Writer Of The Day–Cheri Swallell

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My writer of the day is Cheri Swalwell, a wife, mother, and avid reader, but first and foremost she is a Christ follower. She has a degree in Psychology and has been blessed to be a guest on a variety of blogs including Christiandevotions.us, Circle of Friends, and Crosswalk.com/family. She is a regular contributor to book fun magazine. If you want to hear more about the heart she has for marriage, parenting, and relationships from a Christian perspective, feel free to “like” her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/cheri-Swalwell. She loves to interact with her readers, so she would love to connect at clSwalwell99@gmail.com.

And without further ado, Here’s Cheri….


Thank you so much for the privilege of being a guest on Tiaras and Tennis Shoes.  I would love to share with you today about my devotional, A 40 Day Habit Between Friends: Taking it to the Next Level, that released in November 2012 on Amazon.

This book originally began as various posts for a blog that I created in October 2011.  When I started receiving such positive feedback and someone suggested I take the posts and turn them into a devotional, the idea was born and God graciously opened the doors to allow it to happen.  Below is a portion of the very first post that was created for the blog while I was hanging out laundry, thinking about the suffering of some of my friends. I pray it will touch your life and you will want to read the whole devotional.

Give or Allow?

James 1:12: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

Quite a few of my friends lately have been going through some really rough times. I mean, real, gut-wrenching, ‘don’t want to get out of bed’ struggles.

I overheard someone tell one of them, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” Even though that message was meant to encourage, I personally couldn’t agree with that statement, and here’s why. That implies that God is the one giving us the bad times, the hardships, the pain; and the God that I know and have come to believe in doesn’t do that.

Instead, I like to think in terms of this sentence, “God doesn’t allow more than we can handle.” That statement conjures up an image of God and Satan fighting head to head; Satan and his cronies being the ones that are trying to make life miserable and God only allowing them to go so far before He steps in and says, “Enough is enough.”


For the rest of Give or Allow, as well as thirty nine additional inspirational devotions, feel free to go to: http://www.amazon.com/40-Day-Habit-Between-Friends/dp/1481033069/ref=&tag= cheswaficfrot-20* for easy ordering. 

*Affiliate Notice:  If you purchase my book through the above link, I will receive a small commission. Thank you ahead of time


Do you ever feel like life is out of control and you just need a chance to stop and catch your breath? If you wrestle with questions such as fear versus faith or how to find balance in such a fast paced society, then A 40 Day Habit Between Friends: Taking it to the Next Level is a great solution.  Get ready to relax with a series of forty devotionals taken from the author’s blogs where she just talks to you, friend to friend, about life’s challenges with a spiritual perspective.  It’s small enough to fit in your purse or briefcase, great to give to a friend who needs some encouragement, and reasonably priced so you can pick one up for yourself at the same time.   Available at amazon.com.


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