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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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My heart, Christ's garden

"Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat it's choicest fruits. I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk."
~ Song of Solomon 4:16b - 5:1a

Who is my Beloved? He is Christ Jesus my Lord. And where is His garden? His garden is my heart; my very soul, in which He purchased with His most precious blood.

Although I have not been able to work in my garden for the past 5 years due to severe illness, I love to garden! I simply love everything about it! I love the fragrant and distinct smell of every flower and green plant. I even love the smell of the fresh dirt, all churned up, with wiggly little earthworms, desperately trying to get out of my way. I marvel at even the earthworms God created. And I am thankful for them. When I see earthworms, I know that the soil is rich and well-maintained; waiting patiently to nourish a new seedling or plant. It is truly a joyous sight!

The first thing I like to do when I garden, is arrange the plants. I want to see what they will look like before I give them a permanent home. I want to make sure the lighting, soil and water is sufficient for what each plant requires. Some plants need much shade, some only partial. Then there are those that need full sunlight in order to thrive and survive. There are plants that need much water and others, only little. Some plants, no matter how delicate they may look, can be planted in rougher terrain than those that look to be more robust. I'd  never be able to garden well if I didn't read the instructions for each plant. If I did whatever I wanted; if I planted them as I pleased, without considering the specific instructions for each plant, then my garden may look attractive for a short time, but eventually, my laziness and self-motivated care of my garden will be revealed, as the beauty of my garden will surely fade.

"The genuine Christian must seek to be more excellent in his life than the best moralist, because Christ's garden ought to produce the best flowers in the world."
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I want my heart to be this way. I want my heart to produce the most beautiful, luscious, fragrant and extravagant flowers that ever was seen! I want my life to flow with the love of God and the magnificence of His grace and mercy! I want my life to shout, "I am holy, set apart; unto the LORD!" I want my heart to hold a reservation only for One, my Lord Jesus. I want to be singularly focused and eternally inclined. I want to be like the flowers in my garden. I want to face only the Son that gives me life. I want to stretch my faith and strain my efforts to have a leaning only towards the One who gave His life for mine.

I know Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He is also the perfect Gardener. He plants me where He knows I will grow best. He waters and feeds me as I specifically need. He knows how much sun I need and He plants me where I am able to bear fruit in every season. And like some of the plants in my garden, I may look smaller than others. But by Christ's strength, I can endure, and even thrive in the roughest terrains and through the fiercest storms. Whether times of hail, snow or ice, or the heat of the scorching sun come upon me, God's grace is sufficient to make me rise -- every time. And unlike me, the Gardener of my heart is never lazy or self-motivated. So I have no need to worry; for the splendor of my heart will never fade.

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers."
~ Psalm 1:1-3

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  1. Beautiful post. May we bloom where we are planted. How are you feeling? I am praying for you dear friend.

  2. Thank you Sunny for posting, I haven't visited in awhile or even posted on mine. I pray the Lord bless you and continue working and share through you in this beautiful way. I pray the Lord touch you with healing from on high, I pray the Lord keep you and protect you - I pray your day is blessed~ Love from a fellow blogger Vicky~

  3. Hello precious sisters Michele and Vicky! So good to "see" both of you today! :)

    Thank you both for your prayers! I'm so thankful for the love the Lord allows us to share with one another through prayer.

    @ Michele, I'm hanging in there sister. Still more doctors and still more testing. Most recently my condition has been narrowed down to some kind of metabolic myopathy. I'm seeing another specialist in a couple of weeks and get my 3 month major blood work done on Monday to see how I'm doing. :)

    @ Vicky, how are you? Why have you not been posting on your blog? Are you okay? Can I pray for you some how?

    MUCH love to you both! You two really blessed me today! ♥

  4. Amazing writing. And spirit - how humbling. It's Christians like yourself who write posts like this that remind me how small my faith can be, and frail.

    And: earthworms? You like them? I'm a man...sorta. Earthworms are gross. :)

  5. Thanks brother...John. :) I pray that God is glorified through everything I write. And btw, my faith is small too. :) But thanks be to God He is growing me in spite of myself and in the light of grace through Christ.

    And yes, I like earthworms. Not to touch them! YUCK! But I like to see them and know they're there. Then I brush them along with my gardening tools so I don't have to actually touch them with my bare hands. :)

  6. Beautiful post. May we bloom where we are planted. How are you feeling? I am praying for you dear friend.


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