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

Wednesday September 19 2012 11:11 pm | Comments (4) Tags: , ,

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.

Gigi

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!

http://youtu.be/xPIH5SkIMa4

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.

Gigi

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.

Gigi

 

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,
Gigi

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.

http://mtstandard.com/news/local/message-is-c-l-e-a-r/article_b185207c-9a4f-11e1-82da-0019bb2963f4.html

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.

Gigi

Reader’s Favorite 5 STAR Review!

Hello there. I hope you are well.

I pray for you every time I think of you. Oh, how much I appreciate your support!

I’ve been busy promoting our new book, My Message is C.L.E.A.R. – Hope and Strength in the Face of Life’s Greatest Adversities, which released on April 13, 2012 on Gabe’s 22nd birthday.

We had a fabulous launch party at a gorgeous house – Serenity House – a gift from Gregg and Lafon Jantz. There were about eighty people who came to support us and hear Gabe’s “Endurance” message.

Available on www.GabesHOPE.org, Amazon or Barnes and Noble

I co-wrote this book with my son, Gabe. It was a blast writing it with him.

It is even more fun as we head out to promote it.

We leave Tuesday, May 8, 2012 on a road trip to Montana to get the word out about this latest book.

Gabe will be speaking at the Anaconda Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday from 3-4 pm.

Thursday, May 10, 2012,  he will be at Beyond Necessity Gift Shop from 3-6 for a booksigning open house that should prove to be a whole lot of fun!

We are planning other book signings later in the summer at the Barnes and Noble stores as well as a few gift shops. So the rest of our time in Montana will be spent planning those future events.

FIVE STAR REVIEW!!

We were delighted to get a five star review this week from a book review website – Reader’s Review.

http://readersfavorite.com/review/6180

Hope to see you under the full moon sky this week. It is a SUPER moon and I think we are going to have a SUPER road trip.

God Bless your heart

Gigi

Love Does No Harm

Wednesday April 18 2012 10:23 pm | Comments (0) Tags: , ,

Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:10

God is Love. If you want to give someone God then give them your love. God will take over from there.

I have to admit there are some people in my life who are difficult to love. But God asks me to love them anyway. He wants me to show them I care.

What if God put it in someone’s heart to come to me for help and I do not show them love? That would break God’s heart.

If everyone had love in their heart then there would be no dark days.

The joy of knowing God and being His love to others brings light to a dark situation.

Be the light that brightens someone’s dark day today. Show them your love.

God Bless Your Heart,

Gigi

http://www.gigimurfitt.com/

The idea for this blog post came from the April 18 devotional in “God Calling” edited by AJ Russell and published by Barbour Publishing.

April 18 — my brother-in-law Gary’s birthday. Happy Birthday Gary! Oh yeah, and thanks for the SUNshine today!

Random Thoughts about Health and Lent and Love

Monday February 20 2012 9:25 pm | Comments (4) Tags: , , , ,

Hello again my friend.

It’s been awhile.

Not that I haven’t been thinking of you.

I realized tonight that I haven’t blogged in three weeks.

My time has been spent working on the marketing plan for Gabe’s new book coming very soon. Exciting times!

In addition, I have been exercising (a good use of my writing time) and eating healthy too!

The little Mii on my Wii Fit system told me I was a couch potato the other day, but I’m getting better every day.

Even though my blog time has shrunk back, I am pleased to share that I’ve shrunk back my waist line too!

When my Chiropractor reminded me that every pound I gain adds FOUR pounds of pressure to my knee, I hit the START button on my Wii Fit to get the move on.

Yes! I love results! Call me the incredible shrinking woman.

And guess what! My neck and my knee are healing too.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:

Colossians 2:2-3

2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (NIV)

I took extra time this morning during my Bible reading and journal time.

I’m putting together my plan for my “Lenten Love Letters.”

During the forty days prior to Easter, I ask God every day who might need an encouraging word.

I love it!

Every day two or three people come to mind and I set about touching their life somehow. Maybe it’s an email or a phone call. But my favorite is a hand written note sent US Mail.

Are you in need of a lift? Let me know and I’ll put you on my Lenten Love Letter List!

I’ve got a few more blogs planned in the coming days and weeks.

Be sure to come back and visit.

Leave a comment if you know someone who could use some encouragement and I’ll add them to my Lenten Love Letter List.

God Bless your heart,

Gigi

 

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