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Alejandro I. Sanoja

Do You Feel God Is Giving You A Test That You Are Not Ready For?

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At 5 years old, I was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.

After many complications, the doctors said that my right leg would have to be removed and that I would not be able to have children because I would likely die because my heart was not strong enough.

Sometimes the plan that God has for us is not exactly the one we would prefer, or the most enjoyable. Yet, He knows what we are capable of doing. We just need to trust Him, and follow His lead.

How many times have you felt as if God is giving you a test and you are not ready for it? How many times have you got close to giving up?

I grew up in church, but accepted Christ at 13. Later in life, our whole family was looking for a church where we could feel God’s anointing. We wanted a church where we could feel right at home and we found it during Easter of 2017.

Real Life Church Is Where I Feel At Home

I give thanks to God for leading my parents to not sign the papers to authorize the doctors, back when I was 5 years old, to perform the amputation.

My mother took a handkerchief to our church and had it anointed with oil and pinned it to my surgery garment. After that, the doctors only had to amputate part of my right foot instead of my whole right leg.

Praise God, I was also able to raise a family!

I have two children, 21 and 27 years old, and a couple of grandchildren that are 2 and 3 years old, and we all attend Real Life Church.

Since day one, we were amazed by the friendliness of the people and loved the church because our babies were comfortable. We also liked the small group experiences.

After more than 30+ surgeries, and 59 years, I am still going strong and am an advocate of Real Life Church. I tell everyone I meet how much I love our church.


By Lynette Reeves

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There are some people that God’s put in your life that NEED YOUR STORY.” – Pastor Steve Owens

Real Life Church Is A Place Where I Feel At Home

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How can we learn what it means to really be a Christian and live our lives for Jesus?

Like many others, for about 15 years I had been in and out of church. I was so hungry to know more about Him and to trust Him with everything in my life.

Yet, it wasn’t until 2010 that I really came to know Jesus Christ as the Savior He is. It wasn’t until then that I really came to know Jesus as His gracious, loving, merciful, powerful Self. It wasn’t until then that I knew what it was to love Jesus more than anything and anyone else and be loved by Him. It wasn’t until then that I decided to make Jesus Lord of my life and live my life for Him and only Him.

Find A Church Where You Feel At Home

My family and I moved to Katy, Texas, from Louisiana, a couple of days before Christmas in 2011. We moved to the Cypress area during the summer of 2012.

At this point, we made a commitment to “church shop” that summer with the goal of picking a church to stick with for at least the fall season. We stayed with the previous church we were at due to it being the first church we went to since moving to Texas. It wasn’t really our “home” but just stayed there anyway.

The feeling that something was missing is what lead us to make the commitment to “church shop.”

The Sunday we attended Real Life Church (formerly Willowbrook Church) we all loved it and knew that this was the church for us. The Lord’s Presence was beautiful, but we also knew that we had to stick with our “church shopping” commitment. Once summer ended, everyone in the family was asked which church they would like to attend. Real Life Church was the unanimous choice!

My heart and life were immediately changed the day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and Real Life Church has been HUGE in helping to produce the fruit of Jesus and life change in my heart and life!

Growing As A Christian At Real Life Church Through Group Connections

Real Life church felt like home. This was a place with great people I could learn and grow from. I felt God’s presence from the moment I walked in. God’s hand is upon this church. I could feel it in the worship, in the teaching, in the people, and in the atmosphere.

I immediately got plugged into a Connect Group and began serving in our Kid’s Ministry. Being a part of Connect Groups and serving is vital!

We aren’t meant to do life alone. We need to learn and be encouraged by one another. It’s crucial to be an active part of this family, not just a bystander.

Life change began to happen as I got connected and served with other believers. I wasn’t alone anymore. There were others who I knew had my back. I was welcomed into this Real Life Church Family of Jesus immediately.

The more involved I got, the more I began to grow. I learned more and more about Jesus – about His love, about trust, power, and authority; that I really can do all things that He has planned for my life through His strength. I continued to learn about following Him and hearing from Him.

Through getting connected and serving, the Lord has used so many people from this church to help me experience life change. My husband and I have grown in our relationship and togetherness. I have by no means arrived, but I am learning what it means to serve and love my husband as I am called to do.

Also, I have learned to surrender my two boys to the Lord. I know I will make parenting mistakes, but that is okay because God’s grace will fill in the gaps and cover every mistake I make. He works all things out for the good of those that love Him. I have learned about love, forgiveness, and strength. I have learned what real godly friendships should be like and I have godly women who will speak God’s truth into my life.

Giving Back As A Way to Grow In Our Faith

I have had group leaders call things out in me, that I just didn’t see for myself – like me teaching in Kid’s Ministry.

I absolutely love being a part of Kid’s Ministry and knew that this was my place in the church. My heart is to let our kids know all about the love of Jesus and power they have because of Him from a young age, believing and knowing this will equip them for the rest of their lives. I knew I wanted to empower our kiddos, but I just didn’t know how I could do that.

I didn’t see myself as a ‘teacher.’ I thought in order for me to be able to ‘teach’ them I had to be a real teacher, like in math or reading, in a school.

And then, it was spoken over me in one of our Connect Group gatherings how my face lights up when I talk about being with our kids and how I didn’t have to be a math or reading teacher to actually be a teacher and lead our kids to Jesus. Life Changing! I was no longer blind and now I could see. I felt so free!

All I really wanted in life was to serve the Lord wherever He wanted me. It was right there in front of me, I just didn’t see it.

It took being a part of this family and allowing others to see and speak into my life for my eyes to be opened. This is what opened the door and lead me to start leading Bible Study for our kids.

I even teach on Sundays now. This is my passion!

I cannot imagine not doing this! Every fall semester, when groups begin, it is my time of reflection and thankfulness for the groups and leaders in our church.

Sharing Is Caring

Throughout the years God has, time after time, used others in our church to:

  • Grow me closer to Him
  • Rely fully on Him
  • Trust Him with every circumstance in my life

Also, to remind me that:

  • I am not alone, that
  • I can do all things, that
  • I am enough,
  • I am fearless and not fearful
  • I can have total freedom in my life because of Jesus

He has given me power and authority over the enemy.

I have been taught and encouraged on how to do these things and how to live them out. I have been able to pick up the phone and ask for prayer when needed. I know I have been covered in prayer, even without having to ask. I have been given experiences to get in and seek the Lord’s Presence so that I can live out this life change.

I can’t imagine where my life would be without the leading and guidance or our Real Life Church leadership and the friendships I have made!

Throughout my entire life, I have lacked confidence. I have always felt that I was never good enough and would never be enough for anything or anyone.

Friend, hear me when I say, this the biggest lie from the enemy!

This church has given me opportunity after opportunity to grow in my walk with the Lord. The friendships I have made with other ladies have been the support to help me stand when I just couldn’t face another day. Being a part of Real Life Church has paid off with real life change in my life.

I know that I am enough! I also know that I am not called to be good enough; I am just enough! I can do all things, I have hope and confidence, I can be fearless because I serve a mighty powerful God, and  God has given me power and authority over the enemy – I just need to use it! …And on and on and on I can go!

Here at Real Life Church, we are a family who loves God and loves others. If I can encourage you with anything, it is to put yourself out there. Do not be afraid to share your life with others – get connected and choose to do life with us.

You will experience life change, for the better, that only God can bring, but I am so thankful He chooses to do it through us, as a family. The Lord has rescued me, restored me, is renewing me, and He is using Real Life Church as a tool to do so. I never imagined my life would look anything like it does today. But now, I can’t imagine it looking any different. I am so thankful for the Lord and the journey He is bringing me on and for leading me to Real Life Church and the family I have here.

By Casey Herring

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Coming Back To Life From Spiritual Death

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Have you ever been in a toxic relationship?

In my case, it led me to immoral behaviors and being rebellious. Satan convinced me the counterfeit was my answer.

This relationship turned me into a woman full of doubt, unbelief, and confusion. Yet, this was not the starting point of my relationship with God.

5 years ago, I came to Christ and it was absolute paradise. Jesus and I were in sync. In Him, and his voice, I found confidence and guidance. Until I got involved with someone who I thought God sent, whom I thought was a man of God.

This man knew the Word so well, and prayed, that made me forfeit my walk because I thought he knew better. He was more spiritual and stronger than me. Yet, it was a relationship full of emotional and spiritual abuse which led me to isolate myself from family, friends, my church home and then ultimately from God.

This person, this relationship, became my God.

I became co-dependent and completely lost myself trying to become what he wanted me to be, someone God never intended.

What To Do When God’s Voice Goes Quiet?

At some point, I turned from being a woman who was so in tune with Jesus and His spirit to a woman full of doubt, unbelief, and confusion.

I found myself back struggling with the same things God originally delivered me from… depression, feelings of worthlessness, and insecurities. God’s voice went quieter and quieter because I started to believe in the lies of the enemy.

Eventually, the relationship ended and I contemplated suicide and rebelled against Godly authority and those who tried to help me. The enemy had me convinced God was wrong and he was right.

Life seemed to have no point. I stopped living and had a hard time being there for my son. I was barely surviving.

The enemy had me so convinced this person was God’s best for me that I tried everything to hold on.  It literally destroyed me. This was affecting my job and everything I held dear.

“The thief only comes to kill, steal, and destroy.”  John 10:10

After being exposed to the control and abuse, I found myself doing the exact same thing. I was controlling this man, both emotionally and verbally. But, thank God, I have been walking out my healing and freedom, becoming free to be who God has called me to be.

God came through and exposed the enemy for what he really was and shined a light in my darkness.  He left the 99 to run after me, the 1, His prodigal daughter. Jesus gently restored me and called me His again. I have sought help and am continuing to walk out my healing to break free from so much darkness.

Had God not allow my spiritual death, even after being saved, my intimacy with Him would not be where it is today, deeper and more profound.  

 “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

Taking up my cross to follow Him, has taken on a whole new meaning for me.  Dropping everything I hold dear for Him, I have learned has been worth it because nothing and no one has fulfilled me more than Jesus.  

I was spiritually dead and He brought me back to life.

By Violeta Maycotte

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Real Life Church Helped Get Through The Darkness

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Being a single mom can sometimes feel like a constant uphill walk.

At one point in my life, all I was praying for was that God would lead me to a church where I could be ministered to as a single mom. Also, I wanted to be in a place where I could learn to worship and praise God.

I grew up with Christian parents and became saved and baptized at a young age. Because of this, church has just been a way of life for me for years. Yet, I didn’t feel like a was growing spiritually. For more than 12 years, I was attending church with my parents but I suddenly realized that my spiritual needs were not being met.

One Sunday, in 2010, my mom asked me if I would join her in visiting Real Life Church. She was unsatisfied with her own church and wanted to make a change. Before, I never felt comfortable during praise and worship and I thought a change could help.

I agreed to visit RLC with my mother and I’ve never visited a church where I felt so much genuine love. People were friendly and right away I found out that the church had a small group for single moms. This was the answer to my prayer.

Real People with Real Problems need a Real God

As time progressed, I started to get more involved by participating in other small groups and eventually started volunteering in media. This allowed me to meet more people outside of my single mom group and start building meaningful relationships.

Three years after joining RLC, I lost my mom. It was the darkest time of my life.

Just making it to church was a challenge because it reminded me that my mom wasn’t there with me. For many months I was only able to make it to volunteer one Sunday of the month. Yet, I was never shunned or “disowned” by the church or its people. I continued to receive love through the people at RLC despite my poor attendance.

Many churches seem to have a lack of genuine people. Most of the times, they just:

  • Show up
  • Put a smile on their faces
  • Act like everything is perfect
  • Go back home to live in pain and face challenges

Yet, they would never share what they are going through.

At RLC, I have met so many people that have been completely open about challenges in their lives, from addictions to unanswered prayers, and I’ve been blessed time and again to hear how God moved in their lives.

The hardships and ugly places of our lives can oftentimes be the very stories we need to tell as a testimony to help others feel accepted and acknowledged. RLC has people with plenty to tell about real problems and a REAL GOD that is moving in their lives.

Real Life Church Is Always There For Me

In 2017, my home flooded after Hurricane Harvey.  The RLC family was there for me, no questions asked,  ready and willing to help.

It was one of the biggest blessings I had received in a while.  I am not sure what I would have done if I had not had their help.

The longer I attend RLC the more it feels like home.  It is a sanctuary, a place of peace and comfort where I feel I can be fed spiritually.  RLC has been instrumental in my realization of needing to mature in the Lord and I am beginning to take steps to grow in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.  I have also grown in my understanding of how to praise and worship.  Another prayer that was answered!

I show up expecting to feel God’s presence and I am never disappointed. I am so thankful for my church and church family.

By Joy Klumpp

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