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.



Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Ripple Effect

Keith and I were out at the pond one afternoon throwing stones into the water and watching the rings rippling away from where the stone hit.  I started to ponder about those rings and how they could symbolize the effect of sin on people’s lives.  When a person sins, it doesn’t just always affect that one person.  The effects of that sin radiates out to the people closest to us.
            I met a man today who shared some of his testimony with me.  It was very moving and touched my heart.  Here was a man, who as a little boy, grew up with people closest to him sinning.  The pain of that rippled out to him, causing him to grow up into a hardened, angry, bitter man.  In his hardness and anger, I’m sure that ripple effect of pain and of his sin rippled out around those closest to him.  He had a good heart inside of him but pain had hardened him and pain rippled out on and on.
            Satan just loves that don’t you know?  This ripple effect, I know is his plan, a great way to affect a lot of people into doing what he wants them to do.
            But the good news is, our God is stronger than the enemy, and he has a ripple effect plan also.  Jesus love eventually got to this man and changed him into a whole different person.  I didn’t see a hardened man in front of me.  I saw a man who had been touched by Jesus and he was overwhelmed by the love and the changes that were taking place in him.  Praise the Lord!  Our Lord is a mighty conqueror and will defeat the enemy if we so choose to let Him.
            Jesus died on the cross so this could be possible.  If we ask Him to forgive our sins and come into our heart, He will begin to smooth the surface of our souls and remove the rocks of sin that sunk down deep in our hearts.
            The bible says in Ezekiel 36:26, “ I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;  I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”  I didn’t see a heart of stone in this man; he had a brand new heart of flesh.
            If the ripple effect of sin is touching you, I encourage you to have a talk with Jesus.  Let the ripple effect stop now and allow the calming effect of grace to take over. The ripples of grace are so much nicer to live with!

…where sin increased, grace increased all the more.
Romans 5:20-21


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