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, July 12, 2011


I mentioned in my post yesterday that I had seen my first out in public sighting of a planking.  Some of you did not know what this was.  (and I wouldn't want you to freak out if you see this somewhere, sometime. Also, the teenagers will think your cool, hip (do we still say those words?) if you know what planking is.

It's a fad.  Remember the fads from the past?  Fads like hula hoops, streaking, disco dancing, flag pole sitting, telephone booth stuffing.  Well, it seems for this most recent decade, planking is the new fad.  It's really silly, but then isn't telephone booth stuffing silly too as well as most other fads.  Although, I did enjoy the hula hooping and probably would today if my hips still worked like they did back then.

So what is planking?  It's laying down straight on anything and looking like a plank.  I told you it was silly.  I think the more outrageous thing a person can plank on the better. They plank on benches, fences, posts, coke machines, anything!  It's really just good, clean fun. Something for teenagers to do in the summer when they are bored.  I know, there are other things they could be doing, but it seems every decade has their fads, and right now, this is one of them.  I just tell my 18 year old to please not plank on anything over six feet off the ground!  I must have told him this after this picture was taken :

Oh well!

I read the other day that blogging was a fad of the 2000's.  I guess I'm right in there with the other fadders (is that a word?)
I at least keep both feet on the ground though. And I keep my clothes on.  I never did understand that one.  But then, a lot of people will not understand this one either.  Is that part of what makes things a fad?
  Who know?  I might even give planking a try, if I can find something LOW to the ground.  Maybe the ground?
I seem to be asking a lot of questions, don't I?
There goes another one!
Oh well, again!
If you're ever out now, and you see someone laying on a post, you'll know:)

(I don't think there was really a spiritual lesson here, just a little fun for today)

Linking up with the girls over at


Jedidja said...

It;s funny. I've nerver seen 'planking' people here.

Kristin Bridgman said...

Jedidja, it's big here in the states, and I know it's going on in Scotland and the Carribean, so you may see it soon there in the Netherlands. It's funny how something like this goes all over the world! :)

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Kristin. Ok, so I don't think I'm going to get into this fad. I'll show this to my kids though, maybe they can start it here is good old South Africa.
God bless

Lisa said...

That's a new one to me! Kinda fun (and funny) looking. It'll be interesting to see how popular this gets.

Cora said...

Can't imagine doing this in public!!!! But it IS something we did as kids -- it just didn't have a name. We used to do this on see-saws, laying down in the middle and trying to balance the board evenly. We also did it on ladders stretched out between the rungs on the swing set. Then on the railing of the porch, the banister of the steps, etc. Anywhere that was NOT normal. Thanks for giving it a name. Just needed to know this!!!

Recovering Church Lady said...

Lol, great post on planking. Anything that makes laying down trendy has my vote! Ha!

Kristin Bridgman said...

Cora, you were planking and didn't know it:)
RCL, you're so funny! I agree!
Next time I'm out and see a post or stand or something, I may look at it twice and look around. . .:)

"Ima" said...

Oh my-I have never heard of this before, except for in the gym as an ab exercise. This definitely made me laugh-fads crack me up. Thanks for helping me be hip (do people say that anymore?) Now, I'm thinking about all of the fads I grew up with. :)

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Thanks for the clarification. I've heard the term, but not the exact definition. Some people just don't have anything better to do. I never did go along with fads, even when I was young. Too busy doing other things: writing, painting, dancing and on and on goes the list, oh and reading! Can't forget that one.

Cindy said...

So planking I have heard of and unfortunately due to a death from said fad...I think the person picked the Wrong place to plank:( Anyway, I love planking and do it every night when I lay face down in my bed:) Fads ... sometimes they are just plain fun!!!

Jenn said...

Well, I just learned something today! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristin, You stopped by my blog Monday and I just wanted to thank you for your lovely comment and prayers. I'm having fun looking around your place - - and learning about planking :)

Anonymous said...

A friend blogged about this yesterday. I shared that this middle aged woman with a few bumps where I don't want them, may struggle becoming a plank! LOL! It's one of those harmless fads that for once doesn't fall under the category as sin! Personally, I think it's hilarious! Thanks for a chuckle this early in the morning. Love to begin the day with a laugh!

thefisherlady said...

new to me... I think it is going to be catchy though to this 56 year old... looks too fun not to try!