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, August 8, 2011

Blessings In My Journal

I've been out of it this past week, due to foggy brain, no energy, and signs pointing to the fact that this 49 year old may be heading towards another physical season, a natural season of life soon.
But God still throws blessings my way, and in my foggy brained state, I have been aware enough to have caught them.  It helps to have my thankful journal always out, ready to capture them in writing.
Thank you Lord for giving so much and allowing me to see them.  I pray I give back in a way that pleases you.

664.  sunshine
665. sunglasses
666.  friend's pool
667.  friend's wonderful homemade chicken salad and salsa
668.  friends willing to learn about the homeless with me and help with the blanket ministry
669.  junk (treasure) shops
670.  plarn balls
671.  meeting people with a passion
#672.  visit from Ohio family
673.  3 year old girl squeals and big smiles
674.  2 cute little boys and their crew cuts
675.  6 little feet running around having fun
676.  frisbees, balls, and swings
677.  pizza and chocolate cake
678.   playing hide and seek with kids
679. being covered up in pillows by 3 years old (because she thought I was cold:)
680. my new nickname given by kids. . ."Mrs. Housekeeper"
681.  watcing Sadie (my dog) be blessed with LOTS o f doggie treats from the kids
682.  hugs and kisses from 3 precious ones
683.  son who always opens the doors for me
684.  seeing my first story published in a magazine   http://issuu.com/ruby4women/docs/august_2011_ruby_for_women
      (I'm on p.42-44)
685.  second story being accepted into same magazine next month
686.  car battery dying in my garage and not out in town's 110 degree heat that I had just come from
687.  new batteries
688.  diligent, patient hubby who fixes everything
689.  new dvd documentary ~ "12 Biggest Lies"
690.  great discussions
691.  hearing hope in a friends voice who has been looking for it for quite awhile 
692.  visit #2 with my homeless friend, Greg
(story coming tomorrow)  

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Jenn said...

I, too, have had foggy brain this past week! Loved your list of thankfulness! Have a wonderful Monday, my friend!

Lisa Maria said...

Wow! You've had a busy week, despite your lethargy! Loving it all.. especially that you got your story published and that you got to spend time with some littles.. sounds like you had fun! God is SO good.. I had a similar experience with my car recently. You always have to look for the blessings.. it could always be worse!

Sent you an email. Hope you have a blessed day.

Love & Hugs

Laura said...

Per my mom's request via your recommendation, I just finished reading Same Kind of Different As Me. I can't tell you how many times I cried. I can see how God used it to move you to ministry. I'm looking forward to reading Greg's story!

Lisa said...

What a testimony that, despite your fogginess, you were still focused on God and His blessings. When things are out of sorts in our little world, we can become self-absorbed. But you remained fixed on God, and that's a blessing.

Kay K said...

What a great testimony indeed !!! you are blessed

Anonymous said...

I've entered foggy brain...The Big M... :( I was in Sam's early today and forgot...and had to be reminded. A cashier at the counter told me she totally understood. Gotta blame it on Eve..haha.

I love your list today and can't wait for the story tomorrow.

Carrie said...

Congratulations on your story! I'll head over there and read it now. And I too am blessed to have a patient husband that has much knowledge in fixing things. Thank you for sharing your list!

Carrie said...

Fabulous article! Loved every word.

Dianna Ortiz said...

Congratulations on your story being published! And it's nice to "meet" you too! :)

Reformed rebel said...

Kristin~I like your list. So glad your story was published. Am going to read it now.

Blessings in Him...Chelle

Anonymous said...

So neat to read of your ministry to the homeless...I once was afraid that my Dad was out among them. (Schizophrenic and he would just take off.) I'm glad you listened to Jesus and starting writing. I love to read what hearts write. : )

"Ima" said...

What a beautiful list. Sorry you are not feeling well, but amazed at your servant's heart through it. Congratulations on being published! Looking forward to your story about your visit with Greg.

shoutingforha said...

Congratulations on being published! It's quite an accomplishment.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Leanne said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I'm glad it let me find my way here! I'm going to have to come back when I can stay awhile, you have me intrigued! (And my sweet dog growing up was a "Sadie" too!)