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.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011


This was our dog Sadie's last trip to the pond.  She loved going out there with us.  She walked down the trails with us, would jump quail from the tall grasses, go to the water for drinks, and just enjoyed the outdoors with us.

She was the best of pets.  She was an in/out dog.  If we were out she wanted to be out, if we were in, she wanted to be in.  She never hurt anything in the house, and never was a problem, except for that strawberry, blonde hair she would leave behind.  She had such a sweet nature about her and wouldn't hurt a flea.

Sadie began to really show her age of 15  years this year, really going down hill in just the last month.  She was losing her strength in her legs and we had to eventually raise her up ourselves for her to get up off the floor.  She could not walk at all on the wooden floors anymore.  She could not get up the steps anymore.  She just didn't want to eat anymore and lost a lot of weight. 

I knew what was coming, but I didn't want to  think about it for awhile.  But when I had to get on the floor and start holding up her water dish so she could drink, when she would not take her doggie treats anymore that she alway loved, when her ears drooped and she kept looking at me with those sad, brown eyes, not even lifting her head for me anymore, I knew. 

If dogs meet their Maker, she met hers today.  She'll be strong again and I think if their is a pond where she went, she'll be there having the time of her life.  Maybe she'll be waiting for us.  Rejoice in your new home Sadie, we'll be there some day and you can meet us and show us your new stomping grounds.  And we'll go walking together again.

We loved you Sadie!  Be happy. . .


Cora said...

Oh, Kristin! I'm crying here! I'm crying for you, as I know what you are going through. And I'm crying for me, and all the dogs of my lifetime that are playing at that pond, too. I look at Buster, the gold metal winner of energy and vitality, but I see the white around his face already. . . .!!!! Oh my! Please know I love you and wish I could say something to comfort you. Instead, I just hug you here and cry with you!

Reformed rebel said...

Kristin...I'm sorry. I'm crying with you...literally. I know how hard this is. Please know that you are in my prayers. Too sad for words! Hugs my friend...Chelle

Lisa Maria said...

Oh Kristin... my heart aches for you. I've had dogs all my life and had to say goodbye to too many so I know what you're going through. They're not just dogs.. they're part of your family and their unconditional love is so constant and unique. God be with you my friend.. cherish the memories and I sure do hope that our pets can romp with us in the hereafter.

Love & Hugs

Lisa said...

{{{Kristin}}} I'm so sorry! My heart breaks for you. But I love how beautifully this sweet remembrance is written. Many blessings!

Jennie Morgan said...

Oh my goodness! This has been a bad few days for dogs! You are the 3rd friend who has lost their dog in the past 5-6 days! What a sweet tribute you've written to your precious Sadie! We brought two dogs with us from Wyoming. Lost one of them in July of 2005 and the other one in July of 2006. They had each reached the age of 14 when they died. We were heartbroken over each one, then God gave us Kody in December 2006. He's a psycho dog but one of the nicest, sweetest dogs ever! Hope your heart and mind continue to be filled with sweet memories of Sadie girl!

Grace said...

I am so sorry to read this, Kris. I know what you are going through! May you find comfort in the memories of your dear friend!~Grace

shellye said...

What a sweet tribute to a sweet dog.

Kristin Bridgman said...

Thank you girls! Isn't if funny how those furry creatures grab our hearts so?! Maybe it's that unconditional love they shower us with. . .kinda like someone else we know, huh? :)
Well, I'm all cried out. Now on to just remembering the fond, sweet, and funny moments of my sweet Sadie.

lynnmosher said...

Oh, Kristin, I am so sorry for the loss of your furry family member. They do grab our hearts. A few years ago, we had to help ours see heaven. It's always so sad to let them go. Praying for your aching heart.

Susan Rush said...

Wiping the tears . . . Sounds like sweet Sadie brought much joy. I pray your memories bring you comfort (and the thought of Sadie playing by her heavenly pond.)

Anonymous said...

Kristin, I am so sorry. I had to put my dog down last year, and was surprised at the depth of grief I experienced. May the Lord keep you and comfort you.

Anonymous said...

Kris, I am so sorry on your loss of Sadie. She was always there to greet me during a visit. She even smiled! Sadie was a sweet dog and I know you will miss her terribly. Remember, you were a good pet parent and Sadie knew you loved her. Deborah