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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.

That Thing Called Sin - From the Heart of a Teen


It continues to amaze me at how our awesome God works in our children's hearts....especially teenagers! :-)

The Bible says as the world gets older and the longer we're all here, the more sinful the world will become. I don't think there is anyone, believers or non-believers that wouldn't agree with that statement. We can all clearly see how wickedness has increased, in the form of incessant lying, lack of personal responsibility or repentance, self-absorption, self-glorification, sexual immorality, abortion, and so much more than I think I can list.

In the midst of all this, as much as we'd LOVE to homeschool our boys or send them to a private Christian school, we cannot, since God has clearly told us to send our boys to public school. As parents, this is very difficult as I'm sure we all want our children to be in a warm, loving and Christ-exalting environment. But God is God and we are not and we fully trust His direction in our lives, regardless of what we'd prefer and how much our heart breaks over things our sons' share with us as they pour out their hearts to us from each days struggles.

My husband and I both attended public school as well, and found it very difficult for a Christian to be in that kind of environment with constant, and blatant temptation, rampant all throughout the school. We wanted "better" for our kids and God has chosen what is better; in His sight, which is perfect.

Out of all the things we truly hate that our sons have to endure in a public school environment, this one, bright shining light of hope, keeps us going. The hope that God is using them as His light: to bring comfort to the poor and needy, to preach the Gospel and share the love of Christ; to be a friend to the friendless, and to draw us closer as a family.

You see, because our children attend public school, both my husband and I spend every time we can find to help them drink more deeply into the Well of Life, our Lord Jesus Christ. We've taught them since they were two to have praise and quiet time and seek God's face before seeking anyone or anything else. We have breakfast devotionals every morning and give them Scripture to help them throughout they day by purchasing them pocket-sized Bibles to have at school with them (and we started this when they first attended school at age 5). After school, I don't answer my phone or get on it, in order to give both sons my undivided attention to share all that is on their hearts. We eat dinner together and share our struggles as well as victories in Christ, and if there is time, then we read together so we can all be edified, or we snuggle and watch a movie about other Christians who have struggled with sin, and triumphed in the name of Jesus.

A few days ago my oldest son, Michael, who will be 16 next week, sat down and penned the poem below. I asked if it was alright to share this with all of you and he said that it was glad to share it. One thing we've tried to teach our sons is never to live in the deception that Christians are sinless, but that we do strive to sin less. My son is allowing me to share this with you, in the hope that it will exhort you, your children or anyone you know, to press on....press on toward the goal God has called each of us, Heavenward, in Christ Jesus. No matter the cost, no matter the struggle, we must all desire greatly to mortify all that is within us that sets itself up against our awesome and glorious God.

Personally, I'm very proud of my boys! And I'm thankful for how God has protected, provided and taught them throughout their lives.

I'll be sure to pass along any encouragements the Lord leads you to share with him.



That Thing Called Sin

There’s somethin’ in my life that just keeps naggin’,
It takes shape whenever I start braggin’.
I can’t get rid of it, no matter how hard I try,
It rears its ugly head even when I tell a simple lie.
That thing called sin.

I hate it so much; I just want it to go away,
But that’s not gonna happen, it’s here to stay.
In this life, at least, I will struggle with it,
It will continue to drag me down, into a pit.
That thing called hate.

Why won’t it leave me alone, what’s the point?
I feel like it’s controlling every joint.
Is there a way out? Is there hope?
Or am I left to myself, just to mope?
That thing called depression.

There’s only one thing to do, one resolve,
It’s too big a problem for me to solve.
There is a Man, who can carry this burden,
He loves me so much, even though I hurt Him.
That thing called remorse.

His name is powerful, oh yes, it’s Jesus,
He is the Son of God, sent to save us.
I know what to do now, only this,
Give up my life of mere happiness.
That thing called hope.

Only Christ can do it, He’s the one,
I give up myself, I’m completely done.
With this burden lifted, and this wrong made right.
I can finally receive Eternal Life.
That thing called love.

I am free now, and belong to Christ,
I will stay with Him for the rest of my life.
I’m through with filthy, dirty me,
The stench so strong I could hardly breathe.

Through Jesus Christ alone can I win,
Over this thing…called sin.

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17 comments:

  1. Dear Sunny,
    What a blessing to see your son following Jesus. This is a precious poem. Thank you, and Michael, for sharing it.
    I think the hardest trial is to see our children struggle, but what joy we have when we see the fruit of the Spirit in them.

    Psalm 127:3-4
    3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
    4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
    Love you!

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  2. Oh Sunny
    How beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.
    What a wonderful thing from one so young.

    Blessings
    Rose

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  3. That's beautiful! It reminds me of Romans 7. Would make a great song, I bet. :)

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  4. Sunny,

    As a mom of a 16 year old son who likes to play guitar and write songs ~ please tell your son ~ this is awesome. It is so honest.

    Josh plays football so when he is at the highschool he encounters many of the things I'm sure your boys do...and it can be tough. Many times he has had to be like Joseph and RUN from situations. But, having the Lord with him has allowed him to do just that.

    Also, as a post script to you, I wanted to say that I loved what you said about sending your boys to public school because that's what God called you to do. My husband wanted us to homeschool Joshua because he is gifted academically and was in a private school but they just wanted to keep advancing him, however, he needed to mature and needed help to learn how to deal with common sense issues. Bringing him home allowed us to do that for him and even him out ~ it was what God called us to do even though my family said we were 'dumbing him down'.

    We have a very bright young man who is probably not as bright as he would have been had he stayed with the school system however he is exactly who God needs him to be now. And that is well with our souls.

    Blessings to you, sweet Sunny. It is always a joy for me to visit with you!

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  5. Thank you for sharing that. It is such a blessing to see our children use their gifts to glorify the Lord.

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  6. Oh My Friend Sunny,
    That was absolutely wonderful. The poem your son wrote was way beyond his years in maturity.(I mean that in a good way.) Tell him to keep up the good work and to continue to walk the walk. Tell him he was an inspiration to me as I read his words.
    As for you, your post was great. I loved hearing your heart as you long for one thing but feel directed in another. I homeschool but didn't want to at first but God definitely directed us to do that. I love that He treats us all as individuals and maps our lives out accordingly, don't you? You sound like you are really putting your priorities in the right place with them and that's awesome. I'm glad I was able to read this post today.
    Blessings my friend.
    Kim
    If you don't mind I'm going to be come an exposed lurker lol.
    HUGS!

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  7. Dear Michael,
    The Lord has given you a heart of wisdom and discernment. So thankful for boys like you...I always pray the Lord will give my daughters men like you when they grow older--men who love the Lord and turn to Him no matter what comes their way, in whatever form it comes.

    You've also been given a talent to write and impact others doing so. I was truly ministered to by your poem. This stanza, especially, jumped out and grabbed my heart:
    Why won’t it leave me alone, what’s the point?
    I feel like it’s controlling every joint.
    Is there a way out? Is there hope?
    Or am I left to myself, just to mope?
    That thing called depression.


    I've struggled with depression my whole life, and that is exactly what it's like. With the Lord, there is hope and rescue--He is the only Way.

    Blessings, dear one, and to the wonderful mama and dad who've raised you to love the Lord with all your heart.

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  8. WOW! What a great poem! Be proud, Mama! You're doing a great job!

    I understand the whole school debate. We homeschool, but only because we felt God's calling very strongly to do so. The schooling of children is very much an individual family decision that has to be led by our Heavenly Father. He has individual plans for our children and knows best which education will work for them.

    May God continue to bless your efforts and the life of your family.

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  9. Wow... what powerful words your son has written! Tell him "thanks so much" for sharing with all of us in "bloggy land". It really touched me this evening!

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  10. Ms. Sunny,
    I wanted to thank you for the comment you left on my blog...it made my day!!:):) My mom told me I had to check out your blog and read the poem by your son. I love it! I write poems all the time in my journal and they help me to sort out my thoughts and write down ideas in a sing-songy way. This was a really great poem and so true about sin, remorse, hate and then hope, and love. I loved the whole poem but my favorite part is:

    His name is powerful, oh yes, it’s Jesus,
    He is the Son of God, sent to save us.
    I know what to do now, only this,
    Give up my life of mere happiness.
    That thing called hope.

    Only Christ can do it, He’s the one,
    I give up myself, I’m completely done.
    With this burden lifted, and this wrong made right.
    I can finally receive Eternal Life.
    That thing called love.

    I am free now, and belong to Christ,
    I will stay with Him for the rest of my life.
    I’m through with filthy, dirty me,
    The stench so strong I could hardly breathe.

    This was a great poem! :) Thank you for sharing it!

    Love always,
    Maddie

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  11. Precious sisters,

    Thank you all for your kind comments, Scriptures and encouragement! I've read all your comments to Michael and he is so encourage and relieved! You know, as a teenager, even though you tell your Mama it's okay to do something, it still scares you a bit. So thank you so much for welcoming him with such loving, open Jesus-like arms!

    I love you all so much!!!
    Sunny

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  12. I am so thankful that I was brought up surrounded by the Lord even though I feel like I am just now really "knowing" Him. Even still, growing up working in my parents Christian bookstore was a testimony to my other friends in itself. You can imagine what I was called..."the goodie two-shoes". I am so thankful for that...so thankful.

    Now God is raising me up to be that Godly parent. Wow, had no idea how hard it really is! I'm still that child -- learning, growing, waiting on Him and teaching my children through Him to do the same.

    Bless you my sister "parent" in Christ.

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  13. Ms. Sunny,
    I wanted to thank you for the comment you left on my blog...it made my day!!:):) My mom told me I had to check out your blog and read the poem by your son. I love it! I write poems all the time in my journal and they help me to sort out my thoughts and write down ideas in a sing-songy way. This was a really great poem and so true about sin, remorse, hate and then hope, and love. I loved the whole poem but my favorite part is:

    His name is powerful, oh yes, it’s Jesus,
    He is the Son of God, sent to save us.
    I know what to do now, only this,
    Give up my life of mere happiness.
    That thing called hope.

    Only Christ can do it, He’s the one,
    I give up myself, I’m completely done.
    With this burden lifted, and this wrong made right.
    I can finally receive Eternal Life.
    That thing called love.

    I am free now, and belong to Christ,
    I will stay with Him for the rest of my life.
    I’m through with filthy, dirty me,
    The stench so strong I could hardly breathe.

    This was a great poem! :) Thank you for sharing it!

    Love always,
    Maddie

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  14. Oh My Friend Sunny,
    That was absolutely wonderful. The poem your son wrote was way beyond his years in maturity.(I mean that in a good way.) Tell him to keep up the good work and to continue to walk the walk. Tell him he was an inspiration to me as I read his words.
    As for you, your post was great. I loved hearing your heart as you long for one thing but feel directed in another. I homeschool but didn't want to at first but God definitely directed us to do that. I love that He treats us all as individuals and maps our lives out accordingly, don't you? You sound like you are really putting your priorities in the right place with them and that's awesome. I'm glad I was able to read this post today.
    Blessings my friend.
    Kim
    If you don't mind I'm going to be come an exposed lurker lol.
    HUGS!

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  15. That's beautiful! It reminds me of Romans 7. Would make a great song, I bet. :)

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  16. Oh Sunny
    How beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.
    What a wonderful thing from one so young.

    Blessings
    Rose

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