Saturday, January 29, 2011

Crazy Love

I am beginning a journey. A journey with a relentless God. I want to be overwhelmed by Him! I want passion! I want to experience some crazy love! I am sick of myself; sick of being selfish; sick of going through the motions!!!

I have lost the AWE of God and I WANT IT BACK!!!

So I am reading and studying a book by Francis Chan. The title is Crazy Love. It starts out with a quote from The Seeking Heart by Francois Fenelon: 'To just read the Bible, attend church, and avoid "big" sins - is this passionate, wholehearted love for God?'

Think about it . . . reading the Bible, attending church and avoiding big sins - that sounds just plain boring!!

The God who created the universe: stars, moons, planets, galaxies; - the God who creates life of every form: plants, insects, animals, organisms, and babies - that is the same God who knows every single detail about every single person who ever lived, who is living, and who will ever live! That blows my mind!!! There is NO way that can possibly be boring! This God deserves SOOO much more from me than complacency and selfishness! He deserves my passion!

He is my:

Adonai - Master

Beginning and End


Dwelling Place

El Shaddai - All sufficient



Holy One

Inhabitor of Praises

Jehovah-Jireh - Provider

Kadosh - Holy One

Lamb that was slain

Magen - Shield

Name above every name


Palet - Deliverer

Quickening Spirit

Rose of Sharon

Soter - Savior

Tsaddiq - Righteous one

Upholder of all things






I am on a journey to fall crazy in love with my Savior. It is going to be a great experience. One I want to be on for the rest of my days.

Friday, January 21, 2011


I haven't written anything in a while and my soul is longing to put pen to paper (or in today's modern age maybe I should say - fingers to keys). Oh well, hopefully, you know what I mean. I have had this yearning to get some thoughts down for several weeks but, for whatever reason, just have not been intentional enough to sit down and start typing. This morning I decided to be intentional about several things - spend time with my Beloved Savior in His word and deep prayer; work on my budget; read The Missing by Beverly Lewis on my new kindle (thanks to a lifelong bestie); and journal some thoughts! I did get sidetracked a bit when Kate called and asked if I wanted to go have a peek at their first home they are purchasing.

Now here I sit at my computer pondering my time with Jesus this morning. The devotion I read this morning was about facing fears and putting ourselves out there - not being embarrassed or ashamed to seek help. I have faced many fears and shame in my life and I have learned a HUGE lesson from these feelings.

Lesson #1: Shame is not from God!!! Shame is from the enemy. He bogs us down with negative feelings and thoughts of not being worthy - losing friends - not being accepted. The TRUTH is: We are unworthy without the shed blood of our Savior! When we live under the forgiveness of Jesus we are accepted and loved!!!

This is what the Lord says: Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago. I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don't you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land. Isiah 43: 18-19

Lesson learned: Face the lie with the truth!!!

Lesson #2: Embarrassment and humiliation keeps us from reaching out to others. Once again, the enemy thrills at our embarrassment - he reinforces our fear of humiliation. I have heard him whisper in my ear, "you can't let that be known or every time someone looks at you they will think . . .". The TRUTH is: There is power in the light of Jesus.

All day long my disgrace is in front of me. Shame covers my face because of the words of those who insult and slander us, because of the presence of the enemy and the avenger. Psalm 44: 15-16

Lesson learned: Flee from the enemy into the arms of Jesus.

Lesson #3: Satan works hard to dull our spiritual connections. During my younger days of living under shame, embarrassment and humiliation I listened to the enemy. I now realize I was listening to the enemy. I even listened to him when he said "you don't need to voice your concerns, God know whats in your heart - there is no need to put those requests on the table, you have already told God about them." The TRUTH is: There is power in prayer!!!

So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you may be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God's approval are effective. James 5:15

Lesson learned: Seek prayer from others. Stay connected to the One who has the power - not the deceiver.

Blessed is the person who does not

follow the advice of wicked people,

take the path of sinners, or join the company of mockers.

Rather, he delights in the teachings of the LORD

and reflects on his teachings day and night.

He is like a tree planted beside streams -

a tree that produces fruit in season

and whose leaves to not wither.

He succeeds in everything he does.

Wicked people are not like that.

Instead, they are like husks that the wind blows away.

That is why wicked people will not be able to stand in the judgment

and sinners will not be able to stand where righteous people gather.

The LORD knows the way of righteous people,

but the way of wicked people will end.


Abba -

May I only seek advice and direction from fellow believers.

I want to be deep in You! I want to begin my day with You and Your Word and end my day with You and Your Word!

Bless my efforts - may my life show Your fruit!

I pray that you know my ways - that I always stay in Your shadow and that my life will be a reflection of You always

Saturday, January 1, 2011

I read this on Heart to Heart With Holley. It was a great reminder to me of how steadfast my Lord is!


There are many uncertainties in our world but what matters most will never change.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

We believe You are with us, for us, and surrounding us with Your love.

So do not fear, for I am with you…I will strengthen you and help you. Isaiah 41:10

No matter what happens, You will guide us and fulfill Your purposes for us.

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Even in hard times we can be confident that we will have victory through you.

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

We trust you will take care of us and bless us in more ways than we can imagine.

God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

We give each moment and every day to You. Most of all, we give ourselves too.

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 5:10


written with love for you by holley

Christmas with The Hennrich's

Kate and Jacob Musgrove

Levi, Tasha Carter (Levi's girlfriend),
Maddie (Tasha is her nanny) & Findley (Tasha's puppy)

Seth, Jessica, Colby & Carson Hennrich

Anytime family is together life is wonderful! Christmas just makes it that much better! I love the decorations and there is nothing like the excitement of children during the holidays. We have simplified things quite a bit the past few years and that does not affect the thrill of the season at all. It actually makes it better. I am thankful for the love we share!

This year for Christmas we enjoyed a dinner of Baked Ham, Potato Casserole, Corn, Deviled Eggs, Glazed Fruit, Crescent Rolls, Pecan Pie and Gooey Butter Cake. I am thankful for an abundance of food!

We have some new faces in the family this year - Jake (Kate's husband) and Tasha (Levi's girlfriend). I am thankful for these new faces in our family!

My 3 children together on the couch at Game Night!
(I don't get to see this often enough)

The Hennrich Family loves Game Night!! I believe over the 2 weeks of Christmas we must have had at least 3-4 game nights!! We can get pretty rowdy and very intense at times! I am thankful for a family that plays together!

Christmas with The Hennrich's came to an end on New Years Eve when Seth and Jessica loaded up their sweet little boys and headed back home. :(

I am MOST thankful for my family!!!


Dad and Gayle were not going to be here over Christmas so we decided to have The Hampton Family Christmas Party the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

We had wonderful food - Chili, Hot dogs, Chips, Dip, Little Pizzas, and lots of other stuff.

Everyone was in attendance - Dad & Gayle; Ric's crew: Laura, Jordan, Abi along with her friend Brandon, Tyler, Claire; Seth's family: Jessica, Colby, and Carson; Kate & Jake; Levi & Tasha; and me - that's 18 of us!!!

We did get a picture of everyone - but I don't have access to it yet. It was taken with Dad's camera, but I will post it as soon as I get it.

After dinner - we played our 'Dirty Santa' game - with some 'honorable' stealing going on.

The evening ended with some good ole family game time!!!

The final night of my Best Thanksgiving EVER!!! I am so blessed.

Girl Time

The day after Thanksgiving Kate, Jessica and I went to The Fox Theatre to see "The Wizard of Oz" Broadway Show. This was the first time either of them had been to The Fox. It is such a beautiful theatre.

We had lunch at The Best Steak House which is located across the street from The Fox. It is a little whole in the wall place with 'the best steaks'!!

As we were heading to the theatre a man stopped us. He had a camera and was wanting someone to take his picture in front of the theatre marque. Kate took his picture for him. It turns out he was the Wizard from the play and said "This is the most beautiful theatre they would perform in and he wanted his picture in front of it". I thought that was pretty cool!

We had a great time watching the show - it was VERY good!!

Another wonderful memory from my Best Thanksgiving EVER!!!

So much to be thankful for!!!

Gayle, Carson, Jessica, Colby and Seth

Kate, Jake, Levi & Tasha

Gayle and Carson

Dad at the head of our Thanksgiving Table

I do believe I had just about the BEST Thanksgiving I have ever had!!! My house was full - Seth, Jessica, Colby and Carson & Dad and Gayle all came in on Wednesday night. We heard some BIG news - Seth & Jessica are expecting baby #3!!! We are hoping for a girl, but, of course, we just want a healthy baby.

Our Thanksgiving dinner table was loaded with lots of yummy food - all the tradition Thanksgiving foods along with some of our favorite dishes. We were all at one table - 12 of us (my nephew, Jordan, joined us - we had already taken pictures :( when he arrived)

Thanksgiving night several of us attended the midnight Black Friday sale at Wal-Mart! What an experience that was. It was fun for us - but I do not understand why people would go and be part of the madness if they are not going to have fun with it!! There were way too many crabby people there.


Me in my Grandpa Pogue's arms with Grandma Pogue nearby! I loved them sooo much!!

Mom & me

The month of October is a very important month to me. My mom's birthday was in October. So every October I am thinking of her. Also, my Grandpa's birthday was in October. I miss them both very much. But I know they are living pain free and clear minded with Jesus!!

Colby and Carson

The best part of October is both of my grandsons have birthdays!!! Colby turned 5 this year and Carson turned 2. Even though they live almost 350 miles away Kate and I have been blessed to be able to spend every birthday with them so far!!! Unfortunately, Kate could not attend this year. But Tasha Carter, Levi's girlfriend, accompanied me on the trip and we had a great time! Grandkids are AWESOME!!!!