Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day 90 Love’s Offering

The Lord sees not as a man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

I think it's time we all put the mask away because God sees right through to our heart.

When I think about how God judges the heart and not the outward appearance it makes me think of my son Gabe.

I shared Gabe's story at Ladies Bible Study this week. I'm proud of how he lives in his unusually formed body. It's really hard sometimes.

Gabe has said that as difficult as it is to live with his physical disability, the more difficult thing to deal with is a heart issue - loneliness.

I pray most of all for good, Godly friends who will reach out and make time to hang out and do life with Gabe.

God knows the desires of Gabe's heart. I've encouraged him to persevere. This is love's offering back to God as we trust in His plan and persevere until the end.

Gabe is making steady progress one step at a time. God sees the progress. He knows Gabe's heart.

I encourage you to persevere with love and laughter too as a love offering to God.

God Bless Your Heart


The idea for this blog post came from the March 31 devotional entry in God Calling edited by A.J. Russell.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 89 Deliverance

The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations. 2 Peter 2:9

We all need a little help when it comes to temptation. It's just our nature to want what we should not have.

That thought came to me as I picked up the second warm and chewy chocolate chip cookie Steve had just pulled out of the oven. I've not been working out as consistently as I should and the last thing I need is more calories. But the smell was so tempting to my taste buds. I gave in.

We don't always have to give in. God has strengthened my resolve so many times when other temptations have entered my mind.

I open my heart to God with thanksgiving and praise. I study the Bible as my guidebook for life. I've also done some really good Bible studies and read helpful books related to temptation.

One such book was "Landmines in the Path of the Believer" by Dr. Charles Stanley. Here is a YouTube video explaining the landmines Dr. Stanley covers in this book.

If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it. It covers so many areas of our lives and Dr. Stanley's gentle approach helps me know the way I should go. He's not condemning or preachy. He's telling me the truth that will change my life for the better.

We often think about things like sex, drugs or alcohol as temptations. But Dr. Stanley reminds us of other land mines in our life that can destroy our family.

We just watched the Academy Award winning movie "Hurt Locker" about the military team who disarms land mine type bombs intended to kill and destroy anyone in their path. It is an intense movie and a good reminder of how destructive and sneaky the enemy can be.

Falling into temptation and the subsequent sin can be like those land mines in our life. Before we even realize they are there, they have lifelong effects on our lives and the people in our sphere of influence.

Consider this list of land mines from Dr. Stanley's book – slothfulness, discouragement, pride, jealousy, covetousness, insecurity, and fear. These things can destroy relationships and ruin families.

When Jesus taught us to pray, it was no accident that the Lord's Prayer helps us ask God to "lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil".

Jesus himself was tempted by the enemy.

What was His disarming tool? The Word of God and The Holy Spirit who will warn us when a land mine is near.

So today I challenge you to take some time to read God's Word and know He will lead you from any temptation that comes your way.

If you want to borrow Dr. Stanley's book from me let me know. You'll find it very insightful for all that we deal with in our everyday lives.

Be strong in the Lord and deliverance will be yours.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post came from the March 30 devotional in the book penned in 1932 by two women who spent quiet time with God every day. They wrote out what came to their mind. A.J. Russell then took what they wrote and created this amazing 365 day devotional titled "God Calling". I highly recommend you purchase it on or at your local book store.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Day 88 A Life Apart

And you shall seek me, and find me, when you search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Are you wondering where God is as you walk through the day to day issues you face? Are you seeking Him out? He's there.

Seek God. Love God. Find Joy in God. Hang on to His strength when your strength is gone.

God created you for a relationship. He needs you as much as you need Him. That's why He keeps knocking on the door of your heart.

Although we are in the world, He desires us to set time apart with Him to give us strength to get through this life.

When I seek God in relationship during my morning quiet times, I set my life apart with Him so that together we can touch the world with love and kindness.

A life apart is a life present with God.

I received a sweet email from a young mom we met at the Northwest Ministry Conference last week. I'm so glad she came to our booth to share her journey of raising her daughter who has cerebral palsy. We prayed together and encouraged one another as mothers of special needs children.

I love how God brings sweet people like Kira into my sphere of influence. His design and His master plan is amazing. I want my life to be set apart to encourage and to bless those people God puts in my life.

Who are you going to encourage today? Open your heart to the possibility that God might put someone in your path today that needs a hug or a word of encouragement.

Go forth from your quiet time with God and share His love today.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post came from the March 29 devotion in God Calling edited by A.J. Russell and published by Barbour Publishing.

Trust that GPS

Yesterday's devotional was about waiting and trusting. I thought I'd share an article I wrote a couple years ago that goes along with that theme.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

"If only I had followed the directions I'd been given." How many times have I made that statement? The directions were clear. But I ignored them and went my own way. My heart was very confused. I leaned on my own understanding instead of trusting in the Lord. The path I took led me on detours leading to dead end roads. Every once in a while I ended up in the ditch. I have the scars on my heart to prove it.

On a trip to Disneyland we were attempting to find a restaurant where we were meeting friends for dinner. My husband Steve plugged "Maggie" (our Magellan™ Global Position System) into the car lighter. He typed in our destination address. The unit quickly found the van's location at our hotel. Maggie began to announce our turn by turn instructions to get us to the restaurant.

At one point Steve sensed that Maggie was wrong. He made a right turn even though the device indicated we should continue straight down the street. As soon as we turned Maggie objected and the soft voice kept repeating, "At the next intersection, please turn around."

Steve ignored the constant reminder from Maggie. He was sure his route would get us to the restaurant sooner. Several miles later we ran into a dead end road. We were definitely lost.

After turning around, Maggie's GPS system recalibrated itself and got us back on track. We followed the turn by turn directions and arrived at the restaurant a half an hour late and a little frustrated, but we made it. In the process of going our own way, we wasted gas, time and energy.

A Global Positioning System (GPS) uses a satellite view of the road we travel. A GPS receiver calculates its position by carefully timing the signals sent by the constellation of satellites high above the earth. The device sends these signals which determines our position and gives us the direction to our desired location. To accurately calculate our vehicle's position, the timing of the signals is important. If a signal is missed, the system will resend a new signal and then it waits. Also, a lost signal will cause your location to be misunderstood and the directions given may be incorrect.

After I plug in the destination request on my GPS, I must wait for the turn by turn directions. When the signal comes the GPS directs my path and I make it safely to the planned destination.

In the same way, the prayers I send high above the earth work much like the GPS system. I send God my prayer request then I wait for directions. As I follow the directions He'll get me where I need to go.

But many times I get off track. I move too quickly or ignore the directions completely. Depending on my own understanding, I get lost.

One painful life detour occurred after I graduated from college. The relationship with my college boyfriend was not healthy. We broke up several times. After being engaged for over a year, I gave him back the ring. Things were too uncertain.

A year later we got back together and planned our wedding even with the uncertainty unresolved.

By leaning on my own understanding, I ignored the guidance of pastors, family and friends. The doubts I felt in my spirit were muffled by the sound of wedding bells. My six year relationship ended in a painful annulment only six months after our fairytale wedding celebration.

Our hearts were bruised and broken. Precious time was lost. Energy was spent.

We both had to go back home and start over. The healing took a long time. I had to ask God for new direction.

How did I miss the clear direction of God?

I didn't trust with all of my heart. Instead, I went my own way. I had not taken steps to clearly understand God's will in my life. It was a painful lesson but I learned about trusting God in the middle of my pain.

How do I know if the direction I'm headed is really God's will? What steps can I take to understand the difference between my will and God's? Here are the lessons I learned along the way.

1. Study the Word of God to understand His will. It was very clear in the manual for life – The Bible – that I should be equally yoked with my spouse. I was a Catholic marrying a Jewish man. We did not have the same beliefs and we had many other issues that warned us not to marry. We were not equally yoked.

Although I knew this truth, I ignored the warning and went my own way. The Bible had collected dust on my book shelf because I didn't really know how to study it. Once I learned how to navigate my way through the Bible I was astounded by the recipe for life recorded on its pages. But I had to take a detour before I truly understood the power of God's Word.

2. Seek Godly council and follow the advice. God will use friends and family to speak wisdom into our lives. Throughout my college days my family had concerns about my relationship with this man. Friends continuously warned me. A Pastor encouraged me to postpone the wedding until my doubts had been resolved. The day of the wedding my good friend offered to drive me anywhere to get away. I couldn't imagine being a runaway bride. So I went my own way and hit the ditch pretty hard.

3. Pray and ask God for direction before stepping forward. When we listen closely and wait patiently, he'll direct us on the right path. I prayed for wisdom but my ears were not tuned to hear the answer. The music of my own desire was blasting loudly and I failed to hear the warnings. The result was painful.

So where did I go wrong? His will was evident. The path He showed me was clear.

I turned off my warning systems. I failed to trust the clear directions. Trust means I take the path He shows me even if the road seems unfamiliar. God's guidance will get me safely to the final destination. Ignoring it sets me off course and I lose precious time and energy.

God sees my life from His higher perspective. He sees the beginning and the end. He has a good plan and it is to make my life succeed. So when I read His Word, pray and seek Godly council my directions are clear. He then shows me which path to take.

After my failed marriage, God found me at the dead end road. He healed my broken heart. I tuned in to Scripture. I prayed and waited for an answer. In His mercy, God set my feet back on the right path. I turned off the noise of the world and listened carefully for his voice. Then I confidently followed the directions and moved forward in his will.

Three years later I married Steve, one of my best friends. We will celebrate our twenty-five year anniversary in June 2010. We have two grown sons who love and serve God. We've all learned to trust in the Lord and not on our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6 has become our trusted GPS system. But in our case, GPS no longer stands for Global Positioning System. We've decided that GPS means God's Plan Succeeds.

It is my job to tune in, send my prayers heavenward and wait patiently for the answer. Then I follow the given instruction. I've learned to wait for the instruction and then trust that GPS because it always leads me on the right path.

God Bless Your Heart,


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Day 87 Evil Mountains

You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. James 2:24

Some of the obstacles we face on a daily basis seem like evil mountains we may never conquer. But the Bible tells us we can move mountains with just a little bit of faith.

How do we exercise that faith? Obedience.

You can believe all you want but if you don't take action then you may not get to the next mountain peak.

When the Lord asked Abraham to put Isaac, his long awaited son, on the altar of sacrifice, Abraham was obedient. He trusted in what God had promised even though it did not make sense.

His obedience proved his faith and God provided a sacrificial lamb to take Isaacs place.

In the same way, God provided Jesus as a perfect sacrifice for my sin.

Faith produces works and works perfects (completes) faith.

Go move some mountains.

God Bless Your Heart,


The blog post idea came from the March 28 entry in the God Calling devotional book.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Day 86 Go Forward

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Oh how this Scripture has touched my heart over the years. I truly believe that Christ's strength helps me do all things.

I can go forward with the confidence that as I seek Him I will find Him. We will get through whatever comes our way.

In my book Caregivers' Devotions to Go, I share one of the devotions related to this Scripture as my son Gabe's favorite verse. I hope you'll read it and enjoy the story.

Today is our son Zane's 23rd birthday. God has given us an amazing son.  He lives life by the Spirit of God.  I'm so proud of him.  Happy Birthday Zane.  I love you!

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post came from the March 27 entry in the God Calling Devotional edited by AJ Russell

Friday, March 26, 2010

Day 85 Follow Your Guide

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go: I will guide you with my eye. Psalm 32:8

The message today is TRUST and WAIT. Boy oh boy that is hard to do sometimes. Usually I think through an issue and concoct my own solution when I should be waiting and listening or asking for advice. I move too quickly and disaster strikes. Sound familiar?

Waiting is hard in our instant microwave world isn't it? We want things to happen now and we don't want to wait on God.

But God reminds us over and again in Scripture to wait on Him. He will lead us in the right direction.

God does have clear directions for us if we'll trust and wait.

It might come in the form of a confirmation from a trusted friend. It could be that "ah ha" moment that makes your heart leap because you hear something in a sermon or on the radio or television that resonates with what you are going through. Often times I'll be reading a book and I receive guidance in that moment for something I've been praying about.

In the school of hard knocks I've learned it is so much better to trust God as my guide. When I choose my own way I usually get lost.

Several years ago I wrote this article about learning to trust God as your guide. I will share the article with you in a separate blog. It will be a reminder that God makes a great GPS.

Today I pray that you will trust God and wait for His direction. He is a trustworthy guide.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post came from the God Calling Devotional edited by A.J. Russell

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day 84 Wonders Will Unfold

My soul melts for heaviness; strengthen me according to your word. Psalm 119:28

Thank You Jesus for the reminder that you are always with me to strengthen me in my time of need. Why should I ever fear? Love and power are for me.

The daily persistence doing what God has asked me is the key to my success. That daily persistence wears away the difficult things so I gain success. Then I can help others!

It is my heart's desire to help others.

In this culture it is so hard not to falter. But God helps me go forward so boldly and so unafraid. He strengthens me as He stands beside me.

Wonders have unfolded and many more will unfold. Yes, beyond my dreams and my hopes.

Even in days that are sometimes difficult I can still say "All is well with my soul. He has strengthened me."

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post was taken from the March 25 devotion in the God calling book by A.J. Russell.

Day 83 Know Me

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

The more I hang around my friends, the more I get to know them. It's the same with God.

How do I know Him more?
  • Spend quiet time with Him listening for direction
  • Read the Bible
  • Pray
  • Fellowship with other believers
  • The Holy Spirit's guidance
  • Hearing the Word Preached
  • The love of friends
Faith is based on the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17)

The very foundation of our faith is the intimate knowledge of God. The more we know Him the more we love Him.

He created us for relationship. Why do so many totally ignore that vital relationship with God and then wonder why their other relationships are not working?

As I work on my new book "Hope in Hard Times" I am continually in awe of the way God has moved in my life. Through the joy filled times and the very difficult days, He has never left my side. Oh where would I be without Him? I dare not even go there in my mind.

My prayer for you today is that you will truly know the One True God! I can testify my life is full of grace because of Jesus.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post came from the March 24 devotional entry in God Calling by A.J. Russell.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day 82 Until Your Heart Sings

He rules by His power forever. Psalm 66:7
All power is God's.

Remember that fact until your heart sings with joy because the power of God is power available to you and me.

There is evil in this world. We can't deny it or turn away and ignore it. But the power of God puts away all evil that comes against us.

Let this be your battle cry. "All power is given unto My Lord. All power is given unto my Friend. All power is given unto my Savior."

From that, march on in victory.

I pray that the power of the Lord almighty rule and reign in your life. May your heart sing today with joy.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog was taken from the devotional for March 23 in God Calling by A.J. Russell

I am sending a shout out to my nephew Casey Glenn who celebrates his birthday today. He and my niece Shannon have a new baby boy who I'm sure makes their heart sing!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Day 81 A Bud Opened

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

A servant does what he is told. He sees what the master is doing but he may not know the meaning or purpose.

A friend develops a fellowship with another through close communication. A friend knows the purpose and meaning of the other's activities.

Jesus calls you friends. He will make known to you the things He hears from God the Father. All the power God has available to Jesus is yours.

He will supply all your needs. Nothing is too difficult. Whether God supplies a flower or a million dollars, both are fashioned from love for those who need it.

He created the flower as a gift for you. As the bud opened you smiled. That smile cheered someone up. It's good for your health and theirs. Good health means more work for God's purposes. All of that means more souls for God.

And so it goes for the friends of God. He constantly supplies you with your spiritual need.

As His intimate friend, you have the right to ask for your needs. Ask away!

God Bless Your Heart,


The theme for this blog came from the March 22 devotional in God Calling edited by AJ Russell.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Day 80 All is Well

Whom having not seen, you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory. 1 Peter 1:8

Even though I have not seen Christ, I love Him.

Although it would have been an amazing ride to walk and talk with Jesus, I am content to believe without seeing.

I've seen His work in my life. I've watched miracles change lives. I've seen transformed people. I've felt His touch without seeing His face.

All is well as I go through life. There is unspeakable joy along the way.

Even through some difficult life circumstances, it is well with my soul.

This weekend I attended the Northwest Ministry Conference where I met some amazing people and learned about many wonderful ministries.

During worship we sang one of the old favorite hymns "It Is Well with My Soul".

I bless you with the beautiful lyrics…

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, it is well,
With my soul, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, It is well,
With my soul, with my soul
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
It was nailed trough his cross, and I bear it no more,
Bless the Lord, bless the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, It is well
With my soul, with my soul
It is well, it is well, with my soul

 I am so grateful for God's work in my life. I will shout IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL!

I pray your life is full of unspeakable joy!God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog came from the God Calling book by A.J. Russell

Day 79 Help from Everywhere

I delight to do your will, O my God. Psalm 40:8
Cease to function except through God's will.

Why not just obey God? Do it in the same way as you expect to see an employee carry out the duties you assign them.

I wonder what would happen if God showed up as the undercover boss? Would He find you a valued employee?

If the only choice you allow yourself is God's choice then life is smooth. It's when we choose our own selfish way that the road gets rough and we meet with consequences of our choices.

God will use people in our lives to supply us with everything we need.

He will bring delight when you operate in His will. He sends help whenever we need it to help us carry out His will.

God Bless Your Heart,


This blog post idea came from the March 20th devotional in the God calling book.

A shout out today on March 20th to my beautiful niece Sara Devine Pepin who celebrates her birthday today! Happy Birthday Sara!  We were at the Northwest Ministry Conference all day enjoying getting to know some of the other ministries.  There is a deep need for what we are doing so it was good.

Day 78 Courage

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7
I've fallen off a few horses in my life. It took courage to get back up on the saddle and keep going.

But I've never fallen out of God's sight. He remembers me and gives me courage to face each day.

All throughout my life I have trusted in one thing or another.

As children we trusted our parents to love and care for us. Unfortunately for all too many little ones, their parents fail them.

How about you?

Perhaps you trusted a best friend who let you down. Maybe a boyfriend or girlfriend, a husband or wife betrayed you.

After each incident your trust gauge moved closer to the empty mark. For most this was the time you began to trust no one but yourself.

But God truly is trustworthy.

When I lost my dad to cancer as a young girl my trust in God as Abba Father never waned. He has not let me down. He brought so many people into my life to care for me like a father does.

He is God. He knows the beginning from the end. He knows the way that I take.

So take courage. Trust God. Fear not. He is a God of Power and Love.

He is human in the person of Jesus. Yet He is Oh so DIVINE!

I pray that you will learn to trust Him more each day.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog came from the March 19 devotional from God Calling by A.J. Russell.

Day 77 Your Resolutions

Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

Before the Lord there is none other. I've learned to trust Him in everything. I know help is available all the time.

"The difficult way is nearly over, but you have learned in it lessons you could learn in no other way." P 88 in God Calling.

In the struggles of life, the treasures of God's Kingdom come by simple trust and persistent prayer and wrestling it out with the Lord. Many life lessons are learned along the way.

I'm asking God for all these things and more -- Joy, Peace, Assurance, Security, Health, Happiness and Laughter.  I can't wait to receive these wonderful things that are coming my way. This is my resolution and my hope.

I have such a longing in my heart to pass this hope on to others. I want to help set the captives free.

I want to bless those children of God, young and old, who have lived in sorrow and lack because they have walked a broken road.

God longs in His heart to give me these desires of my heart and more. He wants to bless me abundantly and bring me peace as He walks alongside me to fulfill the resolutions set before Him.

Think big. Nothing is too big for God.

God bless your heart,

Gigi Murfitt

The idea for this blog post was taken from the March 18 God Calling devotional entry. This book was edited by A.J. Russell and published by Barbour Publishing.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Day 76 No Greater Joy

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has Himself also ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Hebrews 4:9-10

There is a calm rest filled with peace when the Lord has been with me in communion.

There is no greater joy than to talk with God and to fellowship together.

I am the Lord's. My real authentic life began when my soul found rest in God alone.

For so many years I lived life striving and straining toward unachievable goals laid before me by the law of the church.

I really started living in July 1992 when I finally stopped the crazy notion of doing it all on my own. I was trying so hard to be a good person that I lost sight of the only One who makes me good.

An amazing rest came over my weary soul when I finally laid it all at the foot of the cross and surrendered to the helper and the healer…Jesus.

This was the beginning of my Life Eternal – my spiritual birthday.

Oh I was raised in the church! But all the prayers I dutifully prayed, all the Masses I attended, all the penance I fulfilled did not bring rest to my heart. There was striving to try to prove I was good.

My life was full of success and activity that made me look like I had my act together. Hidden behind the mask of success was a very insecure person.

Under all that the world said was successful – a degree, a CPA certificate, a great job that paid well, a handsome husband, two beautiful children - was an immature, childish, selfish and very empty young woman seeking approval.

I finally died to my own ways and surrendered it all to the only one who could make it right.

Now I'm showered in the love of Christ and it has washed me clean and made me free. He has bound up my broken heart and set this captive free.

I trust God for everything and there is NO greater joy!

My friend – as you read my words I pray that you know the power of surrender to the One True God.
He is really the only answer.

Trust me I've tried everything else and it just doesn't work. I know what does. Jesus. And a life devoted to sit before Him and hear His voice as He shows me how to live my life fully for His glory.

Take some time today to sit before Him and ask that He be the guide over everything in your life. He's got the map. He knows where the road leads. After all, He created it.

God bless your heart with great joy,


The devotional book titled "God Calling" by A.J. Russell is a great tool to begin your day of spending time with the Lord.

I am in the process of reading the book "For Sinners Only" which was also written by A.J. Russell as it explains the Oxford Groups that started in the 1930's.

This book so resonates in my heart because it recommends sitting before the Lord with a journal to record what God is speaking to you.

Thank You God – I love that you bless me with knowing how effective keeping a journal has been for others. This season of the Oxford Groups spawned a revival in England and beyond.

Oh Lord – do it in America. We desperately need it!

Day 75 Reflect Me

In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15

I'm sharing some random thoughts to bring you rest and strength.

These ideas were written as I wrote in my journal based on the devotional entry in "God Calling" by A.J. Russell:
  • Draw near to God, He's right beside you.
  • Turn off all of the world's noise and listen for God's voice.
  • God gave you your first breath – cherish the air that you breath.
  • Go to the secret places of your heart – God is there.
  • God is right there at the center of your being.
  • Meditate on everything God says and absorb His conclusions
  • Opinions about God's truth have been eagerly spoken – in error.
  • Do not say what you THINK about God – He needs no explanation because He speaks to each heart.
  • Make God real and leave Him to do His work.
  • God is the only real spirit who understands your soul because He made it.
As I reflect on God, I am so amazed at the strength He gives me.

Oh Lord! Thank You for hanging out with me and not giving up when I do really dumb things!

God Bless Your Heart and Soul,


The theme of this post is taken from page 86 in the beautiful God Calling Devotional edited by A.J. Russell.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Day 74 Your Cross is You

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

I once saw a bumper sticker that said No God, No Peace – Know God, Know Peace.

Peace is hard to come by in the days and seasons in which we live. Without God I really do not know peace.

We all have a cross to bear. Each one is unique. The way we handle the cross given to each of us can make a world of difference in the outcome of our lives.

I'm in a transition season in my life. I'm working through some issues that I believe God is using to sharpen my bow so that when my story plays out it sounds beautiful.

Some of the things I've held on to might be hindering the activity God has set out for me to accomplish.

There is a work in store for our lives that will help families who deal with disability. There is a work that will help set the captive free.

I have no doubt. God has revealed this plan to me over and again over the past twenty years.

So I'm cleaning out the garage in my heart where I've stuffed some things I didn't know what to do with for many years. In this process I've lanced some deep wounds that have now received much needed treatment.

They are infected places that have festered over the years. They are hurts I buried so deep in my soul trying to forget.

But God has asked me to bring them out into the light so He can heal them.

In the process of dealing with these hurts on my own I can sometimes lose sight of the beauty and gifts around me. It's a heavy load that keeps my head down. I need to look up to see the hope on the horizon.

I've tried to bear all these burdens on my own. Because I keep a journal I tend to think that since I've written them down I've dealt with them.

So wrong! My friend Karen reminded me that the Scripture says "Confess your sin one to another and you shall be healed."

It does not say confess your sin into your journal. Talking some of this stuff out has brought amazing healing.

There is only one place for these burdens, at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ.

God has asked me to crucify my selfish acts and thoughts because they only slow down my progress of healing. His Spirit of life can't always make it into my heart and soul if it's crowded with the heavy load I'm trying to bear without His help.

So as I open some doors of my heart that were closed many moons ago, I've been nailing them to the cross so the blood of Jesus can begin the healing process.

I don't want to hinder my progress any longer. God has a plan to use the stories to help others – even those pain filled stories.

I'm ready for some peace. How about you?

If you have burdens you need to lay down, I hope you find a pastor, priest or counselor to talk it out with.  Comment to this blog post or email me on Facebook if you need me to pray with you about a burden you are carrying.  You don't have to carry it alone. (Comments are monitored by me and not automatically published to my blog.)

God wants to give you peace.

God Bless Your Heart,

The idea for this blog post came from the devotion on March 15 in the God Calling book edited by AJ Russell.

Day 73 God’s Touch

Forget not all His benefits…who satisfies my mouth with good things; so that my youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2,5

Writing about my life in my journal for so many years has allowed me to have a place to forget NOT all of God's benefits. They are recorded with pen and paper as a reminder of His goodness and mercy.

I'm working on my next book titled Hope in Hard Times – Stories to Help Build a Strong Foundation for Difficult Times.

I've had one of those weeks of digging deep into my well of stories and sharing the truths about God's touch on my life. In conversations with my friends and family I've shared some stories I'd not thought about in years. It has been a week of laughter and a puddle of tears.

In the laughter and the tears, I am ever grateful for the refreshing of my soul that renews my strength and helps me run this race God has set before me.

When I go back over the words in my journals and the prayers I prayed – some answered, some not – there is one thing sure. God's touch on my life is very real.

He has satisfied my life with good things. I have learned some very hard lessons along the way. But the teaching has been worth it because it is making me more like Jesus. God's guidance has been sure. He has not led me astray.

I only wish I'd listened more often and obeyed what I was hearing. I'm sure I'd have a few less scars from the ditches I fell in on my own personal life detours.

But Grace! Oh the grace of God has given me the forgiveness I do not deserve and the power to live His way each day.

God's touch is full of Grace.

Grace and peace to you today my friend.

God Bless Your Heart,


The theme of this blog was taken from the March 14 devotional in the God Calling book edited by AJ Russell.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Day 72 Spiritualism

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

Okay so I'm sitting under the dryer at my hair salon after my poor stylist just added 80 foils to this thick mop on my head. I brought my journal with me because I needed something to do while I sat there for so long.

We just had a conversation about how she had a tarot card reader come to her house and read her fortunes. She was amazed at how accurate this dude was.

I told her that tarot cards give me the creeps and I warned her that we do live in a world where there are both good and bad spirits. We must be so careful about seeking advice from the wrong spirit. It can sound like the best advice but it isn't from God.

If you can seek first the Kingdom of God and ask of the Holy Spirit, why would you ask anyone else?

Conversation ends and I head under the dryer.

I open up my devotional and this is what it says on the devotion for today.

March 13: "Spiritualism is wrong. No man should ever be a medium for any spirit, other than Mine. All you should know of My Spirit Kingdom, I will tell you when and how I see best. The limit is set by your own spiritual development."

HA! Now isn't that the providence of God giving me wisdom when I wasn't sure what to say to this woman? Love it!

Walk in the Spirit of God. He'll tell you everything you need to know as you pray, read the Bible, seek Godly counsel and sit quietly asking His Holy Spirit for wisdom.

No need for tarot cards here. I've got a God connection.

So I left the salon knowing that right when I need wisdom, God shows up in the most unusual places. Like under the hair dryer with 80 foil packets on my head reading my devotional journal.

He'll speak to you anywhere you sit and listen.

Have a great day – listen for the Holy Spirit of God and I think you'll be amazed at what He tells you.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post was taken from page 83 of the God Calling Devotional I used every day by A.J. Russell.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Day 71 Simplicity

But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

I love to K-I-S-S!

I proudly admit that even at nearly twenty-five years of marriage I really still love to kiss my Steven. He's a great kisser too!

But I'm not talking about that in my blog today. (As I blush a little.)

I'm talking about K-I-S-S as the acronym for Keep It Simple Silly. (Most people say Keep it Simple Stupid but I don't like to call people negative names. So Silly is a more gentle word.

God wants us to keep things simple.

Seek first His Kingdom. Seek His righteousness.

Enough said.

Because then everything will all make sense and add up to a great life.

The simple things of God make a world of difference.

So that's the end of my simple blog post today. Now go do some K-I-S-S-ing yourself.

God bless your heart,


The theme for this blog post came from the book God Calling by AJ Russell. A time honored devotional written in 1932 but making a difference in my life today!

March 11, 2010 - My friend Karen's 40th birthday.  We celebrated with good friends, good food, great laughter and wonderful worship.  I thank my God every day for the gift of my friend Karen.  She has helped me be a better wife, mother and friend.  I know God placed her in my life and I'm praying every day He keeps her and Murray in this country.  Lord, please open the file for their permanent green card so they can stay and do the work of God.  Thanks God!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Day 70 Seek Beauty

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament [heavens] shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1

Look for the beauty in all of God's creation. Then as it is absorbed into your soul, it will be extended to others.

Maybe it's in your smiling eyes or perhaps an encouraging word to a friend. It is all of the beauty of God's handiwork.

He created you in His image. You reflect the glory of the Lord.

I know I am seeking to be all God made me to be. This devotional convicted me that I need to start taking better care of my body. I want to be a fit expression Him.

No more excuses. Treadmill here I come!

As I read this devotion in the God Calling book I thought about my friend Violet Skiles. I thought about the beauty of the woman she is and the gift of artistic talent God has given her.

Every time I read Violet's blog or scroll through her amazing website my heart is warmed by the beauty in her gift.

I can barely draw a stick figure. To see what the strokes of her brushes or pens or the lenses of her camera can create is miraculous. It is really beautiful.

Enjoy some of Violet's fine art at

Visit her Create Beauty blog at

Have a beautiful day.

God Bless Your Heart

The theme for this blog post was taken from the March 11 devotional from the God Calling book edited by A.J. Russell.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 69 Fruit of Joy

These things have I spoken unto you, that your joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 15:11

Joy is Heaven's music. Quiet your heart and listen to the songs of joy.

Today I think of my good friend Dottie. She is joy all over the place. Even the license plates on her car say Oh JOY!

Six years ago in the middle of the enormous grief of losing her beloved husband David, Dottie lifted her hands in praise and sang her heart out to the Lord.

I want that kind of joy.

I thought a lot about her and her family today because it is David's birthday. We all miss him so much.

I've been praying for her and asking God to continue to bring joy to her life.

The joy of Dottie's life is contagious.

When you choose to pass joy to others by a kind text message, a phone call, a nice card, an email or even a Facebook post, the ripple effect of that love and joy is eternal.

Because I keep a journal, I have volumes of notes about joy stones that have continued to bring fruit in my life.

A sweet word, a much needed hug, a compliment on an insecure day all have an effect like a pebble tossed into a pond. The joy spreads in ever widening circles to others in my sphere of influence.

This week we are talking about our sphere of influence in Bible study. Gotta love it!

I pray that today you will toss a joy stone in someone else's pond and watch the contagious ripple effect spread wide.

God bless your heart,


The idea for this blog post came from the March 10 entry in God Calling.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Day 68 Nothing is Small

They also had a few small fish: and having blessed them, He said to set them also before them. So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments. Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And He sent them away. Mark 8:7-9

God showed us by the multiplication of the loaves and fish that he can make big of something small. Nothing is too small where God is concerned.

Do you have a dream? God can make that dream big!

He cares about all of it. He cares about your hopes and your dreams. Even the tiny sparrow is an important part of God's big picture.

I've realized that over the years we don't see God as big as we should.

Several years ago when I was studying at The Seattle Ministry Institute, one of the papers I had to write was a review of a required reading book titled "Your God is Too Small." It was written by J.P. Phillips.

It is still available at I recommend it!

I remember having one of those "ah-ha" moments as I reflected on the way I viewed God at the time.

I was raised believing in a mighty and powerful God. I learned reverence for our Maker in my Roman Catholic upbringing. God was so huge to me. I was almost scared of Him.

Yes, we should have a healthy fear of the Lord. But not a scary – I don't want to be around you kind of fear.

I sometimes viewed God as that cop in heaven just waiting to give me a ticket for my every wrong doing.

But as I have studied Scripture through the years, my understanding of Jesus as a brother and a friend shrunk my perspective of God to a proportion I could more clearly relate to and understand.

Oh He's still big. He's God after all. But he is so loving and good. He has no evil or scary thing in Him.

My Big God does not see me as some small and insignificant human either. He created me and you specifically for such a time as this and He cherishes each one of us as if we were the biggest thing He ever created.

We don't have to do BIG things all the time for God to smile at us.

We can do small things with great love as Mother Teresa was quoted.

One smile or one small word of encouragement to a friend makes a huge difference. It is all big in God's economy.

Go do something small today and give someone a big smile!

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post was taken from the March 9 devotional in God Calling edited by AJ Russell. A highly recommended jump start to your day.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Day 67 Heaven-Life

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:12

Lord, as the spring is approaching and the leaves are turning every shade of green I am grateful for the flowers and trees you generously created for us to enjoy.

The daffodils are in bloom. The cherry trees are pink and beautiful. Some of the rhododendrons are already showing off their beautiful flower blossoms. Two hyacinths greeted me in the garden the other day.

The snow on the mountain plant that hides in the winter is poking through the ground getting ready to spread all over our entry way.

The birds sing a chorus of song as the sun pokes over the horizon.

I love spring. I love new beginnings.

Thanks God. There is such a gift in the joy of spring.


The idea for this blog post was found in the March 8 devotional in the God Calling book edited by A.J. Russell.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Day 66 Surprises

Let the Lord be magnified, which has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. Psalm 35:27
God loves to surprise us.

When He turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana He enjoyed blessing the entire wedding party with the best wine of the night.

When the disciples were stressing about feeding the crowd he surprised them by taking a small boy's lunch and feeding the multitude. He probably laughed when they carried away the baskets of leftovers.

Can you imagine the smile on His face when He cooked breakfast on the beach for the twelve?

What glad surprises from God. He loves to plan them just as much as we love to plan that surprise party for a loved one.

I pray you'll see Him as the smiling friend that He is. He takes pleasure in bringing you Joy!

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post was taken from the March 7th devotional in the God Calling book by A.J. Russell.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Day 65 Love and Laugh

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6

Lighten up!

The best way to be Jesus to the people in our sphere of influence is to love and to laugh.

There is nothing better than a good laugh. I absolutely love the sound of my two boys laughing.

When Zane was about four months old we bought a video camera and filmed him giggling. Every time we played the video tape he giggled even harder. At the end of a long day of work the laughter was just the right medicine.

My BFF – Jeanne Nystrom brings laughter to my life too. I love the way she shares her creative gifts and brings out the smiles of the people she influences. Her love and laughter plants seeds of joy.

My friend and counselor – Karen Bartsch is another person who brings love and laughter into my life. She is absolutely hilarious. I marvel at the way she can speak the truth in love and use humor to help me understand what I need to do. Sometimes life isn't so funny but Karen is able to help me laugh.

I need these women in my life because I tend to be too serious.

When we lighten up and share our love with laughter, the hard soil of another's heart is plowed free of hurt and bitterness and the seed of love is allowed to grow.

Make someone laugh today.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post came from the March 6 devotional in "God Calling" by AJ Russell.

I leave you with a link to a YouTube video of one of my favorite comedians. I'm excited to hear him speak again at the Northwest Ministry Conference coming this month at Overlake Church in Redmond, WA. I'll be there at our booth for Gabriel's Foundation of HOPE and also doing a workshop for the Northwest Christian Writer's Association. Enjoy a good laugh by Tim Hawkins – The things you don't say to your wife:  Highlight the link and click over to YouTube.  I hope you laugh!

Day 64 Fear is Evil

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Fear is an evil ally. What are you afraid of today?
  • Fear of man
  • Fear of poverty
  • Fear of loneliness
  • Fear of unemployment
  • Fear of sickness
  • Fear of punishment
  • Fear of blame
None of it is from God. God's perfect love casts out all fear.

Fear is the enemy's tool to make us lose trust.

If I let fear grip me it shakes the very foundation of my hope. Where there is faith and hope and love there is no fear.

I've watched fear destroy relationships with jealousy.

I've watched people stay stuck in a place they don't want to be because they let fear rule their lives.

I've watched fear destroy a sound mind.

I've seen people give up on their dreams because of fear.

It doesn't have to be like this!

Spend some time with God and ask Him how to deal with your fear. He will show you how to fight it with everything you've got.

Fear not. For God is with you.

God Bless Your Heart. I pray you have a great weekend.


This idea came from the March 5 devotional in God Calling by A.J. Russell.

I had another God Stop today.  I'm working on my next book titled "Hope in Hard Times" - It contains stories to help you strengthen your foundation of hope so you will be able to stand firm when difficult circumstances come. 

I cover all of the items listed in the bullet points of fear.  That list came from the devotional today but it is also listed in my chapter synopsis.  Gotta love it!  Thanks God.  I like it when I get a confirmation about where I'm going with my writing.

Day 63 Key to Holiness

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

This is truly the key to holiness and happiness. Lose the selfish attitude. Follow Jesus.

What more can I say, really?

In our world today the focus is inward. "What have you done for me lately?" This seems to be the question rolling around in our selfish heads.

Every day I have to remind myself of the cross. Jesus was not selfish. He chose to give of His life so that I might live in eternity.

How soon we forget when we get all wrapped up in the "what's in it for me" way of thinking.

I pray today that we will each examine our heart and root out any selfish thought.

Draw near to God. He'll help you get rid of that selfish attitude. He'll help you always see the good in people.

My challenge to you is to speak life into somebody's day. Take your eyes off your current situation and focus on someone who needs encouragement today.

Deny what you need and give it to someone else. Make it a happy day.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog post came from the March 4th devotional in God Calling by A.J. Russell. Great book. I highly recommend you use it in your quiet time. Each devotional covers several different ideas that can speak to whatever you are going through.

P.S. One way I try to take the focus off myself is to write encouraging cards or letters to others. During Lent I've been sending out a card or letter each day to someone God brings to my mind. I've enjoyed the sweet reminders to care about other's needs and it brings me such joy. I call them my Lenten Love Letters. I hope you send one to a person in your life today. Assuredly it will bring you joy…and bring a smile to their face too.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day 62 Grow Like Me

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

When I grow up I want to be just like Jesus. So I spend a lot of time with Him.

Think about the people you hang out with. Are you becoming like them? Do you sometimes even finish each other's sentences?

The people we spend the most time with tend to rub off on us. We pick up some of their habits, good or bad.

Hang around with God and soon you'll grow to be more like Him.

Our spiritual growth is a sign of life. In my weakness God's strength is perfect.

From struggle to struggle and from glory to glory we are ever changing to be more like Him.

God Bless Your Heart


The idea for this blog was taken from the March 3 devotional in the God Calling book by A.J. Russell.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day 61 Spirit Words

God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

God is not limited by time and space. He is Spirit.

When you are born of the Spirit, you can commune with God anywhere. In worship we connect with Christ as a matter of the heart. Truth is what is in harmony with the nature and will of God.

There is no need to seek a medium or read a horoscope when the Spirit of the Living God speaks directly to you!

The communication with the Spirit of God brings life. His words bring life, joy, peace and healing.

God's power is available to each one of us. He sent out the disciples with the power over unclean spirits and the power to heal all manner of diseases. His Words over them gave them the spiritual power to carry out His work.

His Words over you will give you the same power to carry out what God has called you to do.

My prayer for you today is that you would worship God in spirit and in truth. Listen and follow His Words. 

May the peace of God reign in your heart today and always.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this post came from the March 2nd God Calling Devotional by A.J. Russell.

Day 60 Shower Love

The righteous cry and the Lord hears. Psalm 34:17

God hears my cry. But sometimes I don't wait to hear Him speak. What God has to say about my situation matters much and He speaks to me through His Word.

The Bible has much to say about everything going on in my life. From Genesis to Revelation its message speaks. God's Words bring life. They have a healing power that strengthens my soul.

Don't let the enemy try to convince you that the Bible is a meaningless old story book that has nothing to do with your life in 2010.

Oh Contraire!

It is full of life giving Words penned by man but inspired by the very heart of God. The same God who carved the oceans and painted the mountains green and spoke light into existence breathed life onto the pages of the Bible.

The Word of God – the Bible – showers His love all throughout the pages. These words are life. They bring healing. They are love.

I will never forget when I discovered a Scripture from Psalm 139 that spoke to my wondering heart in the days after my son Gabe was born with short arms and crooked legs. There was so much doubt and uncertainty and fear about our future gripping my soul.

My friend Dianne Bratz wrote Gabe a letter to remind him what God had to say about his life. In the letter Dianne quoted Psalm 139:13-16.

When I looked up this Psalm it spoke to me that God knit Gabe together in my womb and made him fearful and wonderful. God reminded me that Gabe's frame was not hidden from Him and that all of the days fashioned for him were written in God's book even before one of them came to be.

God's Word showered healing to my broken heart with love for me and for my family.

Truly, my life has never been the same since I've been reading the Bible on a daily basis.

Every day my time in God's Word fills my cup to overflowing and gives me the strength to face the day.

I hope you will take the time to tell me about your favorite Bible verse or your Bible reading time and how it changed your life. Please leave a comment on my blog or on Facebook.  I'd love to hear from you.

God Bless Your Heart,


The theme for this blog post came from the March 1 entry in God Calling by A.J. Russell

P.S. If you do not have a Bible of your own please let me know and I'll send you one. Leave me a comment on this blog and let me know if you would like a Bible.

Day 59 Perfect Work

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35

I have to laugh at the timing of this devotional message. This weekend we were away with family and I didn't make enough time in my schedule to sit quietly before the Lord in mediation and prayer.

It was a busy time and I sensed something missing throughout the days.

I've grown so accustomed to those quiet moments with my Jesus that I thirst for them when I choose to move into the business of my day too soon. It's almost like an ache in my heart.

Spending time alone with God rejuvenates my soul and energizes my spirit. This is when God does His perfect work in me. I receive strength and joy in my alone time. It is a deep cleansing breath type of peace that enters my days.

In quietness and prayer I gain wisdom and revelation about the plan God has for me. I have a sharper picture of my life priorities.

Have you ever tried to cut paper or fabric with a dull scissors? It's really hard and the edges are jagged.

When I make time to pray I'm sharpening the tools God has given me and the work He gives me is much easier. I have a sharper picture of my life priorities.

As a writer I love a good pen that flows easily and doesn't leave blobs of ink on my journal page. A good working pen makes my thoughts flow freely on to the paper. It is an important instrument in my toolbox.

A solid prayer life is a tool that makes my days flow smoothly because in that time I give my cares to the Lord so I can walk out my day with joy and peace.

I hope you find a solitary place to pray today.

God Bless Your Heart,

Gigi Murfitt

The idea for this blog post came from the February 28th devotional in the God Calling book edited by AJ Russell.

I hope to catch up with typing out my blogs from the mornings spent in the devotional over the weekend. I did have the time each day to meditate on each devotional from this book but I didn't spend as much time in prayer. I don't want to make this a "works" issue where I put unnecessary pressure on myself if I miss a day. That's not God's heart. So if I get my thoughts typed up for my blog, then great. If not, no sweat. Grace. Grace. Grace.

Day 58 Spirit Sounds

For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment I shall be whole. Matthew 9:21

I love this verse because it gives me hope for healing. By His stripes I was healed.

The woman in this verse had the issue of blood for twelve long years. There was no break for her. She must have been miserable.

She reached out in faith for a simple touch to Jesus' robe believing in His healing power. She was healed. Not a lot of words. Just a touch.

God's touch has a potent healing power.

My prayer is that you seek His touch and receive healing from your fears, your cares or whatever else ails you.

I pray that the spirit will speak to your situation.

The sound of God's voice comes off the pages of my Bible as I read and pray. Scripture speaks to my situation and helps me understand God's point of view.

In the quietness of my prayer time God speaks. In the sweet sound of worship God heals.

I pray that peace and joy rule in your heart and mind all day long. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.

Have a fabulous day – listen for the sound of His voice today – He has something wonderful to say to you.

God Bless Your Heart,


The idea for this blog came from the February 27th devotion in "God Calling" edited by AJ Russell.

February 27th was the day our niece Katy Goodheart married Brandon Sears. It was a wonderful wedding of a couple who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. This shined all throughout the wedding. Thanks Katy and Brandon for the reminder of the love of Christ poured out over all who seek His face.  God bless your marriage.