Whatever family situation we are in there is someone for us to love like we’ve been loved by you. May we be faithful to start where we are so that you can take us where we want to be. 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.comwe 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 504

Tuesday’s Torch

10/02/18

By: Tim Sader 

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:16)

Valentines weekend 2016 was the most epic that Sammy and I have had it will be hard to beat. I bought her a purple and white gold key to my heart, we got dressed up for a banquet and topped it all off with a Garth Brooks show. The love of God compels us much like we were captivated during that concert. We should urgently seek Him because of His love and our desire to become more like Christ. Toward the end of March when the weather started to get warm one of Sammy’s best friends Kadie came to spend the day with her. I was gone at an appointment when she got there so they had to wait to use the van. When I got there they were outside and ready to go so I made my way out of my spot on the passenger side of the van. When I got out they invited me to go with them. I thought about it and decided it would be fun to have a lovely date with my wife and her bestie. After getting the keys from mom Sammy and I got loaded into the van, her in passenger side and me in the back. It only works that way because she cannot fit behind my chair to get into the van if I sit upfront. I ate a little something after my appointment but they were hungry so we started our date with lupper (too late for lunch but not yet supper) at Mellow Mushroom. When we got there we ordered sodas, a pepperoni, mushroom and bacon pizza. I wasn’t hungry but it looked good so I ate a piece. After finishing dinner we went on a little browsing/shopping spree at the strip mall. At World Market they bought matching friendship scarves and Kadie bought a sun hat. The next store we went to was Palmetto Moon because Sammy loves that store. She bought a few Clemson Tiger shirts and some others but was anoyed that all the shirts with big pictures have them on the back where no one can see them because of the wheelchair. Finally we ended up going into Ross to see if we could find some more things for decorating the house. We found this little pallet with a quote on it that looked like it’d hang perfectly over the big ugly security box we cannot get rid of. When we brought it home sure enough it was a perfect fit. That was enough shopping for us so we left, put in some gas and went to the house.

Kadie and her husband RG have been great friends to me and Sammy. They cleaned up our yard and extended the front patio with pavers when we first moved in our house. Helping to support each other is a big part of why we choose to have friends and a reason why they chose us. If friends were not sometimes there when we needed them we probably wouldn’t have them or would feel unbalanced in the relationship. This had been the first time Kadie was able to see us in a while because of studying for the bar exam so we supported her by not demanding her time when she had none to give. To be a good friend as a believer we are the supporting ligaments of one another. We build each other up by growing in love together so that we can do the work of the Lord. We must be completely humble, gentle and patient in bearing with one another in love; this helps bring unity of Spirit between us through the bond of peace (Eph 4:2-3). For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love (2 Pt 1:5-7). Our affection should be mutual between us; we should feel fond about and like one another. We must make an effort to do what leads to peace, affection and mutual edification (Rom 14:19). Keeping up with all of this does not make being a friend easy. Many people maybe there for us when disaster comes but ultimately the Lord is our support (2 Sm 22:19). Even when we feel like our feet are slipping we can be sure that His unfailing love will be our support (Ps 94:18). On the day of our date Sammy and I enjoyed our friend Kadie and her support to us. The Lord is support for us at all times He is the ultimate friend we can have.

Lord I thank you for the support system you have set up in my life and for the body we are helping to support more and more as our love grows for one another. Help us to see Lord that even when it feels as if no one is there that you are all the support we really need. Help us to do the best we can to do what leads to peace and the edification others. Show us how to be humble, gentle, patient and loving to have unity of Spirit and a bond of peace in our lives. Remind us God we are part of your body so that we will make the effort to grow in godly character and mutual love for 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.comwe 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 503

Tuesday’s Torch

09/25/18

By: Tim Sader

I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. (2 Corinthians 2:8)

Our first Thanksgiving and Christmas being married and under the same roof was a lot of fun. We discussed various customs each of our families had and started figuring out what traditions we would bring into our marriage. Most importantly we want it to be a day we celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ and spend time giving gifts and affection to all our loved ones. New Year’s kind of just came and went for us in 2016. It is a hard day for Sammy because it is a loud holiday and fireworks make her have spasms and hurt a lot. The next big event in our relationship was Valentine’s Day weekend and this year would be the one that will be difficult to top. The first trip I took to see Sammy after a big snow storm was actually on Valentines so it holds very special meaning to us. We started celebrating that year a few days early on our 10 month anniversary. I knew we had some big things happening in the next couple days so I wanted to give her the jewelry to wear on those other nights. I bought her a white gold heart key with diamonds outlining an amethyst heart at the base of the key. The next evening our friend Kim got us signed up for a thing at her church called a Luke 14 Banquet. Basically that is the story where no one comes to the rich man’s feast so his servants go and invite those who are less fortunate (Lk 14:15-24). The church where we had this event invited people with disabilities, low incomes and others who are sometimes left off of the guest list. They went out of the way with valet parking, red carpet, tables were decorated with center pieces, table cloths. They served fancy finger foods, cake and fruit punch. The DJ played music, people danced, there were many activities such as a salon for hair, nails and make up also a photo studio, cookie decorating and bingo. We hung out a lot with Sammy’s friend Kim but also this was like a reunion for her so I met a lot of people from various times in her past. She has touched a lot of lives with the grace of her presence. The following day I think we just used it to decompress and prepare for the bigger date on Valentine’s Day. Earlier in the year we heard of an epic concert coming to the Charleston Coliseum and it would sell out fast especially accessible seating. The tickets went on sale at 10 am one day several months beforehand and all six shows sold out before the day ended. That day I had the urge to be out of bed early so I could get tickets to the Garth Brooks show. The first time Sammy saw Garth it was a special moment for her and her mom 19 years previously and I never saw him live but always wanted to.

The day of this concert we wished to get dressed up but since it was cooler outside I had to dress warmer. We both wore our jeans with long sleeved shirts this was enough for Sammy but I also wore a quilted flannel shirt and my blanket. If I’m not mistaken this weekend hit us with the first cold snap all winter. When we got there we had nowhere to park so mom let us out of the van and we made our way to the door while she parked far out in the lot. When she caught up with us we showed our tickets to a staff member and she led us to the elevator so we could get to our seats. We were in the handicapped platform on the left side. The show started with a warm up band I had never heard of. Then it moved onto one of Garth’s background singers who was working her solo career. Finally after what felt like forever Garth lit up the stage and never stopped until every fan was satisfied. The positive energy and star quality that man puts into every performance is absolutely infectious. He completely captivates the audience and compels them to feel something in every song. Christs love compels us in a similar manner because we are convinced that He died once for us all. Since all have died those who live should not live for themselves but for Him who died whom with we are raised again (2 Cor 5:14-15). We should feel the urge to always reaffirm our love for Him. This is why if I am compelled to preach because of my love for Him. If compelled by Him to do something and we don’t shame on us (1 Cor 9:16). Paul tells us to imitate Him but I would not say that about myself I say imitate Christ and join me in becoming more like Him (1 Cor 4:16). At the end of the night Sammy and my heart were full from a new Garth memory we were able share together.

Lord I thank you for the lovely memories you have blessed me with however big or insignificant they may seem. Help us to be grateful when we are included in the lives of our friends and loved ones. When we are left out God help it not to be so sad and remind us that even when nothing’s left you will still be there in our corner. We want to be compelled by the love of Christ who died for us all and rose again. We reaffirm our love for you Jesus so we may do the good works you have called us to. Compel us God to do whatever it is you want us to so that we might be better imitators of 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.comwe 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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Blog from March 6, 2016

By: Cindy Lundhagen

09/24/18

(A continuation from 5 March) So there I was sometime in the summer of 2014 linked into a church via the internet…sporadically listening into a random podcast…and I was finding myself engrossed in the story. Then I started listening in from the beginning of what they called a “series”. That summer, I don’t recall what the specific topic was supposed to be, but it was all about history in distant lands and I remember being so frustrated that I couldn’t see the maps the pastor kept referencing. And I went back to all the archived podcasts and I began listening to them too…until I was caught up with everything out there. And I found myself patiently…and then not so patiently…waiting for the next Sunday’s sermon to be posted. I wasn’t able to connect all the dots or always completely follow the story line…but the message was clear. The Jesus (or God) being discussed was the same one I recognized and was beginning to know more fully…a loving, merciful, almighty God. If I knew anything at all about God at this point, Psalm 59:10 described it – “In His unfailing love, my God, will stand with me”.

But it seemed God didn’t want me standing still. I got this overwhelming feeling that listening to podcasts, reading His story and praying were good…but they weren’t enough. God wanted more. But I didn’t. Like I said I can be an incredible rebel (I almost like the way that sounds) and I flat out did not want to go to this church or any church. All I can say is that God would not let me off that easily and an internal battle was being waged. In the end, it was again my sense of owing God my everything that finally propelled me. By this time it was nearing Christmas 2014. I decided I would go once…for God…but I would wait until after the Christmas season. If I was going to experience this church in person I wanted to do it on “any given Sunday” not when things would be garnished up for Christmas. So I waited until the first Sunday in January 2015.

This is going to sound crazy…but going to church that day was one of the most courageous things I’ve ever done. I was doing something I absolutely did not want to do and something that I did not have to do…but I did it because of my love for the God that I knew loved me. And there was no doubt in my mind that he was pointing me in that direction. So part of the puzzle seemed to be solved…”The Lord is my shepherd”…I was to follow His lead. But that did not make it easy. I sat in my car in the parking lot of the church…frozen and scared. I was scared that I wouldn’t know what to do when I got in there…especially if there were rules or rituals I knew nothing about. I was scared that it wouldn’t be what I so very much wanted it to be. But mostly I was scared that somehow I would be wrong about what God wanted. That would be the worst. I could not be wrong about God…I NEEDED desperately to trust in Him because I was going forward purely on faith…and my faith could not fail me now.

So I mustered up all I had left and asked God to go with me and then we moved.

Until the next continuation…

Cindy Lundhagen — Summerville, SC

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Tuesdays Torch week 502

Tuesday’s Torch

09/18/18

By: Tim Sader 

I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. (1 Corinthians 11:2)

Near the end of a very busy year for our families we had one more special event to celebrate when Sammy’s twin sister Amanda married Alicia. It is good for us to celebrate with people in our lives and for us to rejoice in the Lord for everything He has done. One of the best and easiest times for us to celebrate is during special holidays. Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for the abundance we experienced throughout the year. During Christmas we remember the birth of our Lord and show our love and gratitude to others by giving and receiving gifts. We learn many valuable lessons about caring and being grateful when we participate in holidays and remember their true meaning. Sammy and I had celebrated these holidays together the previous year after but we still were long distant so the magic lasted only until we had to be apart again. This year was the first of these holidays for us together as husband and wife. Thanksgiving seemed to be very similar to the one before it except we got to wake up together and offer first wishes and tell why we were thankful for one another. We turned on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while we got ready for the day at Sammy’s dad’s house. Along with other family members we had many of the favorites they have enjoyed each year at the holidays. Some of these flavors were new to mom and me the first time we tried them but now we expected these dishes and they are still delicious. I think this year we were all able to go outside because it was very warm. It was fun watching the family play kick ball and mess around outside for a while. A while later we left so that people could get ready for early black Friday shopping. The next first holiday we spent together as a married couple was Christmas, the birthday of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. The previous year we started learning to feel joy again because we had a new joy to replace the sadness of missing loved one. This year we started to combine our traditions. This started a day or two after Thanksgiving when her dad and Darlene showed up at our door with a new pre lit tree and purple Christmas balls to decorate it with. The next day Sammy’s sister brought a box of miniature Christmas village decorations from their mom that they divided. We hadn’t had a Christmas tree up since my brother passed so inheriting her traditions was an improvement.

On the night before Christmas Eve we go to an evening service at our church so we can do Christmas Eve with the nephews. We have drinks snacks and cookies that night. When we went back home I think we opened one gift each before going to bed. Sammy is used to getting up early to open presents and then have Christmas breakfast. Anyone who knows me will say I don’t do early mornings so I got up as early as I could so we could open gifts before going to spend the day with family at her dads. When we got there we ate a similar meal to Thanksgiving with ham for meat instead of turkey. After that we open up the living-room full of gifts and enjoy the smiles on each others faces. It was another warm day for Christmas so we gathered outside awhile and played yard games while the kids ran around. Our first Christmas somehow we had money to get everyone we bought for a really nice gift and that was a great feeling. We received some very nice gifts that year but I really enjoyed giving good gifts to all my loved ones. It is so much better to give to others than it is for us to receive (Acts 20:35). I used to feel like holidays were more about greed and selfishness than anything. Now I feel they are about whatever traditions we learned and what we pass on to next generations. If we make the Lord part of our holiday traditions and teach others about them we are remembering it’s all about praising Him. We may not follow the tradition of Jewish festivals but what will we do to make our holiday traditions about the Lord (Hos 9:5)? Sammy and I enjoy giving and receiving gifts but most of all we want to include the Lord in whatever traditions we set up in our marriage.

Lord as we approach the fall season I ask that we make our holiday traditions more about you and less about the business. When we pass on our traditions to others help them to see more of you in them than any else. Also help us to focus more on giving to other than we would on receiving anything from anyone. We ask that our blessings would come from you as we give out of our blessings so we can be a blessing. 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.comwe 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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Tuesday’s Torch week 507

We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing… While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. (2 Corinthians 5:2-4)

It is with a very heavy heart that I must inform you that at 5:35 pm on October 17, 2018, my angel Timothy Sader’s traded his earthly body for his heavenly body. Below are some of the words spoken about Tim when we gathered to celebrate his life on Sunday.

From me, Sammy, his loving wife:

Each person that had the opportunity to know Timothy David Sader probably has a story…one that makes them smile…or laugh…or maybe brings a tear to their eye today.  But recalling just one story about Timmy, for me, would be nearly impossible…as he was, truly, my EVERYTHING.

More than my husband, or my very best friend… Timmy was the one whose hand fit perfectly in mine. He was the one I could communicate with clearly-even when there were no words. He was wise beyond his years and understood me, even when I wasn’t sure I understood myself. He led me, and guided me during our days together, and opened my mind to a deeper understanding of who God is and how He sees me. Timmy was strong in areas when I was weak and was able to lift me up when I was down. When the storms of life came-he was always able to bring sunshine back into my day. He was the soundtrack to my life and the playlist in my heart.

While his dedication to his writing often took his eyes off me on Tuesdays, I am incredibly proud of the amazing man of God that he was and the way that he was able to impact people all over the world by sharing the love of Jesus with them. He inspired me, and always will keep me thinking of ways to change the world and make it a better place.

Maybe it was the light of God that shined so brightly from his beautiful blue eyes, but to me, he was magical…in all the ways he knew me, in all the ways he changed my days…in all the ways my life will never be the same… he was a glimpse of heaven on earth for me, and even though he’s a world apart, he’ll forever stay on my mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80i-ZQXv4Ag

From John, His bromance:

Hi -it is an honor to be here and talk with all of you who also love Tim, a man we all admired, a man who, even as we speak, is dancing with Jesus.

How do you pay tribute to a man that has touched so many of our lives so profoundly? I don’t think one five minute speech or one celebration of life can tell that story.

No, it will take each of us a lifetime of living the way he encouraged us and inspired us to live to truly honor his memory, so that is my challenge to all of us today even as I try to give you just a glimpse of this man who we all loved and admired.

I love how on his Facebook page Tim declares “I’m a Writer”, of course, we all know he was so much more, but to honor him the best way I know how, the glimpse I am going to give you of Tim is through the lens of Tim the writer.

For 9 +years – probably closer to ten, if my math is right, and well over 500 times Tim wrote his blog Tuesday’s Torch  .

That is over 500 times Tim chose to devote time to tell us how Jesus impacted him and his life in hopes of impacting some of ours. Think about that – Over 500 times Tim ‘died to himself’ so others around the world could hear about how God was working in his life.

From a young age, Tim knew he only had a limited amount of time. But he spent a good chunk of that precious time trying to tell God’s story to us through his story.

Just sit with that for a second – think about all he had to overcome just to physically crank one of these posts out… yet he did it, dutifully and beautifully, for 1/2 his adult life.

His blog started out as a love letter to all of us. I haven’t been able to read all of the earlier ones he wrote. I went out to his old My Space site and I got hit with a mess of spam and ads and couldn’t get to the content  – that is how long he’s been doing it – My Space was a thing when he started!

Dawn and Dave (his parents) told me the other night about how Tim felt when he had to write one on the day his brother died, they say he said that was the hardest one he ever wrote, but my friends, he did it- anyway…

If you do get to read some of his earlier posts you’ll learn about Tims life story, you’ll encounter how he literally saw Jesus as a child, just after his family got the news that he and his brother had muscular dystrophy. You’ll hear about how that spurned him to give his life to Christ and how he felt his life was blessed thereafter with minor miracles time and time again. You’ll hear about his attempt at ministry with kids and trying to build a skatepark. You’ll read about his trip to Australia with Make a Wish. You’ll hear about the friends who’s lives he touched and those who touched his. You’ll read about his dreams for different ministries, some of which played out how he expected and some of which didn’t and how he found in each a lesson and a blessing anyway.

If you can’t bring yourself to read the blog right away just go scroll through his Facebook page today- you’ll get a glimpse of what’s in the blog – a glimpse of all the lives he touched and the way he loved people.

If you know him, a lot or a little, you know all this already, but if you read his story you’ll truly get to see how he turned every moment of his life into a lesson – a torch lighting the way to Jesus. You’ll read a love story – a story of one man’s love for God and how he saw every moment of his life through the lens of being loved by God and our opportunity to love each other.

You’ll read about this man, who instead of living his life feeling sorry for himself or asking for pity, instead of letting setbacks keep him down, loved humanity relentlessly and how he hurt for people who might never find the love and sheer joy he found in his lord and Saviour.

If you read some of his more recent posts they are a different kind of love story. A love story of how he and Sammy found each other and how each moment of their lives together was a testimony to: “What really matters in this world”: which he said was: “loving family and being a blessing in return for the fountain of blessing we have received”

When I was asked to pray at Tims bedside with his family on the day of his passing – I asked God to welcome into his arms a mighty warrior

Those words came to me because that is what Tim was while on this earth :

A mighty warrior who made a choice to live his life encouraging others

A mighty warrior who set himself aside and made a choice to love – his family, his wife and all of us

Tim made these choices, as he said it, to

“encourage others with a message of hope”

Folks, I offer you today that Tims life and the choices he made to live it the way he did was a message to all of us

Just like the Saviour he knew and followed so well, he was both a messenger and a living, loving message – the best disciples are always both

He believed that his mission was to quote Tim again:

“shine the light into peoples darkness so the Lord could illuminate them.”

In His blogs about page Tim  “claimed no affiliation with any certain denomination or man-made tradition because ( he believed ) our views get in Gods way and Jesus is THE WAY (John 14:6).

Tim wanted to…

“challenge people to get things right with the creator by living a life of Love”

He believed the words of Jesus that Matthew shared with us

that we all should, Love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 22:37-39).

So back to my challenge to us: Love like Jesus did folks, love like Tim the mighty warrior did folks, and be a Torch like He was,

Tim was salt and light, a good and faithful servant who had a romance with Sammy as well as a bromance with humanity,  who did exactly as he set out to do, all the days of his life, he truly did and forever will, with his legacy…

…encourage others with a message of hope
From his best friend, Bobby Stewart, to whom the Tuesday Torch has been passed:

Tim Sader has been a wonderful friend to me. He has been there for me for years. Anytime I have needed someone to talk to that I knew would be supportive, positive and uplifting, Tim has been there. He has talked me off the ledge several times during my more difficult trials. Tim’s legacy is one of Love. Tim loved as close to the way the Savior loves as I think I have ever seen in a person. By knowing Tim, we all understand the Love of the Savior even more. Tim devoted himself to sharing messages of hope and inspiration each week through the Tuesday’s torch devotional, and each day has been an example of serving God and others. In this time while we are suffering and hurting because of this loss I would like to call attention to Jesus Christ and more specifically to the Atonement. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Savior took upon himself our sins. And while everyone for the most part knows that, a lot of people don’t understand that He also took upon himself our pain, our feelings of guilt, our sadnesses that we feel. He felt all of that, which is why his Suffering was so great that he bled from every pore. And while he suffered that pain for all mankind, he also suffered it for you and for me individually. Think about that for a moment, even if all that He endured would have only saved you, He would have done it the same. So as we suffer, let us lean on the Savior, He has felt this pain, He has borne this grief for you already, surely He can comfort you at this time. By their fruits, ye shall know them. Tim brought forth more than I could ever mention. So I will say this, think of Him, right now think of whatever story it is that You would tell about Tim. It will bring a smile to your face and/or a tear to your eye. I love Tim. Tim loved us all. He especially loves his family and close friends. He so loves his wonderful Mom and his Dad. His Sweet Sammy makes him so happy! I do not speak in the past tense regarding his love because I know that it continues on and will burn brightly for all eternity. I will keep these remarks brief, I so wish I could be there with you all to remember Tim, and to Honor Tim, and to celebrate Tim and all that he means to all of us. I love each of you, even though there are some of you that I probably have never met. I love you because Tim loves you, and you love Tim. May God bless you Tim and may God forever look over those of your loved ones who are here without you. We will see you again! Thank you for being an example of Christlike love for all of us. There are so many more things I would like to say, but I will simply end by stating that God lives, He loves us, Jesus Christ is our savior and I am so grateful for all of the blessings I have been granted, especially for my wonderful friend Tim. He and his brother Joe will both forever be etched in my heart as truly remarkable blessings to me, I would not be the person I am today, and to be quite honest I may not even be here were it not for him. I love Tim Sader and his wonderful family with all of my heart, and Sammy and her family as well, greater people have I never known than those found in these two loving families! I am here for you, even if my wheelchair van prevented me from being here in person on this day. I leave these words with you in the name of Jesus Christ, 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.comwe 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 506

10/16/18
By Cindy Lundhagen (guest writer)

As most of you may know by now, our dear friend and writer of Tuesdays Torch, Tim Sader, is currently in the intensive care unit at the Medical University of South Carolina. Tim is fighting for another miracle as I type these words. He is surrounded by family and friends and is deeply loved. Tim’s wife, Sammy, was in tears at one point in my visit on Monday. She said “tomorrow is Tuesday”. She was disheartened because for the first time in 505 weeks Tim would not be able to write his weekly Tuesdays Torch. She said she wished she could write it but she couldn’t. I asked her if she wanted me to write it for her and if so, what would she want me to say. Instead, she asked me to stand in for Tim this week and to write for him…so there would be a week 506…while Tim rested.

That’s how I wound up filling in for Tim this week. It seemed like such an honor at the moment I said I would do it. Now it just fills me with fear. I tried to get some inkling of an idea on where Tim would want to go next in his Torch by looking back as some of the recent entries. And it made me cry…and it made me feel so much more unworthy to write in his stead. You see…Tim’s most recent Torches were love letters. They were love letters about he and Sammy’s relationship. They were love letters that portrayed Tim’s everlasting love for Christ. They were epic love letters. And I don’t know how to write love letters. But this week I am going to try to write a love letter. I am going to try to do it for Tim.

I met Tim and Sammy probably close to two years ago. I was relatively new to church and relatively new to learning about Jesus. I signed up for some “Growth” classes in the church and that is where I found Tim and Sammy. I found this most amazing couple who were madly in love with each other and it was so endearing just to watch them. They just have this natural rhythm with each other that is magical…intoxicating…like they were just meant to be with each other. It’s a definite God thing that gives them a heartbeat for each other…a single heartbeat in two bodies. They are simply breathtaking. As God would say in the Old Testament, they are a “sweet aroma”.

And then there is Tim. Tim is this man that no wheel chair and no medical condition can hide. Tim in not defined that way. Tim is a man that knows who he is and knows whose he is…above all else. Tim comes across as quiet sometimes…until you get to know him. But really, he just knows when to speak and when not to speak. And when Tim speaks you are compelled to listen. He exudes Holy Spirit and Godly wisdom. Tim can mesmerize with a few simple words…much in the manner that Jesus does. He is like David in the Bible. He has a heart for God. And God doesn’t see like man sees. God sees the heart. He sees this big, wide open heart in Tim and he gifts Tim with this supernatural power to know his heart. He gives Tim the power to share his heart. And I think that’s why so many of Tim’s Tuesdays Torches read like love letters. It’s because Tim is in love. And when you are in love…it shows.

Tim’s love shows in everything he does. It shows in this gentle love of his bride whom he called “beautiful” on his birthday last Thursday. It shows in the loving faithfulness to God in the Tuesday Torches that he has written for 505 weeks straight…over 9 years of faithfully spreading God’s love around…sowing it everywhere. It shows in the Tim Sader Zoom virtual small group he started recently and that he leads in true Tim fashion. He leads it with love. It shows when he never quits sharing this Jesus that he knows with everyone that will spare a moment to listen. It shows in his humble spirit that runs his race with immense joy despite sometimes immense suffering. It shows. His love shows. His love always shows.

And to show our love for Tim, during this week 506, I want to close it with a prayer. I want to steal words of scripture to pray for our Tim this week because I think they fit him and are for him in this moment.

For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you Tim with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you Tim and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you Tim may always be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:14-19

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Tuesdays Torch week 505

Tuesday’s Torch

10/09/18

By: Tim Sader

May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. (Proverbs 5:18)

One nice day in late March Sammy’s bestie Kadie came to hang out with her for the day. I had the van at first but when I got home they asked me to go on a friendly lupper date with them. I felt like a privileged man that day with two pretty ladies to hang out with. We ate pizza, went shopping and had a lot of good laughs together. Having a good support system like Kadie and other friends is ideal. We have mutual feelings of affection to build each other up. God is the best friend for us, He will always support us because of His love. Starting in April we started seeing one year ago photos from our wedding weekend. Next was our one year anniversary and an opportunity for us to celebrate all our firsts together. The first anniversary is traditionally the paper anniversary so I wrote a poem about our firsts and planned to relive some of them that day. We celebrated our first talk, first date, first visit to her town, the first movie we watched. That day would be a reminder of some of the firsts that brought us to our first anniversary. For our first talk I bought her some of the favorite candies she told me she likes, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Skittles, Starbursts and red gummy bears. After giving her the poem and this little gift we went and had lunch at Mellow Mushroom because our first date and part of our proposal happened there. After our wedding the top layer of our cake never got wrapped up and put in the freezer which felt somewhat like bad juju. I think we told that story all year but as the one year anniversary approached it made us sad since on our wedding we never even got to eat it. One day I got the idea to contact the girl who baked the original cake and had her recreate the top layer of our cake for our anniversary. She no longer worked from the place we got married at so we met her at Starbucks and she brought our cake there to make a third surprise for Sammy at a coffee shop. When we went back to the house we had some cake then I gave her one more gift to represent when I first went to her house. It was a mini stuffed Timmy giraffe to match her big one and we watched Little Manhattan the first movie we saw in her living room.

Making it one year together felt amazing because we had to overcome many difficulties just to get to where we were. Many blessings flowed from the fountain of our love. My wife is so loving and graceful, her beauty always satisfies me and I’m intoxicated by her sweet love (Proverbs 5:18-19). It seems unreal to me thinking back to where our lives were before we found one another that we would be at that point already. Who am I and my family that God would have brought us so far so fast (1 Chr 17:16)? We are all His children, He loves us and wants the best for every one of us. What is our lot from God above, what is our heritage from the Almighty (Jb 31:2)? If we long to dwell in His tent and seek to find refuge in His wings we will be heard by Him. He will hear the vows we make and give Himself as a heritage to those who fear His name (Ps 61:4-5). The vows we make on our wedding day are blessed by God; they are part of our heritage from Him. Enjoying life with our spouse whom we love gives meaning to our lives. Without being able to love someone the days of our lives are pretty much meaningless. What is our work and toilsome labor under the sun all about (Eccl 9:9)? There are very few things that add meaning and depth to our lives. Loving our spouse and carving out a heritage with them makes our striving worth it. After a year of marriage the two of us realized that nothing else really matters in this world except for loving family and being a blessing in return for the fountain of blessing we have received. One year felt great but every year we can add to that one year shows us just how far we’ve come, how far God has brought us.

Lord we thank you that our fountain is blessed and you have given us a heritage of love and life. Forgive us God for thinking we can find happiness in all the toiling we do without you. Help us Lord to rejoice in the wife we married and in the family you have blessed us with. When we look at our wife my we be intoxicated by the grace and beauty that made us love them in the first place. Thank you for remembering me and my family God and for your love being a heritage to us. Our vow God is to seek you for our shelter because we love you and fear your name. Whatever family situation we are in there is someone for us to love like we’ve been loved by you. May we be faithful to start where we are so that you can take us where we want to be. 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 504

Tuesday’s Torch

10/02/18

By: Tim Sader 

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:16)

Valentines weekend 2016 was the most epic that Sammy and I have had it will be hard to beat. I bought her a purple and white gold key to my heart, we got dressed up for a banquet and topped it all off with a Garth Brooks show. The love of God compels us much like we were captivated during that concert. We should urgently seek Him because of His love and our desire to become more like Christ. Toward the end of March when the weather started to get warm one of Sammy’s best friends Kadie came to spend the day with her. I was gone at an appointment when she got there so they had to wait to use the van. When I got there they were outside and ready to go so I made my way out of my spot on the passenger side of the van. When I got out they invited me to go with them. I thought about it and decided it would be fun to have a lovely date with my wife and her bestie. After getting the keys from mom Sammy and I got loaded into the van, her in passenger side and me in the back. It only works that way because she cannot fit behind my chair to get into the van if I sit upfront. I ate a little something after my appointment but they were hungry so we started our date with lupper (too late for lunch but not yet supper) at Mellow Mushroom. When we got there we ordered sodas, a pepperoni, mushroom and bacon pizza. I wasn’t hungry but it looked good so I ate a piece. After finishing dinner we went on a little browsing/shopping spree at the strip mall. At World Market they bought matching friendship scarves and Kadie bought a sun hat. The next store we went to was Palmetto Moon because Sammy loves that store. She bought a few Clemson Tiger shirts and some others but was anoyed that all the shirts with big pictures have them on the back where no one can see them because of the wheelchair. Finally we ended up going into Ross to see if we could find some more things for decorating the house. We found this little pallet with a quote on it that looked like it’d hang perfectly over the big ugly security box we cannot get rid of. When we brought it home sure enough it was a perfect fit. That was enough shopping for us so we left, put in some gas and went to the house.

Kadie and her husband RG have been great friends to me and Sammy. They cleaned up our yard and extended the front patio with pavers when we first moved in our house. Helping to support each other is a big part of why we choose to have friends and a reason why they chose us. If friends were not sometimes there when we needed them we probably wouldn’t have them or would feel unbalanced in the relationship. This had been the first time Kadie was able to see us in a while because of studying for the bar exam so we supported her by not demanding her time when she had none to give. To be a good friend as a believer we are the supporting ligaments of one another. We build each other up by growing in love together so that we can do the work of the Lord. We must be completely humble, gentle and patient in bearing with one another in love; this helps bring unity of Spirit between us through the bond of peace (Eph 4:2-3). For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love (2 Pt 1:5-7). Our affection should be mutual between us; we should feel fond about and like one another. We must make an effort to do what leads to peace, affection and mutual edification (Rom 14:19). Keeping up with all of this does not make being a friend easy. Many people maybe there for us when disaster comes but ultimately the Lord is our support (2 Sm 22:19). Even when we feel like our feet are slipping we can be sure that His unfailing love will be our support (Ps 94:18). On the day of our date Sammy and I enjoyed our friend Kadie and her support to us. The Lord is support for us at all times He is the ultimate friend we can have.

Lord I thank you for the support system you have set up in my life and for the body we are helping to support more and more as our love grows for one another. Help us to see Lord that even when it feels as if no one is there that you are all the support we really need. Help us to do the best we can to do what leads to peace and the edification others. Show us how to be humble, gentle, patient and loving to have unity of Spirit and a bond of peace in our lives. Remind us God we are part of your body so that we will make the effort to grow in godly character and mutual love for one another. In Jesus Name, Amen

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