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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.

Q90 FM - second radio interview tomorrow 03/27


Faithful and beloved saints of Christ Jesus, I need your prayer support again.

Earlier today, I was contacted by a precious sister in the Lord, Amy Spreeman who co-hosts "Stand Up For the Truth", (with Mike LeMay), on Q90 FM,  in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Amy requested an interview with me that will air live, tomorrow (March 27, 2013) from 9:00-10:00 a.m. My segment will go from 9:00-9:20 a.m.

You can either listen live by clicking this link: Stand Up For the Truth, or listen later by clicking this link: archived podcasts.

Okay, it's confession time. Most of you may not know this, but I'm an ardent introvert. I like love being alone and I love the quiet. Being with a group of more than one other person makes me nervous...sometimes even one other person makes me nervous, depending on who they are.

Most of my life, I've loved silence and precious times of meditating on God's word. And none of this is because I'm such a wonderfully strong Christian. No, it's because I'm selfish and prideful and I don't like to think of others or really put myself in situations where other people can see or hear me; it's my way of avoiding any kind of criticism, constructive or not.

I like to be safe. And being alone with God is always the safest place to be, but it's not always the place He calls us to.

"And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them, and His clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, 'Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah.'"
~Mark 9:2-5
The verses after the above passage tell us that Jesus then took the three (Peter, James and John) down the mountain to heal a demon-possessed boy. And this is what He calls us to do as well. Our Lord calls his disciples up the mountain to spend refreshing and glorious time with Him, then He commands us to go back down to a sin-filled land where there are a multitude that need the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Remaining in a holy huddle is not an option. But it is utter disobedience.

Throughout the gospels, we read that Jesus spent much of His time serving and teaching others. Then He would slip away to desolate places so He could pray (Mk 1:35, Lk 5:16).

Two things my Lord has taught me through this is:
  1. It's vital I often withdraw from ministry to be still and spend time with my Father to keep my spiritual stamina;
  2. It's vital I balance my quiet times with God with care, love and service to those within the body of Christ.
I never set out to be a writer. I never set out to do anything that would draw attention to myself. I don't like that. It makes me queasy. If I had to describe myself with other biblical figures, I'd have to say that I'm a strange mix of Moses and Jonah. I can't speak with eloquence and I'm often stiff-necked and slow to obey.

But, I'm getting old and tired of being a schizophrenic version of Moses and Jonah. Tomorrow, I'll be 44 and it'll mark my 40th year of walking with the Lord. That's my favorite part of this birthday! I love that God saved me when He did and I love looking back and recounting all His goodness to me and those around me (Ps 9:1-2). God has given me a beautiful life and I wouldn't trade it in for the world.

In the Bible, God uses the number 40 as a time for preparation (e.g., Moses' 40 years in Midian before being called by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, 40 days and 40 nights on the mountain receiving the 10 commandments, Jesus' 40 days and 40 nights of fasting) and even in how God creates human beings—a baby develops in his/her mother's womb for 40 weeks. So I've been wondering if God has been preparing me for something different than what I've been doing in the safety of my home, behind my computer.

I've prayed and asked and haven't received a clear answer yet, but like I said, I want to be more like Abraham and not like that crazy mix of Moses and Jonah, so I'm content to wait on the Lord for what is ahead, if, that is, He chooses to reveal it all to me. And even if He only chooses to reveal one step at a time rather than allow me to see the entire path, I am satisfied (Ps 119:105).

Since I trust in the One who is leading me through this journey I have resolved to follow...immediately, without hesitation, no matter how dreadful the situation might make me feel. I will follow, because I know my Father in Heaven is sovereign, He is good and He loves me; that makes all my steps secure (Ps 40:1-3).

May the Lord God be glorified through this interview and may the name of Jesus Christ be high and lifted up. Let us all, make much of Jesus rather than ourselves.

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7 comments:

  1. Hi Sunny,

    I can relate to you as I too am an introvert and prefer to be alone. Actually, I am very lonely in a crowd and find myself drifting off to a corner by myself or with one other person. :) Father has not left me alone, though, He is using my 'gift' for working where I am most useful, praying. I have a desire in my heart for intercession for others and years ago I asked Father to break my heart for what breaks His and He did!! People! He put me in the midst of tons of people!!! Father sure does have a sense of humour doesn't He? ;P But by Hie awesome, amazing grace He has allowed me to be where I am most comfortable and that is pulling into myself praying and intercessing for others in a crowd. He sure is cool.

    Father will give you all you need to speak and do His calling He is placing on your life. You are a gifted speaker and I believe you will be anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit to get the message across that He wants you to give out. What I am learning is that He loves to leaves us on edge fully relying on Him to provide, so, I believe, as last minute, just before you speak, He will give you all you need. That doesn't mean that you don't prepare, no, it just means that as soon as you start speaking, the words will come out smoothly.

    I will be praying for you and asking Father to guide you and that you will not fear man but you will fear God alone. Holy fear, it is a great driving force.

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”



    Blessings

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  2. Well Sunny, you and I must be kindred spirits as I always far prefer to hide away from people. I get so frustrated with the constant discouragement and misunderstandings, but also it scares me to get both criticism and praise for things that God has placed in me and asked me to say... also the heartache and brokenness I see in people constantly breaks my heart over and over again and sometimes I just think I can't handle it any longer... but He continually wants me to go out and tell people of Him again.. I have recently started to view myself as being like Jeremiah, but I have been told I am like Deborah (not convinced somehow)... in Jeremiah 20:9 it is a time when Jeremiah is so discouraged with the persecution he has suffered.. 'If I say "I will not mention him or speak out any more in his name," there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot". I regularly think that people don't want to hear about my Jesus so I will shut myself away and enjoy Him alone, but the burning in my heart means I can't stop from talking about Him to those God places on my heart to do so!

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  3. Thank you so much for your loving and faithful prayers Cpr Ezra. And thank you for reminding me of God's words. Our Lord is definitely mighty and equips all those He calls to do His work.☺

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  4. Precious sister Amy, yes, kindred spirits indeed...in Christ Jesus our Lord. ☺


    And you know, it was about 6 years ago that God showed me that same passage from Jeremiah and I remember weeping and weeping, not out of sorrow, but gratitude because I felt so comforted by God that He recorded the heart of another who was just like mine...and for the most part, he turned out okay, so that gave me hope. ☺

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  5. It amazes me how the Bible is full of so many weak individuals like ourselves who have been used amazingly by our God and then it was recorded for us to read so many generations later for our encouragement and to help us rely on God so much more. Yes I found the same comfort from that passage and it reminds me it is not in vain that we have chosen to be abandoned to Christ! I am not sure if you know of or have read Amy Carmichael's books, but she is one of my spiritual heroes (and my parents named me after her)... in one of her devotions I read recently she said "Even when we feel we have failed, God writes 'Not in vain' over everything we have tried to do in His name. He never wastes the lives of His servants. Their very failures are gathered up and used."

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  6. Oh Sunny, I would never have known this about you!! I am very much the same way...and for the same reasons. God is so faithfully working to train me to increasingly love others...one of the primary things He's used to push me out of my selfish little cocoon is my fabulous husband. While I all too often buck when I should bend, he has helped push me into giving to others when I ought and protected me from going where I shouldn't.
    I am so blessed to read of your journey through similar struggles...praise God for His loving faithfulness!❤

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  7. It's amazing what God reveals when He causes us to be transparent. Really, being transparent is the only for way for a Christian to live, because only when people can see through us, can they see Christ. Love you precious sister.♥

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