Shirley Swann: The Playmaker

To help promote our Awaken Women’s Retreat for 2014, we are going to be posting the speaker profiles for each of our Awaken Breakout Speakers on our blog for the next several weeks.  If you’d like more information on our Awaken Women’s Retreat, you can check out the Awaken 2014 tab on our main page or visit our Awaken Facebook page.

Our eighth and final speaker for 2014 is Shirley Swann.


Shirley and her husband, Terry attend Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis, New Mexico. They have 4 grown children, 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Shirley is teaching a session called “The Playmaker.” The description for her session is: “We all want husbands who love us and treat us like queens, but they also need royal treatment. Join me as I share with you the marriage lessons I’ve learned and the hopes realized by heeding the Bible’s advice.”

We asked Shirley some questions about her session and herself and this is what she had to say.

AW: Shirley, the basic topic of your breakout session is on marriage. Why do you feel this is an important topic to discuss at the retreat?

SS: Marriage is the first institution that God ordained. It’s one of the tools the Holy Spirit uses to develop Godly character in us. Marriage promotes the Kingdom of God for the future through our children.

AW: How does hearing about other women’s struggles or successes in marriage have a positive effect on all marriages?

SS: Struggles in a marriage are normal. Tests and trials are part of the price tag we pay to develop anything strong and lasting.

AW: What do you hope that women will take away from your class?

SS: Diamonds are developed under pressure. Our marriages face a lot of adversity because of our flesh and the ungodly world we live in.

AW: How many years have you attended Awaken?

SS: This will be my third year.

AW: Have you been a breakout speaker each year you’ve attended and if so, what other topics have you spoken about in the past?

SS: The first year I attended, I spoke about being a Titus Woman regarding the older women helping the younger women. Last year, I spoke on “Knowing Your Authority.”

AW: Do you have a favorite scripture?

SS: 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper {spiritually, financially, relationships…} and be in health as your soul prospers.”

AW: Why do you think it’s important to have the breakout sessions at Awaken?

SS: The breakout sessions help meet the various needs. It’s a blessing to have opportunities to learn more of God’s thoughts.

AW: Is there anything else about your topic or class that you’d like to share with the ladies?

SS: God is for us. He wants us to believe Him for victory!

Thank you Shirley! We look forward to your breakout session in October!! 🙂

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