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 15, 2011

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

"naming offers the gift of recognition, the naming of moments is truely a holy work"
Ann Voskamp

"when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.
This makes me full and I "magnify Him with thanksgiving."
Ann Voskamp

the naming and praising continues. . .

693.  18 year old son always willing to listen to my stories
694.  ranch dressing~makes everything better

695.  quiet, available time when the nap bug bites
696.  committee meetings
697.  plans
698.  K-F-C when M-O-M doesn't want to cook

699. relaxing on pool floats
700.  total peace as I sit and talk with a big, ex-con
701.  friendship forming between the most unlikely of pairs
702.  feeling the Holy Spirit in the park
703. words that raise the spirit
704.  meeting Francis~little, tiny elderly woman~patient in the hospital
705. her sparkling eyes as she told me she was a believer and how much she loved Jesus
706.  her frail, soft, thin hand holding mine as I prayed for her
707.  invitations~she gave me her address and wanted me to come visit her(we had just met)in another town because she said "I like you so much"
708.  ministries~that pull me out of comfort zones~so I can meet little, sweet ladies like this
709.  words that say~come on in, we're glad you're here
710.  swinging on the front porch on a glorious afternoon being serenaded by a huge
choir of cicadas

711.  receiving the puzzle pieces as He sees fit to give them
712. 3rd great visit with Greg
713. seeing him so happy to see us
714.  Keith and I both knowing this is a God-ordained friendship with Greg
715.  hearing Greg say he would pray for me
716.  knowing that His portion is enough 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. . .and flow. . .and flow. . .
Thank you Father! 

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Anonymous said...

Amazing list, today! You are a tool in His hand!

Denise said...

What a lovely picture, and I love the quotes! :)

I can just picture Francis; she sounds like a sweet and adorable lady! (I just love spending time with loving and spunky elderly people!) :)

The relationship you have built with Greg, and the way you have shared it has surely touched me....I will continue to keep him in my prayers....

Have a blessed week!

Eileen said...

Beautiful list of gratitude. So love the pictures too!

ells said...

I posted that very line..Praise God...He is filling the hearts of His children with praise...lovely list.


Kristin Bridgman said...

You girls are up early too :)
Thank you for your sweet comments.
I pray you all have a wonderful week!

Marja said...

Awesome praise list :) I stumbled upon your blog because my friend Wyn has a blog named Ponderings.

Lisa said...

I love this quote, Kristin - "when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me." I say I want to see God's blessings everywhere, but when you listed ranch dressing as a blessing, I realize I'm not looking hard enough. :) Many blessings!

Carrie said...

Fabulous list! I love #711 - I too feel as I receive a piece here and then a piece there. So grateful to the Lord for remaining patient with me as I work on this great puzzle of mine! Oh yes, I also agree that Ranch dressing makes things taste wonderful. Have a great week.

Kristin Bridgman said...

LOL, ranch is a blessing because it makes the nasty, "good for me" veggies go down. Now I can tell my mother, yes, I ate my vegetables :)

Lisa said...

I always enjoy reading your lists Kristin!

Bristol @ Diligent Leaves said...

mmm, I know I haven't been around much lately, Kristin (it's busy around here!) but I wanted to be sure to say that I love reading your gratitude lists! They always resonate so beautifully for me. Thanks for sharing! Glad you're well!