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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.

The Gift of Diabetes - The Gift of the Body of Christ


Please watch this video and allow the Holy Spirit to encourage, refresh and teach you as you listen to our brother Ray, lovingly, compassionately and boldly share the message of eternal salvation through trust in Jesus Christ alone.




Hello dearest sisters! I know I've been "away" for a while, but I think I've finally come to a place of acceptance with all my health issues! And here's the VERY short version: I've been diagnosed with:

  • pre-diabetes
  • reactive hypoglycemia or hypoglycemia (which usually turns into diabetes type 1)
  • high blood pressure
  • and a host of other issues due to this
  • there's nothing anyone can do but wait for me to get full blown diabetes
  • just managing it by eating more to keep my sugars leveled

With Christ's strength, our Father God's wisdom and great comfort, I've chosen to let go of any anxieties and inhibitions I've had due to my diabetes and all the other complications I've been experiencing. The best way to express how I've been feeling lately is that I feel like I'm sitting in a car, without a place to go, just waiting and watching as I'm about to be hit by a huge mack truck. Not fun.

BUT.....

Our God awesome! Truly the LORD God Almighty is greater than anything and anyone in Heaven, on earth and below the earth! Our weakened mortal flesh, the trials of living in this fallen world, and the sting of death bears no eternal impact on those who have trusted in the one and only Savior of all mankind: Jesus Christ our Lord! Therefore what can being hit by a mack truck do to me? I'll tell you what it can do! It can give me an audience with an entire group of people (diabetics) that I never had any right to speak with before about their eternal salvation and/or lack of! Do you see what a gift our gracious Father God has given me? He's not just "allowed" me to have diabetes, but He's given me the gift of diabetes (as a tool) to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the feeble, hurting and anxious. Our Lord has given me to the gift of diabetes to encourage brothers and sisters in Christ who have it and to introduce our Savior and Lord, Jesus to those who do not know Him. Oh what a glorious and generous God we love and serve! Amen?

I'd like to thank you from the bottom....top, sides and every part of my heart for all your fervent prayers for me! I KNOW our loving Father God heard you and in His compassion, He chose to lift my spirits through your prayers! Oh, the gift of the Body of Christ! What precious treasures you all are to me!

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
~2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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15 comments:

  1. Dear Sunny,
    You are special in the way that you viewing your affliction as a gift from God and using it as a way to further spread His Good News! I will continue to keep you in my prayers!

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13

    Thanks for continuing to be a source of inspiration and encouragement! ♥

    Take Care Sweet Sister!

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  2. I love you, Sunny! It is wonderful the attitude with which you look at your illnesses. I fully understand that feeling of sitting in the car waiting for the Mack truck to hit you. Not fun is certainly an understatement!

    Isn't it wonderful that our Father can yank us right out of that disabled car??

    I really like Ray Comfort; thanks for sharing this!

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  3. Yes, affliction is a gift, Sister, and I'm glad you are letting us share it with you. For what Jesus Christ does in and through you will only cause us to praise Him more. I know better than to say I'm so sorry for what you're going through...you won't allow me to, but just know I'm praying, for continued strength, courage, encouragement, holy boldness.

    Love you!

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  4. Sweet Sunny,

    Thank you for you prayers and comments!

    My husbands Mamaw(Mamaw Carter) is the on on dialysis. I am sorry if it sounded confusing! My mom-in-loves name is Ouida, just in case it comes up in updates.

    Thank you again for you thoughts and prayers! I have really felt them and really appreciate them!

    You are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers! I am sorry that you have been feeling so bad and I have missed you my sister!

    I love you bunches!
    Naomi

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  5. Sunny,

    I have hypogylcemia too. And 7 months ago was told I may have only 6 months to live and to get my 'affairs' in order due to a heart condition.

    No one but the Lord knows the number of our days, my sweet sister and I know you know this. I know also what it is like to be afflicted and feel helpless. I will be praying for you as you witness to the diabetics who you find yourself face to face with.

    You shine, my sweet sister. And I love you!

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  6. Sunny girl!
    You are SO right to quote 2 Corinthians 4:16 - 18....it IS what we KNOW! I have another friend who's been diagnosed with diabetes this year...full blown (queenbee at my place) and she has had to come full circle too...she is where you are, using it for the good that GOD intended amidst the challenges.

    YOU are so special to US! You know I am in awe that God crossed our paths for "such a time as THIS!" and I can only promise prayer and support and smiles as you bravely carry the cross....


    love ya!
    lori

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  7. First, excellent video! Awesome sharing there.

    Second, I love your outlook on your new gift. You will be surprised at the opportunities you will be faced with, Sunny, and the potential to reach so many for Christ! Awesome! I'm so sorry you have it, of course, but grateful that God's taken what Satan meant for bad and turned it to good in your life.

    Love you, dear sister!

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  8. God Bless and happy new year Sunny!

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  9. Thanks for sharing Sunny and I will definitely keep you in my prayers regarding this! I hope you are reading up on nutrition and diet about things to help you with this. I have read so much about what we eat and how it is affecting us. Keep diligent and strong in growing for the Lord and he will keep you steadfast during this journey. Blessings to you and your family this new year!

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  10. Dear Sweet Sister Sunny. I am praying for you. I am praying God will give you the strength and your family strength through this. You mean so much and I treasure my knowing you. I pray you have a Happy and blessed New Year!
    Hugs and love, BJ

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  11. My precious Sunny,

    You have been such a gift to me! God has been working through you in a powerful way to touch many lives. I am confident that He will continue to do the same, and now all those sufferers with you will have a chance to see God’s light and love through you, how blessed they all are to have you!

    I am so happy to hear that God has given you His peace. Thank you for the update on all that is happening. I will pray that you will be renewed daily with His abundant peace and strength.

    Loving you always,
    Your sister, Hope :)

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  12. Sweet Sunny!
    It is through these times that we can see His mercy and grace given for each day even more clearly....will be praying for you ! Love, Angela

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  13. I'm so sorry you have been ill... I too have been diagnoised with pre-diabetes. With my many other autoimmune diseases and this it can be difficult. But God is good, and faithful. He is our strength dear sister. May we rest in his loving and caring arms. God is in control.... Praise His Name...

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  14. Sunny girl!
    You are SO right to quote 2 Corinthians 4:16 - 18....it IS what we KNOW! I have another friend who's been diagnosed with diabetes this year...full blown (queenbee at my place) and she has had to come full circle too...she is where you are, using it for the good that GOD intended amidst the challenges.

    YOU are so special to US! You know I am in awe that God crossed our paths for "such a time as THIS!" and I can only promise prayer and support and smiles as you bravely carry the cross....


    love ya!
    lori

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  15. I love you, Sunny! It is wonderful the attitude with which you look at your illnesses. I fully understand that feeling of sitting in the car waiting for the Mack truck to hit you. Not fun is certainly an understatement!

    Isn't it wonderful that our Father can yank us right out of that disabled car??

    I really like Ray Comfort; thanks for sharing this!

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