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Four Weeks in Texas (Moving On!, Pt. 10)

October 27th, 2013 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in ABOUT ME, MY BLOG, MY CHURCH | Texas Tales!

I have now been in the Lone Star State for exactly four weeks. It’s time to tell “the rest of the story” of how I got here, what has happened and what I anticipate in the future. I’m not sure how many people still tune in to this blog anymore since I haven’t posted regularly in several months and have changed the name of this site from “Stone the Preacher” to “Not-By-Sight.” Regardless, these writings help me to remember how faithful God has been on this journey. My hope is that you will be encouraged to live for God by faith and not by sight more fully.


I left off in part 9 of this saga  with my wife Karen flying to Texas for the third time to buy a home. Obviously, she got the house because we are living in it now—no surprise there—but there is an incredible back story on how all this transpired—and how it almost didn’t happen at all!

It starts in Vietnam where I went for a short-term mission trip while our California home was in Escrow.


My journal entry (slightly edited for clarification) initiates this story on August 13, 2013:

Vietnam. Seems like life is frozen for a season as I adjust to this environment. Sick again, right before I’m scheduled to preach [to a Vietnamese congregation]. As I lay in bed sick, Psalm 32 spoke to me:

“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped…”

I didn’t know what to confess, but then I realized what it might be: worry and fear. Not related to Vietnam but to home. When I get back from here, there is no home! Everything is fluid. Pastor Zac, my boss, told me not to think about it. He’s still right; in Vietnam I can do nothing.

But pray.

I feel guilt that my wife Karen is left doing everything concerning the sale of the house, the moving of everything, but, perhaps, God is showing me how capable my wife really is. Yes, that’s it. Proverbs 31 says:

“Her husband has full confidence in her.”

Then God spoke again in Psalm 32:8—

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.”


The next morning I awoke to more fear. More troubles. Those early morning fears that get you in the just before waking moments of the mind. I rebuked those early morning fears. Ignored them. I will never give the enemy a foothold. In my morning devotionals, even in the heart of Vietnam, I read “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers. This is what he said to me as I wrestled with my thoughts:

“When we are afraid, the least we can do is pray to God. O you of little faith! And what a sharp pain will go through us when we suddenly realize that we could have produced complete and utter joy in the heart of Jesus by remaining absolutely confident in Him, in spite of what we are facing. If we have been learning to worship God and to place our trust in Him, the crisis will reveal that we can go to the point of breaking, yet without breaking our confidence in Him.”

As I write this entry on my blog today, again I’m encouraged and strengthened from long-dead writers whose inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, as I reflect on new troubles and worries that face me. Again, I listen to their voices and am strengthened to press on, press on.

I will continue to recount this saga that lead me to move from the beach cities of California—where I have resided for over 54 years—to a place completely unfamiliar.  My hope is that you would trust in the Lord more as you read this, relying completely on his guidance so that you may do more than our Lord Jesus did in His earthly ministry.

He did promise that, you know.

Click here to read part 11.

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10 Responses

  • Tracy Gaitan says:

    Gabe and I read your blog Steve and are encouraged by your words and faith. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Our youngest son was in Austin this week for a job interview…so we have had Austin on our minds.

  • Pauline says:


    I’m glad you’re still blogging. I still checking here every now and then to see if there are any updates. It’s always an encouragement. thank you!

  • dede says:

    I’ve been reading your blogs for quite some time and since you announced you were moving to Texas, I thought about dropping this site off my bookmark bar but, i kept reading. I’m glad I didn’t. It turns out that this new adventure is teaching me some old lessons that I need to implement back into my life –Trusting fully in my Lord!

    I just wanted to stop by to encourage you. I’m also exited to hear about the adventures of your church planting and the Sanchez family. It’s been a blessing!

    Hang in there brother…our Lord is a Rock!

  • Garrett says:

    Hey Steve!

    I’m still here, although I’m busy at school. Don’t worry though: Satan and I are still good bros. I’m even taking a class in…EVOLUTION (dun dun dun)

    Take it easy!

  • Laurie says:

    Hi Steve,
    we’re a lot behind on our email inbox but slowly catching up. It was good to read and remember this part of your journey (I was with you in Vietnam as it unfolded). You continue to inspire and encourage us and we pray for you often. Keep your eyes on God and keep on walking by faith! :)

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