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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.

Back from the Mayo Clinic and...


...we found a little something...a parasitic infection, caused by the Giardia parasite.

I was put on an antibiotic to clear up the infection. It is finished. :-)

Now, I want to write only a short note on my current physical state, only to share with those who have been faithfully praying and have asked for an update. I left the Mayo Clinic a couple of weeks ago, not knowing much more about my declining health, why I was in the hospital this past June and why I have Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D deficiencies. We did find out however, that I will need to continue with testings to discover the underlying causes of all these conditions, but it would take some time...by the process of elimination. :-)

My doctors here will be working with my doctors at the Mayo Clinic since I can do most of the testing here and just have it mailed to the Mayo Clinic. Being able to be with my family is wonderful! And I'm so grateful to God for allowing all (or most...for now) testing to be done here! Our God is so good!

On Wednesday, we discovered that after a 4-week regimen of B12 shots, my B12 level is still low, which is abnormal. Normally, a 4-week regimen brings a person to a normal level and then monthly B12 shots are administered for life. But this did not happen with me. The 4-week regimen only boosted my B12 level by 47 points rather than hundreds, or more hopefully, a thousand. So my doctors are looking at other tests that may need to be performed to figure out why my body will not hold B12. Therefore, I am still feeling sick, weak, tired and still have my abdominal pains, memory & concentration problems, etc. But at the end of the day...I STILL HAVE JESUS! So all is well! ♥

"Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God."
~ 1 Peter 4:1-2

In the passage above, the Apostle Peter is talking about suffering physically for the name of Christ. Whether this physical suffering comes by the hand of evil and wicked people who beat those who trust in the name of Jesus, or whether by Satan who tempts us to curse the name of God (like our enemy did with Job) because of our physical suffering. The Lord has kindly and mercifully allowed me to experience both.

For 13 years of my life, the Lord our God allowed me to suffer violent physical abuse with a 2' x 4', anything out of the tool box, had my head put through walls & bashed repeatedly against doors, whipped with anything in sight, thrown down stairs, punched, kicked, etc. and afterward, thrown outside for hours; in rain, heat, snow or any weather, in order to shame me and display me before the public, half naked, beaten and bleeding, in the hopes that I would obey the commands of man rather than the commands of God. All my beatings lasted for hours; until my abuser no longer had strength to beat me. Why? Mostly, but not entirely, because I was the only Christian in my household and refused to bow down to idols (that is, dead ancestors), lie, deny Christ as my Savior and God as my God. I was the youngest of three and rejected by all.

Through it all, God was so gracious to part the "red sea" before me daily. Although it seemed that I was trapped by my enemy who relentlessly pursued me and the great "sea" of childhood that limited me from providing my own escape from my enemy's wrath; God daily made a way, where there was no way. God constantly provided me protection, both physically (as no bone was ever broken) and spiritually (as He saved my wretched soul when I was four) and mentally (as I have no desire and never had to beat my own children). If God had not intervened, I should now, either be dead in my transgressions and suffering eternally in Hell, or I should be crippled somehow - but I am not; in any way, shape or form. Hallelujah! Glory be to the Lamb!

In God's righteous love, His justice and His mercy prevailed in my life then, still does now, and will forevermore. Because of God's immeasurable kindness and compassion towards me, He has reconciled me to most of my abusers and has sown peace where it was impossible for man...but nothing is impossible for God.

And now, our enemy Satan continues to scheme against me so that I might deny the name of my Savior. Our enemy continues to tempt me to curse the name of our good and great God by once again, attacking my body with various diseases for the past six (6) years. And once again, God does not restrain His mercy from me, instead, He causes His steadfast love and faithfulness to ever preserve me! [Psalm 40:11]

And here is what my all my physical afflictions have accomplished: the strengthening of my faith, trust and dependence of God alone; it has caused me to cling even more tightly to my Savior, ignite my heart to worship Him continually and desire His will, His way and His presence greater than anything in this world. Our enemy, Satan has desired to cause me such physical grief so that I might be overcome with worry, despair and endless study of my body, medicine, etc. so that I might seek out some kind of deliverance for myself. But NO! I still see myself as that poor and needy child. Frail and alone, looking only to the Great One, the Holy One of Israel, the LORD God Almighty to save me and deliver me from all my troubles. For as a child, I am incapable of delivering myself from anything. But my God, my Heavenly Father, who has adopted me into His royal priesthood is able to do all things good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. And my God has promised that He has already delivered me [Psalm 40:1-2]; therefore, I choose to live in that deliverance and not in my present and temporary circumstances. The promises of God are eternal and what I can presently see and feel are only temporal [2 Corinthians 4:16-18].

May the God of glory bring you His eternal peace and His eternal comfort as you seek Him with a pure heart, so that you might be directed in His love, and in the steadfastness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

To God be the glory alone, forever and ever! Amen and Amen.

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8 comments:

  1. Dearest Sunny,

    Thank you for taking time to write this update for us. I am grateful to know your current condition, and I want you to know that I think of you daily and we pray for you. my husband is always asking me how you are doing, so I am happy I can tell him about this post. I was worried about you.

    I know you are so happy to be home, and I really can’t imagine being away from home like that in a hospital. But praise God that He is keeping you in His arms, protecting you from being torn down by the enemy.

    I see a lovely teapot on my shelf that often causes me to think of you, and I say a prayer for my dearest sister Sunny.

    Thinking of you today with much love!

    Your sister ♥Hope

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  2. Hi Sunny - I was so glad to see an update from you in my dashboard. You have been on my mind and I often say a prayer for you and your healing of whatever is ailing you. Thank you for being such an example of remaining steadfast in your faith through all your trials. We are to count it all joy because all this momentary and one day we will be in the loving arms of our heavnly Father with no more pain, tears, or suffering. I have missed you and reading your blog. Continue to rest and continue to get well girl! I will continue to pray for you too! :) In Christ Alone ~ ♥x♥x

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  3. Wow! I am encouraged and inspired by your story. May God continue to work in your life and may He bring you to a place of total healing. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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  4. Huge tears over what you have endured, and huge praises for all God has done in and through you. You bless me so much. I pray for you daily and hope to pray with you personally very soon. ;)

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  5. Hope, Heidi, Alicia and Lalee, thank you my precious sisters for all your prayers and words of encouragement. You're all such special blessings from God! <3

    Thank you so much! I love you all SO much!

    Lalee...SO good to see you today and get a REAL hug! Love you so much!

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  6. Thank you for the update my dear sweet sister in Christ. Most of all thank you for your gracious and merciful testimony of God's power, protection, and promise, and provision. You are in our prayers. God is in control... aren't you glad? He knows exactly what is going on with you and why.... He will reveal it all in His time.... I am so glad you have your precious family and friends around you to help you through these trials. God bless you my precious friend.

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  7. Hi Sunny - I was so glad to see an update from you in my dashboard. You have been on my mind and I often say a prayer for you and your healing of whatever is ailing you. Thank you for being such an example of remaining steadfast in your faith through all your trials. We are to count it all joy because all this momentary and one day we will be in the loving arms of our heavnly Father with no more pain, tears, or suffering. I have missed you and reading your blog. Continue to rest and continue to get well girl! I will continue to pray for you too! :) In Christ Alone ~ ♥x♥x

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  8. Dearest Sunny,

    Thank you for taking time to write this update for us. I am grateful to know your current condition, and I want you to know that I think of you daily and we pray for you. my husband is always asking me how you are doing, so I am happy I can tell him about this post. I was worried about you.

    I know you are so happy to be home, and I really can’t imagine being away from home like that in a hospital. But praise God that He is keeping you in His arms, protecting you from being torn down by the enemy.

    I see a lovely teapot on my shelf that often causes me to think of you, and I say a prayer for my dearest sister Sunny.

    Thinking of you today with much love!

    Your sister ♥Hope

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