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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.

Rachel Barkey: Now HOME With The LORD


I had planned on writing something else today. But I feel that what I will share today instead, was by God, and far more eternally important than an update on me.

Many of you are faithfully praying for me and my family and have written to me asking for updates on how I'm doing. I cannot fully express how much your prayers mean to me and how much I see God answering your prayers on my behalf. You've given me such a great gift. I thank God for all of you with my whole heart. ♥

Because I can't write to all of you personally, I had planned on writing today about my latest struggles and how God continues to deliver me from them all; at least spiritually (being the most important), emotionally and mentally.

I also wanted to thank both my sisters Heidi and Hope who awarded me with The True Heart blog award.

But as the LORD woke me up very early this morning to have a six hour praise and quiet time with Him, He also brought me news that broke my heart. Today, I found out at our sister Pat's blog site, our sister Rachel Barkey was called Home, last Thursday, June 2, 2009 at age 37 after five very challenging years of battling cancer.

For those of you who missed my last post introducing you to our dear sister, Rachel Barkey, you can read the post HERE. And if you also missed her last public exhortation on why we are here, then please be sure not to miss this Christ-exalting video again. It is 55 minutes long, but I assure you, if you watch it, you'll know that these 55 minutes will be the best minutes you'll probably spend today. So come with me now and worship our Lord Jesus Christ, as we hear our Lord speak through our sister Rachel who is now Home with our Father God and our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son.

In this video, Rachel shares what defines her: only her relationship with Jesus. She also shares the four principles (in detail) that have helped shape her, they are:

Know God
Know Yourself
Know the Gospel
Know Your Purpose





Rachel once wrote in one of her letters, that Dying Is Hard, especially because no one has died and come back to leave us instructions on how to do it. While this is true, I believe God has used our sister Rachel to teach us this very thing; as she invited the world to travel with her as she wrote letters and spoke in the video you just watched; all done, while she was dying or rather more accurately for children of God, falling asleep [1 Thessalonians 4:13-14].

I thank God for Rachel, a woman I've never met. A sister I've never hugged. But just the same, have prayed for and loved and am looking forward to seeing when the Lord calls me Home.

I believe the Lord fulfilled in her, the same spirit He fulfilled in the Apostle Paul who wrote:

Therefore, brothers [and sisters], be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities [2 Peter 1:5-7] you will never fail. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you are. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
~ 2 Peter 1:10-15

Yes, there are no instructions on how to die per se, but I believe the Lord gave us those instructions both in the above Scripture passage, as well as in our sister Rachel Barkey, who not only lived well in Christ Jesus our Lord, but also died well in the same Savior with Whom she is now in the presence of, and completely delivered from all her trials and tribulations here on earth.

Please pray for her family, especially her husband Neil, and her young children Quinn (7) and Kate (5).

For more encouragement on how to live and die with your eyes fixed solely on Christ Jesus, visit her site and read her letters.

Rachel Barkey: Death Is Not Dying - A Faith That Saves

God bless you all. I love you dearly.

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9 comments:

  1. Sunny,

    Thank you so much for stopping by my page. I am so sorry that I haven't visited you in such a long time. I am so sorry to hear how ill you have been. Truthfully, I have read about your illness and have said a prayer, but shamefully, I didn't post an encouraging word. Please forgive me. I'm so delighted you reached out to me.

    I wanted you to know that I put the Biblical Submission bible study aside for the time being. I was really struggling with a few things in the last several months. It was revealed to me that I needed to focus on centering myself, truly, wholly with Christ. I will be picking it back up when the Spirit leads me too. It's on my heart to continue on with it.

    My prayers are with you and your family. Praying for your healing in the mighty, matchless name of Jesus.

    My prayers are also with Rachel's family. I'm going to watch this video now.

    Lots of love to you dear sister ...

    Stacey : )

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  2. Psalm 116:15
    Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

    I will pray for Neil, Quinn, and Kate.
    They will certainly need Go’s grace to carry them at this time, and probably for a very long time. I am overwhelmed by the thought of it.

    I have read about Rachel before.
    I will be back later to watch the video when I more time.

    Thank you for this post.

    I also wanted to thank you, dear ♥Sunny, for stopping by to say “Hello” to me today. You always light up my day.

    I love you dearest sister of my heart!
    ♥Hope

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  3. Hello beautiful sisters Stacey and Hope!

    Precious Stacey, do not worry at all about the study. I never even thought about it. I absolutely trust that the Lord led me to write the study and will lead other sisters to do the study according to His will in His perfect timing. You're a precious sister in Christ and I love you.:-)

    Sweet ♥sister Hope, you always brighten my day too! It's ALWAYS so good to hear from you...even when I can't respond sometimes, you're so faithful. I sure do wish we lived closer so I could hug you in real life!

    I love you both!
    Sunny

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  4. I watched the video a few weeks ago and at first I was like "55 minutes?" but I watched the first few minutes and was drawn and continued to watch to the very end. It affected me greatly. My heart breaks at the loss, but rejoices because she is in the loving arms of our Savior. I will say a prayer for her family.

    You take care of yourself! I hope that you feel well soon. I will keep you in my prayers! ♥x♥x

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this! It is an amazing post and I am so glad that I came upon it. Your words are inspiring to all.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your heart. What a precious, precious soul! Thank you so much for sharing this precious loved one with us. We will pray for her family.

    How are you doing? I have been out of the loop for quite a while. Things are going to get more hectic. I will share this week why....

    Love you dear friend.

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  7. * tears * What a beautiful tribute, dear sunny. I love you.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your heart. What a precious, precious soul! Thank you so much for sharing this precious loved one with us. We will pray for her family.

    How are you doing? I have been out of the loop for quite a while. Things are going to get more hectic. I will share this week why....

    Love you dear friend.

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  9. Psalm 116:15
    Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

    I will pray for Neil, Quinn, and Kate.
    They will certainly need Go’s grace to carry them at this time, and probably for a very long time. I am overwhelmed by the thought of it.

    I have read about Rachel before.
    I will be back later to watch the video when I more time.

    Thank you for this post.

    I also wanted to thank you, dear ♥Sunny, for stopping by to say “Hello” to me today. You always light up my day.

    I love you dearest sister of my heart!
    ♥Hope

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