Archive for May 18th, 2020

I’ve been learning a lot about prayer for the last few years. I used to approach God fearfully, ready for Him to strike me down, afraid of expressing myself too honestly because I didn’t want to make Him angry.


Over the past few years, God has been developing my prayer life in a much deeper way. Not only am I not afraid to approach my Father anymore, but I come to Him regularly with my honest feelings (always in a respectful way). I know that He knows how I’m feeling anyway, and He wants me to be honest with Him. And I’ve learned He’s the only One who can help me work through my feelings in the healthiest way.


Two things I’ve learned lately that I want to keep putting into practice in 2020 are the following: Before coming to Him with my needs, requests, and feelings, I want to start by praising and worshipping Him. Not only does He require that of us, but it reminds me of Who I’m approaching and to do so with respect, honor, and humility.

Then, instead of coming from a position of begging, asking, or demanding, I’ve started thanking Him for answered prayers before I see the outcome. I wasn’t completely sure how to do this, so started out slowly, with my twice monthly grocery shopping trip. Throughout the day I knew I was going, I started to thank God for the sales I would get, and for staying under budget. Every time I thought about shopping, I quickly sent up a prayer of thanksgiving for deals/sales and staying under budget. Nothing profound, nothing drawn out, just a thankful spirit.


When we went shopping, I bought our usual items and even a few extras for our son to take back to school with him. I didn’t skimp on our list and except for what I couldn’t find (which was only 1-2 things), I bought everything I set out to get and a few extras. As I was leaving the store, I was amazed. Not only was I under budget, but I was $32 under budget. I thanked God the whole way home and was amazed because that type of savings doesn’t usually happen.


Three days later I realized God is even more amazing that I already knew. We were able to take that $32 in savings, combine it with other money we had saved for groceries and use it with a huge sale for chicken, cereal, pulled meat, and other items. We now have plenty of meat to feed us through spring (or longer) and our regular budget wasn’t stretched too thin.


Guess where I’m headed again tonight? Yup – grocery shopping. And guess what I’ve been doing already today? Yup! Thanking God ahead of time for deals/sales and staying under budget!


What about you? Are there specific areas in your prayer life God has been speaking to you lately? How has He confirmed your choices? I’d love if you wanted to share them with us!

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

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About the Book

Book: Refresh Your Faith

Author: Lori Hatcher

Genre:  Nonfiction devotional

Release Date: May 5, 2020

That’s in the Bible? I’ve never noticed that before!

It’s probably been too long since you’ve newly discovered a story that speaks to your soul or a verse that pops with truth. But that’s about to change!

Refresh Your Faith contains 66 culturally relevant, story-driven devotions, one from each book of the Bible. Each real-life story spotlights an unusual verse or Bible passage that you may have overlooked in your usual Bible reading. Lori Hatcher challenges you with additional features like an uncommon thought to ponder; an unusual faith action step; and an unfamiliar passage suggestion for additional Bible reading.

When the fabulous has become familiar and your quiet times are more like nap times, it’s time to step out of spiritual boredom and ignite the spark that will keep you growing. No matter where you are on your faith journey, Lori’s conversational and engaging style will challenge you to think about things you’ve never thought about before.

“Real-life inspiration and candid wit. These 5-minute devotions will change your life.” —Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman, commenting on Lori Hatcher’s devotional style


About the Author

Lori Hatcher is an award winning author, women’s ministry speaker, blogger, minister’s wife, and healthcare professional. She and her pastor husband live delightfully close to their four grandchildren in Lexington, South Carolina.

Lori is the editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out, Columbia magazine. Her latest book, Refresh Your Faith, Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible releases soon. Her previous devotional, Hungry for God … Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women won the prestigious Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award in 2016. A homeschool mom for 17 years, she’s also the author of the devotional book Joy in the Journey – Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms. A frequent contributor to Crosswalk.com, her feature articles and devotions have been published by Proverbs 31 Ministries, Christian Living in the Mature Years, Upper Room, Today’s Christian Living, War Cry, The Mother’s Heart, Inspired Women, and Columbia Metropolitan Magazine. Her stories and devotions have appeared in numerous compilations, including Guidepost’s All God’s Creatures and the popular Moments series.

She loves empowering and equipping women through women’s ministry events. She believes connecting with God in the craziness of life is vital to women of all ages.

Her hobbies include taking long walks in quiet places, reading, writing, traveling to historic (and warm) places, and having lunch with friends.

You’ll find her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God … Starving for Time (www.lorihatcher.com). You can reach her at LoriAHatcher@gmail.com


My Review of Refresh Your Faith:

This devotional “from every book of the Bible” is wonderful. It’s down-to-earth, relatable, yet so insightful. It shows me God’s truth from a slightly different perspective, layering more truths into my heart. I love the easy style of reading. This is a book I’d be happy to give to a seasoned Christian to gain more insight, a new believer who wants to learn more about the Bible, and everyone in between. It’s great for men, women, and teens. Highly recommend this devotional. It’s definitely one of my favorites.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.


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Don’t forget to check out the other blog spots listed below for your convenience.


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 5

Through the Lens of Scripture, May 6

Melissa Henderson, May 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 7

Emily Yager, May 8

Texas Book-aholic, May 9

Inklings and notions, May 10

Mary Hake, May 10

Godly Book Reviews, May 11

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 12

For Him and My Family, May 13

deb’s Book Review, May 13

Older & Smarter?, May 14

Splashes of Joy, May 15

For the Love of Literature, May 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 17

God is Love, May 17

Spoken from the Heart, May 18

Marilyn Ridgway, May 18 (Guest Review on Lighthouse Academy Blog)



To celebrate her tour, Lori is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and autographed copy of Refresh Your Faith!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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