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, March 23, 2011

Speed Bumps

One day my son and I were driving home from Wal-Mart and I decided to go behind the mall because of less traffic there than in the front.  But there are a lot of speed bumps in the back which seems to irritate my son because you have to slow down every few yards.  In my really bad Darth Vader impression, I told him, “You must master the speed bumps or the world may master you.”  He acted like that was really corny but I noticed he couldn’t keep from smiling.  I can tickle even him at times!
            But I kept thinking about my Darth Vader sentence and thought there were lessons in there to think about.  A lot of us go speeding through our days like there is no tomorrow.  Go, Go, Go.
            Yesterday, I spent the whole day alone, very quiet, with head bowed, at times on my knees, at other times lying prostrate on the floor praying for eight different people, eight different situations, and thanking God for eight miracles to come.  I went into hunger mode to be filled by Him, to be in tune with Him as best as I could.  By 5:00 pm I had a terrific headache.  But with a couple of Tylenols and a good stiff neck rub, I was all better.  There is nothing like a good cleansing of self and falling at the throne for grace and miracles-to-be and praising the One on the throne for all His good gifts.  I feel at peace, I feel content, and I feel very grateful!  I am full.
            My husband told me if you keep going over the speed bumps in the parking lot too fast, you can throw the car out of alignment.  I believe it’s the same with our lives.  If we keep going at this fast pace, our lives can be thrown out of alignment.  If we do not let the speed bumps slow us down, we can crash in our relationships, in our physical health, in our mental, emotional, and spiritual health.  There are a lot of things that need to be done in our day but let’s always remember to let the speed bump, the Holy Spirit, speak to us, to slow us down before we go racing into a conversation without thinking, before we go racing through our day without consulting our Lord about what it is He wants us to do, who He wants us to speak to, what He wants us to say, where He wants us to go.  Let’s always slow down and consult Him before we make decisions.  Let’s slow down and remember the ones who do not know how to and lift them up to the Savior.  Let’s don’t rush over those speed bumps and throw ourselves out of alignment.  But, if we do, let’s also remember we can always fall to the floor and ask to be realigned. He is always there, waiting and willing.

222.  Aahh, sunshine, the natural vitamin D
223.  open windows
224.  sweet, singing birds
225.  Oh, so faithful friends
226.  long talk on phone with cousin until phone died
227. re-charged phone ~ long talk with sister'
228.  open doors ~ of opportunities
229.   absolutely gorgeous full moon hanging low
230.  sitting in the swing with my husband
231.  a husband who ALWAYS supports me
232.  getting my 18 year old son to laugh as I take his pictures as he cleans the outside of the house
(Check back here Saturday to see those pics:)
233.  sharing hamburger and fries with same son after a good day
234.  sparkling, clean windows
235.  worshipping together with fellow believers
236.  prayer time over food
237.  bread on tongue ~ remembering
238.  dark liquid down throat ~ participating
239.  closed eyes, practicing eucharisteo (thanksgiving) amongst a crowd
240.witnessing the birth of a tulip tree flower
241.  watching my husband show little boy how to shoot a bow
242.  the sweet smell of spring blossoms drifting onto my front porch
243.  neighbors waving, yelling out my name
244.  spring-time breezes
245.  the sound of pea frogs at night
246.  hearing the next-door neighbor children giggling on my trampoline as I stand at the stove cooking.
247.  smiling ~ remembering many giggles between two precious little boys long ago
248.  the aroma of home-made sloppy joe mixture with the hint of cinnamon
249.  to have hunger filled only by the Holy Spirit
250.  to share something as intimate as hunger with my husband


Lisa said...

I really appreciated this post. Thank you for sharing.

Kristin Bridgman said...

Thank you for coming by Lisa! :)
Blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Kristy! I recognized that being off of work for these last two weeks I have been going non stop... desiring to take it slow and easy, listening to our Lord, spending time with him. I quit work and then rushed right into life even faster than before. This is a wonderful reminder, a confirmation to take it slow and easy. :) I love the wisdom that the Lord gives you the things he shows you. If we slow down enough He can speak to us all like that. :)

Lisa Maria said...

Kristin, I so loved this post! I hit a speed bump this week and fell out of alignment, but I'm okay now by His Grace. God bless you for your sacrifices for others.. my turn on Friday. Pls keep me in prayer.

Love & Blessings!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

That was really good! Thank you!

carolyn.price said...

I've said for some time now that I believe Satan uses our "busyness" to distract us from focusing on Christ. We are far, far too busy here in the U.S.

Dianne said...

I am so glad you came by my blog today...which brought me to your blog today..I am having a hard time getting over one of those speed bumps today but not by my strength but by His I will..thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog the other day and leaving a kind comment. I'm always happy to "meet" new friends in the Blogsphere.

You have a nice blog too. I am sure to come back for more visits. :)


h. rae said...

What an inspiring and thought-provoking post. I love thinkers. And I love your humor!

Did you take those photos yourself? They're beautiful!

I'm your newest follower!

Kristin Bridgman said...

h. rae...yes I did take the pictures. And thank you for coming by, nice to meet you! :)

artsyclay said...

A wonderful analogy! Thank you for the reminder to slow down. Gorgeous blossoms! My heart is so full of thankfulness this time of year.