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, June 13, 2011

Multitudes of Blessings

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Blessings are everywhere, and I'm having fun finding them.   It's not always a thing, but sometimes an act, a touch, an idea, a new perspective.  God is everywhere and His touch is in every blessing that is all around. .  .I just have to open my eyes and look and feel. . .
you just never know the kinds of things you will find. . .it could be in what appears to just be the ordinary, and then out of the blue, something extraordinary. . . 

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my counting continues. . .

#531.  people waving

#532.  meeting people on back roads

#533.  husband holding my hand in a crowd
#534.  sitting on front porch with husband smelling a storm coming in
#535.  not getting blown away
#536.  trees still standing after fierce winds
#537.  son who will pick up all the broken branches after the storms, even the ones the size of trees!

#538.  son who is always willing to dispose of a dead mouse or the undescribable things found in the back yard
(I'll spare you of the pictures here)

#539.  power boxes that recharge a dead battery on lawnmower

#540.  provisions for summer camp
#541.  ice cold water after working in a HOT yard

#542.  a new Bible Study
#543.  being in a room full of women all studying God's word together, sharing and laughing

#544.  talking to a friend on the phone for a long time
#545.  frosted mug for another cold drink on another HOT day

#546.  roses that come back every year and bloom despite the fact I never water or feed them, or speak loving words over them

#547  beauty in a jar

#548.  sitting in same chair with husband reading a book together

#549.  another rising of the sun
photo by husband Keith
photo by husband Keith

#550.  sharing hurts with a woman and rejoicing in the gifts God gave us out of those hurts and praising His name
#551.  goosebumps(or as someone once said Godbumps) I experience everytime I enter His presence in the prayer closet

#552.  His right hand that sustains me, upholds and strengthens me
#553.  my peace Giver
#554.  light ~ for my path
#555.  grace ~ all sufficient for me
#556.  learning contentment ~ in ALL things
#557.  my burden bearer
#558.  rest given ~ in the midst of weariness
#559. a love given to me ~ based on His character and not on my performance
#560.   the Almighty's shadow
#561.  promises ~ that never are broken
#562.  my Savior, my God who is bigger than any storm
#563.  reminders that the calm does not always mean quiet waters but the calm is Him who is in my boat
#564.  citizenship ~ knowing I have that in Heaven waiting for me because the keeper of my real home is in my heart

Linking with Ann and friends over at


Eileen said...

Your list made me smile. I love the smell of a storm blowing in too. And the beauty of a sunrise never gets old. :)

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Kristin. Your counting has made me think of a whole lot more I can be grateful for. thank you
God bless

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

What a wonderful list! I responded to your comment on my blog. Love you, Friend!

Lisa Maria said...

Always love to see your photos.. (am I too old for you to adopt? lol!) LOVE your list Kristin, so much beauty and grace around you! Have a great day!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Great photos and list of blessings. Sometimes you really don't have to look too far to find a world of blessings. Thanks for the thoughts and laughs.

Anonymous said...

Your husband's photos are awesome!!! Thanks for the invitation to be grateful...

Debbie said...

Such a lovely list of thankfulness! I enjoyed reading each one. How fun to be able to visit one another in different parts of the country and world like this. Great photos too!


Maryellen said...

Love reading your list...#563 is what I did a devotion on during the Jamaica mission trip. What a blessing to know that. I also prayed my ABC prayer and told them what a blessing that prayer had been in my life...Kris, you don't know how I appreciate you and the time God has given you to express your heart so beautifully for us to be inspired and motivated and thankful for all our wonderful blessings! Thank YOU!

Maryellen said...

P.S. Love the sunflower pic. My favorite!

Maryellen said...

Duh, I mean black-eyed Susans!!!!!!

Cora said...

I felt such a peace in reading your list today. Thank you for that. I especially loved the roses that come back every year despite the fact that they receive no special attention, etc. I don't know why that "pricked" me today. I wondered if I was willing to grace someone's life (and without thorns!) even though there was no special attention given ME in return???!!!! I'll be thinking a lot about that today as I have some decisions to make. Thank you!!!!

Grandma G. said...

Great article and beautiful pics! I am just learning myself how to find the blessings God gives me in the every day little things that I don't think about. God is good and sometimes we are looking for the big blessings and miss the little ones!