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.



Monday, March 7, 2011

Cleaning, Shining, and Glorifying

They were grooming me way back then to become a housewife, homemaker, domestic engineer…whatever you want to call it.  I call it a holy work.  Please don't think that makes me sound like I have a big head, certainly not!   I’ve learned that if we work as if working for the Lord, then all our work becomes holy. 

Their grooming worked. I’ve been a homemaker for almost 30 years now and have always loved it. I figured if Jesus lives in my heart, then He is in my home as well.  So, when I sweep the floors, I sweep for Him.  When I wash the dishes, I wash for Him.  When I clean the porcelain bowls in the lavatory, yes even that, I clean for Him.  The one job where I have to put effort in having joy is ironing, my least favorite job.  But when I praise Him through each swipe of the iron, and thank him that I have a husband who is faithful in his work that requires these shirts he wears, that he has a job at all, and that I am healthy and strong enough to be ironing, I begin to glorify Him in this job and my heart bubbles with joy that otherwise could be bogged down in drudgery.  And so I thank him for my ironing board, iron, and clothing.  I thank Him that we have indoor plumbing and even for that cottony, quilted paper hanging on the roll.  I don’t mind cleaning, shining, and washing because it means He has blessed me with a family to clean for and a home to be cleaned.  These last two winters as I have met the homeless, I’m sure they wish for a floor to sweep, a bed to make, and fridge to clean out.  And I’m thankful that I live in the time era that I do.  For our grandmothers, it was a little more work.  I read this article below in the Historical News Paper and had to smile…it reminded me of helping my grandmother with the laundry when I was a little one. . .

Washing Machine Recipe
Years ago an Alabama Grandmother gave the new bride the flowing recipe:

Washing Clothes

Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.  Set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes if wind is pert.  Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin’ water.

Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white
1 pile colored
1pile work britches and rags

To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.
Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, then rub colored, don’t boil, just wrench and starch.

Hang old rags on fence
Spread tea towels on grass
Pore wrench water in flower bed
Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
Turn tubs upside down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.

I’ve always been thankful but Ann Voskamp of 1000 Blessings, had taught me to look even further, deeper, with wider eyes to see the gifts that can so easily slip by.  She says, “when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.  This makes me full, and I magnify Him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30)
What are you thankful for?

159.  thick, cottony, quilted paper
160.  brooms, mops, and steam machines
161.  lemon and pine scented cleaners
162.  old t-shirts for great dust cloths
163.  coffee filters for sparkling windows
164.  pretty, colored sponges
165.  clorox to make that porcelain shiny clean
166.  mountain air soap for laundry
167.  fresh air scented dryer sheets that laundry soft
168.  modern day washing machine and dryer
169.  being able to feel joy in what could be the mundane and glorifigying the Lord through daily work

Things to do with those old wash tubs. . .

Happy Cleaning!


Lisa said...

This is such a great post! I loved the description of how to do laundry in the "olden days" and the current uses of wash tubs.

Jenn said...

Kristin, LOVED this post! Thanks for reminding me that cleaning is to be done as to the LORD!

Kathleen said...

As I sit here, procrastinating on loads of laundry, dirty dishes, crumbs on the floor...THANK YOU! I really needed to hear this! Joy even in those jobs!

Bevy said...

I'm sitting here listening to the whirling hum of my washer right now... and I can't imagine doing it all by hand. So much to be grateful for.

I'm glad I got this book in my hands.

I loved your tin wash basin's with the sweet potato vine and other flowers... the first one looked like mine. ;)

Jennie Morgan said...

I heard a tip years ago about praying for the person whose clothes you were ironing. WHEN I remembered to do that, whether it was something for my husband or my children, it really did make the chore go much easier and was an awesome time of taking my loved ones before the Lord. I haven't done that now for quite sometime since the kids have been gone....I think I'll remember to do that next time I get behind and have a bunch of Rory's shirts to iron! :)

Quiltingranny said...

Kristen, God has blessed me with wonderful new friend, I am so excited you found my blog, but finding it today was a gift from God. As I sat around this morning, I was led to start taking care of myself and my home....something work interrupted, thank you for following Gods lead to find me!
God is Good!

Kristin Bridgman said...

Yes, God is good, ALL the time! Even turns our chores into blessings, isn't that just like Him! :)

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and encouraging this weary mother's heart. God has answered our prayers and has renewed my spirit.

It is so nice to meet you!


PS, this makes me sooooooo thankful for my washing machine and dryer!!!

Patty said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. It's nice to meet you to. :)

I love this post! I enjoyed reading your thankful list.

Have a blessed day!

Stacie said...

Hi Kristin,

You followed my blog today--nice to meet you. I've been looking through a few of your posts and I am so glad we "met." (I followed you, too!)

This particular post is so rich, and so full, and so sweet. It makes me want to rejoice, for all my daily tasks can be done to the glory of God. Then, it makes me want to cry because my grandmothers passed on to Glory way before I was married. So there are some things I just didn't get a chance to talk to them about.
This was a wonderful post!

Take care,