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.



Sunday, January 23, 2011


Not everything is as it appears.

Our neighbor’s dog, Bella, saw this “stick” and jumped into the pond to retrieve it.  She thought it was floating, so she tried to grab but it would not move.  She tried again but it still would not move.  It was not a floating stick but actually a bush that was growing from the bottom of the pond and this was one of its branches.  The rains had raised the water and hid the bush.  The branch looked deceivingly like a floating branch to Bella.  She soon gave up.  I thought of the great deceiver, Satan, and all his schemes to fool the people in this world.
            It began all the way back to the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden.  Satan didn’t slither up to Eve and attack her with weapons to win his war.  He used something I believe was much more dangerous, subtle deceit.  He twisted and turned the truth until it sounded good to her and then the Fall happened. He turned Adam and Eve’s thinking away from God and He has been trying to do this ever since.     
There are false teachers, false teachings all over the world.  God warns us about being deceived. Matthew 24:4, “Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.”  Ephesians 5:6, “Let no one deceive you with empty words.”  11 Thess. 2:3. “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way.”  James 1:16, “Don’t be deceived…every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  This is just a few of the many scriptures He gave us to warn us of deceit.
            He also gives us guidelines to go by to determine what is true and what is false: 
     1.   Do the teachings confirm scripture?
     2.   Do they speak of Jesus Christ being the Son of God who came to Earth as a man to die for our sins?
                 3.    Do these teachers live morally by God’s Word?
                 4.   Are the teachings consistent with the Bible?
            Any teaching that contradicts God’s Word is false.
            Some people say they believe part of the Bible but not all of it.  This is saying that some of it is true and some is false.  The Bible says ‘All scripture is inspired by God”, 2nd Timothy 3:16. Here are my thoughts:
            Our awesome God, Lord of Lords and King of Kings, in all His power and majesty, inspired a book for us, the Bible, with His words; His truth is God breathed. He is not going to allow falsehoods and contradictions to sit in that book next to His truths.  He banished the deceiver, the father of lies, from Heaven and from the Garden of Eden.  Do you think He would allow untruths to sit in His Word?  I don’t think so!
            He gave us the truth so we could recognize the false.  God spoke to us through His Word so that we could genuinely know Him.  Why would He confuse us with lies sitting next to His words?  This is not consistent with His character.  One of the greatest acts of love on His part was to give us Himself through His Word.  He wanted us to know Him, not to be confused.
            Some would say, “I want to have an open mind.”  Good, fill it with the truth and be careful, because Satan would love to have an open mind where there is room to fill it with his lies.  We are either for Christ or we are not.  There is no middle ground.  Christ says is Matt. 12:30, “He who is not with me is against me.”  We cannot be neutral either with Christ.  The bible says if you are, you are playing on Satan’s team and that is not a good team to be on!  You will lose!
            God gave us the truth, warned us of the false, and leaves the decision up to us.
Genesis 4:7 says, “Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you but you must master it.”  How do we master it?  To know Truth so well, we recognize the deceiver.  We are to bring ALL things under the Lordship of Christ.  When we do this, the deceiver will flee.
            The truth has endured for centuries.  Lives have been saved, restored, and healed from the truth.  If we accept the truth, our eternal home will be with the author of truth. If we do not accept the truth, we will spend eternity in Hell with the great deceiver for all time.
            Satan, the deceiver, did not win the battle for man’s soul in the garden.  When Jesus breathed His last breathe on Calvary’s Hill, and the words were heard, “It is finished”, Christ won the victory!  Hallelujah!
            Before getting hold of certain lessons or teachings, check out the roots or what is anchoring it first.  Is it solid in the foundation of the Rock, or is it in the mud and muck, or is it so wishy-washy, it will all wash away?
            Bella saw something that appealed to her and she went for it in a flash.  When something is appealing to us as far as teachings, let’s check out the anchoring before diving in.
                                                     “Watch out that no one deceives you.” 
                                                                          Matthew 24:4


Liana said...

Our Sunday School lesson this past week was on temptation and we talked about some of the same things you brought out in this devotion. Thanks for having the courage to speak the TRUTH unashamedly!

Kristin Bridgman said...

Thank you for the encouragment Liana! Over the years I've gotten caught myself reading books and being deceived for a time because it can look so much like the truth, but really isnt. And people like to always bring up what they think are contridictions. So important to stay in the one true book so we won't be deceived!