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Tuesdays Torch week 467

Tuesday’s Torch

01/16/18

By: Tim Sader

The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)

Before meeting Sammy I went through a difficult breakup then my brother graduated to heaven and I put up a wall because loving others felt dangerous. Sammy and the Lord after many prayers turned my wall into dust so I could love again. Our relationship I knew would not be the easiest one in the world. We have the same pressures of any relationship but also have disabilities limiting us while we are together. Plus we rely on others to help us so we need them with us during dates. We cannot drive and we lived 200 miles from one another so it was a big deal every time we hung out. Both of us being in wheelchairs made every step more difficult for us but it is all worth it when we achieve our relationship goals. Everything for us is different than a relationship for able bodied people. Our first serious conversation was about not worrying what this will look like and being open to doing things that don’t look normal. Before we got there however all we could do was chat on facebook and eventually talk on the phone. At first we talked every day online and the days we missed talking felt unbearable to us. The first two months between making plans on how to meet I think we talked about everything. I learned her favorite candies are Starbursts, Skittles, Reese’s peanut cups and gummy bears. She likes a lot of the same foods as me; tacos are her favorite and I like them too. We both like pizza, baked mac & cheese, turkey subs, burgers, sushi, cube steak with gravy and mashed potatoes. She likes reading, watching movies and TV series marathons, listing to music, volunteering, hanging out and going to church. We both like all kinds of music; she leans more toward country where I go with rock but we like many of the same songs. The movies I like she likes also and vice versa. Her favorite movie is A Walk to Remember, I like it to but the ending is hard to watch. She was watching Gilmore Girls when we started talking. It is one of her favorites and to her surprise I could tell because her quirkiness and quick wits reminded me of the show. She has many talents that I have loved from the get go. Talents like fast reading, humor, brightening people’s day, giving back rubs and scratches. I can’t seem to get enough of those. We talked about everything but this was just the first layer of the great conversations we would have.

Many people who are facing difficult situations feel like their best days have passed and all the plans they had were ruined. We must not give up on having a desire in our heart to do good things even if they look different than our original plans. Desire turns our darkest night into the light of day (Job 17:11-12). Before I knew Sammy when my brother was alive and I was dating someone else I had my own plans but when it all fell apart I was devestated. After Sammy broke through to my heart I had a new desire and we brought so much light back into each others lives so that we can laugh again. Both of us have had serious health problems in the past but love has done amazing things for us. When we delight in the Lord He will give us our hearts desire (Ps. 37:4). Maybe our trials and ruined plans are an opportunity to desire what the Lord has for us and it will be better than we could have done on our own. The Lord opens His hand and satisfies the desire of all living things (Ps. 145:16). When the angel appeared to Mary he greeted her and called her highly favored of the Lord. At some points in my life I have felt highly favored of the Lord that I felt like His favorite. To my surprise the Heavenly Father has no favorites. We can all be His favorite if we make Him part of our life. He judges or rewards us according to what we do. We should respect and honor Him since this life is temporary (1 Pt. 1:17). Our relationship with God stands out to us as the best thing we can share together. Beside Him Sammy quickly became my favorite thing and none of my other favorites come close to how much I care for her.

Lord help us in the areas of our life that feel anything but normal. Help us to work through our difficulties so that the desires of our heart will match the plans you have for us. We ask that the desires you placed inside of us would fill us with light and chase away the darkness. Lord help us to feel your presence with us and to live a life that is pleasing to you so we can be one of your favorites. 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 01/16/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 466

Tuesday’s Torch

01/09/18

By: Tim Sader

You have broken through all his walls and reduced his strongholds to ruins. (Psalm 89:40)

From our first chat Sammy and I knew we had something special, it may not be normal but with the Lord on our team we are able to make it work. Since He is the foundation we are building on we can love one another and others like we should. Starting from first contact we will be continuing our story and together with my wife we will roll into the present. During the two years we were not communicating I lost my brother and kind of gave up on finding a girlfriend for a while. Sammy was busy going to school and trying to become a teacher so she had little time for chasing boys online. I also had some uncertainties about my health when I got down to 105 pounds. I did start seeking a relationship after about a year but was really just going through the motions to pass time and possibly ease some of the emptiness I felt after losing my brother. Sammy had also lost her mom a few years before Joe passed and was very unsure that she’d ever have a relationship or get married. During that time I communicated with a few girls but after an email or two and maybe a couple chats they seemed to fade away. Before losing Joe I had been getting over a previous relationship that went bad and ended too soon I thought at the time. These two losses back to back in a way made me afraid to love anyone because of the pain I went through physically and mentally from losing two of my loved ones. This caused me to build a wall around my heart so no one could get much further than a couple conversations without me hiding behind it and giving up on it until they moved on. I did go on one slightly awkward date when I started getting out of the house and pursuing life again. It didn’t work out because we never discussed taking it to the next level and we had differing schedules. I talked about meeting another girl after that but we also could never match up our schedules and she was scared of my disability. The wall I built had something to do with these relationships not working either. Now I know ultimately they didn’t work because someone very special to me was waiting to send me more questions at just the right time.

On November 19, 2013 I was on eHarmony for another trial weekend and there were essay questions from Sammy. I answered her right away and asked her some questions. She responded with some simple sweet answers. We never sent eHarmony mail because I left my email in the answers to her questions. Shortly after that I got a friend request on Facebook and we started talking on there. Like I said before we had no idea both of us were in wheelchairs so that was a surprise. I had thought about dating another disabled person because we would understand each other but Sammy always thought that would be too much extra stress. I was delighted when I saw Sammy for the first time I could tell she had the ability to light up a room. Her smile was contagious to me and it gave me feelings I had forgotten how to use. I was kind of scared to open up to her but at the same time I was completely helpless and was falling for her. I saw a story of a man whose girlfriend still married him after he suffered a major brain injury. She was sweet and I wanted to find a love like that. When I started talking to Sammy the wall I built around my heart was crumbling quickly. In a similar way the Lord wants to tear down the walls we’ve built around our hearts that still separate us from Him (Is. 25:12). We have been engraved in the palms of His hands. He sees the walls that we’ve built and only He can turn them to dust (Is. 49:16). When we accept the Lord in lives the spirit turns our heart of stone into a heart of flesh. We will be moved by the Spirit to do what is right by following what the Lord commanded us to do (Ez. 36:26-27).  Sammy and I believe that the Lord brought us together after many years of prayer and failed relationships. The Lord destroyed the wall I built so that he could bless me with the contagious smile that brought light back into my life.

Lord help us to understand that people come in and out of our lives for many reasons. We have no control when someone walks out on us or if they graduate to heaven. Help us God when hard times come not to put up a wall or let our heart be hardened. Hardship is only for a season but blessings will come if we will let Him turn our walls of negativity into ruins. Lord help us so that your Spirit can create in us a heart of flesh so that we can hear the Lord and properly follow Him. 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 01/09/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 465

Tuesday’s Torch

01/02/18

By: Tim Sader

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. (Proverbs 18:22)

After the loss of my brother it took a while to get my mind and body to where I was ready to enjoy my life again. About two years later our van got smashed up and we needed a new one. My friend Julie helped make this happen when she planned a benefit to help us raise the money for a van. The love that God showed that year was incredible I can hardly believe it when I think about it. Getting a new van opened up a world of possibilities because we could safely travel longer distances than before. At the end of 2013 I was using eharmony and Samantha H. finally responded to my first questions after a few years. We quickly asked our own second questions and her responses really got my attention. What I remember most is that she knew the Lord and wanted me to know about the church she attends and what it means to her. Since I wasn’t a paying member I wanted her to be able to contact me off of eharmony so we exchanged emails and found eachother on facebook. To my surprise she was in a wheelchair like me and she was equally amazed to see I was disabled also. Neither of us ever considered dating another disabled person because it is difficult enough to start a relationship with only one person disabled. At the beginning of 2014 we both got someone to bring us to Columbia, SC the halfway point an hour and a half from both of us. We had pizza at Mellow Mushroom and we knew we would be more to us than we could dream of at that time. For Valentine’s Day I left my house after a rare snow storm to go see her three hours away in Summerville, SC. We did a few more dates in Columbia but those were never enough so mom and me made monthly trips for sometimes a week at a time so we could make long distance work. One time I surprised her when I rode three hours to go to the concert she was at. After thinking her friend was taking her out for the day I surprised her again at that coffee shop when I proposed to her there six months later in front of her family and friends.

I knew for a while before asking Sammy to marry me that I wanted to but since we were disabled I didn’t know how it would work or who would take care of us. After a few dates we noticed that nothing was normal about our relationship and that was what makes us beautiful. Later at Sammy’s church pastor Jenn preached a message that we don’t want to be what is normal so we will be alright. One of the most difficult parts of us getting married and moving to Charleston was leaving MorningStar church in Fort Mill. The Lord helped me by showing me unity between them and Ashley Ridge Church. Three times the same song would be played at one church or the other on the next Sunday after I heard it. I received words, heard similar messages at both churches and even a book I read came up in one of pastor Jenn’s sermons. I heard a message from Justin Perry about him and his wife being in a long distance relationship before getting married. They made it work and were twice as far from eachother as Sammy and I were of course neither of us drive so that’s an added person in the equation. All these were confirmation to me that I found what is good for me when I found my wife and the favor of the Lord is upon us. My friend Cliff gave me a word that Sammy and I are the two bottom corners of a triangle and the top point is the Lord, we are a team and He will be with us if we keep Him in it. No one can lay any foundation except for the one that has been laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:11). If Jesus is our foundation then then our love for one another will be patient, kind, not envious, boastful, proud, disrespectful, selfish, angry or keeping score. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails but if we fail to love the gifts of the Spirit will not properly function (1 Cor. 13:4-8). Love has never failed for Sammy and me because we were married on April 11, 2015. We found a way to make not normal work for us thanks to supportive parents, our aides and Ashley Ridge Church family. Alone we can do very little but together we can do so much.

Lord I pray that 2018 will be the year we realize that life is all about you loving us, us loving you and loving others. If you have been less than our foundation Lord we invite you onto our team so that we can know that you are always with us. Help us to learn better love by loving the people better who we are closest to or by showing love to who we think is unlovable. Those who may be looking for a someday spouse I pray that steps will be taken in the right direction so they will be ready when they find who is good for them. 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 01/02/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 464

Tuesday’s Torch

12/26/17

By: Tim Sader

so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. (1 Thessalonians 2:8)

Before going into the future and learning that praise is important to chase fear and the enemy far from us we found out about the machines that assist me in my daily living. When my brother died in 2011 at 28 I was 31; we were best friends and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. I dealt ok with the grief and sadness mentally but it affected me physiologically. I eventually got sick and wasn’t eating much; I got down to 105 pounds and my breathing became so labored I was scared to get off my Bipap in the morning. This is when I first went on the daytime noninvasive ventilator. When I first got it they gave me a floppy blue hose with a neck and mouth piece so every time I needed a breath I had to have help getting it. My mom, aide or friends had to sit beside me all the time so I could get a few deep breaths every five minutes. Later we mounted it on an IV pole and finally they brought me a gooseneck air hose that is attached to my wheelchair so I can get a breath anytime without assistance. Up until that point traveling in our big old blue van seemed impossible so I didn’t leave the house much. Finally when I had control of my own air we went out all the time to eat, to church, movies and doctor appointments. After leaving a MDA clinic appointment in downtown Charlotte we were on interstate 77 and we were rear-ended in our van. Somehow by the grace of God mom kept the van strait. Instead of hitting the brakes she sped up to get out of the way and safely pulled off before calling the police. The van was beat up bad on the right rear side of it, mom had a sore neck and I had a compound abrasion on my side I didn’t find for a few days. Not long after we got home a lawyer called so we set up an appointment at the house and learned what we needed to do. The van was considered totaled but was still drivable. Mom went to the chiropractor to get checked out and needed to get treatment for a few months. We ended up getting about 5,000 dollars from the insurance companies so we added it to our get a new van fund.

By 2013 I was in a much better frame of mind, I was feeling better, eating more and getting used to assisted breathing. Early in the year the Lord put it on the heart of our friend Julie to do a fundraiser of some kind to help us get a new van. Her husband Craig is a professional sound technician so we decided it would involve music. Although this benefit was for me I wanted help because it was recruiting bands, corresponding with them, and scheduling them to play. My dream career was to be in the music industry so I went online and found a list of area bands and asked bands I know to play. While I did this Julie was busy meeting with pastors, organizing volunteers to help with food, activities, handling ticket sales and looking for sponsorship donations. We decided to call the benefit Care Give Love Festival. We had seven bands, comedy, handicap van on display, fire department helped cool off the kids, there was a cake walk, a bake sale, BBQ food truck and chainsaw artist. This was all possible because Julie and her friends cared about me. God helped gave her an overwhelming love for my family and me. Not only did we see the gospel at work through her she wanted to share life with us and help us in any way she could. Christ gave us the command to love one another; just as He loved us we should love another. If we love one another everyone will know that we are His disciples (Jn. 13:34-35). Whoever claims to love but hates a brother or sister is a liar. If we do not love others who we can see, we cannot love God, whom we haven’t seen. This is why we have the command: Anyone who loves God must also love others (1 Jn. 4:20-21). From savings, family & friends, the insurance settlement and 3,350 dollars raised at the festival we had a down payment of 10,000 dollars for a van. We had to finance 16,000 dollars of it but we were able to pay it off when we sold our home in York. Since the state paid to modify it we ended up with a van that is worth twice what we paid for it.

Lord you know that life can be hard for us when troubles come but help us to trust in you so that we can get through it. Help us to see that the storms we face will come to an end and there will be sunshine when it does. Sometimes it takes difficult moments in life for us to better experience your goodness when it is shown to us. Lord I ask that you give me opportunity to share my love with others so that they can experience you in me. Help us to love those who are seen God so that we can love you like we should. 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 12/26/2017 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 463

Tuesday’s Torch

12/19/17

By: Tim Sader

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)

Before I continue my story about what I’ve done I need to fast forward and tell about what has been happening lately. Wow I have had quite the journey physically, mentally and spiritually. I find it ironic that last time I had the opportunity to write the Torch we talked about hospitals and the machines that help me live my life so that I can do my work for the Lord. For three weeks I struggled to write a Torch before midnight because something wasn’t right in my body and I just couldn’t shake it. A few Thursdays ago I felt sick to my stomach and everything I tried to eat or drink I would get choked on. I went to the doctor the day before but I felt bad enough on that day I knew I needed a hospital and if I wouldn’t go my wife was going to call an ambulance. In the ER they had trouble getting blood and starting IV’s so they used imaging to start three lines. After getting blood for labs, I got a chest x-ray, EKG and echocardiogram. They wanted to see my heart and lungs since I had been coughing some and it made me have chest pain. My blood came back and showed I had an infection. I had my third UTI and come to find out I had pneumonia though I didn’t think I was that sick. After all this they needed to test my swallowing to see if I was doing it safely without aspirating. They brought me ice chips, a sip of water and apple sauce to try and swallow. Ice chokes me, I don’t sip liquid and apple sauce is so sweet it makes me get thick saliva in my throat. I was wore out from three weeks of being ill so not a fair test for them to determine how I do swallowing. Speech therapy determined it was unsafe for me to eat or drink anything so all my fluids and food came through IV or nasal feeding tube while I was in the hospital for the next two weeks. After spending over thirty hours in the tiny ER room they moved me to the Neuro floor so I would have the help I need for my level of care. My mom never left me alone there because my voice was to low, no one could understand my noninvasive ventilator and breathing is pretty important.

After being in the hospital for about five days the IV antibiotics and respritory treatments began to clear up the pneumonia and infection. Every night I had new nurses taking care of me and because my heart is weak my regular blood pressure is very low so I had to keep explaining this when they freaked out. The doctor finally put in my chart that it was normal for me and they worried less. While I was there I remembered the conversation I had with my friend Cliff about how I could get a grip on the fear that kept trying to creep in on me. He asked me what is the worse thing I could fear and I said death. He reminded me that death has been swallowed up in victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. This is why we can stand firm and let nothing move us because when we are working with the Lord it is always worth it (1 Cor. 15:54-58). The thief comes to steal, kill and to destroy our lives but Christ came to give us a blessed life (John 10:10). Christ came and shared in humanity with us so that by His death He could break the power the devil had over death. He freed those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Heb. 2:14-15). My friend on the phone told me that whenever fear comes creeping in the best thing to do is praise the Lord. His name is majestic in all the earth and His glory is set in the heavens. Through praise children of God have a stronghold against the enemy, to silence the foe and avenger (Ps. 8:1-2). Praise stills the enemy, it cripples him and when we resist him he will flee from us. Many times in the hospital doctors presented me with alternative feeding options so I could return home and every time there were serious risks if I were to proceed. These were not options to me so they had to put in a pick line so I can get IV feeding. Miraculously this went in perfectly but what is most amazing is that I’m able to swallow food and drink despite being told I would never do it again.

Lord I thank you for the abundant life you promised to give me in place of what the thief has stolen. When I am confronted with fear and the anxieties of life help me Lord to praise until the enemy becomes silent to me. Lord I only want to hear you when I find myself in difficult situations. Other voices may say a lot to us and it maybe reality to them but Lord I want your reality to be mine so that I can share the victory with 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 12/19/2017 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 462

Tuesday’s Torch

11/28/17

By: Tim Sader

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. (1 Timothy 4:4)

As we began to share our lives and struggles at the Andersons homegroup it helped us know we were making a difference in each other’s lives from the pool of knowledge we could share. A few members had disabled children so this got me thinking about all the changes in my life and lessons we learned through the years. Up until part way through grade school I would pretty much say other than not being as strong or fast as other kids I seemed “normal”. Soon my legs became weaker until eventually something had to be done so I could get around safely. This was the very first time where I knew life was about to change and that everyone else would know because I needed a medical device to assist me. For many years I graduated from one wheelchair to the next each with newer features to help me better navigate my life. Each wheelchair was a big help in my life and after a while I got used to that way of life it was my normal. For the most part except for a couple breathing treatments in the ER if I got sick I was unattached from any other medical devices. After my carbon dioxide (CO2) built up in my blood in 2007 doctors realized the best treatment for me was to use a Bipap machine while sleeping to assist in getting rid of all my CO2. At first it seemed scary and life altering in comparison to needing help to get around. Not many people whitness me using it and transporting it was not hard. When I got used to it the benefits were worth very little upset to my health and lifestyle. Right before meeting the Andersons I had another stay in the hospital because of congestion and mucus build up in my stomach. Other than at home breathing treatments there were no new machines I had to use but the MDA loan closet donated me a cough assist machine. It can be a lifesaver but it’s freaky to use, it thrusts a high volume of air into your lungs and sucks everything out like a vacuum. Thankfully I have rarely used it though respiratory theorists believe it to be a big help. Later I was feeling ill again and MDA got me the VEST airway clearance system. It uses chambers of air wrapped around my chest to rapidly beat on it and keep my lungs clear. I use it for thirty minutes each night and it has helped keep me out of the hospital. The newest machines I started using just after my brother passed away when my daytime breathing became more labored. It is a two part system called the Trilogy 100 it is a non-invasive ventilator one part replaced my Bipap and the other is mounted to my chair and I can get an extra breath whenever I need one.

The last three devices I mentioned in the above paragraph have become a necessary part of my life. Anytime I go away overnight all the machines go with me, they are heavy and lugging them with us is no easy task. In many ways having to realy so much on machines made me feel less human for a while and almost as if the breath of God was no longer enough for me. I didn’t want to realy more on man’s creation when Gods way is so much greater (Rom. 1:25). It took sometime before I could see any good in becoming more dependent on mechanical ventilation but then I got to thinking about all the harmful things people do to damage their breathing. My air is filtered so even pollutants, bacteria and dust have less impact on me. I’m breathing to increase my life not damage it. When I noticed this machine might have been somewhat of a God send I felt it was goood and thankfully have accepted it. Every good and every perfect gift are from above coming from our heavenly who never changes the way He loves on us. Medical machines to help sustain lives are a good gift of God put in men’s heart to invent. What seems perfect would be healing miracles for everyone. What matters most is God does all good things and we should take notice of this. Machines have become a necessary good in my life for my longevity and survival. I use it daily in my standing against the evil forces (Eph. 6:13-14). It helps me to stand firm until the Lord leads us into victory.

Lord our lives are full of machines that can do any unthinkable number of things for us. We ask Lord that we would remember that you created it for good so help us to see and use these devices in ways that are pleasing to you. Help us also not to look at what could be a gift from you in any other way. If it makes life better for us in ways God approves of it is from Him to further the journey of our perfection. 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 11/29/2017 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 461

Tuesday’s Torch

11/21/17

By: Tim Sader

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. (Psalm 57:1)

There were quite a few things right in my life when I was in the Hospital during Mothers Day but life felt like it fell apart after losing the ability to feed myself. It was an unimaginable loss in my life! I tried trusting in a relationship with my then girlfriend whose last name was Hope but after bad things happened in both our lives we broke up and through that loss I truly learned we can only hope in the Lord. Through my relationship, hospital visit and breakup my family continued attending MorningStar each week. It really felt like a safe haven where we could get away and be fully devoted to our relationship with God. MorningStar is pretty large church with an average of about a thousand people on Sundays. Fitting in for most people feels difficult at first and with that number of people it is hard to know who to connect with. After a while we started hearing about connect groups but a lot of them were hard for us to commit to living forty minutes from that area. The Lord had been revealing many thing to my mom, brother and me so we decided to speak with Bobby the family pastor at MorningStar. He shed some prophetic light on things we could be doing individually and as a family to grow spiritually. Connect groups he said would be a great on ramp for us to feel more like we were part of something. He didn’t pick for us but suggested that we contact the Andersons who had a growing group of disabled children to adults and their caregivers. We met them at the beginning of a week night church service when they were getting settled at their seat. They were a young family with twins grade school age and one that started school shortly after we met them. We first met Corrie then her husband Jeremy and the twins Merry and Shelby. Last we were introduced to Zachary in his extra fancy stroller he needed to get around. He was unable to talk to us because of a brain injury but behind his smile, laughs and coos I could see an unexplainable joy between himself and God. It is sometimes said that Zachary spends most days in Jesus lap and through the years I have seen this be an accurate statement.

We were impressed by this family and immediately felt a strong connection with them. After meeting we were ready to join their homegroup. I’m thinking mom went alone for a while because it was near the holidays and we were preoccupied at home. Members refereed to this gathering as wings home group because we could show up there and be relaxed knowing that everyone one there had similar struggles. We felt safety in the shadow of the Almighty’s wings when we came together seeking Him to be our refuge in our various times of need. We were like a glorified support group for one another. We would pray together, watch videos, do bible studies and share our thoughts but we also shared resources and share wisdom about life in the disabled community. Because we had so much in common with other families in the group we were able to exchange the valuable knowledge we all had to help one another go without we needed. Sometimes it was just a phone call, prayer or hug other times it was I have a phone number for this organization and they could really help with that. We were meeting together for different activities outside of group; we ate together often and shared our lives with glad and sincere hearts (Acts 2:44-46). Those that share similar struggles who believe in Christ should share their love and compassion with eachother. This helps us to take our eye off of our struggle and helps us remember others above ourselves. Not focusing so much on us takes our mind off it and we remain humble (Phil. 2:1-4). Eventually as lives changed our group progressed and came to a necessary ending. The bond we formed with the Andersons has matured into a beautiful and successful friendship. We even got to share a weekend with Corrie, Merry and Shelby when they came for a weekend visit with us in Charleston.

Lord Please help us to find others with similar struggles to our own who can help us most because they have been there. Help us to have divine appointments with people we can share our lives with and for strong bonds. Also please help us to look not so much at our own struggle but to find another who we can help through theirs. 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, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or 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 11/22/2017 in Torches