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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

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Live Well - Straining Towards the Goal





I'm taking things a bit slower today and just really rethinking who I am and what matters most. As I was pondering this, I went to go visit my sweet sister, Darlene @ Live Well Wednesdays and was very encouraged!

We hit a huge milestone today in our family...our oldest son, Michael just got his driver's permit! We're so excited for him! And we're so proud of the young man of God he's becoming....as so is our youngest son, Kevin! We're blessed beyond measure and we're so grateful to our gracious, merciful and kind Father God for granting us so much joy on this side of Heaven!


I'm grateful for every stage of life and choose not to linger in the past, but look expectantly and joyfully to the future:

"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
~ Isaiah 43:18-19


Today also marks another victory in Christ I'd like to share....I've lost all the weight I wanted to! With the help of my physical illnesses (who'da thunk it!) I've lost all 15 lbs. I was striving to lose!

I've chosen to take Darlene's wise counsel and spend more time in God's Word, standing firm on His promises and worshiping Him in all His glory...and well, here I am...spiritually more fit and physically....well, less of me...in EVERY way! Praise be to the LORD God Almighty in whom alone is all victory and pure joy is found!

Be encouraged sisters to press on, especially when it's tough and choose to give glory and praise to God during your most painful moments and you too will see the shackles of this world and all its temptations break and fall before you, so that you can dance with joy in the presence of your Savior, Christ Jesus our Lord!

"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
~Philippians 3:12-14

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7 comments:

  1. Suuny,
    Way to go. You have victory and can give God the glory. May God bless you and keep off the 15 lbs.

    Peace and Love

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  2. Congrats!! It's really awesome how this newfound intimacy with Jesus has even set me free from the food/exercise thing more. (I posted about that last week). For example, this morning I wanted to have a Coke Zero, but Jesus said, "No, dear you need some water." So I had a water. I didn't feel any struggle about it, I just obeyed. (He let me have a Coke Zero this afternoon). Anyway, keep it up girl. Love you.

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  3. YAY! Congratulations on having a new driver in your household :-) Of course the increase in car insurance isn't always helpful! =:-O AND congratulations on meeting a weight loss goal as well as drawing closer to your Heavenly Father in the process!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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  4. Thank you all for your encouragement!

    You all bless me!!!

    Grateful for all of you!
    Sunny

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  5. I'm sorry it took me a couple of days to get over here but how exciting to lose 15 pounds! Wow!!

    I had to giggle when you said your son got his permit...girl, I've lived through it twice and my hands are still shaking. ha! ha! I will say an extra prayer for him and you and your husband today.

    I enjoy your blog!

    Suzie ;)

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  6. YAY! Congratulations on having a new driver in your household :-) Of course the increase in car insurance isn't always helpful! =:-O AND congratulations on meeting a weight loss goal as well as drawing closer to your Heavenly Father in the process!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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