Teamwork

I love to watch the videos and read the books published by Simple Truths.

I give them as gifts to friends who really enjoy the encouraging messages.

As Steve and I work to make the next twenty-five years of our marriage the best years, teamwork is important.

It separates the winners from the losers.

If we aren’t on the same team, we won’t get to the destination God has planned for us.

Getting your team to work together toward a common vision is the fuel that allows your team to reach their goals and envision new goals that well exceed common expectations.

Whether you consider your family your team or you work with a team of co-workers or classmates, I think you will enjoy this short movie to inspire you today!

Although the video shares the teamwork of the Blue Angels, I’m applying some of the tools to my marriage.

  1. Center point – Focus on shared values for our future.
  2. Align with our common purpose.
  3. Sacrifice individual gain for my mate’s greater good.
  4. Tap into the strengths of my mate.
  5. Rest, Reflect, Recharge – complete a detailed maintenance program – maintain peak performance. This How We Love group we are attending is definitely a recharge-maintenance program. (www.HowWeLove.com)
  6. Communicate openly and honestly. Take time to clarify procedures. – We are learning better ways to communicate.
  7. Walk the Talk – Do what we say we believe.
  8. Attitude = altitude. – Looking at our marriage with a positive attitude will help us gain the altitude we desire.

I’m ready to gain new altitudes for Team Murfitt.

How about you?

God Bless Your Heart

Gigi

Eternity is Only a Breath Away

I’ve been contemplating eternity today.

Actually I’ve been thinking about it all week.

I read the touching FaceBook post my writing friend Kim wrote shortly after her husband took his last breath as he lay next to her.

I read an email from my sweet friend Cheryl, just moments after she received a phone call that her mom had passed away.

A devoted husband. A loving mother. Gone in the blink of an eye.

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the day I held my mom’s hand and watched her chest rise and fall for the last time.

So surreal. Such a sadness and joy all mixed up together.

Mom holding Gabe

Sadness at the thought of not hearing the clanking of her spoon as she stirred the coffee she shared with great conversation.

Sadness because I miss her smile and her laugh that always added to an encouraging word.

Sadness when I wish she was here to listen to my broken heart and give me advice in these changing times.

Mom and me at my wedding 26 years ago

Joy in understanding that in the instant she breathed her last breath she was escorted into Heaven because she loved Jesus.

Joy in imagining her dancing with my dad without the limp she walked with for seventy long years.

Joy in knowing I will one day see her again.

An encouraging word before my big day

I’m not going to take today for granted. How about you?

In an instant. In a breath. In a moment. It could be gone.

Take a deep breath and smile as you thank God for another day.

God Bless Your Heart!

Gigi

Rooting for Healing…

I’m excited to be headed back to Montana with my son Gabe. We both have speaking engagements this weekend.

Friday, October 14th, Gabe is speaking his C.L.E.A.R. message at the Philipsburg schools.

Gabe will be sharing his story right where my husband Steve attended school for elementary through high school.

Philipsburg School

On Sunday, October 16th I’ll be sharing a message titled “Courage and Care” with a group of women at an afternoon tea. If you happen to be in Philipsburg on Sunday, join us at the Granite County Museum at 4:00 PM.

It is always fun going back to our roots.

We are certainly learning about how those roots affected our ability to love in the How We Love small group study Steve and I are attending with a great group of people.

This week we discussed my most common love style – the Avoider.

As the eighth of ten children, it is not surprising that this is my dominant love imprint!

My second highest imprint is PLEASER style.

Makes sense. I avoid conflict at all costs so I am a people pleaser. It is hard for me to say “no.”

Can I say I’d just like to dig that root up and plant something a little bit healthier?

Through the How We Love book, I’m learning new skills to do just that.

I hope you have taken the time to take the How We Love Test.

If not, click here and take it.  http://www.howwelove.com/hwlstylestest/HWLLoveStyleTest.aspx

Come back and tell me what your dominant love imprint style is. I’d love you to leave a comment on my blog.

It will be fun to dialogue about how this has affected our lives.

I’ve got a couple blogs drafted to share with you the jewels I’ve mined as I’ve dug up this root. So come back to learn more next week.

I’ll be flying the friendly skies tonight. That gives us more time to hang in Missoula and Philipsburg with my family.

I’m really looking forward to walking around the University of Montana Oval and kicking up a few leaves. Oh so many memories.

 

University of Montana Main Hall in the fall.

I love fall in Montana. And I love learning better ways to express my love.

God bless you today with an understanding that God wants to help you learn how to love.

Gigi

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