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, November 14, 2011

Eucharist and Gifts

I had the priveledge of watching Greg experience his first communion in our church yesterday.  It was something.  He was curious, he seemed excited, and then he seemed humbled.  He held on to the little cup for the longest time before putting it into the holder.  Later towards the end of the sermon, he picked the cup back up looking into it for the longest time.

Greg sang as we sang praise songs.  He listened intently to the pastor, sometimes closing his eyes, head back, smiling big, saying Amen with passion several times.  When we left the church building, he said, "You may think I'm crazy but I think that pastor was speaking right at me, it was if it was written just for me."  I told him that was the Holy Spirit working on him.

My husband Keith said to me later when it was just the two of us, "You know, Greg has 46 years of crust built up and God is chipping it away bit by bit."  For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10  

Last week Greg said to us, "I know I'm a bit rough around the edges, but Jesus is smoothing me out."  At another time he said, "I'm like that clay that the Bible talks about, and Jesus is molding me."  Yes, I'm watching the Master build his masterpiece and I can't wait to see what God has prepared for Greg!

#865.  experiencing Greg's first communion
866.  the wafer
867.  the juice
868.  hearing Greg sing the praise songs with meaning
869.  hearing Greg Amening in church service from deep with-in
870.  watching God chip away bit by bit
871. moulding and sandings
872.  raised hands
873.  bowed heads
874.  prayers from the heart
875.  manners (Greg always opens the doors for me)
876.  hearing him introduce me as his sister-in-Christ
877.  my newest brother-in-Christ
878.  Eucharist

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."  Luke 22:19

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." Luke 22:19-20

878.  remembering

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Grace said...

We are all rough around the edges. It is those of us who understand this, that God can make, mold, and use for HIs glory! So happy for you and Greg!
Sounds like your week is off to a great start!

ells said...

Oh glory...glory...all the angels are rejoicing...we all are being smoothed out along side him...dropping a card in the mail today...what a joy..
blessings and you drink in all God's goodness

Jedidja said...

O, what a nice story! This is so beautiful to read. Halleluja.

Thanks for visiting my blog. It's so great you have an old mama. My father is from 1929 - also an old man, I love him al my days.
Knuffel/hug from me and a fine week!

Lisa said...

What a wonderful list of blessings, Kristin! God is so good!

Stacie said...

Simply BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a mighty, completely AWESOME God we serve.

Jennie Morgan said...

And I've enjoyed following this new creation story through you, my dear friend. I can just imagine the fun the angels are having in heaven dancing and rejoicing in every step Greg takes! I hope to meet him one day!

Denise said...

Hi Kristin,

Thank goodness that this growth and change as God molds us is a process that is on-going! I know that He is not finished with me yet, and I can't get discouraged along the way, but rather enjoy each step along the way! :) I love how He is in the process of changing Greg and taking him to where He wants him to be.

Blessings for your thankful heart! :)

Lisa Maria said...

Praise God.. our faithful shepherd who leaves the flock to come after the one who wandered away! Praising Him for the chipping and molding and sanding.

Love & Hugs from over the seas ;-)

kd sullivan said...

It's so exciting to follow Greg's discipleship here. Thanks for bringing us along on the journey.