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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.

Even in pain and trials, I know I am blessed



I am blessed because God is God and remains on the throne regardless of what my circumstances are or how I might feel about them from time to time.

I am in pain. I am "confined". I am limited by and to many things. But I am not crushed by them nor do they cause me to despair. Are there times I whine a bit here and there or wish for the pain and limitations to dissipate? Yes. But they do not cause me to question my heavenly Father for allowing such things in my life. Why? Because I already know the answer: we live in a fallen and broken world, and while we're here, we must live in our fallen, broken and mortal bodies.

This is my latest Get Well gift "basket". I put "basket"
 in quotes because the basket was so large, it was on
wheels and as you can see, some of this gifts couldn't
even fit in the basket! My sweet and precious friend
Leanne Holiman gave these to me yesterday. ♥
I never ask, "Why me, Lord?" because why shouldn't it be me? Am I better than others that painful trials should come to them and not me? Absolutely not.

God is sovereign. God is good. God loves me. That means regardless of my circumstances, all should always be well with my soul because Jesus Christ is its Master and nothing can change that (John 10:27-29). Now, does this mean I slap on a silly smile on my face and pretend I'm not in pain or from time to time, feel frustration from these eight years of physical trials and chronic illnesses? No. What it means is, in spite of feeling frustrated and annoyed at times, my spirit is always lifted higher, to the Lord my God, to my Christ who knows physical pain far greater than I or any human being can or ever will. And because I know this truth, I know my Lord Jesus knows how to care for me and comfort me as I need and not as I want or think I need.


"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
~Hebrews 4:15-16

In my time of need, when I'm tempted to sin against my Lord by questioning Him and moaning, groaning and complaining about my circumstances, I remember my Lord's words, that I can draw near with confidence and ask God for help every time I am tempted not to trust my Savior.

Here I am using the wonderful robe and foot jet
massage spa from my sweet friend
Leanne Holiman.
I'm sharing all this with you today, because though I'm still in much pain and I have a long road of recovery ahead of me, I'm grateful and know I am blessed. Because God loves us so intimately and cares for us so specifically and remembers our weaknesses (Ps 103:13-14), He blesses us with all that we could never imagine to ask for and much more than we could ever deserve.

Since my hospital admit and surgery, God has poured out His love to me through my loving and thoughtful husband and sons; my incredibly kind, gracious and generous Daddy and Mommy; and through my amazingly kind and loving friends both in "real" life and online. I've received countless cards full of love, prayers and compassion for me. I've received gifts, flowers, candy, gift certificates, meals, and friends who are willing to pick me up and take me to lunch or breakfast. I've received two large and generous gift baskets, one from my husband's office and another from a sweet and precious friend.

When we go through difficult and painful trials in our lives, God always makes even the painful more pleasant through the love of those in the body of Christ and many others He chooses to use to bless, encourage and care for His children.

I am blessed beyond measure and grateful to the uttermost for my Savior and His love and provisions for me during my short sojourn here in this fallen and broken world; in my broken and temporal body. And I look forward to the day that my body will be redeemed and I will have my eternal, unbroken and perfect body when I see I see my Savior face to face in Heaven!


      "When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which You have set in place,
what is man that You are mindful of him,
and the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is Your name in all the earth!
~Psalm 8:3-9



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5 comments:

  1. My precious Sunny,

    I received a letter in the mail which bright much delight to
    my heart! 

    Wow. I see that you continue to endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Bless the
    Lord!

    I will write later, but I wanted you to know that I am
    thinking of you.

    Much love,

    ♥Hope

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  2. Hello my beautiful and precious sister Hope!

    It's so good to hear from you. I'm so thankful to know that you received my letter. :o)

    Thank you for this kind note. I'm looking forward to hearing from you again sister.

    With great love,
    Sunny

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  3. I pray for your spiritual and physical strength. I too suffered for almost 5 yr's after an auto accident. By the grace of God, I have been doing better the last couple years. I know HE had a purpose for my pain and it resulted in wonderful new acquaintances with SISTERS IN CHRIST and encouraging others along the way. You are being used in a special way. Phil 4:13
    All for Him, that is why we exist.
    God bless!
    Jo
    www.mwordsandthechristianwoman.com
    http://simplysharingandserving.weebly.com

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  4. Dear Sister,

    I've just discoveered your blog tonight thru 'the shortlittlerebel' . Very much encouraged by what you write. 10yrs ago my husband passed away.. he was only 39..our children were 3,5,8.He was sick for 8 months. The hardest part wa the guilt and shame. Our pastr said that when healing doesn't come the fault is on the human end..we should have had more faith..or we were in fear...or well we did something wrong...but he can't tell us what.(Lord knows we gave enough money) I and the children no longer attend that church...dont really attend anywhere regularly(please dont judge me as I long to find a place where we 'fit') In the meantime as I search scripture Im seeing that that way of thinking is 'works' based...no grace...still renewing my mind. My question for you is: How do you come to terms with a God who is suppose to heal those of us in 'covenant' with Him and the reality of suffering?What about 'by His stripes we are healed'? I'm from Tulsa where 'word of faith' is preached.

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  5. Hello precious sister Brittany, I'm so sorry for your loss. And I'm even more sorry for the additional pain you suffered due to heretical teaching from your old church. You are correct, it was a works-based and man-centered false Gospel you were taught. This is not God's truth and not how God has revealed Himself to His precious and beloved children.

    When God says in His word that by the wounds of Christ, we are healed, He is referring to our eternal salvation, not our temporal, physical lives here. Christ, who knew no sin, became sin for us (2 Cor 5:21), bearing the wrath of God in our stead. Once a person repents of their sins (that is, confesses they have broken God's law and deserve Hell), and trusts in Christ alone for salvation and reconciliation with God the Father, then they are saved (you can read more here: http://www.sunnyshell.org/2008/01/know-christ.html).

    Here's another article that might be helpful to you sister: http://www.sunnyshell.org/2012/04/when-reality-of-trials-set-in.html


    Sweet Brittany, I will be praying for you.♥

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