Meet Sunny

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January 1, 2008

Meet Sunny

Hi there, I'm Sunny Shell and I'm an extremely grateful daughter of the LORD God Almighty.

I am a wife to a loving and godly man, whom God has filled with kindness, wisdom and much mercy. My husband is my best friend, and there's nothing anyone on this earth knows about me more than he does. He is my Second Love.

I'm blessed by God to be the Mama of two precious adult sons and a handful of spiritual daughters. Me, my husband, eldest son get to joyfully worship and serve our Lord Jesus at Grace and Peace, PCA.

My labors in the Lord have included: being a stay-at-home-wife/mom, teacher, exhorter, discipler, school volunteer (for nearly 20 years), a blogger and writer since 2008, serving in Women's Ministry for nearly 20 years, teaching Bible studies, writing/acting/directing skits for Children's and  Women's Ministry retreats, and discipling women and young girls from ages 11 and up. I've also taught and led family groups in Student Ministry, retreats and missions trips and am presently writing, "My Second Love: A Study of Biblical Submission and The Proverbs 31 Woman."

A bit about my marriage...
My marriage is beyond amazing right now, but it hasn't always been this way. My darling husband and I didn't start our marriage fully trusting God. In our immaturity, we were deceived into believing that we only had to trust God for the "big" things in life, and were smart enough to handle all the rest ourselves. Naturally, we discovered how beyond wrong we were as our marriage began to disintegrate right away.

The first three to five years were very strenuous and we nearly divorced within our first year of marriage.

Neither of us were raised in godly homes and had no concept of what a true and healthy biblical marriage (or family) looked like. After seriously contemplating divorce, we both agreed, that no matter how much we didn't like each other at times, we would choose to love each other all the time, just as Christ our God has loved us. Divorce was off the table and we would both pursue to honor and trust God in and for everything. It was still very difficult for both of us to die to ourselves and completely relinquish sinful habits, but by Christ's strength, we were able to rise above the ashes of our past and soar in the faith God has so graciously and abundantly granted us in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A bit about family...
Through this tumultuous time in our marriage, God taught us that we needed to be "clean slates" and throw out everything we'd known before and start afresh with Him. So we began to read and study Scripture as if our lives depended on it; because we finally realized that it did. We devoured any book, any magazine and any anything God brought our way to help us honor Him in all things and to raise our children in the love and admonition of the Lord so they would have what neither of us ever did; a family where love for Christ is preeminent.

A bit about parenting...
By God's grace we both strive to live our utmost for God's highest and teach our children the same. We've committed many sins and made many mistakes which we've apologized (and still do as more come to mind) to our children. Repenting to God and our children has been a continual conviction and practice of ours throughout their lives. This has been an essential part of our parenting so that we might always point them to the Cross of Christ and urge them to look only to Jesus for perfection and the fullness of joy.

Our youngest son is our prodigal who left for a couple of years and has now returned, but sadly, unrepentantly. But because we love the Lord Jesus, we've received him just as he is, as we pray for our Father to grant our precious boy the repentance that leads to saving faith in Jesus Christ the Lord.

A bit about my writing...
I am currently in the process of writing my first book, My Second Love which is a verse-by-verse study of biblical submission and the Proverbs 31 woman.  I used to write for with two columns: Christian Worldview (national) and Christian Marriage (local) and currently am a blogger at The Christian Post.

A bit about my heart...
I am one of many blessed and dearly loved children of God, who day by day, hope to see more of Jesus revealed in my life, than me. My greatest desire is for my life to be something beautiful to the Lord (Mark 14:6). I don't have any "great" plans or goals for my life. I just want to contribute any amount of joy and gladness to God and Father's heart, no matter how small that may be.

What do I write about? I write about living abandoned to Christ in marriage, biblical submission to all God-given authority, parenting, friendships, evangelism, and my often debilitating and very painful health issues for the past 15 years—all with the eternal, rich, and hope-filled perspective of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I try to keep it real, while keeping it pure, to keep it praiseworthy (Ephesians 4:29, Philippians 4:8-9)

I'd love for you to journey along with me as I share my life lessons, struggles and victories found only in Jesus. And I'd love to hear how God is growing you in your faith so that we might mutually be encouraged to press on (Rom 1:11-12).

Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments regarding faith, struggles (especially as a wife or Mama), or regarding any of my articles.

May God's grace and peace be multiplied to your spirit.


  1. Melanie RodriguezMarch 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Hi Sunny,
    I am a new reader as of today. I was searching for a picture on Google for my Wordless Wednesday for my blog and I picked the picture with the lady holding a Bible and it directed me to you.  Only God knew I needed to read your blog. I recently became a blogger and look forward at reading yours. My marriage needs prayer.

    In Christ,

  2. Hello precious sister Melanie,

    Thank you for your sweet note.

    I Praise God for always leading us and giving us exactly what we need, even when we're not looking for it. :o) Our heavenly Father is exceedingly kind to us!

    I will be in prayer for you and your marriage sweet sister. If you'd like to join our online Bible study and our private FB study group, please click on (a href=""/>"My Second Love" on the navigation menu. That will take you to the Bible study, and will inform you what it's about, how to do it and how to join our private FB study group if the Lord so leads you.

    I'm looking forward to getting to know you better sister and pray that the Lord bring His comfort and peace as you strive to be the wife/woman of God He created you to be. ♥

  3. Hi Sunny!
    My sweet friend Melanie directed me to your blog today. She and I met online in Mid 2008 after we had both lost babies to miscarriage 4 days apart in March 2008 after we began to search for support after loss in the cyber world. Our friendship has blessed both our lives abundently over the past four years and we finally met IRL in 2010. What a glorious meeting it was - two ladies almost peas in pods who have been thru so many similar trials in life have been joined together not only thru our losses but thru the love of our Savior. We continue to encourage eachother thru the miles between OK and TX and await the day we are reunited in TX again very soon.
    I'm on my phone so this message might be jumbled...
    After reading about you and your testimony and you love for Jesus I can already tell that I'll be reading your blog and visiting your fb group often.
    Thank you in advance for your encouragement and insight that I know I'll gain thru our online friendship :-)
    I also hope I can be of an encourager to you as my heart has been transformed over the past four years to be a prayer warrior and encourger to others enduring life's storms.
    In Christ,
    I love your name

  4. Hi Sunny,
    Wow, I truly enjoy and convicted by your interview on KKLA 99.5 with Frank S. May our Good Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your family abundantly, my sister in Christ.
    I have not seen The Bible mini series, I plan to watch it with my wife and see how off it is from scriptures. I initially was going to watch it with my two children (10 and 7), but after talking to a close Christian brother, I believe this series will harm my kids. But your review was very helpful and confirm the extreme inaccuracy of this mini series. I can see the true purpose of Roma and Mark for making the mini series, and quite disappointed, but what can I expect when fallen human try to rewrite the Word of God.
    God bless you. :)

  5. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful encouragement Peter. Yes, I agree with your friend that it would be harmful for your children since kids are already inclined to fantasy-like tales. You wouldn't want them to have the truth mangled with the lies of this film.

    I don't expect fallen man to re-write the word of God accurately...that's just the point, no human being has the right to presume they can or should.☺ Bless you brother.

  6. Dear Sunny,

    I hope someday my marriage would be as blessed as yours. Being married to an unbeliever who thinks he believes is a tough and lonely road. And it affects the kids too. I have two adult children who are going the wrong way, please pray for them. Day to day I struggle to live as a godly wife. It is getting easier as I continue to put my husband and children first to the Glory of God alone, and not to mine. Please do not praise my attempts, give all Praise and Glory to God because that is where it belongs. I fail often and repent daily to maintain a pure heart before the Lord. Please pray for my ability to endure, as with my health issues, that too adds to the stress of trying to live for Jesus in a worldly home. I also came from a abusive catholic home growing up, but by the Grace of God I am here today and can proclaim a loving, merciful God lives as He has changed my heart.

    Keep writing dear sister in the Lord, as apostasy grows we need more followers of Christ to speak the truth and warn the brethren. Please know you are now added to my prayer list.

    your sister in Christ Jesus,
    Cherie c.

    p.s. a good blog to visit is Following Judah's Lion.

  7. Thank you for your encouragement precious sister Cherie, I am and will continue to pray for you and your sweet family. ☺

  8. Hollo I am Simeon. Sister how are you? How is your husband and your two sons? I am doing Gods ministry in Church. Nice to meet you through gmail. Are you doing any ministry? Please pray for our ministry. Thank you. God bless you...

  9. Galatians 6:9 Continue doing well, and we will reap the rewards in God's time. I'm speaking to myself here, but please join me if this applies to you too!

  10. Thank you. You are a blessing and an encouragement. I thank God for saving you and your husband, and for your ministries. God bless you!

  11. Thank you precious sister Gayle. You are very kind. ♥

  12. I too just discovered your site and am blessed the the topics you have. I have been studying 'grace' this year and came across a section of a book that has stuck with me ... "

    Live by grace and, before you know it, your face will begin to show it. Live by legalism and your face will eventually show its effects too. The real question you have to ask yourself is this: Do I want to look like a Pharisee or do I want to look like Jesus?"

    Being raised in a strict environment I followed that pattern of living into adulthood and struggled with depression because of my failures.

    My new word study is 'trust' ... trusting God more and more ...

  13. Lindsay Mack-FortuneMarch 23, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    Before judging Driscoll, have you lived in a postmodern culture where almost everyone you come in contact with is not a Christian? If so, have you ever tried go communicate with them? Every other word is a "filthy" word, but may describe something beautiful, lovely, godly, or Christ like. I can't help but sense that through your word choices (sociolinguistics), that have not engaged this group of people with the gospel before or have very many people in your life that you are building frienships with, loving, and sharing the gospel with, which is how many people begin to make the decision to follow Jesus. Everyone that posts on your site seems like a Christian.

    I sometimes curse and it's sometimes in a loving way and almost always in a selfish way, which is an area that I am learning, striving to be more like Jesus in as the Holy Spirit work in my life and sanctifies me. I have used curse words to try to relate the gospel to someone. In terms of eternal life and death, I think using only the most dramatic, crazy words that our lost generation understands is perhaps needed. These words are loving to them because they express the truth in a way they understand and in a manner that invites them to listen instead of cringe from our moral vocabulary. Even Paul used the sh word

    I think Driscoll was raised up to speak to this unreached people group in The post-modern, most-Christian West.

  14. Hi there precious sister Jill, I apologize for the tardiness of my response. I often get lost between the emails and comments and forget who I've responded to and who I haven't.

    I'm so thankful and encouraged to hear how you're growing in grace and trust in the Lord. It's something we all need to continually work on until we get Home. :o) The Lord bless you sister.


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