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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.

If you want to know more about me, click HERE.

WFW - No Greater Joy!




This is a picture I took of my boys last week.

Michael, my oldest, just got home from Cross Country practice and was tired.

In this picture Michael and his precious little brother (Kevin) who is his best friend, are lying on the floor just sharing with one another all that happened during their day at school.

I wanted to share this picture today because this has been a daily occurrence since the day Kevin was born.

My oldest son, whom I love dearly....well, is quite a handful to say the least. He's the child who put the word "strong" in strong-willed. I didn't know much about having children before I had them and all the people around me at the time, who had kids, only had girls. So I just assumed that only boys were so demanding, time-consuming and just, well...a mighty challenge.

When we found out we were having another son, I literally had a panic attack, right there in the doctors' office. The first thought that ran through my mind was that there was only the two of us (Jim and I) and we were barely enough for Michael. How in the world was I going to have any time, any, anything for another boy?! Also, flashes of typical brotherhood filled my head, as I envisioned, knock-down, drag out fights, throwing little brother in the closet and all the other brotherly horror stories I heard from other parents.

With all this going through my head, I prayed. I prayed that God would make this son different. I prayed that God would make their relationship different. I prayed that their relationship would be something God would use to be bear testimony to Christ and His sacrificial love for us. I prayed their relationship would honor God and also point others straight to the loving, merciful, gracious and righteous arms of our Savior. And I found great comfort when I remembered that God would surely not give me more than I could handle.

So, I got another strong-willed child...and they are both strong in the Lord. And for that, I am eternally grateful! Through all this, God revealed to me something I had not considered about myself....I'm much stronger-willed than the both of them put together! For those of you who read my "At The Well" post regarding the whole hair and bedsheets incident, can surely say an AMEN to that! :-)

Our boys are now in the 10th and 8th grades and still, best friends...who love the Lord...and only by God's grace, get to live in the same house! I mean, who doesn't want their best friend to live with them?!

I am eternally grateful for this miracle of the Lord I get to witness every day!

By the way, the reason why their laughing is because I'm standing right over them saying, "Okay, just do what you're doing and pretend that I'm not here!" Yes, I 'm a silly Mama! But it's only because Christ has given me so much joy!

Happy Word-Filled Wednesday everyone!




Don't forget to head on over to Amydeanne's @ The 160 Acre Woods for my encouragement from the Word of our Lord!

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19 comments:

  1. Fantastic picture! I love it. I don't have any children of my own yet. But I taught a class of 18 boys last year (9th and 10th graders, 2 girls) and it was my favorite class. They kept me on my toes and usually laughing most of the time.

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  2. Strong-willed children...I hear you loud and clear. I have two. My oldest child, a daughter and my youngest child, a son. I call them my bookend children. :o)

    I am not close to my siblings. Never have been and probably never will be. I wanted my children to love one another and be close...And they are. I love sitting off to the side and listening to my oldest two share their adventures from childhood. I love listening to my son teach his brother how to play a piece on the piano.

    It makes my cup over-flow with joy...

    Your picture of your two sons is precious...Their relationship...Priceless.

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  3. That is such a wonderful picture! That would be me too, by the way, stooping over my kids, telling them to pretend that I'm not there! lol. I can only hope that my children are close knit and live to follow God as yours are. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. My sister Amy (a redeemed sheep),

    I know what you mean. If you've read my testimony, you understand why. My older sister as been hostile to the Lord from day one and my older brother just doesn't care and istn' altogether sure if God exists. Like you've said before, not by my choice, but theirs....the blood of Christ continues to separate us...just as Jesus said it would.

    Love you sister,
    Sunny

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  5. Love the pic of your boys, it made me smile! Be blessed with the strong-willed ones! Being a strong willed kid myself, I smiled as I read your post.

    Thanks for the comments on my blog, made me giggle...and I needed that today.

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  6. What a precious picture of your boys! I'm so glad they are best friends and that your prayer was answered. What a glorious WFW post! I love it. God bless you, Sunny, for praying for me and my friend at work.

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  7. Sunny,

    I love the picture of your boys! What a beautiful blessing from our Lord!!

    Blessings to you, sweet sister!

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  8. I love this picture. May God sweetly bless your two sons all the days of their lives.

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  9. Hi Sunny! I love this post. My boys are best friends too. They tell each other everything. The times when they don't get along or don't like each other are few and far between. It's a blessing to watch them -- and even more so since our youngest was a happy surprise!

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  10. What a great picture! And an amazing testimony. May the Lord continue to bless their relationship and you as their mom!

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  11. Thank you you for sharing this! I have 3 boys and would love them to be best friends with one another.

    I grew up in a house of 6 kids without Christ and none of us had a good realationship with each other. But know, as adults, my sister and I are best friends and it's becasue of Jesus.

    My prayer for my boys are that they are best friends with each other and best friends with Jesus!

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  12. Oh your post was such an encouragement to me! I am the mother of 2 girls and 2 boys (in that order) and I think God has truly put me to the test! We are struggling with our oldest lately, and I sometimes feel so overwhelmed, but I know that God is good, my children are gifts and I can handle anything they throw my way when God is on my side!!
    Blessings to you and your family!

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  13. @ Jo Princess Warrior,

    You're exactly right! It is Jesus that unites relationship. Meaning, as your boys are raised in the Lord Jesus Christ and all repent and trust in Him, they WILL be best friends, b/c they will be in Christ together.

    @ Alexis- Chickie Momma,
    Our kids (like we did) WILL have ups and downs, like a roaster coaster. The key is not to hop on with them! :-) Just remember how the Lord brought you through it, and allow God to use you as their steady anchor through prayer, compassion, and discipline when necessary. That's when they will see Christ through you and God will help you lead them through this difficult time in their lives. Trust me, they will never forget it and as they get older, they will continually thank God for His faithfulness!

    Sure hope this blesses and encourages both of you!

    With great love in our Savior,
    Sunny

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  14. what a joy to read this post! i'm praying my boys turn out like that too!

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  15. What a great picture! And an amazing testimony. May the Lord continue to bless their relationship and you as their mom!

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  16. Sunny,

    I love the picture of your boys! What a beautiful blessing from our Lord!!

    Blessings to you, sweet sister!

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  17. That is such a wonderful picture! That would be me too, by the way, stooping over my kids, telling them to pretend that I'm not there! lol. I can only hope that my children are close knit and live to follow God as yours are. Have a wonderful day!

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  18. Strong-willed children...I hear you loud and clear. I have two. My oldest child, a daughter and my youngest child, a son. I call them my bookend children. :o)

    I am not close to my siblings. Never have been and probably never will be. I wanted my children to love one another and be close...And they are. I love sitting off to the side and listening to my oldest two share their adventures from childhood. I love listening to my son teach his brother how to play a piece on the piano.

    It makes my cup over-flow with joy...

    Your picture of your two sons is precious...Their relationship...Priceless.

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