HOPE Found a Way

Hi Friend,

This season can be crazy at times. Although there is much joy in seeing friends and family, for some, this is a difficult season.

The news around the world brings little hope for peace.

The crazy weather brings little hope for warmth and safety.

However you feel today, I want to bring you a little HOPE.

Our nonprofit organization is Gabriel’s Foundation of HOPE. For the past nine years since we started our 501(c)3, I have collected HOPE ornaments.

Today I’ll share some photos of my new HOPE tree.

I had so many ornaments that the tree I had last year fell over. I’ve been looking for the perfect tree for my office where I can share my HOPE ornaments year round.

I found just the tree and I am delighted with how it carries these meaningful ornaments.

Hope Tree 2016

HOPE Tree 2016

HOPE has been a theme in my heart these days as I’ve been reading one of my favorite books by Ron Mehl titled Love Found a Way. It was written in 1999 as a collection of Christmas stories. I love to read it each year. Pastor Ron died in 2003 after a long battle with leukemia, but his books will speak his message for many years.

He reminded me that HOPE is a Christmas word because Christ came to bring us HOPE.

We think of the word in many different ways.

My granddaughter Avery hopes she gets a volcano for Christmas.

As many people travel, they hope for safe flights and clear roads.

Young moms hope for some sleep.

The unemployed hope for a job.

As school wound down last week, teachers told students they hoped they would have a great vacation.

But I think the HOPE that Jesus brought isn’t such a watered down version of that wonderful word.

I love how Ron Mehl puts it in his Love Finds a Way book,

“No, the Bible’s brand of hope is very different. This is hope shot through with confidence. This is hope so muscular it can pull you out of a deep pit. This is hope so powerful it can anchor your life–keeping you secure in the highest waves and strongest storms. This is hope stronger than death–a hope upon which you’d state your life…and your eternity.”

Why is this hope so strong? It is because of the object of our hope. This isn’t hoped just for hope’s sake. It is hope fixed on the Almighty Lord who loves each of us as his own precious child.

Hope Ornaments 2016

Hope Ornaments 2016

Hope is what connects us to God and to heaven.

Hope tells us that no matter our situation, we can rest in the hands of a sovereign God who loves us very much.

More HOPE Ornaments 2016

More HOPE Ornaments 2016

I love how David puts it in Psalm 62:5-6

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. he alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

Maybe today you are not feeling so hopeful. It is my prayer that you will find the hope that found a way to completely change my life.

In my next blog post, I’ll be sharing some of the reasons I put my HOPE in Him.

Until then, be blessed knowing I think of you and pray for you often.


My books are available at www.DochasPublications.com You can use the code HOPE to get a $5 discount off the $14.95 price of my FAITH, HOPE, LOVE journals.

One Strand Marketplace

Hello Friend!

I’m excited to be a part of One Strand Marketplace in Snohomish, WA on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Here’s the scoop:

Shop over 60 Crafters and Etsy artists. Enjoy the cafe with signature sandwiches, the coffee bar, and specialty food items. Listen to live music, meet authors and find a new book. Experience organic beauty products and services. Be sure to get your tickets for the “Inspirational Night Out” immediately following the Marketplace.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Cafe 11am-4pm
Marketplace 11am-6:30pm
I’m especially excited for you to see my newest Journal the Journey book – LOVE Journal & Coloring Book. I’ll also have the HOPE Journal & Coloring book as well as my Caregiver’s Devotional at the signing table.
LOVE Journal & Coloring Book - Available in 8 x 10 Perfect Bound or 6 x 9 Spiral Bound

LOVE Journal & Coloring Book – Available in 8 x 10 Perfect Bound or 6 x 9 Spiral Bound


The venue is amazing! Come just to see all of the antiques! This event center is a great place for any event. I fell in love with it’s old world charm as I walked through it the other night.

Venue Details: 1011 2nd Street  Snohomish, WA 98290  

I will be signing books from 12-1 as a featured author. How fun is that?

I'll be right there in front of that TV at a table signing books.

I’ll be right there in front of that TV at a table signing books.

In the evening we will have music and sharing from my friend Cheryl Door with the debut of her book, Jesus Send the Rain.

I hope you will join for some fun. Come for a little while or stay all day. It’s free up through the evening which will be wonderful too.

Come to an
Inspirational Night Out
Jesus Send the Rain
Register soon! Seating is limited
Decadant Desserts
Guest Speaker and Guest Vocalist
Saturday, April 30th 2016
Meet, mingle and get coffee:
Guest vocalist and guest speaker:
Come early to shop the
craft marketplace
Tickets for the evening only…$18



Exciting News!

We had a fun weekend with my family. Our two grandchildren came over for a visit. There is nothing like Christmas through the eyes of a child.



I felt like a kid when the UPS man showed up at our door late Sunday afternoon. The journal I’ve been creating since mid summer arrived hot off the press.

Gigi with HOPE Journal

It is beautiful! I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it.

This is not only a journal. I share a bit of my story of HOPE. You’ll learn about my mom’s journal that is now seventy-eight years old. Interspersed throughout are inspiring quotes and Scriptures to point you to hope.

There is plenty of space to write your thoughts, hopes and dreams. (And frustrations too – I journal it all!)

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A separate section to track prayer requests helps you remember the prayers of your heart. Updates help you see the hand of God at work. The gratitude section is a great place to record thanks each day.


And, just for fun, I’ve added some coloring pages. The coloring pages are floral or abstract designs – mostly tulips. I tell you the tulips story to explain my love for the beautiful flower.


It is available here on my website NOW. It will be up on Amazon in the next few days.

I hope you’ll consider joining me to journal the journey.

We’ve discounted the book through December 31st. The retail price is $14.95 but we are offering it here for $10.00. Click on the book section to order. Purchase Here

The proceeds from this book benefits Gabriel’s Foundation of HOPE – a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to bring encouragement and hope to those we serve.

I pray you will find HOPE in the manger this Christmas. He came to earth as a baby…just for you and for me. Bless you with encouragement today.


FREE Ebook October 4, 2012 – Caregivers’ Devotions to Go Hits #1 on Amazon

My publisher has agreed to offer the EBook of Caregivers’ Devotions to Go on Amazon Kindle for FREE. It happened on October 4, 2012.

As a result, my book hit #1 in the Parenting Advice category and #4 in the Spiritual Religion – Christianity category.

Gotta love it.

Hurry while it remains free.

God bless your caring heart

Gigi Murfitt

So Long Summer, Hello Change

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Blessings to you, my friend. I’ve missed you.

It’s been awhile since we’ve connected on my blog.

I hope you are enjoying every last moment of summer.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, on Saturday morning (September 22, 2012) at 7:49 a.m. (PST) summer will officially be over. (Autumnal Equinox)

But here in Seattle, we are hanging on a bit longer. It has been an EPIC summer of sunshine!

I won’t complain. I love it! But I’m also looking forward to the changes ahead.

Fall is all about change.

Warm summer nights move into to cool snuggly evenings.

The green trees become shades of red, yellow and orange.

Autumnal Equinox
photo credit Kidzworld.com

All creatures prepare for the next season.

I’m preparing for the biggest change in my life.

I am going to be a GRANDMA! I can’t wait to meet my granddaughter next month.

Hello Change.

Over the next several weeks I’ll be sharing stories from my summer where God met me on the shores of a lake in Eastern Washington and changed my heart.

I have so much to tell you so please come back and share your stories too.

Tell me how God spoke to you this summer by leaving a comment below.

God bless your changing heart.


Jesus is My Everything

If Jesus stood before you today and asked if you’d like to get well, how would you respond?

Especially lately, I’m challenged with this question from Mary DeMuth’s new book Everything – What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus (October 16, 2012).

I’ve been dealing with physical issues that have felt overwhelming at times.

Last week I learned I have arthritis in my back. (Big OUCH)

I’m not holding on to that diagnosis because I know that Jesus is my healer and I want to cooperate with Him to walk this out. So when Jesus asks me if I want to be well, my answer is YES, I will do EVERYTHING to cooperate to be whole.

I’ve experienced incredible healing in my soul as Jesus became my EVERYTHING twenty-two years ago when our son Gabe entered the world with multiple congenital birth defects. I learned to trust that Jesus would help us to teach Gabe how to live a successful life – even with short arms, crooked legs and a severe hearing loss.

As part of Mary’s launch team for her new book, we were challenged to make a short video to explain why Jesus is our EVERYTHING. So here goes!


I hope you’ll make Jesus your EVERYTHING too.

God Bless your heart with Everything He has for you.

Read a few sample chapters here!  http://nelsonfree.com/everythingbook

Tell me how Jesus is your EVERYTHING – leave a comment.  {HUGS}

Amazing Grace is a Sound so Sweet

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.

I believe with my whole heart that I was placed on this earth to make Jesus famous.

Because His grace has saved me.

Over the past several weeks I’ve been studying the lives of some Biblical characters. I relate to these people.

How about the woman at the well? As a Samaritan woman, she drew her water in the heat of the day. Was it to avoid those who looked down on her? Jesus approached her there anyway. He already knew of her sin filled life. He spoke of it once and never mentioned it again. He didn’t quote her a bunch of Scripture to show her how awful she was. He didn’t beat her down. He lifted her head and reminded her that the living water would come from the only source that never runs dry – Jesus! He sent her on her way with a song in her heart. Oh Lord, give me the grace to treat people like that – even those who have committed many sins.

How about the woman caught in adultery. There she was in the city square surrounded by her accusers carrying stones intended to kill her. But when Jesus stepped between her and her accusers, he requested them to drop the stones. One by one from the oldest to the youngest they dropped the stones and walked away. The woman was left with the only thing she would ever need – Jesus.

Then there is Zacchaeus – the chief tax collector. Probably like a modern day drug lord or pimp. He was a bad dude. But someone told him about Jesus so he made his way to the city to try to get a glimpse of him. He couldn’t see over the heads of the people waiting for Jesus to pass by so he climbed a sycamore tree. Jesus sought him out and approached him in the tree.  He knew every sin this man had ever committed. Did Jesus ever mention them in Scripture? NO! He only asked him to come down and go have lunch with Jesus.  Time with Jesus changed this man’s heart. It has changed mine too.

Oh the Grace of God! So loving and so merciful toward the worst of the sinners. Including me!

Today I pray that whatever you are going through you’d hear my heart. God wants to pour mercy and grace over your life. He does not condemn you. He isn’t keeping score. He desires you to draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.

Oh the stories I could tell of my own encounters with Jesus on the many detours off the road he set out for me.

Oh the stories I could tell of the wonderful ways He showed me out of the dark places of my sin and into the glorious light.

Oh the stories I could tell of the powerful love I feel when I sit down and spend time with Him in the study of His Word.

Oh how I want that for you my friend!

God Bless Your Heart with freedom because of Amazing Grace.


This blog post is a part of Renee Ann Smith’s “Come to the Table” blog tour. Check it out at www.ReneeAnnSmith.com

Divine Detour

I had the privilege of being interviewed by Kathy Harris for her Divine Detour blog.

Because my maiden name is Devine, this blog caught my eye and I started reading it many months ago. Kathy interviews authors and musicians and helps promote their work.

I am grateful for someone like Kathy who is willing to bless the writer within.

Not only because of the name, Divine Detour, but also because I’ve been on more than one detour in my life’s journey.

God knows the way to our destination

But amazingly, God has transformed my Devine Detour into a Divine Detour every time I give it all to Him.

He is always faithful to point me to the redirection signs and lead me to the intended destination.

If you’ve found yourself off the path God planned for you, be encouraged. Recalibrate and follow His direction home.

Trust Him, He knows the way.

Here is the link to my Divine Detour interview: http://www.divinedetour.com/?p=14379

God bless your heart.



A Birthday Weekend to Remember!

Awesome Cake at the Nystroms

I’ve had an amazing birthday weekend! WOW!

Last Friday we enjoyed dinner with good friend’s Marty and Jeanne Nystrom and Jeff and Sarah Jones.

A strange wind storm knocked the power out but we managed with lanterns until the power came back on.

My Bestie Jeanne always knows how to make a girl feel special.

Saturday I enjoyed the sunshine and worked in my yard.

The flowers Steve planted for Mother’s day are growing and I’ve added more with my birthday money from my father-in-law.

My yard is looking better every day.

While we watched a movie downstairs, Steve decorated our family room. He’s been teasing me because it took me a couple trips upstairs to notice that huge balloon!

Steve decorated the family room!

Sunday, my “official” birthday was my favorite day. Church with Pastor Jude preaching. Zane and Kelsey over for lunch. Looking at their photos from England and Ireland was great fun.

We laughed over the goofy photos we took with my new iPad!

Happy Birthday to Me!

Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

It was the birthday that kept on going with dinner at the Halvorson’s.

Barbara and Elling Halvorson were home so I enjoyed hanging with them. Yummy BBQ with Barbara’s potatoe salad.

Elling led a beautiful round of Happy Birthday as they presented me with yet another yummy cake.

Cake at the Halvorson House

More laughs with the photo booth on my iPad with Rod, Randy, John and Kent.

Monday we had a Memorial Day BBQ with Jeff and Sarah Jones.

Ray and Laura Clavero joined us. All the Nystrom’s were there too.

Ray and Jeff - Kings of the Grill

It was a battle for King of the Grill between Jeff’s filet mignon and Ray’s rib-eye steak.

It was hard to go back to work on Tuesday after all the celebrating.

I am truly blessed.

May the God of HOPE fill YOUR birthday with JOY and PEACE and LOVE as you TRUST in HIM.

God Bless Your Heart,

My Message is C.L.E.A.R. Book Signing Fun

My son Gabe and I had a great time signing books at Beyond Necessity Gifts in Anaconda, MT.

MaryPat Clark and Amy Dodd prepared yummy snacks and drinks to make all of the guests feel at home.

There was a steady stream of patrons browsing the store and buying Mother’s Day gifts.

Ethan gets a signed book. Photo by James Rosien of the Anaconda Leader

We were surprised by the wonderful support we received from the community of Anaconda. Gabe and I signed almost 150 books!

Thank you Anaconda. We are forever grateful for the constant support for our family.

We made Anaconda our first book signing stop.

Twenty years ago this community helped us buy Gabe’s first wheelchair. Now Gabe was able to bless them back with his inspirational story.

Gigi chatting with her longtime friend, Lynn (Jessen) Burgher. Photo by James Rosien of The Anaconda Leader

Dee Motor Company and Glacier Bank both put a notice on their digital marquee announcing the book signing.

The Montana Standard Newspaper and the Anaconda Leader Newspaper each ran a great story.

Here is the link to the Montana Standard story written by George Plaven. I thought he did a great job on the article.


If you were unable to make it to the book signing, Beyond Necessity has copies at the store.

Or you can purchase them at our foundation website at www.GabesHOPE.org

I pray that our book touches your life and helps you to live C.L.E.A.R.

God Bless Your Heart.


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