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.



Friday, November 18, 2011

All I Want For Christmas Is. . .

. . .one goat,

Two chickens. . .

five ducks. . .

and a couple of mosquito nets. . .

After being around the homeless, reading books such as Revolution in World Missions, Radical, and Kisses from Katie, materialism has taken a back seat for me.  For over a year, closer to two, the Lord has been laying it on my heart to live more simply and do without all the store bought things.  I haven't shopped in a mall in a long time.  When I do go into a store and see all the pretty trinkets that I used to ooh and ahh at, now almost give me a sick feeling.  My mind goes to all the ones who don't even have enough food to eat and the thought of buying a trinket just doesn't seem right anymore.

 I'm not condeming those of you who do, please don't hear that!  It's just that the Lord has layed this on MY heart and so I feel this is how I need to and want to be now.  When my son started college this past semester, my husband and I didn't have the cash for it and we did not want to take out loans that would take forever to pay back.  So we became even more frugal than we had been and somehow with the help from the Lord, we have paid the first year of college in cash.  Only from the Lord!!!  We learned that we could live without much, make what we did have go further, do without vacations and new things for the home and yard.  My garden beds were emptier this past year but my heart fuller knowing we were living a more pleasing way in the Lord's sight, again this is my conviction, not speaking for anyone else here.

I received a catalog from World Vision and was excited to think that this Christmas instead of gifts underneathe my tree for me, I wanted the money that would be spent on me to be spent on a goat, two chickens and some mosquito netting. 

The world's deadliest creature, the mosquito, kills nearly 800,000 people every year.  While preventing this malaria infection in inexpensive by U.S. standards, it's out of reach for poor African families who must watch helplessly as their children suffer and die.  One of the best ways to protect children from Malaria - bed nets - as well as critical education for prevention and control.

The ducks and chickens will produce hundreds of nutritious, protein-rich eggs to feed a family year round.  And both eggs and ducklings can be sold for extra income.

Dairy goat milk provides great protein to help children grow.  The family can sell surplus milk, cheese, and yogurt at the market to earn money for medicines and other necessities.  Plus, fertilizer from goats can increase the amount of vegetables grown in a family garden. 

To me, this sounds more beautiful than a pretty trinket or something for my home that would collect dust.

If you would like to consider giving in this way please go to the online website of World Vision at http://www.worldvisiongifts.org/  and see what you could give this Christmas season to a family in need.

Another wonderful place to go to shop is http://www.amazima.org/. . .you can buy beaded necklaces made by the Ugandian women and the money goes back to them so they can support their families.  With this, you do end up with something pretty around your neck or can give to a loved one.

These kind of gifts change lives. . .these kind of gifts can save lives!

And if you would like to give a gift to the homeless, instant coffee or coffee bags would be a wonderful gift, maybe along with a coffee mug. Hot chocolate and cider bags would be great. Also a great gift would be warm, wool socks.

Please pray about what God would have you do this Christmas shopping season.  Let's give a Merry Christmas to those who really need it.  The cheer will come in the giving.

words from Katie from her book Kisses From Katie. . .
"Lord.  . .help me to never be too busy or too comfortable to rememeber the people who suffer. Help me to never stop desiring to do something about it.  Lord help us to remember that as the body of Christ, this is our responsibility.  Thank you for loving us even when we forget."

May we never forget


Anonymous said...

This is a great idea!! I think I will include it on an upcoming Christmas post...Gifts that keep on giving.

Jennie Morgan said...

At the Women of Faith conference last weekend, they had a woman whose story of supporting a couple of siblings through World Vision, had actually been shared with us last year. We had learned last year that she and her husband, after providing monthly support for these two siblings for awhile, provided the funds to build the family (single mom with 4 or 5 children) a house. They had been living in a teeny wood hut. This year, as this woman shared a little more about the story on stage, she told us that it only cost $248 dollars to build this home! I was shocked at how little it cost! This woman had also provided a cow, some goats and chickens through which the family has been able to provide for themselves and to make some income. It really does take SO little to make a HUGE difference in the lives of these precious people who are SO much in need! Thanks for this encouragement to do more with the abundance we have.

Lisa said...

Kristin, these are such great ideas! I don't need more stuff. Instead of asking for gifts this Christmas, perhaps I will focus on giving more gifts this year. Thanks for the encouragement, and Many blessings!

Lisa Maria said...

What a wonderful idea Kristin! You are such an inspiration.. God bless your compassionate heart! I wish I'd seen this before I posted my blog.. I have a link to Compassion on it, these others would have been ideal too, though the focus was more on the children.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

Love & Hugs

Debbie Dillon said...

Hello there! Wow - so much great stuff here :) Love your blog and your heart that pours through your words. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a message. Actually, our magazine is up and available now: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/298802
It's been a lot of fun putting together our premier issue. There's a great mix of material and I can't wait to see what the Lord does with it all! Many blessings to you (I'm following by email now :) Debbie

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

Awesome ideas -- I've bought chickens and goats for my dad and father-in-law from Samaritan's Purse and World Vision. I love the Lutheran World Relief catalog, too -- it has home items, jewelry, etc. made from people all around the world.

And I love your idea of offering coffee or wool socks to the homeless people in town. That is just simply wonderful.

nina @ mamas*little*treasures said...

Hi Kristin – just popping in to let you know that I have given you the “Liebster Award” because your blog is one of my favorites ;o) Please stop by my blog at http://www.mamaslittletreasures.com for all the details! So glad you are part of the Ruby for Women community ;o) Nina @ mamas*little*treasures and Ruby for Women

Jen said...

Hi Kristin,

Thanks for sharing your heart on these matters. I have had a greater desire to give as I have become more aware of the neediest around this world that we live in. I have also requested gifts to be given to me from the World Vision catalog, and the joy that it brings knowing the life that the gift will give is priceless! I wouldn't trade it for the world!

thefisherlady said...

an awesome post... all of it blessed me down to the tip of my toes. We help out at tlc.org.za a marvelous home to the abandoned infants outside Jo'burg South Africa. Wherever one looks there are needy people to bless. As Mother Theresa wrote, "Calcuttas are everywhere if only we have eyes to see. Find your Calcutta."
I love your ideas on blessing others and on doing with less so there is enough to go around.
I also love your words from Katie...
God has already provided enough in the world...If those of us with more than enough share with those in need, we would all know God's blessing of enough and may find we even have baskets full left over!
Blessings dear Kristin

Erin said...

These are absolutely wonderful ideas. I think it's great that you are doing this. For my birthday, which is between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I throw a big party and invite all my friends. They are not allowed to bring me any birthday presents. They bring presents for our local women and children's center. I get to take bags and bags and bags of goodies there for them for Christmas. It is the best feeling in the world!! Thank you so much for sharing this post. You blessed me!
Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!