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.



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Insurance or Assurance

The winds were fierce for awhile here at my Kentucky home this morning.  I love rain storms, hearing the great sounds of thunder and watching the lightning streak across the sky.  The smell of rain is one of my favorites.  My husband and I sit out on the front porch like two old geezers watching with glee as if we had never seen rain before.

But the fierce winds are another story.  This Oklahoma gal who once lived in “tornado alley” has seen the devastating destruction of tornadic winds.  They can pop up so quickly and take unexpected turns.  John 3:8…”The wind blows wherever it pleases.  You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” Kinda like life.  We can think we know what direction we’re going and which way our loved ones are going, but the winds can kick up so unexpectedly and change course so quickly, it knocks you right off your feet.

If a tree caves in on my roof, I have insurance.  But what about the winds of life?  There is something better than insurance and that is assurance…assurance that God is there to either calm the storm… “He got up, rebuked the wind and said…Quiet!  Be still!  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” Mark 4:39.  OR, He will walk with you through the storm…Isaiah 43:2… “ When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you…”

We believers are not promised a life without storms.  They will come in one form or another.  But rest assured, we are not alone.  We need not fear or be alarmed.  When the howling, blowing winds come across your path, stand strong, do not fear, for He is near.

When this last life storm hit me, I began to sink, just like Peter on the water when he took his eyes off Jesus and became afraid of the wind.  I became afraid of my storm.  My focus went completely on it.  I began to sink as well as two others in my household.  But when the three of focused back on our Savior, we were able to fight.  His presence and His Word healed us.  My favorite verse during this time that I clung to was Isaiah 41:10… “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  I clung to that hand!  What assurance He gives us to get through the storms of life.

If a tree falls through my roof, I’ll call the insurance man.  But for anything else, I will call on the One who gives me complete assurance.  And with this, there are no premiums to pay!

Humming. . .Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine. . . . .


Lisa said...

Love this! We can rest secure in the One who gives complete assurance. Still praying for your prodigal.

Lisa Maria said...

Beautiful picture of the awesome power and majesty of God through nature! Love this! Years ago when I gave up my insurance policy I was a little afraid, but God said "I am your insurance" and so He has been! For the last 18 faithful years. Praise God! He never fails to live up to His promises! Praise God for your testimony here! Hope it blesses many more as it has done for me!

Love & Blessings!

Jen said...

I love how things of nature have such powerful concepts to teach us. I am so with you on this! I will take the assurance of Christ every single day.

Maryellen said...

Makes me think of the song by Casting Crowns, "Praise you in this storm." Knowing He is there in control through all the storms in our lives is the best insurance and assurance one can have!

Jenn said...

Isaiah 41:10 is one of my all time favorite verses! This was another awesome post!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Having weathered the monsoon storms in southern Arizona, I know what you mean by mighty winds and rain. I loved your comparison to Peter's walk on water toward Jesus. And I really needed Isaiah 40:10 today. Thanks for sharing a great post.