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.



Thursday, July 28, 2011

How to Make Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

This is the video to go with yesterday's post, Plarn Balls. . . . .

I do not know how to crochet.  I just make the plarn balls and give them to the people at our Community Action Center.  The women there are crocheters.  If you do not crochet either, you could just make the plarn balls and find crocheters to do the rest.  I bet there are a lot of older women in the church who crochet and this might give them a ministry to be a part of. . .just a thought :)

Happy plarning everyone!


Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing this video! I don't crochet either, but I'm sure there are ladies in the church who would LOVE to be a part of this ministry. Many blessings, Kristen!

Carrie said...

Thank you! I've only used a crochet circle loom, but maybe I could try this!

Kristin Bridgman said...

Please remember girls, if you don't crochet, that's all right. The ones who do crochet the mats spend a LOT of time doing just that part, so it is SO helpful if others can make the plarn for them. ANYONE can make plarn :)

Nancy said...

Kristin, I am so glad to meet you....Your blog is full of wonderful ideas, and insights.....I am your newest member...

I have heard of knitting market bags out of the plastic bags but not the sleeping mats...This is a wonderful idea.....I am going to check with my church.....

Bless you new friend, and I hope to get to know you better.....

Hugs and blessings,

Cora said...

What a great idea, Kristin, and I do crochet. I'm saving the video and passing it on to some other crochet people I know. I just love this idea!!!! And what a beautiful ministry! Thank you!