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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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Posted by on 08/07/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 495

Tuesday’s Torch

07/31/18

By: Tim Sader

Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days, a month or a year, the Israelites would stay in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. (Numbers 9:22)

After about three weeks together in York we got a buyer for our house so the next step was us finding a house. When we make moves in life it is important for the Lord to take those steps with us. If we delight in Him and let His Spirit be our guide we will be able to follow the example of Christ in our lives. After we put an offer in on the house we live in today we relaxed for a day or two then Sammy and me would be apart until the move. At home we had packed up a lot of the art work, closets, stuff from my brother, books, some dishes and stuff we weren’t using. After finding a house and ours about to be sold there was still a lot to do. My aide Robert helped me pack up my room and somehow I had four medium boxes and a couple totes full of stuff. Friends came a couple times to help mom with packing and cleaning so there’d be less to do on moving day. Originally the closing was going to be the third of July but since that’s a busy weekend it got pushed back. We had a packing and loading the truck party the night before so we had to push it all back and hope we’d have enough help. I told Sammy the date moved, waiting an extra week was hard but her sister-in-law could only be gone a few days or we would have gladly been together sooner. Exactly three weeks after leaving my wife at her dads we were finally reunited for the big move. Sometime that day mom and a friend of ours Ronnie went and picked up the moving truck from Budget so we could fill it up. That Thursday night our friends came to help, we had Sandwiches, hung out and packed the truck. I think about ten people showed up some could only help for an hour or two but four stayed until the job was done. Sammy got there a few hours after everyone else got there. Me and her felt useless while we watched everyone work hard to move us while we did nothing. It’s a humbling feeling to see how much people care and wanted to see things work for us. Many of the people helping wished we were staying but they were happy I found Sammy and they did everything they could to help us succeed.

These moments with the faces I grew up with for twenty plus years in that house were a wide mixture of emotions. Nothing could have stopped me from going with my wife and it being a happy move but there were brief moments of sadness leaving the life I had built for myself. That night Sammy and I slept in the guest bed set up in the dining room. Mom went to the closing early that morning while we were in bed. When she got back I rolled over and got up as late as I could until they had to pack up the bed. Laura and some friends brought cleaning equipment so that the house would be spotless for the new owner. I took one last spin around the house and after the flood of memories said a few tearful goodbyes but not for long; I knew I’d see them all again. When Sammy and I got in the van with the dog he jumped up on the driver’s door and locked us in. Luckily the guy who did our yard work was walking by and the window was down enough for him to reach the lock with his skinny arm. After that we met Ronnie at the gas station so him, his daughter and son-in-law could follow us with the moving truck and help us unload it at the storage building. Leaving is never easy and in this world we can never know how long we will be in a certain place. God may place us somewhere for twenty years but when the right time comes we will be called to our next place. I never heard an audible voice telling me to go but when a man marries a woman he willingly gives up his comfort to hold on to his wife. When the Lord told Israel in the desert to move He lifted the cloud and they followed it to the next destination (Nm 9:23). Unfortunately we get no cloud but the Spirit inside of us is our guide and He will lead us in both physical and spiritual moves. Sometimes we just get a feeling deep inside that we need to take a step when the Spirit moves us to do so. Simeon was moved in Spirit to go to the temple to see the Messiah before his own death and he encouraged both His parents (Lk. 2:27). Through our faith in God we can move mountains that rise up in our lives. Nothing is impossible if we believe (Mt 17:20). Until I met Sammy I kept myself mostly trapped at home as far as staying overnight anywhere. Between her inspiring me to get out again and getting new wheels the Spirit was moving me somewhere and she was coming with me.

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Lord help us to make moves when we feel the Spirit is moving us to do so. When it feels unsure what’s next or like you’re not speaking to us help the circumstances in our lives push us in the direction you are leading us. Help our faith God when we see mountains in life to trust that you can make them move. We ask that you would do the impossible for us. Move our spirit God so that we can see what you are doing and so that we don’t miss it. 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 07/31/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 494

Tuesday’s Torch

07/24/18

By: Tim Sader 

A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way? (Proverbs 20:24)

When Sammy decided to come to me for a month we prayed that an offer would come in because of her step of faith. We never gave up on our hope that the Lord would help bring together what He started in our lives. After Sammy’s dad went and looked at some houses that would work for us we needed to go to Summerville so we could see them and make a decision. Since our house was under contract this was the next step so instead of Sammy staying a month the last week of her trip we spent it in Summerville at her dads. After coming back home she thought she’d have to get a new aide but her aide only did fill-ins while Sammy was gone so she could come back when she got home. We spent these five days with Sammy at Perry and Darlene’s house so we could be together in the same place. After we got there mom had an appointment set up with our realtor Bob to look at a few houses including the one Perry went and looked at for us. One of the homes was really nice on the inside but because it was older there were problems on the outside with rotting wood and an older roof. Mom liked the house that Perry looked at with Bob but wanted a day to think about putting in an offer on it. After prayers and some thought we decided it was one of the best houses we had seen during our home search and wanted to make an offer before anyone else could. We had to make the offer pending on the sale of our house that was under contract but this time it seemed like a sure thing. After deciding on the house that we call home today we signed the e-documents to get the ball rolling. We were at ease for a few days before heading back to finalize the sale of our family home. During her month with me we started a TV series marathon because she hoped I would like Greys Anatomy and wanted to catch me up so I could watch it with her when the new season started. I learned quickly that Sammy is my person and that sometimes in life we just have to dance it out. So for a few more days we watched as much as we could before the next step in our adventure together.

After going back home this time we had some idea that the next step would be us moving down there. We knew this would be at least two weeks from the day I left her in Summerville until the day before our move. We didn’t like not exactly knowing how long it would be but we had trusted God so far and He would soon reveal to us what was next for our journey. If our steps are directed by the Lord, how can we understand the way we should go? Some of us feel as if we are on the right track but more of us probably feel like we’ve stumbled off of it somewhere. How can we be sure that we’ve held to the path of the Lord (Ps 17:5)? The Lord makes firm the steps of those who delight in Him. If they stumble He will not let them fall because He holds them up with His hand (Ps 37:23-24). How do we know if it is His step, the step we think He’d take or just the one we want Him to take? I think a clue is that righteousness goes before Him and prepares the way for His steps (Ps 85:13). I think this has a lot to do with delighting in Him. If we delight in Him we are likely choosing to live a righteous life. At very least it means we have a relationship with Him and we care enough about it to want His input in the way we should go. The Spirit will lead and we will have love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control as fruit in our lives. In Christ we have crucified our flesh with its passions and desires. We are no longer in step with the flesh but the Spirit will lead our steps (Gal 5:22-25). When we were called it was because Christ suffered for us and left us the perfect example so that we could follow His steps (1 Pet 2:21). If we make God our first step the next step He brings us to will be okay because His Spirit will be right there leading the way. Several times we wanted things a certain way for finding our new home and though we liked others but the timing was off so looking back at it now this time was the right time because things just fell into place for us.

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Lord help us to make the one right step we can make to be sure all the next steps are the ones you bring us through. Lord we choose to make you Lord of our lives because we love you and have committed our ways to you. So Lord we ask that your Spirit would guide us in righteous living so that your steps are the only ones we want to take. Help the fruit of your Spirit be the evidence that we delight in you and care about your wishes for us. And Lord we know that you make our steps firm and we thank you for being there to catch us when we stumble so we don’t fall. 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 07/24/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 493

Tuesday’s Torch

07/17/18

By: Tim Sader

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. (Psalm 130:5)

After two more weeks together we had spent more days together after our wedding than we had spent apart. During this time we got used to somewhat of a schedule and learned some of the differences between us. In marriage we learn to lay down our selves so we can be the first one to lovingly submit to the other. In the same way we should submit our lives to God, He is there through all the storms and will never reject us. After six more days together we brought Sammy to meet her ride at Lowes in Columbia. This time was different though Robbie, Laura’s husband had a birthday and Sammy’s sister was working nearby so we went and had dinner at Carolina Ale House. Four days after Sammy went to check in we were on our way to the Waffle House to pick her up again. This time she took an even bigger risk when she decided to come and stay at least a month or possibly until our house sold. We prayed a lot that someone would put in an offer on the house during this big faith step for Sammy. She let go of a great aide and made arrangements with her case manager to have an aide up by me through the home health agency that I use. The first weekend after she got there we went to Target to buy somethings she needed at our house to make it feel more like home. She brought her IPad with her but had no surface that felt right for her to use it on that was close to my workstation. We went out and got a little desk that was her right height and it fit nicely wherever she needed it to be. That Monday was the first day for Sammy’s temporary aide Rhonda to come and help her. She learned very fast and even was able to pick her up without the hoyer lift. Not many people can move her that way because there are only certain ways she can be moved without it hurting her. Rhonda was a great aide she even liked to build things so she put the desk together that Sammy bought. Good thing she did or it might still be in the box because mom and me aren’t good with stuff like that. Memorial Day weekend we hung out again with our friends Bobby, Ashley and Lila their little girl. We went to her dance recital, out for shaved ice and to the movies that night. The following weekend we got together with friends at the Mexican restaurant for Melina’s birthday.

A few days before that party Sammy’s faith and our prayers paid off when someone decide to put in an offer on our house so we had many reasons to celebrate. When it sold we wrote to our realtor in Charleston and told him we needed to find something as soon as possible. Sammy’s dad actually went out for us to look at some houses before we could get back down there. They found two houses that were nice and would work for us so we got ready to take Sammy back and go on a serious house hunting adventure. We had waited so long and waited on the Lord to sell our house for a while. We wanted it to happen before we were married so we wouldn’t have to travel to see eachother afterwards. That just wasn’t the plan though so we continued to wait on Him trusting that He would bring together what He started in our lives. When hope is delayed it is a sickening feeling but when what we longed for finally happens it fills us with life (Pr 13:12). We need to remember that God is good to those who seek and hope in Him. It is good to wait on Him to be our salvation (Lam 3:25-26). Abraham the father of our faith against all odds had hope and believed so He became the father of many nations in his old age just like God said He would (Rom 4:18). As we learn to trust Him the God of hope fills us with joy and peace so that we can overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:13). I like this, the God of hope gives us the super natural power to have hope. He has also given us a new living hope through the resurrection of Christ into an inheritance that cannot perish; in heaven (1 Pet 1:3-4). During our entire relationship there were many hurdles to jump along the way but everytime one came up inside of me I knew we would overcome and we always did. Without the hope given by God I am certain I would not have been quite as sure that it would all work out.

Lord you know and see our troubles; we are waiting on you God to move on behalf of us. We wait Lord because have hope that you will perform your word in our lives. We thank you God for giving us what we long for and for being our tree of life. We know that you are good so help us to seek you so that you maybe our salvation. Against all hope God may we hope in you to do the impossible in our lives like you said you would. Show us Lord that you are the God of hope and that with your power you fill us with hope in you. Thank you also for the hope of salvation that we have in Jesus your Son so that we can inherent our blessings and eternal life. 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 07/17/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 492

Tuesday’s Torch

07/10/18

By: Tim Sader

Wives do not have authority over their body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, husbands do not have authority over their body but yields it to his wife. (1 Corinthians 7:4)

When the wedding was over the house hadn’t sold yet so we had to part ways for a while again. This was the hardest time we ever spent apart it was only a day and a half before we made a way to be together more until we could find a house. In this life we go through hardships and in them we can grow closer to God because He is there with us. After ten days together again Sammy had to check in on things in her part of the world so she wouldn’t lose her benefits or help. Her sister-in-law met us at Lowes in Columbia because she was seperated and her husband worked there so she’d drop his son off and pick Sammy up there. Three days later when Laura came back to get her son Sammy hitched a ride again and we picked her up at the Waffle House. After the first ten days in York Sammy and me had worked out a bit of a rutine so it was slightly easier because she knew what to expect. When she came to visit we slept in the guest room, she brought her shower/potty chair for bathroom and washing. We got a hoyer lift to pick her up if my mom needed it to transfer Sammy and our friend Janet also helped mostly in morning and at bed time. Sammy is not big on restaurants, food is just not her thing but we mainly ate out since it was just mom and me. We did a lot of takeout food when Sammy came to visit and she suffered through a few meals with me at my favorite places. Mom cooked a few nice meals though and we did most breakfasts and lunch at home with leftovers and quick meal options. We had many visitors when she was there people who wanted to get to know Sammy and hang out before we moved. We really connected with our friends Bobby and Ashley during these trips. Some of our best moments together were shared with this other couple we truly enjoyed our moments with them and Lila their little girl just loved Sammy. Our first alone date without a care giver was with them; we went for pizza and had good conversation. The first trip in May lasted five days not long enough but more days together. That time we made it eight days apart, felt like the longest time ever before we were together for six more days.

These moments at my old house when Sammy was able to stay with me I think we were learning many things about being married. When dating someone we learn all the ways we are alike but after marriage when two people live together we start to see how we are different. In something I read it said some of the biggest disagreements in a new marriage are over control of the thermostat and the television. This would be true for us because I like it warmer than Sammy and she is hot most of the time. She is able to use TV controls better than I can so that one was resolved by default. Lucky for me we like a lot of the same shows and if I want to watch something she’ll play it for me. As far as the thermostat goes it stays just about cool enough for her and I use a blanket and or a heater depending on the season. Wives and husbands no longer only belong to themselves they have someone else’s interests to put before their own. A few months back at Ashley Ridge Church we did a series by Andy Stanley called What Happy Couples Know. In it he says, “Marriage is a submission competition.” It’s not about what they have or haven’t done for us it’s about laying down our agenda and putting them first. Husbands should have confidence in their wife and the good value she brings into his life (Pr 31:11-12). Many women do many great things but our own wives should surpass those things in our in our eyes. We should honor her with praises and words of encouragement (Pr 31:29). The Lord, our Holy One, God of all the earth is like a husband to us all. He calls us back to Him if we are distressed and troubled He will not reject us. We maybe apart for a moment but His compassion will bring us together again (Is 54:5-7). The love I share with Sammy makes me want to put her first which is difficult because shes always putting my needs before her own. Our love also makes it difficult to be less than five feet apart or we miss one another so after marriage we were never apart long.

Lord I ask that our relationships with others would bring you glory so that they see an example of you in it. Help us to stop tring to control everything but to turn control over to you so that we can properly learn to love. Help us to submit our agenda and put first whoever it is we are in relationship with. Show us it’s not about what we get out of it as it is about what we put into our relationships to help them grow. Give us kind words and deeds to speak and do so we can be an encouragement to significant others. Lord thank you for being a husband to us, always beckoning us back to you and for never turning your back on 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 07/10/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 491

Tuesday’s Torch

07/03/18

By: Tim Sader

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? (Hebrews 12:7)

After a big ordeal over the hotel putting us in the wrong room on the first night of our honeymoon stay in Charleston we had a wonderful time learning to be husband and wife. The way newlyweds rejoice after the wedding is much like the way God delights in us when we partner our lives to Him. The day we left our honeymoon was my new wifes birthday and we only were able to spend part of it together because I had to go back to my house three hours away an leave her there. This felt wrong on so many levels; not a great way to start our marriage having to leave my wife on her birthday. There was nothing I could do about it because mom had an appointment the next day. This was harder than we ever imagined since we were used to it through all our dating and engagement. After marriage it hurt to the core to be seperated so soon from my one my true love. Sammy cried for days when I left, I cried some to and just was not happy about anything because all I wanted was to be with her. After such intense time missing one another we knew something had to happen so we could be together more time until our house sold. The whole time we were dating Sammy was only able to make it to my house in York one time when her dad and step mom were going to a wedding a little further into North Carolina. A couple days after we were apart Sammy finally told her dad she missed her Timmy and had to go to where I was at. I think it was hurting him to see his little girl so sad because he agreed to bring her half way if we could meet them somewhere and pick her up. We decided to meet at a restaurant called Lizard Thicket in Columbia, SC. I knew her friend Medina lived there so we asked if she wanted to meet us for an early dinner to help ease the difficult transition. From there our house was a little less than two hours away so we went ahead and got on the road. When we got there it was so nice to finally be together for quite a few days at least. I don’t remember many details about this time the main thing is we were together and everything felt right in our newlywed world.

Coming to my house so far away was a huge step for Sam probably the most difficult thing she had done in her adult life. Her dad and home-health aides had been taking care of her needs for many years just like my mom has taken care of me. Leaving the comforts of home was a major trial for her I wonder if I could have done the same though know I would have if it was an option. What was a worse hardship than leaving though was staying and being separated for an unknown amount of time so she endured it in order for us to do what was the greater thing. The greatest reason we can endure hardship is for the love of God and our relationship with Him. When we endure difficulties in life we should think about them as we would look at being disciplined. This isn’t to say God made trouble for us but how we face obstacles in life is important. We can learn and grow in times like these or we can stay beat up and defeated by our circumstances. Children are disciplined because of love in order for them to mature and grow up making better decisions. This is how we are meant to handle hardships in life. When we overcome opposition it strengthens and encourages our faith. We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22). No trouble or hardship we can face will keep us from the love of Christ. We can be confident in knowing that nothing in the entire unverse, visible, invisible, spiritual, physical or anything in creation can separate us from His love (Rom 8:35-39). As servants of God we are commended by our endurance in times of trouble. Paul endured beatings, imprisonment, hunger, lies, bad reports, mistaken identities and so much more but through all this bad He also experienced so much Gods goodness and grace (2 Cor 6:3-10). The grace given us through Christ is enough for Him to be there through all our trials this is why we boast in weakness because in weakness He is our strength (Heb 12:7). Together we trusted the plan we set up for Sammy to stay with me and though it was hard with the help of God it all worked out.

Lord I ask that you would help us in our times of trouble so that together with you we can overcome our trials. When we face hardships God help us to learn and grow from it so that we can be strengthened in our faith. Lord help us to enter the kingdom of God through our difficulties by turning to you in the midst of them. I ask that we would see that we’re more than conquerors in all things because of your great love for us. Help us not to be defeated by our struggles but to focus on how you give us the victory. 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 490

Tuesday’s Torch

06/26/18

By: Tim Sader

As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:5)

On the day of our wedding we were blessed to have found the perfect venue someone divinely made available just for us. After forgetting the rings across town we had a beautiful wedding ceremony, dinner and reception. One of our best days got me thinking about how we should give God our best because He gave us the best of everything. After the wedding we had not made to many plans about what we were doing afterwards. We knew we were going to Embassy Suites and staying there for a few days to celebrate our marriage and rest after an exhausting week. Unfortunately we needed help to come with us on the wedding night and honeymoon. My mom was the main one who was helping us. Also one of Sammy’s school aides Medina was at the wedding and offered to come that night to help since there were so many things to do to get us comfortable. We said our goodbyes to a few stragglers cleaning up and headed to my van after getting her luggage for our little trip. When we got to the hotel it was prom night they thought we were dressed up for it and directed to go the other way for the prom. We told them we just got married and were checking into our honeymoon suite. We thought the wedding dress was obvious but I guess it could have been mistaken for a prom dress. When we got to the room it was visually disabled friendly but not with a wheelchair accessible bathroom. This upset Sammy’s friend Medina most of all because it made our wedding night inconvenient. The bad thing was they had a full house that night and couldn’t move us until the next day when we were settled and didn’t want to move. To get my princess out of her beautiful gown and use the bathroom they had to open the pool area just for us. When we got back to the room they delivered us complimentary champagne, fancy cheese and crackers. We were high on love so we stayed up late talking and counting money from our guests. When we finally laid down it had been such a full day we passed out as soon as we hit the pillows. I think often times we have big plans for the wedding night but I’m almost certain not much happens that night except sleep.

I knew for us this was going to be a different kind of honeymoon because intimacy looks so different for us anyway. One funny thing we realized that night is king size beds do not work for us. It is impossible to get us close enough to have any kind of cuddles in a bigger bed than a full size. Not only did we have help staying with us but some of our out of town family and guests came to visit the next few days. The day after I remember feeling like a new man but also had some allergy issues with congestion. When I got up we ordered some food from room service. I could only eat a little and take my pills so I could lay down and work the congestion out of me. When I got up I felt better and was even able to hold my wife on my lap for a while. The next day was so much better we had some lunch and watched movies together. Later my dad took us out to dinner at Carrabas because the next day was Sammy’s birthday. That night Sammy and I sat on the couch together and had some cuddle time before bed. The next morning we got up and went back to Sammy’s dads house and had alone time in her room before I had to leave my bride on her birthday for my house four hours away. This felt very wrong to us during our time of rejoicing to be apart until our house sold. God rejoices in us much in the same way a groom celebrates his bride. Just like the rising sun is the bridegroom coming from his chamber, like the winner of a race (Ps 19:4-5). The king rejoices over the happy bride in the wedding chamber; he enjoys the beauty adored by the wedding guests (Sg 1:4). We are Gods delight but do we feel the same about Him? He has clothed us in garments of salvation and a robe of righteousness like the bride and groom who dress up for their wedding day (Is 62:5). Rejoicing in my bride was the best part of those days we spent together during our honeymoon.

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Lord we thank you for the relationships you have blessed us with, not only the romantic ones. Help us to rejoice in everyone you have interwoven our lives to be part of. We thank you God for rejoicing over us and helping us to build our lives around you. Lord you are king of our lives so help us to come into your chamber with joy and gladness. May you be our delight God because of your son Jesus being our garments of righteousness and salvation. Help us to be like the sun rise; we will praise your love so that the world will adore 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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Posted by on 06/26/2018 in Torches