Sharon... As a teenager I gave my heart to the Lord and it was an awesome feeling. I felt so good and close to God that I wanted my family to get saved. This did not happen, and without Christian support in my life, it wasn't long before I strayed away from the Lord… Later in life, I was afraid to attend church, remembering how the church used to be, not allowing make-up, jewelry, no slacks for ladies etc...This is my story!
I was not raised in a Christian home, neither of my parents were Christians. The way I got to church was when neighbors took me. As a child I attended a Nazarene Church, and later, when I was a teenager, I attended the Nazarene Church in Bluffton. As a teenager I gave my heart to the Lord and it was an awesome feeling. I felt so good and close to God that I wanted my family to get saved. This did not happen, and without Christian support in my life, it wasn't long before I strayed away from the Lord.
Later in life, when I was married to Dick, after being previously divorced, I was ashamed to go to the Nazarene Church. I felt like I would not be accepted, so I went church hopping and shopping, never finding a church home.
When my sister in Texas got sick with cancer she came to Bluffton and spent her last days with me. During this time, Pastor Dan White and Ralph Beals came to visit. It was during this visit that Pastor Dan asked me if I was ready to accept the Lord as my Savior. I prayed, and this is when I started my new life in Him. There were no fireworks, so I was concerned, but I knew something had happened in me.
I was afraid to attend church, remembering how the church used to be, not allowing make-up, jewelry, no slacks for ladies etc... but I found that the Bluffton Nazarene Church was very accepting. I learned that God wants us at church no matter what we wear.
God has changed me and I have a desire to serve Him. I remember the first time I was nominated to District Assembly. It was such an honor. To me it was God's assurance that He loved me and that I was His and that He would use me. There have been lots of valleys in my life, but I know that I am not alone, He is with me. I was given a musical CD of a group from God's Bible College, and there is a song on it that I really like. I believe the words of the song, God says you're going to make it.
Today is March 1, 2009, and I want to thank the Lord for three things. The first thing that I want to thank Him for is that I am now cancer free. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer, and I, like most people, had to have chemo treatments. The second thing that I want to thank God for is that during my cancer treatments I was never sick, and I did not experience any pain. The third thing that I want to thank God for is that during my illness my three children accepted the Lord as their Savior. I didn’t ask the Lord for cancer, but I praise Him today for what He did through me.
By Sharon Bouchez, Bluffton First Church of the Nazarene
In April 2010, Sharon Bouchez's cancer returned and she went to heaven to meet Jesus! She left behind a multitude of friends and a family that loved her very much. She is missed and will always be remembered as a wonderful Christian wife, mother and grandmother.