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, April 18, 2011

Multitudes. . .untying the bows

On the road again. . .to counting my gifts.  It's not always an easy road but ALWAYS a rewarding one!  This world seems so full of whining and complaints and bad news.  It's easy to get caught up in it but it's not a pleasing sound to the Lord's ears.  Yes, he wants to hear our hearts, even the hurts and the ugly, but He doesn't want us to stay there.  Sometimes we get stuck here and don't move on.  That's where looking for the gifts come in. 
I don't want my lips to just whine and complain.  I want my lips to praise the Father, thanking Him for all the gifts he lays in my path. Even on the rocky ones, there are gifts ~ stepping stones to lead you over the muck and mire.  When you do fall and get dirty, the showers of grace that cleanse.  When your knees get scraped or your heart ~ the healing touch of the Father.
All you have to do is look up and around . . .focus your vision and recognize the gifts. . .and even when you're down...look around...He's so good, he even has gifts down there too. . .untie those bows. . .

339.  fresh cut grass and the scent of it
340.  mower that starts
341.  wonderful walk and talk in the park with a dear friend
342.  Easter bonnets and a sweet pea

343.  stepping stones

344.  being able to hear beautiful music
345.  people who can make me laugh
346.  firewood for firepit

347.   the pond~where all this writing began

348.  God bringing people into my life walking the same road
349.  God bringing people into my life walking a different road
350.  sharing common ground of faith with both
351.  my five year old dogwood finally blooming

352.  discovering a new blue bird's nest

353.  being able to open the hands
354.  moon light
355.  star lights
356.  the calm after the storm
357.  being asked to pray for others loved ones
358.  birds singing me a song

359.  lunch out with one of the sweetest girls I know
360.  lovely chat in church office with two lovely women
361.  more blankets for blanket ministry
362.  someone thinking I am qualified to mentor a high school girl or two. . .OH Boy! . . .or should I say OH Girls! . . .(help)
363.  for a  God who knows my fears, knows my desires, open the doors, and lovingly pushes (guides) me through :)
364.  getting 2nd born enrolled into college
365. serving a mighty God who I know will help us get 2nd born through college

Are you ready for yours?  Grab the bows and start unwrapping. . .what did you get?


Lisa Maria said...

So beautiful Kristin! I'm totally with you on the last two entries! (Each morning I unwrap a huge gift of grace and God's promises.. we'll get her through somehow and you'll do the same for your son) I'm sure you'll be a wonderful mentor.

Love & Blessings

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Kristin, I loved your list today. I, too, pulled a lot of ribbons and unwrapped a lot of gifts this week. . . . but unfortunately, my lips still found time to whine and complain! How can this be????? Sometimes I think it's all habit --- one that needs desparately to be broken and silenced once and for all.

Mentoring! If EVER there was a time in history that we need good, Godly mentors, it's now. If God has called you, He will give you whatever it is to do the job. I'll be praying for you about this. From what I've read on your blog in the short time I've known you, I can truly say I and one who would LOVE to have you for a mentor!!!!! Go for it. NOTHING is ever wasted that is poured into another life --- especially those things that have eternal value attached to them!

And 358??? REALLY special for me, too. I have a mockingbird that sings 24 hours a day, nonstop!

Melanie said...

Beautiful list and breathtaking photos! I'm so happy I stopped by today!

I have some free Easter / "He Is Risen" blog buttons if you would like one to display on your blog during Holy Week! They are on my blog and free to anyone who would like one. :-)

Celebrating His resurrection,

Amy @ A Contented, Common Life said...

Beautiful list... beautiful photos.
God Bless

Patti Hanan said...

Your writing and your photography are beautiful. I especially love the picture of the little sweet pea! I look forward to reading more of your ponderings!

Martha said...

Snow on an April afternoon! (Sorry no photograph...)

Last Monday it was 75 degrees, today it snowed. Keeps us on our toes, it does.

Linda said...

Hi Kristen. It is so nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment.
It is just a joy to read through your list. I share so many of the same blessings. God is so very good!