Dear friends,

Can you feel the shaking going on? When so much change and uncertainty comes upon us so suddenly we can’t help but feel jostled by it. Like an earthquake suddenly shakes the ground under your feet, so these times are shaking us and our world.

Listen to the words of this verse of Scripture:

Now this phrase “once and for all” clearly indicates the final removal of things that are shaking, that is, the old order, so only what is unshakeable will remain. Since we are receiving our rights to an unshakeable kingdom we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights his heart as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe. For our God is a holy, devouring fire! Hebrews 12:27-29 The Passion Translation

As I read this I get on my knees and pray, asking for His grace to let go of anything He wants to remove and to build more of what is unshakeable.

Hebrews chapter 13 goes on to describe 12 things that build an unshakeable life. Here they are:

  1. Brotherly love
  2. Show hospitality to strangers
  3. Solidarity with those imprisoned for their faith
  4. Strong marriages/marital fidelity
  5. Financial contentment
  6. Respect for spiritual leaders
  7. Sound doctrine – keeping the main things the main things
  8. Be willing to suffer reproach for your faith, but retain your dignity
  9. Keep an eternal perspective
  10. Worship God freely
  11. Do good for others
  12. Lead a life of prayer

Instead of hitting the panic button, looking out only for ourselves, hoarding supplies, etc., we can hit the Hebrews 13 button! I’m going to print this list and keep it where I can see it.

These are the things that bring stability, things that have eternal value as well as value for people. These things build an unshakeable life.

My husband and I spoke to a church in Wisconsin on Zoom last Sunday about this whole topic and the verses in Hebrews 12 and 13. Here’s the link if you’d like to watch:

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this. I hope this is helpful for you!



One Response

  1. Good Morning Terri,
    Yours and Michael’s message was timely for me this weekend. By God’s grace, I’ve been able to stay in tune with Jesus’ presence and He’s been encouraging me in many different ways over the past weeks. This weekend, however, I hit a wall after some disturbing news on a couple of different fronts. I felt discouragement creeping in and feeling such deep sadness over loss I’ve faced and am facing, as so many of us are. I love how you both brought out the wisdom of Hebrew 12:28–that God is shaking down the created things so the things that cannot be shaken may remain! I love this about Jesus. I long to shake off those places that are just “taking up space” to “get rid of the weights so I can run unhindered with Him.” One of those places is the inability to welcome negative emotions…like this sadness I’m currently experiencing. I’m learning how to walk through those times instead of resisting them, for Jesus longs to enter those places with me and redeem them. When I hear the voice of Jesus, and believe His words, I move away from self-hatred, self-pity and self-protection. I see my weakness through His eyes and even though my weakness is revealed, it’s done in a gentle, compassionate way. I can then separate the good and the bad, the “me” and the “not me.” The ‘real me’ that allows Love to choose what I feel—living in reality of all my negative emotions without judgment; to choose what I think about myself, others and situations around me, and in what I choose to do for the day…how I can become His hands and feet to those around me–with wisdom and without fear. Thank you both!

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