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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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Posted by on 10/09/2018 in Torches

 

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.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 10/02/2018 in Torches

 

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.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 09/25/2018 in Torches

 

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.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 09/18/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 501

Tuesday’s Torch

09/11/18

By: Tim Sader

So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. (Philippians 2:18)

2015 was a very big year not only did we have a wedding, change houses and a thousand year flood; there was an adoption, surprise pregnancy, graduation, retirement and another wedding for Sammy’s twin sister Amanda and Alicia. After trusting that God would shelter us from the big storm we ended up with beautiful weather for early October. A couple weeks before their wedding there was a bridal shower Sammy was able to attend. On the wedding weekend there was an informal dinner and drinks to welcome out of town guests. The next night was the rehearsal and dinner party at Alicia’s parent’s house in the country. This isn’t where they got married but it was outside like their venue so it worked for doing a practice run. The house had quite a few stairs so Sammy and I stayed outside the screened deck area where everyone else was and talked to people running in and out of the deck. It wasn’t ideal for us but we loved being there to show our support and to rejoice with them like they did with us six months before. After dinner and some chatting with family and friends we called it a night before mosquitos carried us off somewhere. The following day Sammy met them at the salon to get their hair, nails and make-up done before they rushed off to a photo shoot. We picked Sammy up and went out for brunch then went to the house and got ready for their happiest of days. It is nice to get dressed up for special occasions. They seem so few and far between that we have to brush the dust off the dresses, shirts and ties. Sammy wore a hip looking paisley print dress her sister picked so that it would complement the bridal party. It was pink, purple, white and blue; I wore dark blue pants, a teal shirt and a tie that looked nice with Sammy’s dress. The ceremony was outside at a place called Medicine Winds Farm on a beautiful sunny afternoon. A Summerville City official preformed their wedding ceremony, they had unique vows, exchanged rings and it was beautiful. Behind where we had the ceremony was a beautiful barn built for large gatherings. We had drinks and appitizers while they did their photos with family around the farm. I got a chill while the sun was setting so I rushed to get inside which wasn’t easy. Unfortunately I missed getting my picture with Sammy and the rest of the family I married into. During the reception we got a lovely picture though with the family at the table and one of the twins and their spouses.

For dinner they served BBQ chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, corn, macaroni and cheese and sweet corn muffins. It is always good to celebrate others by having a feast with them to show how happy we are to be a part of their life (Lk 15:23-24). After dinner we had yummy wedding cake and heard some funny and some serious speeches. After this was more drinks and a couple hours of dancing until late in the night. Finally when everyone was drunk, tired or both we showed off the newlyweds as they exited with rows of guests holding sparklers on either side of the walkway. It was a wonderful day to rejoice with two of our favorite people on this very special occasion. We are told to rejoice with others when they rejoice and morn when they morn. We are called to live our lives closely and in harmony with others. We are not to be proud thinking we are better than anyone no matter their lifestyle. How dare we be so conceited (Rom 12:14-16)? God wants us to not compare ourselves to others but to focus on and rejoice in Him. In our hearts we rejoice because we trust in His holy name. May His love be with us as we put our hope in Him (Ps 33:21-22). We trust in His unfailing love; we rejoice in His salvation (Ps 13:5). We should always be glad and rejoice with others in the Lord. In the same way we celebrate milestones with friends and loved ones God wants us to find joy in Him. We should rejoice in Him always; and again rejoice! in Him (Phil 4:4). Rejoicing is fun especially when we celebrate with the ones we love but let us not forget the one who loved us enough to save us.

Lord I ask that we would not be too proud to rejoice with those you have surrounded us with when they rejoice and not forget to also be there for them when they are down. Like the prodigal when he came home let us feast with the ones we love because when they are with us it is a celebration. Help us Lord to bless everyone and curse noone. We ask that you would show us how to live in harmony with everyone no matter their status without thinking we are somehow better than them. Lord may we rejoice in you, we want to always rejoice in 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 09/11/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 500

Tuesday’s Torch

09/04/18

By: Tim Sader

I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm. (Psalm 55:8)

The next home improvement project that couldn’t wait to be done was our master bathroom remodel so that we could more easily access it. God is always molding our lives into the image of who he created us be. It’s no mistake Jesus was a carpenter because He is in the business of remodeling our lives. A couple days after this project was finished a major tropical system blew into the Charleston area. It wasn’t a hurricane or anything named but it was full of moisture and wasn’t moving away from the tri-county area. In four days this storm dumped up to 28 inches of rain in some places. It caused catastrophic flooding downtown, along the rivers edges and in low-lying neighborhoods. The flooding was so bad it washed away roads, closed down parts of the interstate and caused some bridges to fail. In Columbia the same storm system was too much for a dam to hold, it failed putting neighborhoods completely under water and drainage was backed up so waters subsided very slowly. After about a day of constant rain we started hearing reports of flooding and knew there would be even more rain. On day two they started opening shelters on higher ground so displaced people could go there if they were in flood prone areas. At this point stress levels at our house were quite high. We were thinking great we just got settled here but waters were encroaching on us and how would we escape flash flooding with our wheelchairs. There was no water coming up to our door just inches off the ground but the street was flowing like a river and the water run off ditch behind our fence was filling fast. We thought should I stay or should I go but leaving home to stay at a shelter is no easy task so we didn’t want to leave. In the middle of all this was my 26th birthday and I couldn’t even leave the house to celebrate. I was just fine with this because I was inside, staying dry with my wife beside me and she is my special gift. Finally the next day the rain stopped and we were able to sit on the front patio and watch the sun set together.

During this storm I cannot stress enough how upsetting it was for the three of us. Sammy doesn’t do well with storms because when she was about three her family stayed during hurricane Hugo so rain and wind triggers her PTSD. Also she has Cerebral Palsy which gives her an over active startle reflex so sudden noises, flashes, gusts of wind or pounding rain makes her jump and have painful spasms. After four days of this her body was spent and she could get some relief. My mom who helps us was worried that something would happen suddenly and there was no way she could rescue us all. She felt it was better to go to a shelter than be stuck underwater. This was very true and had the water raised faster or I saw any sign this was going to happened I’d have gladly left. Since we just got settled at home and I felt somewhat at peace in this storm I was adamant about not leaving. My faith where weather is concerned is pretty confident in what God can do. I have rarely missed an appointment because of rainy weather. When I speak to the weather and tell it to change at least 75 percent of the time it happens. I don’t know why this is but it always reminds me of when Jesus calmed the storm and rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith (Mt 8:24-26). During this storm when the house was upset or when I felt myself starting to worry I would pray or speak to the storm. Though I didn’t want to seek physical shelter I hurried to find shelter in the Lord who kept us safe from this tempest. I prayed that a wall surround our house keeping flood waters out like when God stopped the Jordan River so the priests could carry the ark across on dry land (Jo 3:15-16). God said He is a shelter from the heat, a refuge from the storm and rain (Is 4:6). If we say He is our refuge than He will be our dwelling and no harm or disaster will come near our residence (Ps 91:9-10). This storm came suddenly upon us and there was no plan in place for us to leave so we trusted God and no harm came near us. In every major weather event it is good to make wise choices and listen to the experts so staying isn’t always wise but when storms come upon us God will provide adequate shelter to us.

Lord I ask that you increase our faith and take away the fear I feel when I face any kind of storm in this life. Help us to trust you that when flood waters rise and life rages around us that you are not afraid and will keep us afloat. I ask that you would stop those winds and rain by surrounding us with invisible walls of protection and a shelter to cover our heads so no harm or disaster may overtake us. Lord I pray for those who have been overcome by tragic circumstances and or prayed for safety but seemed to find none. Show us God that you are there and that you always have been in spite of the outcome of living in a fallen world. 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 499

Tuesday’s Torch

08/28/18

By: Tim Sader

For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. (Psalm 102:16)

We had a busy first month slowly unpacking, making improvements and buying things we needed so we could get settled in. That month also we started going to a young couple’s home group so we could grow our faith together with others. When we gather to experience God together He is there with us and the power of His Holy Spirit is present to change things. The next month things slowed down some and we started feeling settled into our new home. The next project that needed to be done as soon as our tile guy could get us on his schedule was the bathroom. Our shower was a built in unit and was very small with a step up so getting in and out was not easy. Before calling the tile guy Sammy’s family always deals with we got a couple other quotes. They were anywhere from four to ten thousand dollars. This was way more than we were able to pay. The other guy only charged us like 800 dollars for labor if we did the demo and bought all the supplies. One day we took a trip to Lowes and Home Depot to compare prices and find the tile we wanted. We got all the tile we needed, a sink and ordered a toilet that was slightly higher then what we had. I think all together we paid just under 2500 dollars and he even had to jack hammer the floor to move the drain. Sammy’s dad did the demo and put in the new handicap accessible sink and toilet after the tiling was done. Nothing came out of the house easy and none of the projects here have been easy but they have all come together nicely. The first few days of work when they had to use the jackhammer we couldn’t be in the house because of all the dust. The day before we packed our bag and after going to home group we went and stayed at a hotel. We stayed gone most of the next day until the dusty work was done. When they did the work they tried to close off the master bath but quite a bit of dust still got into the room. We were smart and covered our electronics with sheets because we have a NASA command center across the front wall of our room to protect. The only thing it got on was our fan and air purifier that blew dust at us for weeks. All in all the renovation went well and we have a beautiful bathroom that we can more easily use.

Much in the same way that we remodeled our bathroom that is what God does with our lives when we choose to follow Him. The Lord is into rebuilding things that are ruined. He will rebuild Zion and appear in His glory. Jerusalem the city of David where the temple was built up on the mount is Zion. The Lord is building the New Jerusalem it will fully be restored when He appears in His glory. Salvation comes from Zion; this is how He will restore His people so we may rejoice and be glad (Ps. 53:6). There is a reason Jesus grew up a carpenter because He is in the business of remodeling our lives. We are the clay and God is the potter who forms our lives into the image of His son (Is. 64:8). How can we say to Him, why was I made this way? The potter has the right to make the lump of clay into pottery for many different purposes (Rom 9:20-21). God is constantly forming our lives and restoring us to the best we can be so that we can more easily fulfill our purpose. We do this by not being conformed to the pattern of this world but being transformed by the renewing of our mind. This is the way we can test and approve the perfect will of God for our lives (Rom 12:2). If we are in Christ we are a new creation, the old design has been demolished the new model is here (2 Cor 5:17). The God of grace who has called each of us to eternal glory through Christ Jesus, after we have overcome this world will restore us, make us strong, firm and steadfast (1 Pt 5:10). Just like we made a bathroom function for us the best that it can by making the necessary changes, Christ is renovating our lives so His glory may appear in us. Our newly created bathroom turned out great just as Jesus is making us great for His purpose in us.

Lord we ask that you would rebuild us so that your glory will appear in us. We thank you God for the salvation we find in your Son Jesus so that we may be a people restored by you. Lord mold us like the potter molds the lump of clay into something special and help us to fulfill the purpose we have been created for. Transform us God and help us to renew our minds in you so that we will be free from the pattern of the world. Help us to only approve what is your perfect will so that we are pleasing to you. We thank you God that after we suffer through this world that eternity belongs to us through Christ. Restore us God make us strong, firm and steadfast. 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 08/28/2018 in Torches