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Apartment Living

Living in an apartment can be a real challenge. Many times there are circumstances brought about by landlords and neighbors that cannot be changed by the individual(s) living in that place. Since people cannot change other people or several circumstances, the problems of life can appear to be giants and cause great distress. This became apparent when a friend and brother-in-Christ began telling us about his situation at his apartment complex.

Our friend was renting an upstairs, one-bedroom apartment where he lived for about twelve years. However, a couple of years ago a man who was also related to our friends landlord, moved into the apartment next door to our friend. Air vents, which looked somewhat like dryer vents, were connecting the apartments to help provide more airflow in the rooms. However, these air vents picked up every little sound made and the sound waves carried it to the neighbor’s apartment. As a result, if our friend turned a page in a book or if he rolled over in bed and the box springs squeezed, this new neighbor would pound on the apartment walls and begin hollering. This became a continual problem, oppressing our friend so much that he couldn’t move about, even quietly, to do what was needed in his own apartment.

A few other renters commented that they were either searching for other places to live or were moving out already. Someone mentioned the possibility of persecution of Christians but I don’t know if this is really the case.

With multiple health issues of our own, my husband, Steve, and I worked to help our friend and brother-in-Christ move into a bedroom in our home. We began, with help from our Pastor and a friend, clearing out and moving items in our home to free up a room for our friend and to get rid of clutter. This project took a few months and will continue on even after our friend is moved in.

As we helped our friend pack up and move his belongings, I noticed a strong smell of tobacco, possibly even pot, permeated the air in the hallway and my friends apartment–though my friend does not smoke. I prayed that God would help me so that the smoke would not trigger an asthma attack and result in breathing problems and coughing for months. I don’t know how my friend could stand breathing in that bad air for so long.

We are getting near the end of this moving task. Only a few large items remain to be moved. Our friend had lined up some people from his church to come and move the larger items on Tuesday. Lord willing, our friend will be moved before the end of October.

During this transition period we have faced some challenges. The door knob on our friend’s room will not latch and our dog, Roxy, keeps going in his room. She is still a puppy who likes to chew on things. She apparently got up on the bed and got one of our friend’s hearing aids. Now we will have to pay for the repair. We will keep the door barricaded until Monday when someone is coming over to fix the door knob. We may also have to fix an electric heater in my friend’s room. In spite of the challenges, I thank the Lord that we could make room for our friend in our home and get him out of that dreadful, apartment-living situation.

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My name is Robin Ulbredtch. I am a born again Christian. God has called me to write and share His message with others. God wants people everywhere to receive His free gifts of forgiveness, mercy, and salvation. God also wants a personal relationship with each person. He wants them to know about the forgiveness, love, healing and hope they can receive from Him. God alone has the answers for all of our problems. He alone can heal and restore broken hearts and lives. I know this because He has done it for me. I have written several testimonials of the things God has done in my life. These include stories of lessons I've learned in life, in Children's ministry, and in a number of other situations. I hope you will take time to enjoy reading some of them. You can find more of these writings on my websites: www.robinscreativeexpressions.com and www.robinulbredtch.com. I also have several stories on www.faithwriters.com God has truly taken my broken heart and life, healed me, and turned it all to His glory by allowing me to teach and minister His word to others who are hurting and hopeless. Only God can bring good out of the bad things in our lives, and He does it in a big way. My God--Yahweh--is a three in one God, God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the word and son, Jesus Christ. My God is an AWESOME God! I hope you will read some of these stories and see the mighty works God has done for me. I pray you will open your hearts and minds to receive the free gifts of forgiveness and grace that God has for those who ask for His forgiveness of their sin and invite Him into their heart. I know God can heal and do miraculous works on our behalf because He has done it for me. God loves all people and He wants them to love Him back. Yet God allows us to make the choice because to try to force His love on someone is not love, and God's nature is love. God wants us to choose to love Him! My goal for the Christian writing ministry is to point people to Jesus Christ for the answers for their lives. He alone has the answers and the power to do the miraculous work to bring about healing, restoration, and solutions to to overwhelming challenges we face in life. He is the source of Life and gives eternal life to those who put their lives in His hands. Praise the Lord, Jesus Christ!

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