Breathe …

This past winter, right before Christmas, I had an extremely busy week. I knew it was going to be busy … and planned for it, but really, even when you plan for “busy,” are you prepared when even more unexpected piles on top of your piles?


I could feel my attitude beginning to crash, and didn’t want that. I truly wanted to have a good attitude and trust God … and since that was my desire inwardly, I needed to show it outwardly. I apologized to God and asked Him to structure my day as only He could.

And boy did He! I got more done not just that day but all week than I had been able to accomplish in a normal week. Our family atmosphere changed from “mom’s stressed” to relaxed and happy-go-lucky and I had more down time at night than usual to recharge with my family.


I love how God takes sometimes our smidgen of obedience and when we totally surrender (schedules, lives, plans) shows us how much He can do with that little piece of obedience.


Have you ever had a day like described above where you needed an attitude adjustment and then God blessed your obedience?


© Cheri Swalwell 2020


2 Replies to “Breathe …”

  1. In a broader sense, in 1985 I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury that resulted in a 19 day hospital stay. I could have and should have died that Saturday night, however Gid intervened. He had other plans for me. After the initial trials, I went on to serve him in several ways. I was more active in church, lead groups, researched, planned, developed and started a program in a church, then managed that program. Many years later, now Im disabled and no longer active in the church. But I can encourage others!

    1. And you did so much that your encouragement comes from a place of “knowing” not just trying to know. You lived through the experiences and have an empathy for others living through them now which people really appreciate. You have quite the ministry through your testimony Tom!

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