Welcome to my blog of thoughts and encouragements from life on the other side of fifty...
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
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.
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!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope we become friends as I share stories from my life. I'm learning something new every day and have so much more to learn. Have a blessed day!
In 2010 I blogged through the devotional God Calling edited by AJ Russell and published by Barbour Publishing. I was amazed how something written in the 1930's spoke to me in 2010. That's how God's Word is. Alive! Check out some of my blogs from 2010.
The publisher of my first book (Extreme Diva Media/See Media) started calling me "The Caring D-I-V-A" and has created an acronym for Diva:
D-I-V-A = Devoted, Inspired, Valued and Authentic.
I'm Gigi Murfitt, a woman living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest - U.S.A. who loves to write. I'm married to a wonderful man named Steve Murfitt. I met him when I was sixteen years old but it took ten years for us to get together. We celebrated our twenty-fifth anniversary this summer.
We have two amazing sons. Zane graduated in May '09 from WSU. In June '09 he married the love of his life Kelsey Ryan. Gabe is a third year college student. We have a true apple cup rivalry in our house with Zane and Kelsey loyal to WSU and Gabe loyal to UW.
Our other family members include our rambunctious yellow labrador named Donovan McNabb and our one-eyed cat named McGuire.
I have a huge extended family with nine siblings and about 65 immediate family members. We grew up in Big Sky country.
I hope to use this blog to write encouragement to my readers.
Visit my website at www.GigiMurfitt.com to keep tabs on my writing and speaking career.
My first book "Caregivers' Devotions to Go" was released by Extreme Diva Media in January 2010. I'm finalizing the manuscript for my next book which I hope to see in print by the end of the year.