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, June 14, 2011

What's All the Crowing About?

image from Google

Ah, the lovely sounds of the country…humming tractors, chickens clucking, peaceful winds blowing through the trees and the crowing of a rooster.  The rooster at the farm next to me started crowing early this one morning.  I smiled, loving the sound.  The second hour of his music, I went outside and sat on my deck to hear it even better.  The third hour of this noise, I laughed, wondering when he was going to stop.  By the fifth hour of this nonstop chatter, I was not laughing or smiling anymore.  I was ready to go clobber me one big bird.  My lovely country music turned into one aggravating, annoying piece of noise! 
Does this sound like anyone you know?  I’m not a big talker but I can chew my husband’s ear off when I have him trapped in the porch swing.  I have found myself (yes, even me) rambling on and on.  My sweet husband may want to smack me on the head, but he just smiles.  I know when he has had enough.  He will stand up and stretch and I know he wants to go in then.
            The Bible has a lot to say on what we crow about.  Ephesians 5:19 says, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.”  By hour 4, I’m thinking I need to go recite Ephesians 5:4 to the neighbor rooster…”There should be no obscenity, foolish talking or coarse joking.”  His singing had turned into foolish talk as far as I was concerned.  I wanted to give him a piece of my mind.  Then I had to recite Ephesians 4:29 to myself…”Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  Later on it says to get rid of brawling and slander.  OK, I wasn’t going to go brawling with a rooster and if I’m slandering him, I apologize. But a good reminder for us all to always check our own crowing and pray it will glorify our Lord.

          Upon further pondering, I decided maybe I have this rooster all wrong.  The Bible also says we are to have praise on our lips.  This day was gorgeous.  Maybe he was just praising.  This isn’t as far fetched as it sounds.  Psalm 145:21 says,  “Let every CREATURE praise His holy name.  Maybe the rooster was. . .  Ok. . .maybe I need to eat crow about now.   I have been known to go all day praising the Father in my home, not just where all the neighbors could hear.  Maybe that’s my lesson for this day.  That my praises should be heard all throughout the day reaching to the Heavens, no matter who else may hear.  Jesus has done SO much for all of us.  Let’s don’t hold back.  Let’s open those windows and shout to the Lord all of our thanks and gratitude and love for Him.  I know it could take me all day and more to cover it all.  How about you?
            I think we have something to crow about!


Dakota said...

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Have a blessed day!

In Christ,
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My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Kristin. this is a lovely post. I have been pondering about perspective myself lately.
God bless

Lisa said...

Love this, Kristin! I want to shout out His name from the rooftop. I think this rooster had the right idea. :)

Pamela said...

Lovely thought. I need to crow about my God more often. Thank you for the reminder.


Craig said...

funny that today I wrote about birds singing at dawn. Great minds…

And I think maybe your second take on the rooster is the one I heart. All of creation sings praise to our God – I don't think they do it by choice – we are the ones who can do it by choice – and we (read I) need to grow more often – good reminder! Thank you Kristin - and God bless you and yours.

Jenn said...

Sounds like a great lesson for us all!

Jen said...

The overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. I know what I want my heart filled with -- my my mouth be a testament to GOOD things!

Eileen said...

Very nice. All your rooster talk put a smile on my face. I've gone on a couple mission trips down to the Dominican Rep. and roosters crow there 24/7. I have to wear earplugs to fall asleep! Interestingly enough, I am going back in November and really looking forward to those rooster! Yes, we need to shout His praises every chance we get! thanks.

Nancy said...

What a fun, yet thoughtful post!

lynnmosher said...

Oh, Kristin! This was great! I loved it! Praise is my favorite thing. Blessings!

Cora said...

Such a great post, Kristin! And I could relate so well. Across the street, we have a rooster that just won't stop. In fact, he crows most of the night. It's a contest between him and a mockingbird. I guess the street light fools the rooster and he just won't stop. I've gotten used to it and tuned him out. Thank you for your reminder today ---- I have a lot to crow about!

Jackie said...

I love my job with Ruby! I am so happy to have found your blog via Ruby! I must say I totally enjoyed this post. It's uplifting and so very true....We Need to Praise Our Father Every day Every Way! It made me smile!!!! Thank you Kristin!! :)