25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Here are a few tips I learned while in the shaking:
*Through this process I reached out to people I haven’t spoken to in a while. Forgiveness came immediately. Weird, as I thought I’d worked through so much unforgiveness. But, I sat in the parking lot of a Home Goods store and I felt my soul release all bitterness, anger and unforgiveness. I’ve cried a lot these last few weeks. I could see how the devil kept me away from people who hurt me in the past. And in my avoidance, I was robbed of intimacy, love and goodness. Grrrrrrr.
Damn, the devil!!!!!!
Hear me now, crying heals the soul. So, let the sobs come. Stock up on Kleenex.
When you can’t pray. Just tell Father, I can’t pray. Help me.
*About the only thing I could pray was a three-letter sentence: HELP ME JESUS.
Over and again. This is enough when the ground had fallen away from our feet.
*Tell someone. You need to share with someone you trust. Let them know. Ask them to pray.
Having a few people hold me up while I walked through the earthquakes, was critical. You need relationships with those whom you are completely transparent, and they accept you for you. Rare, to find. And if you don’t have them, Jesus is enough. Truly.
*Remember the past.
I made myself call to my remembrance the encounters and experiences I’ve had with God. The miraculous, the tangible physical presence. These memory stones were my anchor when the devil was working to destroy my life.
Today, as I write, I'm returning to my fiery self. I know who I am and Whos I am. AND NOW..... It's payback time BABY! Schedule a prayer session soon. I've got enough fire and authority for both of us!!
As I’m on the tail end of my shaking, I’m curious. What helpful lessons and steps can you share with me and others that helped you retain your sanity, faith and hope? Leave me a word in the comments.