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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.

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What Does Jesus Want for Christmas?

Merry CHRISTmas! Let us all remember why we celebrate this day. Not so that we can ask for things, or even to fulfill the requests of what others have asked for. But instead, let us all ask what Jesus our Savior wants. Below, is an article John Piper wrote in 2001. Please read and be blessed. What Does Jesus Want for Christmas? By John Piper December 11, 2001 What does Jesus want this Christmas? We can see the answer in his prayers. What does he ask God for? His longest prayer is John 17 . Here is the climax of his desire: Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am (v. 24). Among all the undeserving sinners in the world, there are those whom God has "given to Jesus." These are those whom God has drawn to the Son ( John 6:44 , 65 ). These are Christians - people who have "received" Jesus as the crucified and risen Savior and Lord and Treasure of their lives ( John 1:12 ; 10:11 ,
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Love With Abundance, Just Like Jesus

Love With Abundance, Just Like Jesus

ADVENT ~ Day 26 December 24, 2009 Scripture Passage: READ 1 John 3:11-18 Abundance n. - an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply; overflowing fullness "I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that He has granted them according to His compassion, according to the abundance of His steadfast love . For He said, 'Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely.' And He became their Savior. In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old." Today is our the last day of our Advent - that is, preparing our hearts, minds and souls for the day we celebrate the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Tomorrow, many will come to give honor, glory and thanksgiving to our

WFW & Advent Devo - Sacrifice the Natural

WFW & Advent Devo - Sacrifice the Natural

ADVENT ~ Day 25 December 23, 2009 Scripture Passage: READ Galatians 4:1-31 Today, I'm combining my Word-Filled Wednesdays post with the Advent devotional, as the Key Verse for today's devotional has really impressed upon my heart who we really are - without Christ. As I read our Scripture Passage today, my heart rejoiced in the fact that I am a child of The Promise. An adopted child, born of God, through faith in Jesus Christ's first coming, His virgin birth, His perfect sinless life, His atonement for my sins, His death, His resurrection and His second coming. And then my eyes and heart stopped and rested on two verses: "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." (Galatians 4:4-5) I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that Jesus, the Son of God, left Heaven. In Heaven, Jesus was rightly worshipe

His Glory WILL Be Seen Upon You

His Glory WILL Be Seen Upon You

ADVENT ~ Day 23 December 21, 2009 Scripture Passage: READ Isaiah 60:1-5 I've mentioned before that I am not the sharpest pencil in the pack, therefore I don't understand many things as other people do. Often it takes me quite some time to really perceive what someone is saying, as the meaning often seems to escape me. Knowing this, when I was in high school, I used to carry a dictionary in my backpack, to have with me at all times. And back in the days when dinosaurs still roamed the earth (just kidding), pocket-dictionaries were not invented yet; well, not very good ones. So, the dictionary I carried around in my backpack was - you guessed it, the large, Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Sure it was heavy, but I didn't mind because I pulled it out often to look up the words that people were using during conversations, as well as reading it during lunch and anytime I had available. I always had it with me when I read the Bible because it seemed that I would of

Remembering You Before Our God

Remembering You Before Our God

ADVENT ~ Day 19 December 17, 2009 Scripture Passage: READ 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 What an incredibly uplifting passage! The Apostle Paul opens his first letter to the church in Thessaloniki with a greeting of mutual love, hope, grace and peace found only in God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Then Paul shares how he is so encouraged by the faith of the Thessalonian believers, that he is moved to give thanks to God for their work of faith, labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord, Christ Jesus. What was it about these 3 things that caused the Apostle Paul to continually give thanks to God? Let's take a closer look. work of faith: The way the Apostle Paul worded this is very significant. Notice here that Paul specifically writes, "work of faith", not "work to have faith". As we know it is clear in Scripture that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, it is a gift of God, NOT by works, so that no man can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Will You Sacrifice Your "Isaac"?

Will You Sacrifice Your "Isaac"?

ADVENT ~ Day 11 December 10, 2009 Scripture Passage: READ Genesis 22:1-18 As we continue to fix our hearts, minds, souls and bodies on the Reason why we celebrate Christmas, I'd like to recap something we touched on yesterday. We talked about how we all need to “go tell it on the mountain” like God told Abraham when he went to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. According to the ESV, which is the “word-for-word” translation of the Bible, the first time God uses the word “love” is in our Scripture reading today (specifically, Genesis 22:2). I’ve often wondered if the writer of the song, “Go Tell It On The Mountain”, wrote this because God told it on the mountain first; Mount Moriah: “And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, ‘By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven

The Secret of God

The Secret of God

ADVENT ~ Day 10 December 8, 2009 Scripture Passage: READ Psalm 25:6-15 Who can know the secret of God? Who is worthy or who does God trust with His secret? What kinds of people are chosen as God’s friends? The word secret is synonymous with the word mystery. A mystery is something that is hidden, something that is not revealed to everyone. Often when someone has a secret, they only tell those whom they trust; their friends. Secrets are only shared with people who have proven their faithfulness and love to the one holding the secret. Some people want to know a secret only for the sake of knowing, or for the sake of feeling important, being entertained, or even to use the secret to mock or torment someone else. Obviously, none of these reasons are good reason to want to know or share a secret. Sadly, I must admit that I’ve often wanted to know a secret for some of these reasons. I’ve wanted to know a secret because it made me feel like I was “in the loop”, which made me feel

The Ways of the LORD

The Ways of the LORD

ADVENT ~ Day 9 December 7, 2009 Scripture Passage: READ Psalm 25:1-5 The Hebrew words for "ways" ( derek ) and "paths" ( 'orach ), have virtually the same meaning: direction, road, way of living, manner . In today's reading passage, King David is crying out to God in the midst of his distress. While it is obvious that David is under attack, he makes a strong proclamation of faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And then he humbly, yet boldly makes fervent requests for God to teach him the road, the way, and the manner of the Lord God Almighty. As we know, our Lord Jesus is The Way of God, revealed to us in the birth, death and resurrection of our Savior. David even goes as far as stating his confidence in God's righteous judgment of those who reject His gift of salvation - whether witnessed here on earth, or ultimately, when Jesus will make a distinction between those who truly knew Him vs. those who only claimed it with their mouths,

Remember God

"It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night..." ~ Psalm 92:1 In a time where all our minds are on what we want, what we'd like to ask for, how and with whom we will celebrate Christmas; let us remember God , who gave.... "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the  judgment; the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the Light and does not come into the Light, l

The King of Glory

The King of Glory

ADVENT ~ Day 6 December 4, 2009 Scripture Passage: READ Psalm 24:7-10 From the time of Adam and Eve's sin, our Father God has been proclaiming the mystery of His gift of salvation, that is found only through faith in His one and only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (Genesis 3:14-15) The LORD of hosts, then repeated this mystery of salvation to Abraham, Elijah, Moses, King David, Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, along with many other prophets and faithful servants of the LORD God Most High. By faith, they all believed God's message of salvation to all people, whether Jew or Gentile. Because they believed God, and put their trust in the One whom they would never see on this side of Heaven, God credited Christ's righteousness to them, so that they too may enter into the fullness of His glorious presence for all eternity in Heaven. The righteousness of Christ was not credited to them because of mere words, but their lives proved that their trust was in the coming Messiah of

Righteousness Comes From God

Righteousness Comes From God

ADVENT ~ Day 3 December 2, 2009 Scripture Passage: READ Psalm 24:1-6 Who is worthy to approach the LORD? He is Sovereign. He is good. By His might, He created the heavens, the earth and all that it is within it. Time cannot encompass Him. There is nothing in all creation that can overpower Him. He is self-sustaining. He is majestic. He is holy. He is glorious. He is perfect. He is righteous. He is just. God is so awesome, so brilliant, so holy; and the magnitude of His righteousness is so pure and powerful, that the Bible says no man can see God’s face and live (Exodus 33:20)! In our Scripture reading today, we find King David, perfectly assessing the level of righteousness a person must possess, in order to approach God, and not die. “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.” ~ Psalm 24:4 Well, that leaves me out! And not just me, but everyone I’ve ever known or heard of! There is not one

"If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him." ~ C.T. Studd
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