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.



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Ponderings!

WOW!  I can't believe it's been one year since the birth of Ponderings.  I could not believe anyone would really be interested in what I had to say.  But I heard "Write" in my head  until I thought I would explode, and so I did.

I asked the Lord to bless this blog and use it to be a blessing to whoever came by.  I wanted it to bring Him glory and honor.  The blog took off more than I could have ever imagined.  In one year the blog has received 118 followers with many more readers who just have not hit that "follow" button.  Ponderings has almost 20,000 hits.  I have made good friends and have been blessed with faithful prayer warriors from all over the United States and the World; the Carribean, Africa, the Netherlands, Phillipines, and India.

I know that it is not my writings that bring people here, cause I ain't no writer, but I believe it has everything to do with God and how he works in all our lives and that is the connection.  He is connecting us through blog land where we might not otherwise have connected.  Many have identified with my prodigal issues, we present and past homeschoolers identify with each other, we all identify with our walk with the Lord, and many have shown such an interest in the homeless stories.  Because of the plarn post, many have started plarn where they live.  People are considering starting their own blanket ministries.  I have seen people pray for each other through blog land; sorrowing with one another over the death of a fellow blogger, praying earnestly for those with cancer and other life threatning illnesses, praying for ones who cannot sleep, suffering with pain and many other causes and rejoicing to anwered prayer whether that answer was a yes or no. I have seen many of you in your acts of service to the Lord and it has encouraged me and others.

We may never meet each other in person, but the love is just as real.  One day we will meet whether on this side of Heaven or the other.  I asked the Lord to use this blog as a blessing to others.  I had no idea how the blessings would flow through the computer back to me.  I want to say "Thank You" to each follower and for each one that has come to visit me here at the pond.  Thank you to each one that has left a comment and to each one that has prayed for me and my loved ones.

If I could, I would reach through the screen and give everyone of you a great big hug.  How about closing your eyes right now.  I'm hugging you with my heart. . .feel it?

I can't wait to see what God has in store for this next year. . .for you and me both.  So ya all come back now ya hear?  And let's keep sharing, keep loving, keep serving.

I love you guys!
Kristin  (Kris)


ells said...

Happy Anniversary :)...wow a year congrats...I have only been out here a few months...still not a very comfortable place for me...but like you, I felt God lead me here...so until He say something different...I guess i might make it a year too...
You have blessed me...inspired me...and challenge me...Love that I found you...hugs to you as well...

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Wow, Kristen, that is a powerful testimony to how God can move in our lives to touch others. Continued blessings to you and your ministry.

Jen said...

Congratulations on the 1st year anniversary of your blog! Being new to the world of blogging, I hope and pray I will be able to continue to meet other Christian women blogger friends for whom I can be encouraged by and also to encourage. It was through your blog that I learned about Ruby for Women and I hope that will be a place to expand my circle of Christian friends. God bless you in your writing, sharing, and ministry to those in need.

Grace said...

Happy Anniversary! God has answered your prayers...You Are A Blessing! Thank you for taking your blog ministry seriously and putting forth quality work ! You bless me with each post! Thank you! xo

Tracy said...

Hi Kristin - your blog has been and will continue to be a blessing and inspiration to me. You have got me thinking and that's a good thing.
God bless and may the year to come be filled with much joy and friendships on your blog

Jennie Morgan said...

Wow! I can't believe it's been a year either! But then I have been blessed to share your stories long before you started writing them down! And I have been blessed beyond measure at the way God has used you here in Edmond and now in your home in Kentucky AND your new home on the computer! I love you and I love the way you love the Lord!! Kindred spirits.....that's what you and I have always been! So very thankful for you! More than words could ever say!!

Lisa Maria said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary dear friend! Celebrating with you the way the Lord has just caused so much growth in your life and in your ministry!

You are such a blessing to so many.. I pray He will continue to strengthen you as you open yourself to Him.. the blessings continue to flow.

Love & Hugging you right back! :-)

Anonymous said...

Kristin - Congratulations on a year of blogging. I was led to your site by God. I'm in a similar situation where all I've been hearing from God during a period of waiting has been write to encourage others. I've been arguing with Him and finally gave in and trusted Him. What a blessing! I'm in a Good Morning Girls Bible study, they have linked in Weds. I followed someone's link which showed other blogs they followed. I chose yours, actually I didn't choose it, I was definitely led to it. God used your opening words of also being led to write as an encouragement to me. I hope to continue to follow your posts regularly. Thank you for being obedient to God to encourage me. I'm praying for the ability to encourage others as well. ~ God's abundant blessings, Faye