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.



Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Neighbor Dogs

(from The Front Porch...)

As you pass us by on the road, you would think our family was bigger than it really is.  A lot of times you would see Keith, I, and our dog Sadie…along with Bella and Myshka.
            Bella and Myshka are our next door canine neighbors.  Bella is a very friendly, high energy, playful, black lab.  Myshka is a more reserved, layed back, beautiful, husky/collie mix.  They are very different from one another, just like people.
            Bella became our friend right off the bat.  Myshka took about a year to get close to us.  She would come over but not close enough for us to touch her.  We let them know they were welcomed on our front porch.  After about a year, Myshka decided we weren’t so bad and one day came all the way to us and let us pet her.  Now we felt like we were a second family.  Every time we came out to our porch, here they would come.  Our own dog Sadie, part golden retriever, was skittish around them in the beginning, but over time they got to know each other and became friends.  Keith always said Sadie didn’t know she was a dog, or how to be a dog, until Bella and Myshka taught her.  Sadie never left the perimeters of our yard until the canine neighbors showed her the world was bigger than our yard.  She discovered the woods and the tall grasses and now she comes back from romps very happy and covered in stickers.  Sadie never used to like to get her paws wet, let alone her whole body.  Bella loved the water and would jump into any pool of water on the side of the road or into a pond.  One day while Keith and I were walking with Sadie, we came upon a pond and she dived right in.  I couldn’t believe it!  When a deer was hit on our road and died, Sadie learned to roll around on it getting herself very stinky with her friends, and discovered new bones to chew on.  Oh brother!  She was a full fledged dog now, thank you very much Bella and Myshka! 
            But you know what?  She was just being what God created her to be, a dog.  And since befriending her new neighbors, she seems to be a much happier dog. 
            God said it was not good for man to be alone.  He knew there needed to be companionship.  I think it’s the same for dogs.
            Even though I now have to brush her more, pick off hundreds of stickers from her coat, bathe her more often, she is one happy dog.
            We all need friends to romp around with, to learn from, to teach, to splash in the puddles with and just be ourselves.  God has blessed me with many wonderful friends who have all been such a blessing.  They have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly and are still around.
            They have romped with me, taught me, picked off the stickers of doubt, sadness, and depression and have shown me a bigger world than what I had known.  One of my dearest friends is Bella and Myshka’s human mom.  She is a real treat!  You will meet her next time.
            I am a happier person because of my friends.  I am very blessed, just like Sadie.
So if you are skittish about making new friends, to open up with someone, don’t.  Jump out there in the pool of life and take a risk.  Discover all the blessings you not only will receive but you yourself can be a blessing to others.  Isn’t that, after all what Jesus wants us to do?
My commandment is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
John 15:12


Maryellen said...

You are a precious friend and I am loving reading your ponderings, from the pond, the porch, wherever!
I love this photo of the "girls"! But you forgot to mention how smart they are and how they came to love being on your porch! You do have a sign that reads, "Come Sit on My Porch!" LOL

Tracie Womack Brackett said...

Thank you for your blog. I too have a pond on my parents land that I go to when I need to think or listen. We have a website that has my testimony on it and maybe you would like to read about me and my husbands sermon it is http://www.rockhillcross.com. I have been a christian now for four years after being a drug/alcoholic for seven. If you know anyone that needs to read my testimony then I would be happy if you would pass the site out.