Why a blog from me, someone who has never been a writer, someone who has never been articulate or had a solid grasp of the grammar world. Because God told me to write. Several years ago a life storm invaded my family. God kept telling me to write it all down. I argued, but He would not let up. This went on every day for a couple of weeks until one day out of frustration, (I'd like to say it was out of obedience), I picked up a pen and paper and wrote for 7 hours straight! Do you think maybe I needed therapy and God knew it?

I've been writing ever since and have learned to love it! I started out sharing my stories with friends and family. I've now been published in a Nashville church paper, Our Daily Journey (a devotional site of RBC Ministries), PCCWeb Daily Devotional, Ruby for Women Ezine Magazine, and I am a contributor in the book Alabaster Jars, Life in Abundance Collection 2.

Why Ponderings? During this life storm, God led me to a pond in the woods behind my home. There He met me each time, teaching new lessons, reminding me of old ones, showing His presence and allowing me to feel His love through the surroundings of that pond. I found myself returning over and over to ponder, pray and praise. A healing of my heart took place and out of the experience came my first book, Ponderings From the Pond, then a second book, Ponderings From My Porch, and now a third book is in the works along with a memoir about my storm.

Why am I making myself so vulnerable? Because God has done so much that I cannot keep quiet. I have to share. Jesus's last words to his desciples were, "Go,tell." We are his disciples too and this is just one of my ways of telling.

I'm no scholar but I have heard God's voice in my spirit, experience His love daily, and have a desire for others to experience this also. I would love to share with all who visit and I would love to hear from you. If my sharing gets just one to ponder, to be quiet with the Father, to see and hear from Him or to be reminded of something from Him, then this is worth my vulnerability.

As you visit me, sometimes we will be at the pond, sometimes we will move to the front porch, and sometimes we will just be here, there, and yonder. Thank you for coming and please feel free to come back anytime, you are always welcome here.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14


My first book, Ya Know What I'm Say'n, has been released.



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hidden Things

The tall grasses around the pond tend to hide things.  This made me start pondering about what all people hide in their lives.
            People hide things they don’t want others to know about.  Things like being in debt, their own insecurities, bad relationships, etc.  Satan loves this.  He knows if you keep these kinds of things hidden, you will never truly be free.  As long as you hide negative things from others, you are, in a way, in bondage to him.  He doesn’t want you to be free because if you were, he would have less or no control over you.  He would love to keep you down with worry and unhappiness because in those feelings we tend to do wrong things, think negatively and do not please the Lord.  Satan has you right where he wants you.
            I say it’s time to break free and come out from hiding; we will never receive help and rise above if we don’t.  Sharing our struggles is a way of helping others with theirs.    He is the father of lies and darkness and he doesn’t like those things being brought into the light, because then he starts to lose his power of influence over us.
            There is healing in the light.  Keith and I struggled with debt years ago and only after we brought it out from hiding, did God provide a way for us to become debt free.  It took a lot of hard work and sacrificing on our part, but He provided what we needed to accomplish the plan and He used this time in our life to inspire others with their financial choices.
            Our brilliant and once God-honoring son started making unwise choices that caused a lot of heart-ache in the family.  He eventually left and we were left with the collateral damage of this war we unwillingly were put in. Keith and I decided not to hide from it but to share it.  God blessed us with wonderful prayer warriors who lifted us up and gave us strength.  Sharing brought others out with similar stories and gone goes the hold of the sinister one.  When things are brought into the light, we can help each other and healing can begin which is not what Satan wants to see happen.  He would love for us to stay hidden in the dark and have control over us, but I say “No more!” 
            The only thing we should be hiding is God’s word in our heart, as Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  As a believer we can say with David, “You are my hiding place…”
            Colossians 3:3 says to the believer, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.’ The word hidden here means to be concealed and safe.  We need never worry about our salvation.  We will mess up from time to time but our actions do not earn or mess up our salvation once we accept Christ.  Our conduct and service will be a result of it.  We can rest knowing that we are secure (hidden) in Christ.  The bible commands us to never hide our light (or troubles) under a bushel…or a lamp.  Put that ol’ devil in his place and come out from hiding where the only thing hidden is God’s Word in our heart and our life in His.

‘You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16

1 comment:

Reformed rebel said...

Hi Kristin

I have went back to the beginning and started reading your blog. The first one did remind me of myself and now...this one! I have always hidden my past...and what the Lord is doing in my life now... from most people that know me. It's easier to write it because most people reading this don't see me daily or weekly. However, in June I shared much of my past with 4 people from my church. It was hard but made me feel better because they didn't judge me and things were out in the open. I gave one of them my blog address but have no idea if they read it or not. I am close to 2 others there who know everything about me. They are both like mentors to me. God told me it was time to stop hiding and that it was okay to start to live again. Anyway, reading this post just really helps me to know that it is okay to share with other Christians because we should all be there for each other to hold each other up when needed.

Great post and I am really enjoying going back and reading your earlier posts.

Be blessed today...Chelle