Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A 40 Day Habit Between Friends: Because They Need You - by Cheri Swalwell

Back Page Blurb:

A 40 Day Habit Between Friends: Because They Need You is a set of forty devotionals taken from the author’s blogs where she enjoys talking to you, friend to friend, about the joys and trials of raising children.  It’s small enough to fit in your purse or briefcase, great to buy for a friend who needs a little pick me up, and reasonably priced so you can buy one for yourself at the same time.  Get ready to be encouraged and challenged in a lighthearted way while taking a deeper look at the heart the author has for her own children and those she loves.  Sit down, grab your favorite beverage, and get ready to be uplifted while journeying together as parents.   Available at amazon.com.

Book Excerpt:
“Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and don’t hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”Matthew 19:14
I learn a lot from my kids. In fact, even when I think I'm the one giving the lessons, my kids are teaching me more.

My two-year-old reminds me that walks are meant to be enjoyed, not a process to hurry along to get my heart rate into the acceptable zone and maintain it for a minimum of twenty minutes. Bugs, sticks, and flowers (weeds) are all meant to be examined and collected. Rocks are objects that like to race from one side of the creek to the other, not to mention the satisfying boom they make when they hit the steel encasement that connects both sides of the stream underneath the street before bouncing into the water. Birds, the wind, clouds, and the sun are all beautiful sights that are meant to be admired and usually talked too. We like to stop and thank God for the beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and all the colors in between, each day a little different from the rest, all made especially for our enjoyment.

My eight-year-old reminds me that coloring for at least twenty minutes every morning is a necessity to start the day off right. When we occupy our hands with the creation of beautiful art, it allows uninterrupted time to talk about whatever issues will be faced or have already been faced that particular week. Sometimes coloring twice a day is necessary, depending on what has transpired or what’s up ahead.

My 11-year-old, with just one look, reminds me how quickly childhood is ending with his teen years just around the corner. His interests now focus around electronic gadgets and things I don’t understand. His mastery of the computer has already surpassed mine. I'm just grateful he still wants me around for the ride. I’ll tag along as long as he’ll let me.
Yeah, my kids definitely teach me more than I have taught them. Enjoy your weekend with your loved ones, friends, and be bold enough to learn something new from the place you would least expect it.

I'm Thankful For the Bruises

“For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.” Psalm 71:5

Any way you look at it, I would be described as an overprotective parent. When my first child was born, I would cringe every time he got a scrape, bump, or bruise thinking it labeled me as neglectful.

By the time our second child arrived, I was a little more relaxed. The pediatrician took time to reassure me toddlers who are healthy and growing will have bruises up and down their legs, the result of being allowed to explore and enjoy their childhood.
I then suffered a miscarriage before being blessed with our last child, I was again a nervous Nellie--afraid this child would die a sudden death due to some freak accident before his second birthday. Having celebrated that milestone recently, I started to calm down regarding injuries and death.

However, during this past school year, our middle child got hurt on the playground. Once again, nervous Nellie tried to rear her ugly head, fully ready to dress each of my children, head to toe, in Cottonelle bath tissue, as demonstrated in that cute commercial several years ago.

I was brought back to reality quite quickly when I realized that instead of being upset, I should be truly thankful my children were happy and healthy, and have the ability to get hurt sometimes. The bruises they receive are a result of using their legs, arms, hands, and feet in play,  exploring and testing their boundaries. Sometimes those injuries are a direct result of not using their brains to their full potential.

With this new mindset, I’m actually anticipating more injuries in the future, proving that my children will continue to explore and thrive in the world instead of being locked away in our house, safe from all danger but stifled in their growth toward independence.
So, this weekend, I challenge your family to go out together and explore, have fun, be creative, and maybe, just maybe, earn a few bruises of your own. You might be glad you did.

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Cheri Swalwell is 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. She enjoys reading and reviewing a variety of fiction books in genres of Amish, women’s fiction, mystery, suspense, medical drama, contemporary, and historical to name a few. She also enjoys many nonfiction titles including devotionals and other inspirational type books. If you want to hear more about the heart she has for marriage, parenting, and relationships from a Christian perspective as well as read reviews from various new and well-known authors, feel free to“like” her on Facebook.
She loves to interact with her readers, so she would love to connect at clSwalwell99@gmail.com.

Email: clSwalwell99@gmail.com

Website: www.cheriswalwell.com (Has link to my blog)

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Cheri is giving away a copy of A 40 Day Habit Between Friends: Because They Need You.

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1 comment:

Lane Hill House said...

I'll Take It!
Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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