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Tuesdays Torch week 498

Tuesday’s Torch

08/21/18

By: Tim Sader 

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20)

After an extended stay with Sammy’s family the closing on our new house finally happened so Baby and me could finally be home together. God dwells among us who chose to make Him our refuge when we dedicate our lives fully to Him. The first night in our new house was nice we got the beds up and most of the bigger furniture pieces in their appropriate rooms. Most of our boxes just got piled up in the garage so we could go through them at our own pace. Some of them were easy to unpack in the kitchen and living area. Others we went through slowly so we could decide what to keep, give away or throw out. It seemed strange because we thought we downsized to move but there was still so much stuff we didn’t need. While we were unpacking we ate a lot of to go food off of cardboard boxes with plastic silverware. The first few days we took some shopping trips to buy stuff we needed around the house and use gift cards from our wedding. We bought a mop, broom, dust pan, bucket cleaning products, a trash and recycling bin for in the house at target. At Bed, Bath and Beyond we bought a couple more sheet sets for our bed and one set each for the other two rooms. One day we went to Big Lots and got a small café table that was perfect for Sammy, a memory foam mattress cover and a stand for the smart TV her dad and Darlene bought for our wedding gift. We went ten days without satellite, home phone or internet this felt like forever to us because that is what we need to stay busy. Sammy was able to get this bill in her name which felt exciting to her. A few days after getting hooked up with ATT Uverse I had to go to Charlotte for one last MDA appointment scheduled for me. Sammy was uneasy letting me go so we prayed for safety on the journey and it was a good thing we did because we came inches from an incident with a semi-truck. When we moved in we planned to make some improvements to the house so it would be better for us. Our friends Kadie and RG came one Saturday to help us clean up the yard and put up a new fan in the living room. They trimmed the crepe myrtle and extended the front patio using pavers. A couple weeks later Sammys dad brought us a gallon of paint and our friend Miles painted our bedroom a soft grey color.

We had a busy first month in our new home; in the midst of all this we were going to church and got signed up for a young couples home group and discipleship classes. After getting back from Charlotte our church had a meeting for people to get more involved with eachother at church. Meeting with other younger couples from our church was exciting for us as newlyweds. It is one way we were welcoming God into our relationship. We got in the van and left for our first home group meeting and as soon as we parked the sky opened up. It started pouring rain, thundering and lightning. We sat there for a half hour thinking it’d just pass over but it didn’t. When we left the road getting out of their neighborhood was flooded so much that water was coming in the bottom of our door. We drove back home less than five miles away, it was sunny and looked like it hadn’t rained. This was very disappointing for our first homegroup but we gave it the best try that we could. After this we made it most Sunday evenings until we stopped having it right before the holidays. We have been set free from the prison that sin had us locked up in, praise Jesus. This is why the righteous gather because He has been so good to us though we do nothing to deserve it (Ps 142:7). Where only two or three of us gather in His name he is there with us. When crowds gather around Jesus He shows up and miraculous things happen all around Him (Mk 1:33-34). When we get together and pray it shakes things up, the Holy Spirit fills us up so we can boldly live and proclaim the word of God (Act 4:31). When we gather at church or in various groups it is to help point eachother toward love and good deeds. This is difficult for us to do if we fail to meet with other believers on a regular basis. We need each other for encouragement so we will remember to keep the faith (Heb 10:24:25). As Christian couples we have the unique opportunity to continually be in the prescence God. Sammy and I try to involve ourselves in spiritual growth together so we can help eachother grow in our faith.

Lord we thank you for always being with us and for you to be more so there when we gather in your name. I ask that when we gather you would do great things in our midst. We pray that your spirit would fall on us so that your word would come alive in our lives. Lord surround us with other believers to be gathered with who would always point us to do what you would do and may we not neglect to do so. Help us to be encouraged and to be an encouragement to others so that in hard times we would be able to keep the faith. 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 08/21/2018 in Torches

 

Tuesdays Torch week 497

Tuesday’s Torch

08/14/18

By: Tim Sader 

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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Posted by on 08/14/2018 in Torches

 

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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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