Stirred, Not Shaken

There are several things in life that are meant to be shaken, not stirred.

Take Shake-N-Bake for instance. I mean, you literally have to shake up that delectable piece of chicken in a plastic bag filled with the coating. Stirring is simply not a legitimate alternative.

Or what about mixing formula in a baby bottle? I don’t know many folks that have had much success with stirring formula. Shaking is easier and more efficient, so why not?

And of course we can’t forget good ol’ 007 James Bond’s love for shaken, not stirred martinis. (Fun fact: I’ve never had a martini, shaken, stirred or otherwise.)

But on the flip side of the shaken, not stirred… what about things we don’t want shaken?

Soda cans. Definitely not good when shaken up. Or a rope bridge when someone is walking across it. (I’ve been there, done that, got mad, fell off.)

But probably the biggest thing that we want STIRRED not SHAKEN?

Our faith.

No shaker allowed when it comes to our faith.

This idea came to me kind of by accident (via the Holy Spirit) the other day during my quiet time. Satan was all up in my grill.  I was writing in my journal, letting the words flow. I paused to read the sentence I just penned:

“GET BEHIND ME SATAN, MY FAITH WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.”

Wow. Good stuff Jesus. Thanks for that one! WHOO! Well, that powerful message didn’t stop there… later that day, I shared the thought with my husband. Right after I finished the statement, I kept talking. (I know, you don’t have to act surprised.) But what came out of my mouth next also shocked me:

“I SHALL NOT BE DETERRED, BECAUSE MY HEART HAS BEEN STIRRED.”

Good grief. Semi-profoundish Holy Spirit words twice in one day? I was a little overwhelmed.

I have sat with these phrases for a few days and obviously they have not left my brain. (Or my heart.) I was certainly moved by these thoughts and considered that maybe you would be too.

“GET BEHIND ME SATAN, MY FAITH WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.
I SHALL NOT BE DETERRED, BECAUSE MY HEART HAS BEEN STIRRED.”

Just sit with that for a moment. Let it sink in… What does it mean to you? How can you embrace the concept of letting God strengthen your faith and ward off the enemy through stirring your heart? In what ways has your heart been stirred lately? I would love to hear your answers to these questions– leave a comment below.

We all have a choice. We can let our circumstances or trials shake us up, turning us into a figurative exploding can of soda or shaken martini. OR… we can submit to God by letting Him stir our hearts daily through His loving presence and grace.

Then and only then can we quench our thirst with the Living Water through a faith that is stirred, not shaken.. Oh, and served on The Rock.

Drinking Him in,
SGK

“I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” ~Psalm 16:8

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15 thoughts on “Stirred, Not Shaken

  1. Momma Lex

    Satan certainly loves to shake me up and sometimes he succeeds and then I’m like a soda thats been shaken up and you pop the tab and ….explosion of sticky soda (words) everywhere. Thank goodness for Jesus love to gently stir my heart and help me to mop up the stickiness of my messes. I can’t imagine my life without Him. Love you, too!!

    • So well put, Ma! I am more of a soda pop/martini mess half the time too with the Enemy’s lies and distractions. He is SUCH a jerk. Thanks for your insight and love you lots too!

  2. Liking this…and thinking about it in terms of your 7 day theme. Stirring combines gently while shaking alters a liquid–adding useless fizz and disturbing its essence. I don’t have time for that any more. My days are numbered. I have to stay grounded, just smoothing out all the lumps. Thank you for stirring, God.

    • Very eloquent response, JoAnne– great, great words. “Stirring combines gently while shaking alters a liquid.” That great and I never thought of it that way!! And you are right– that is what we desire to do at 7 Days Time– gently stir the hearts of people (while maybe making them shake with the giggles on occasion.) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Oooo. That is good. Very good. Lord Jesus, stir my heart, and keep my faith from shaking.

    • Thanks, Jennifer. It is good, and I will be the first to admit that it was not my idea. Amazing what the Holy Spirit can do with a few words, a conversation and a computer!

  4. Wow, Sharita – love that deterred-stirred rhyme! I hate it when the enemy is up in my grill, too. I’m not a Pentacostal or anything, but I like to give an occasional shout-out:

    I’m covered by the blood of Christ Jesus my Lord!
    I’m blessed and highly favored, and
    NO weapon forged against me will prosper!

    Yeah, spirits of darkness — take THAT!
    Thanks, Sharita – so glad to connect with you!

    • Fantastic, thoughts, Susan! I was super excited for the catchy rhyme too… I am a sucker for rhyming things (Have you seen the ridiculous 5 minute Friday posts that come into my brain? HA.) Thanks so much for stopping by and keep giving those shout-outs!

  5. At this point I’m shaken, stirred, poured out, poured into… Thy will not my will be done. Whatever it takes! I’m a Pentecostal so I shout it out! Hallelujah!

    • Ha ha, that’s wonderful Ms. Kathleen! (My little sister’s name is Kathleen, BTW.) Love the way you put that. Keep shouting it out!

  6. Brooke

    Oh wow….I LOVE THIS! Whatever you are going through, keep up that determined spirit girl. I loved how Jesus spoke right through you with 2 very profound statements. As you know, you were a catalyst in getting helping stir my heart (thanks God for bringing us together!) and while its getting harder (hello emotions everywhere…which is my shaken soda can…and usually popping the top leads me to explode with emotion…fear, anxiety, anger, tears, etc), I won’t be deterred cause God has stirred my heart! Praying for you girl! Hang in there!

    • Oh Brooke. You rock, girl! I am so excited to watch God stir you up… just as you mix a delectable batch of bread… Hand on to the Bread of Life as He helps you in your wait to rise… and don’t worry about the soda can mess– it gets a little sticky but wipes right off.

      (Unless it explodes in the back window of a 2002 Chevy Lumina. Then it will stain forever. But you aren’t a Lumina, so we are good.)

      Love ya!

  7. This was an awesome post.

  8. Yeap. Was thinking that the Devil might stir our waters, but we’ll never want to allow ourselves to be shaken. 🙂 u went a step further: allow God to stir our hearts that we will not be shaken. Awesome!

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