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, July 18, 2011

Blessings in His Beauty

I went on a hunt and look what I found. . .

625.  beauty in pink petals and spiky tops, and yellow, fluttery wings. . .

626.  glowing yellow from within this beauty. . .

627.  beautiful, deep oranges with spindly middles. . .

628.  beautiful designs within beautiful flower

629.  beautiful light shining on pine needles

630.  beautiful, simple, perfect, leaves

631.  beautiful ladybug balancing on the tiniest of seats 

632.  path leading me home

I'm so thankful to the Creator of beauty and for the paths He leads me on, whether those lead to beauty or other, because I know when He is with me, whatever path He puts me on is the right one for me.  I treasure the gifts of beauty I have seen, and the beauty of those I am around, and the beauty of the One who leads.  This week has been a quiet one for me and I have treasured the blessing of stillness and quietness and the peace and being still and knowing the Presence of my Lord.
(Psalm 46:10)

May you all find beauty this coming week and walk the path He leads you on.

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heather @ mrs. southern bride said...

Beautiful images!

Rod said...

Dear Kris, well here I am, as the email requested to look at the blog!

You might also be interested in my blog that I have written and photographed for over 11 years as I have travelled on with God:


Feel free to pass it on.

ps. not writing much these days because change at work is undermining my inner-peace that I use as a check to make sure it is not just me and my ego.

So sadly by the time I decide to sit and write the muse has passed on. So I hope that God is not too mad with me for keeping for myself and not getting it down fast enough - still that is life with a 1 and 3 year old, not forgetting I am going to be a grandad soon as well!

blessings to all
May God bless those who meditate upon the Lord and find His peace to change the world.

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Kristin - love the last bit about finding beauty and walking on the path He leads. Lovely pics.
God bless

h. rae said...

Ohh, I love that first picture! Fantastic! I also enjoyed the little lady on the "tiniest of seats".

Hope you're having a wonderful day, Kristin!

JoyFull said...

Nice shots!!! love the little lady bug!

tiffany @ tea w tiffany said...

Thanks for popping in on me and my list of gifts. I often use pics with my posts, but I'm having problems with my card reader on laptop. Soon I will be back to pictures. Because they speak life. Yours sure do. I love flowers too. :)

Lisa said...

Beautiful pictures, Kristin! God's beauty is revealed all around us in nature. I'm also thankful for the paths that lead me home - to Him. Many blessings!

Tammy said...

It is just beautiful pictures. I especially like the path. Lovely list and thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blog world.

Cora said...

The path that leads home. . . .!!!!! I just loved that more than anything. I've run so many times, and thought I was so lost, but He always shows us the way home, doesn't He??? I always feel at peace when I come here, and today was no exception! Thank you, Kristin!

Judith C Evans said...

Lovely pictures! I've always had a soft spot for ladybugs. Have a blessed week!

Stephani said...
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Stephani said...

We sure can see God's presence all around us can't we? Thanks for stopping by today, so glad you did.

Carrie said...

Absolutely gorgeous photographs! Praise God for such beauty! I adore the ladybug, perched on such a delicate stem. Thank you so much for sharing these - your pathway to the house is wonderful. Glad you enjoyed a peaceful week, nourishment for the mind and spirit.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

What a wonderful hunt. Everything is so, so beautiful! Each and every detail... amazing. So much beauty to be found. So much beauty to enjoy. :)

Amy said...

Glad you went on a hunt! What beauty you discovered:) That balancing ladybug is amazing.

Craig said...

the day wasn't very nice to me, so I came to a nice place. And look what I found! All of them beautiful – I hearted them – especially that ladybug balancing on the head of a pin. I'm not quite so grumpy now – thank you Kristin - job well done! God bless you.

Jedidja said...

Glad to read your words: I'm so thankful to the Creator of This Has Been a quiet week for me and one I have treasured the blessing of Stillness and quietness and the peace and being still and knowing the Presence of my Lord.'

I like your beautiful photos. What is the nature beautiful. There is a beautiful hymn in my language about 'paths and roads to God'
This touches me most in the song: the words - Keep me in balance!

Cindy in PA said...

Beautiful pictures of His creation! Thank you for sharing your list this week. Blessings!

Jenn said...

Beautiful, indeed! I always feel so close to God when I am out in nature.

Connie Arnold said...

I found your lovely blog through Ruby for Women. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures and inspiring posts!

Bristol @ Diligent Leaves said...

Oh Kristin, gorgeous photos, as always!! Thanks to God for all these beautiful blessings in your life!