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 11, 2011


Is eucharisteo (thanksgiving) opening the eyes wider, the heart deeper?  Is this paradox~that giving thanks for what is, creates an appetite for more~not for more things, but for seeking more of God to give more glory?  Looking is Love.
(from 1000 gifts)

My Nature is to bless.  Your nature is to receive with thanksgiving.  This is a true fit, designed before the foundation of the world.  Glorify Me by receiving My blessings gratefully.
(Jesus Calling)

Let us come before Him with thanksgiving...
Psalm 95:2

603.  husband able to go back to work
604.  fresh homemade chicken salad
605.  humming of a fan lulling me to sleep at night
606.  the wonderful, beautiful message from a stranger
607.  stepping out of comfort zones
608. and stepping right into blessings
609.  playing basketball in driveway with the neighbor kids and for a brief time feeling like a kid
610.  for not collapsing from the running and jumping (because I'm not a kid!)
611.  wearing His yoke~lightning my burdens
612.  the robe of righteousness
613.  being loved with an everlasting love
614.  my constant companion and provider
615.  love song from the Father (Zephaniah 3:17)
616.  being given another puzzle piece of my life
617.  victories after conflicts
618.  His unswerving faithfulness
619.  resting in the shade
620.  getting to sit by a queen (you had to be there:)

621.  witnessing my first live "planking" (inside Panera!)
622.  why is 621 a blessing you may ask?  It was funny, made me laugh
623.  serving an Almighty, Holy God who gave us the ability to laugh

624.  being able to laugh after being in a pit

Then our mouth was filled with  laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, "the Lord has done great things for them'"
Psalm 126:2

May you all be blessed this week and find laughter somewhere,
even if it's just at my picture:)

Liinking with dear ones over at



My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Kristin. Lovely post. Ok, so what is planking?
Have a great week further with much laughter and much blessing
God bless

Denise said...

Curious what planking is like Tracy!? :) (By the way, I love, love Panera, and also depend on a fan to put me to sleep at night!) :)
May your week be full of joy and laughter too; it soothes the soul! :)

Jennie Morgan said...

LOVE 609 and 610! Sounds like my kind of fun!!

Your grateful friend.

Cora said...

I'm really curious about the planking, too! I think it's something we all need to know about here.

Nothing better than a good laugh, is there. And the love song????? My favorite!

Kristin Bridgman said...

I will post tomorrow what planking is :)

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Such a wonderful list! Stepping right into blessings... what an awesome gift! Resting in the shade is certainly a blessing lately. How great to be able to laugh! :)

Cherry said...

I enjoyed reading your list ... and saw that you have a quote from the book, Jesus Calling ... I LOVE that book, and God uses it over and over to speak Truth to me! Thanks for visiting me at my Pursuing Heart blog ...

Carrie said...

It's so nice to meet you! Thank you for leaving a comment on my site. I love Psalm 19:14; so much so that it's become one of my life verses. I loved everything you wrote in your header. I'm most impressed that you're on your third book - good for you and congratulations! I look forward to revisiting your site often. Thank you for sharing everything. You have definitely touched my heart.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I couldn't help but start chuckling a little bit after I read # 610, ha, ha! :)

#607 is still a bit scary for me, personally, for stepping out of my "comfort zones" makes me nervous. I'm glad that you have found it to be a blessing. Maybe I will . . . someday . . .

By the way, your picture is great! Why would I laugh at it? :)

Lisa said...

Kristin, I can relate to #605. :) Great list! Many blessings!

Judith C Evans said...

I love the sound of a fan humming at night, too. Reminds me of summers in New Hampshire when I was a kid. Lovely list!

Lisa Maria said...

Dear Kristin.. you have such a joy for life and find pleasure in so many simple things! I'm glad you could still bop around a basketball hoop.. I think I might just have collapsed ;-)

I'm so glad your hubby's better and back to work. Loved your thankful list.. so joyful!

P.S. I've got teenagers so I happen to know what planking is.. but I'll leave it to you to explain.

Love & Hugs

Kim said...

great list! I have never heard of planking. Hmmm... now I know...
thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a blessed day.

Kay K said...

Love your thankfulness list. We have so much to THANK GOD for !!!

Jenn said...

Beautiful list!