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, April 10, 2011

Multitudes on Monday

Today I am linking up with Ann Voskamp over at  holy experience

She wrote a book that will always be on my bookshelf, one I will always recommend, and give as a gift.
Here it is. . .
She dares us to live fully right where we are. . .opening the hand to recieve the moments. . .to unwrap our gifts from the Lord.
She writes. . ."naming offers the gift of recognition.  The naming of moments is truly a holy work."
There is SO much more than this, but you will just have to read it  :)

The greatest blessings in life have Jesus woven into the heart of them.

291. first outdoor grilled hamburgers of the year
292.  husband finishing up a job for me when I ran out of steam
293.  on this extremely windy day, not caring about my hair
294.  2nd born passing on-line math test to get into WKU
295.  jacuzzi bubbles
296.  time with friend on porch swing
297.  time with husband in hammock
298.  spring break
299.  eating lunch out with 2nd born ~ Kyotos ~ a place he introduced me to
300.  left-overs
301.  powerful ant spray~sent those little boogers to ant heaven
302.  cheerful spring colors
303.  husband~always full of grace
304.  newly filled bird feeders
305.  naps
306.  new growth
307.  country roads
308.  little girl squeals from next door
309.  a God who repeats over and over until I get it
310.  watching a squirrel carry something in it's mouth as it runs across the road
311.  a son who so willingly and cheerfully hopped out of the car in the middle of the road, in the rain, to set up someone's fallen over trash can
312.  husband's massages on sore neck muscles
313.  promptings
314.  the smell of dirt and mulch
315.  a God and a husband who loves me in all seasons
316.  the smell of rain
317.  seeing rabbits running across the back yard
318.  seeing red cardinal, blue birds, and yellow finches enjoying their seed
319.  sharing banana smoothies
320.  hearing husband laughing after a long day at work
321.  finding a "thank-you" note in the mail box
322.  son who ALWAYS says "thank you"
323.  turning page after page of delight~another new book
324.  human touch
325.  sincere smiles
326.  clear, clean water
327.  tall, dark postman who visits with me whcn I come in for stamps
328.  laughing with my mother
329.  the rising of the sun
330.  walking into my son's room thinking he is sleeping late, and finding him reading his Bible
331.  lovely time on deck listening to the Heartland Bible Conference on dvd's
332.  being able to set the table for 4 instead of 3
333.  seeing both boys of mine driving up the driveway
334.  sharing pizza, laughter, and movies
335.  sitting outside in the dark watching the stars
336.  hugs in the driveway
337.  watching cat play on the porch and dog contentedly chewing bone in the yard
338.  good-night kisses
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." (Psalms 69:30)
(from one thousand gifts)

(Be sure and scroll all the way down if you haven't already and see the thankful video my husband made with his photography)


Lisa Maria said...

Love your list. Congrats to your son! Rejoicing with you for #332 to #334. :)

Love & Blessings

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Such a beautiful list!!! I read over it quick this morning, and just got back here to comment. If I have to pick ONE, it would be sending those booger ants to ant heaven. We have mostly those awful fire ants here, and if you've ever been bitten. . . well, let's just say you wouldn't forget it. Hate those things so dead ones are the only good ones. I see NO earthly good in them at all.

You have my curiosity going on the new good book. Do we get to know what it is?????

Ruth J Leamy said...

What a great list!

Kristin Bridgman said...

Lisa Marie...thank you for being happy with me:)

Cora...Stone Crossings by L.L. Barkat(Ann Voskamp was advertising it on her blog)

Ruth...thank you...so fun to find the gifts:)

carolyn.price said...

I'm with Lisa Marie....love, love, love #332
Happy heart for you and Keith