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, May 23, 2011

Multitude of Blessings

This past week was a time of serving and a time of rest; serving at the hospital offering lunch bags and prayers with a hug or two.  The blessings flowed my way.  My husband took a day off during the week and we spent the whole day out in our haven, our back yard, and also out at the pond, where my writing began.  More blessings and gifts were produced.  They may seem ordinary to some, but to me, they were gifts from the Father.  My eyes were open and my senses were tuned in to discover what my Heavenly Father had for me this week.  My heart swelled once again. His blessings overflowed.  Let me show you. . . .

473.  perseverance
474.  education
475.  praying with the sick in hospitals
476.  antiseptic handwash
477.  elevators~for tired, sore legs
478.  for the Holy Spirit speaking through me when offering prayers for strangers
479.  smiles, gratefulness, and hugs from these same strangers
480.  catching up with a friend at our favorite lunch place
481.  crushed ice
482.  board games and jenga being played at dining room table with loved ones
483.  witnessing another bird feeding his family

484.  natures decorations

485.  thorns~remembering that after pain, beauty can follow

486.  sweet scented flowers from the Father

487.  the cutest of bugs on his shiny yellow seat

488.  happy little flowers with honey bee going in to enjoy

489.  sunlight on leaves

490.  finding the heart that began the writings

491.  the most loving, loyal, faithful hand I know, the one that holds mine and let's me know it will all be ok
Also reminds me of Isaiah 41:10 and another loving, faithful hand I take hold of many times

492.  more of natures decor

493.  dragonflies~an interesting creation from God

494.  delicate wings

495.  interesting, beautiful grass

496.  peaceful, God meets me here pond

My place where I went when I was hurting, I was bewildered and shocked, I was angry and sad and depressed and confused and did not understand why a loving, intelligent, kind, sweet boy of mine would change so and leave.  God met me here everytime.  He let me vent, He let me cry and shout, and scream.  I prayed, I talked, I paced around, I sat still with the Word in my lap and I listened.  And He touched me, He whispered to me, He brought me gifts, and He let me know that His eye was on my loved one and everything would be ok in His timing.  He healed my heart. He healed it before my prayer was answered. Glory to God in the highest!  Glory to God who is full of compassion and to the One who keeps His promises.  When He says He will never leave or forsake us, I can attest to the fact that He doesn't. He won't!  Do you need someone to hear you?  Go to Him. Go!  Talk to Him, pour out your heart.  Then be still and listen.  And watch for the gifts, they are there, look. He has them with your name on them.
Be blessed dear friends! 

linking up with Ann and the finder of gifts over at


Cora from Hidden Riches said...

It's amazing how comfort and healing can just flow from one heart to a blog to another heart. . . and so His Spirit works and continues! Thank you for sharing your space at the pond today. I was there with you (in spirit, anyways), and I can also testify that He NEVER leaves us nor forsakes us, and that he DOES listen to it all!

Loved the bluebirds! I'm going through "empty nest syndrome" as all my babies have grown and left. I'm hoping for round two!

Zena Neds-Fox said...

lovely reminders of god right in front of us…

thank you!

Kris said...

What a lovely list of gifts. I love your images and the beauty of HIM you are finding in nature. This was wonderful, bless you!

Lisa Maria said...

Glory to God..Amen Amen! Love how you share your heart here. Love the gorgeous pictures of God's beautiful creations, love the selfless beauty in your prayers. Love #490 (found a heart in a potato my daughter peeled yesterday!), love most #491.. God bless those hands! and #496..peace and sanctuary!

Love & Hugs to you and yours!

Bristol said...

Thanks for stopping by Diligent Leaves, Kristin! It's encouraging to share the journey of thanks with others. Your photos are LOVELY! I mean really, I scrolled up and down for minutes just soaking in each one. Thanks for your thoughts.. they are precious small stones indeed!

Anonymous said...

Lovely blog site, Kirsten! One way God reveals his invisible qualities, which include his eternal power and divine nature, to us is through his creation. Your beautiful pictures show us just a wee bit of His wondrous universe. Thank you!

Deborah said...

Loving # 491. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Maria said...

Ok, I hope you get this. I hope your bloggy problems are fixed. Sending you some love and hugs!

Krisitn said...

I got it Lisa, thank you!

Thank you all for coming by...and yes, #491 is pretty precious to me :)

This is Kristin by the way, blogger is messing up with the comments