We will all live forever....in Heaven or Hell

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Back to Blogging

After a very long absence I have decided to blog again.
The past year and a half have been absolutely the most difficult of my life.
Without getting into the gory details I will simply say the the wicked one has been hard at work in my family. There have been MANY days I prayed for God to take me home.  Today I can say that I am thankful to still be here.  I love my family and NEVER imagined that the depths of depression could be so terribly dark.  My journey is not over and I pray for strength each and every day.

God gave me a very special friend EXACTLY when I needed one.  He has ALWAYS proven FAITHFUL!! I do not know what the future holds (nor do I want to) BUT I do know who holds the future.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Services have been arranged for Jesse's mom. Visitation will be on Thursday August 9, 2012 at 9am at Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel located at 1521 Avenue G in Bay City, Texas. Funeral services will follow with Pastor Candido Gonzales presiding. Internment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider making a monetary donation to help with final expenses, which have been entrusted to E. Viola and Son in West Columbia, Texas.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August 4, 2012

Maria Del Rosario Sanchez, 74 of Bay City Texas, passed from her earthly journey into eternal glory August 4, 2012 surrounded by her family. Maria was born October 7, 1937 to Anacleto and Agueda Flores in Monterrey, N.L. Mexico. Maria is survived by her husband of 49 years, Efrain Sanchez.
Five children:
Rosario Forcado and husband Jose of Bay City, Texas
Alberto Sanchez and wife Charlene of Bay City, Texas.
Efrain Sanchez Jr. of Bay City, Texas.
Jesus 'Jesse' Sanchez and wife Amy of Freeport, Texas.
'Big' John Sanchez of Bay City, Texas.
Eight Grandchildren:
Gina Solis , Linda Solis Guevara, Jesus Sanchez II, Nicholas Sanchez, Briana Forcado, Christian  Sanchez, Victoria Sanchez, and Isaiah Sanchez.
Three Great Grandchildren:
Hector Guevara, Noe Guevara, and Elayna Cotero.

Maria immigrated to the United States in the early 1960's and obtained her United States Citizenship in 1996. Maria accepted Christ as her Savior in 1999 and was later baptized and added to the membership of Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel in Bay City, Texas.

Funeral services are pending and have been entrusted to E. Viola & Son Funeral Home in West Columbia, Texas. Internment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider making a monetary donation to help with final expenses.

The family takes great comfort in knowing Maria is in heaven and because they too have accepted Christ, rejoice in one day seeing her again.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Came across this today during my morning Bible reading:

Less of self and more of Jesus,
More and more each day like Thee;
Just to live in full surrender
For my Lord who ransomed me. - Wonder

John 14:15-24

King James Version (KJV)

If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Ephesians 4:31&32
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Philippians 3:13&14
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Today is November 11, 2011; just in case you did not know:~))

Today is the original day that my son was to wed his wonderful wife, Marina.
They just could not wait (for which I am very thankful) so they were married June 18.

On this day 12 years ago I received an absolute dream come true.
My only daughter, Victoria Paige Sanchez, was born.  My heart had ached for a daughter for many years.  We had already been blessed with three sons, but I wanted a precious baby girl.  God answered my prayer on this day 12 years ago.  Not only was she a girl, she was a V-BAC.  Meaning she was born vaginally after three c-sections.  It was the most awesome experience I could have ever imagined.

Victoria has blessed my life in ways unimaginable. I don't think she will truly comprehend this until she becomes a mother herself.

I love you, VICTORIA PAIGE SANCHEZ!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011


To my faithful  billion followers I must offer my humble apologies.  It has been far to long since I last updated.  I will offer my petty excuses here.  This may sound like a pity party and.....maybe it is.  But, we are are entitled now and again:~))

The past 7-8 weeks have been a basic blur.  Going back to the end of August when my father-in-law suffered a terrible fall and a diabetic coma.  After several days in ICU it was determined that the above mentioned things were caused by neglect.  Not enough food, uncleanly ....and so on.  It was at the discharging from the hospital that my husband and I made the decision to move both my father-in-law and mother-in-law into our home.  We live in a modest three bedroom two bath home.  We have three boys in one bedroom, our daughter has her room and then my husband and I have a room with a bath.  We gave my in laws our room with easy access to a restroom.  This all means that my husband and I have been camped out on the living room floor since the end of August.  We both have bad backs it is really starting to talk a toll. But.......God gives strenght to move forward :~))

Yes, my husband has other siblings......No they have offered no help.
We now have a lady that comes three days a weeks for baths, two separate therapists (who are both amazing) that each come twice a week and a nurse that comes weekly.  I have got them both fitted for diabetic shoes, both have had eye examinations, both have had their feet taken care of by a foot doctor, and I was able to get them a local doctor.  (That in itself means that I no longer have to drive 45 minutes to take them to doctor visits, of which they have many.)

My in-laws are not able to be left alone which has been really hard.
My husband teaches Sunday School and preaches every Sunday morning, so he goes to church in the morning.  I get to go the church on Sunday nights and every other Wednesday night.  In laws are getting stronger and are actually able to go to church on an occasion now.

We also had family in from Mexico.  So at one point we had 11 people sleeping in our humble home.
It went like this:
Me and hubby = our daughter's bed
Mom & Dad = our bed
Nick = Nick's bed
Christian = Christian's bed
Isaiah = Isaiah's bed
Victoria = mattress is boys room
Aunt Lucy & Aunt Paulina = sofa bed
Cousin Carlos = mattress in living room

Oh!!  Did I mention that my right hand got cut off???
Yep, Nick had to go and get a full time job just about the time the in laws came.
You learn to adjust.

The children seem to be adjusting well with the exception of one.  This is hard.  We do not want bitterness or resentment to grow.  We want our children to know that it is our responsibility to care for our parents as long as we can.  There have been many people that do not agree with this decision and feel we should just put them in a nursing home and go on.  Well......we just can't:~))  Not yet anyway.  I'm not saying that this might not occur in the future but for now things will remain the same.

All of this has taken a toll on my health, and I have been battling a bad kidney infection for going on three weeks now. I'm on my third round of antibiotics.  But.....God gives grace.

Christian can't have his knee operated on until he stops growing which the Dr says is an estimated two more years.  Praying the pain remains manageable.

My oldest son turned 21!!!  My youngest son has his first loose tooth:~))

My husband has a job and we have NEVER gone to bed hungry.  God is awesome!!!!

Even when things seem to be bleak.....God reigns!!!

Speaking of rain, we finally got some:~))  And a nice cool front too.  Expecting a stronger one Thursday which means more days with no a/c on  = lower electric bills.  God.....provides.

This has been our best school year in probably three years.  I am so glad I waited to start Isaiah.  With only two in school this year the load has been lighter and much smoother. God.... is faithful.

Jesse is having back problems again.  I can worry about the maybes but......it will not help.

I have had many spiritual victories lately for which I give God the glory.

Got to see the premier of Courageous.  WATCH THE MOVIE!!!

Taking my son and daughter to lunch tomorrow for his birthday :~))

Ok, that pretty much sums it all up.  I left out a few things..........but enough already.

God is my strength.  I am going to heaven when all is said and done.  I have much more here and now than I will ever deserve.

Monday, August 8, 2011

More Blessings

What a wonderful blessing to have our long time friends and Missionaries to Mexico at church last night.
We have known Bro Garcia and his family for about 12 years now. They have a special place in our hearts.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Anyone Want to Save Some Old People?

Let me confess, up front, this is a rant about one of my persisting pet peeves with the church.

Also, let me say, I love children and teens. I believe they should know the truth about Jesus and I believe we should make every effort to help them be welcome and involved in all aspects of church life.

I came to know Jesus as a child and I was a teen-age Christian (someday, there will be a feature film of that title).

But repeatedly I’ve heard this annoying and damaging untruth spoken from the front of the church: “The youth are the future of the church!”

Usually, this is proclaimed to justify some change in music style or ministry emphasis and to silence anyone who might object, because, who wants to be the one who doesn’t want to ensure the future of the church? Right?

Have you heard this, too? “We must adapt our church to the culture of the youth because they are our future.” Maybe you’ve even said it.

Sounds true. Hard to argue against. Except it’s a lie.

Children are not the future of the church. Jesus is. Always has been, always will be.

Teens are not the future church. If they love Jesus, they’re the church NOW.

The church isn’t an institution or an organization, it’s a living organism. We don’t care for certain organs because our bodies will need them someday. We care for all our organs because our bodies need them now!

To see children as the future of the church is to see the church as a world-system, which it isn’t. In a world-system, it makes sense that there must be a continual influx of “young blood” but the church runs on the blood of Christ so even if all we had were geriatric converts, we could grow, thrive, and remain vital in building the kingdom of Christ.

Paul tells us in Colossians 1:16-17 that  "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
He holds the life of the church in His hands. It doesn’t rest on the future generation. When the Pharisees told Jesus to silence His followers, "And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." Luke 19:40.

Jesus can raise followers from the dust. He doesn’t rely on the next generation anymore than He relied on the one that birthed it.

So, why do I care about this? What is so damaging about this false notion?

Because there are old people in danger of dying without Jesus and this wrong-headed worldly -thinking keeps us from reaching them.

There are lost souls wandering through mid-life wondering why none of it seems worthwhile. They could find their answer in Christ if someone was there to tell them about Him.

We put major effort into child evangelism, outreach to teens and campus ministries, and rightly so. This work should never cease. To reach a young person with the truth of Christ is a marvelous thing.

I don’t want the work of the church to change focus, I want it to expand. Surely someone has a heart, a vision, a calling to reach people over the age of 40!

There are youth-heavy statistics out there that every youth minister uses when it’s budget time. Statistics like this: “Less than one out of every four born again Christians (23%) embraced Christ after their twenty-first birthday. Barna noted that these figures are consistent with similar studies it has conducted during the past twenty years.” (2004)

We read those statistics and think like CEO’s of corporations instead of disciples of Christ and put all of our efforts into fishing in the well-populated waters of childhood and adolescence. But maybe, just maybe, Jesus comes along and tells us to drop our nets off the other side of the boat.

Does anyone still have the courage for that kind of fishing?

Imagine a church that was growing all the time – not by adding only young families but also by adding newborn boomers and seniors. And then these “older” newborns reach out to their peers.

Maybe the statistic would never change. Maybe until the end of time only 1 out of 4 people will enter into relationship with Jesus after the age of 21 but thank God for every one of those “ones.”

I don’t put my faith in statistics; I put my faith in Jesus. As we hurtle, picking up speed every day, toward those last days, should we not make every effort to speak out to everyone at risk of missing the truth of Christ?

Can you see beyond the gray hair, the wrinkles, and the glasses and see a future child of God hungering and thirsting for the truth of Christ?

Stop believing that the world has the right system. Children are not the future of the church. Jesus is.

He didn’t call us to be fishers of children only but also fishers of men, women, boomers, seniors, and every generation in-between.

Anyone want to save some old people? God does.

 This was taken from  http://loristanleyroeleveld.blogspot.com/2011/03/anyone-want-to-save-some-old-people.html?showComment=1312302472163#c6841126912767337945




Thursday, July 28, 2011

1 Timothy 3:10-13

Jesse's Deacon Ordination Service
Sunday July 31, 2011 @ 6:00 pm
First Baptist Church Clute, Texas
Fellowship Meal Following Service

 1 Timothy 3:10-13 King James Version
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." George Washington

"The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world." Charles Dickens

"That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests." Andrew Jackson

"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book."  Abraham Lincoln

"It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible-reading people.  The principles of the Bible are the ground work for human freedom."  Horace Greeley

Monday, July 25, 2011

On This Day

Today, July 25, is my 37 birthday!! On this day in 1974 a scared teen mom chose life, which which I am eternally grateful. This was long before 16 and Pregnant or Teen Mom. This young woman had hard decisions to make and she chose to give me life.  Thanks Mom, I Love You!!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


WOW!!  What an AWESOME week. 

Arrived at San Marcus/San Antonio on Monday. Spent Monday afternoon at the outlet mall and hotel for swim time.  Tuesday was tubing/glass bottom boat ride and back to the outlet mall.  Tuesday was also Nick's 18th birthday so we had to have a party (which we did at the hotel).  Wednesday was The Alamo and River Center Mall then Bowling in the evening.  Thursday was Fiesta Texas and it was HOT!!!  Drove home Thursday night.  Friday was sleeping late, unpacking and laundry.  Saturday was double date night with Jaime and Marina. We went to The Whisnants concerts and to dinner afterwards at El Jimador in Angleton. Sunday after church my wonderful son and  daughter-in-law came over and prepared me a WONDERFUL birthday dinner.

I am a Blessed lady!!!!!!

Next Sunday is my husband's Deacon ordination service. We are both excited and nervous:-))

Oh, and I have decided that I could live in the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!!!!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

This Tuesday July 19th our second born son will turn 18!!!
We will be out of town that week so this is an early birthday post just for him.

Nicholas Ryan Sanchez was placed in my arms early Monday morning July 19, 1993. I was six days shy of being 19. He was our second born child and our second son. When Nick (as he is now called) was a baby he would not leave my side.  A lot changes with time:-))

Nick has brought me an immeasurable amount of happiness. God has blessed Nick with some wonderful character traits.  He is one of the kindest, caring, loving people you will ever meet. He is so optimistic that it makes me mad sometimes. He has proven to be a hard worker and a quick learner.  Nick is an EXCELLENT brother. He is honest and trustworthy.

No, he is not perfect.  He is my son and my friend. 

It is incredible to think that these 18 years are over.  Time is passing by as a raging flood.

I am not sure what the future holds for Nick but I do know that if he will continue to trust in God all things will work for good. I am eternally grateful that God allowed Nick to be in this family.

I love you!! 
I am thankful for you!! 
May your birthday be tremendous:-))


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Forgiveness by Paul Gordon and John Caird.

You mustn't be revengeful
You have to be strong
To offer good for evil
Return right for wrong
We must not hold a grudge
And we must learn to endure
Then as God is your judge
At least your heart will be pure

Forgiveness is the mightiest sword
Of those you hate
Will be your highest reward

When they bruise you with words
When they make you feel small
When it's hardest to bear
You must do nothing at all

Forgiveness is the simplest vow
Of all their crimes
Is your deliverance now

Bless those souls
Who would curse your name
When the last bell tolls
You'll be free of blame

You can continue to grieve
But know the gospel is true
You must forgive those who lie
And bless them that curse you

Forgiveness is the mightiest sword
Of those you fear
Will be your highest reward

The time will come when we will leave this world, and the injustice and
the pain and the sin will fall away from us, and only the spark of the
spirit will remain--returning to God who created it.

You must never lose Faith
You must never lose Heart
God will restore your trust
And I know you're afraid
I'm as scared as you are
But willing to be brave
Brave enough for love.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

PKD Update

I saw a new Nephrologist Tuesday at Baylor in Houston.  Both my husband and I were very excited to finally get away from our small town doctor who quite frankly doesn't seem to care about her patients.  She also owns the local Dialysis Clinic and seems to rush people through her doors.  I should have realized this years ago while observing her treatment of a friend.

Well, I was VERY pleased with the knowledge that Dr. Raghavan had about my particular kidney disease.
I learned, after a same day Cat Scan, that my kidneys weigh 12 pounds!!  No wonder I can't get ANY relief from the constant lower back pain.  Also, we learned that there is a rather large cyst on the right kidney that is causing the sharp stabbing pain.  We have made the decision to go ahead and drain this cyst with the hope of gaining some temporary relief.  Our son, Nicholas, had the procedure done several years back and has experienced great pain reduction. Nicholas said it was extremely painful for about four days and after that....all was well!!  I expect a call early this week with the appointment.  Dr. Raghavan also made some adjustment to my blood pressure medicine. This will take some getting used to but I think it will be worth it in the end.

Thankful for both Spiritual and Physical healing, both of which take time :~))

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Instructions of the King

Some thoughts from our recent Sunday School Lesson:

It is fair to say that over the years there has been no greater hindrance to the Lord's work than Christian people who bicker and fight among themselves.  Such behavior disrupts the fellowship of Christians and presents a bad example to the lost.

Lost people often look at the fights among church members and simply walk away in disgust.  Saved people who are outside the fellowship of a New Testament church see little reason to join a group of bickering, sniping, backbiting Baptists.  When we misbehave, we imagine that we are defending our rights while we are really placing a stumbling block in the path of a weaker brother.

The simple answer would be for all of God's children to behave as if they knew that Jesus was watching their every action and hearing their every word.  Of course, He truly is, but we are seldom aware of this spiritual scrutiny.  This is why we need to learn how to live with each other and make the same things important to us that are important to Jesus.

God forgives us ONLY when we seek forgiveness from Him.  God does not just issue a blanket forgiveness for every sin that has ever been committed.  God also forgives us when we are willing to forgive others,  Matthew 6:14,15

An unforgiving spirit will eventually turn into a sour soul.  Many do not make the connection, but when you find a child of God who is sour, critical and mean spirited, you have found a person who will not  forgive others.  The longer we hold onto a grudge, the more bitter we become.  That is why we should not even let the sun go down on our wrath.

If God has forgiven you, then by His grace, you can forgive others.
I really like to blog but I've been so busy lately that my little blogspot has been neglected.

I have lots of things to blog about:
*Nick's graduation
*Jaime and Marina's wedding
*2 years of freedom from spiritual abuse
*Nick and Christian's trip to Washington D.C to the LTIA
*Health Updates (which is what this post will be about)

I saw my local Nephrologist back in April at which time she recommended removing the right kidney.
After contacting my previous Nephrologist, in Lubbock, she was able to set me up with a Nephrologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.  My appointment is tomorrow.  I am excited and nervous all in one.
Our local Neph owns and operates the local Dialysis Center and it seems as if she is simply pushing patients toward the dialysis machines so that the chairs  are full.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Time is ticking.....

10 days!!!  Yep, just 10 short days until our oldest son will take a wife and start a life of their own.
I am so thankful for the path that Jaime has chosen.  He bought a home the end of December yet he still lives at home.  He is a God fearing, hard working, organized young man that has sought the Lord's direction for his life.  For this he has been blessed. In 10 short days I will welcome a new daughter into our family.  Marina is fantastic!!!!  She loves my son and she too has sought God's will for her life.

I'm excited for the day to arrive!!! My dad will be making the 1,000 mile trip to be here.  I don't think he knows what that means to me:-)