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.



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

To Save a Star

The Starfish Story

Original Story by: Loren Eisley
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. 
Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"
The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don't throw them back, they'll die.""Son," the man said, "don"t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't make a difference!"
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the
man, he said,
"I made a difference for that one."

As I've been working on a book project, interviewing the homeless in my town as I run the Blanket Ministry for the homeless at the same time, I am compiling quite a few stories along with a photo album.
I mainly listen to them share their story, giving them a voice, praying as I do, they will feel the love of Christ from me.  I remember their names, I give them hugs, a listening ear and share Jesus with them. 

Some would say that I cannot save all these people.  I never intended to save them.  That job was given to someone else.  I was just told to be a light in a dark world, to share love and compassion and give a blanket for warmth. And so, that is my desire.

I had the priveledge of praying the sinners prayer with the first man in this album.  What a joy, a delight, a thrill, and a gift. . .for him and for me! God came in and saved this man through His son Jesus Christ.  And I was able to partake in this holy moment.   If I had not been on this "beach", I would have missed this miraculous moment. 

Look at these faces. . .

What do you see?  Do you think they need the love of Jesus spoken to them?  Or should they just be left to die? What about the ones around you?  Don't leave them there.  Throw them a line, throw out the light on them, throw them into the arms of Jesus. . .and let Him do the saving.  Would you really want these "stars" to die on a dry, parched beach? I didn't think so. 

What stars has God put in your path?  You may not make a difference to all of them, but is it not worth it for that one that you could?

Next week is National Hunger and Homelessness Week.  Please look at my post before this one to see what you can do.  Google this title in your home state and city and find what you can do where you live.

Pick up that star and pray.  God will show you what to do.
Thank you.


Jennie Morgan said...

YES! Everyone of them needs and deserves the love of Jesus!! And unless we SHOW them His love, it will never be real to them! God bless you for being HIS love with skin on for each of these dear people and so many others whose lives you've touched!

Jen said...

Thank you, Kristen, for sharing. That was a real confirmation for me. God has opened a door for me to partner with a ministry in Asia whose ministry is to provide shelter, counseling, healthcare, vocational training, and alternative employment by making eco-friendly handmade jewelry to women whose lives have been enslaved by sexual exploitation on the streets. My "job" will be to sell the jewelry to continue to support their alternative employment and also to promote the mission of the organization. They use the "starfish parable" that you shared, and I have been second guessing myself recently as to whether I can really make a difference for those women by promoting that organization extending hope and help to them. After reading your post, I feel a renewed sense of conviction that this is indeed a door that God is opening for me, and my heart breaks for everyone of those women that need to be rescued from that lifestyle. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing!

Grace said...

Kris, all I can say is a hearty, AMEN! I just loved the photos you posted with your writing. Beautiful faces!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful faces....Every face is a face loved of God whether homeless and poor in body, or wealthy and poor in spirit. Thank you for reminding me to see the lost around me. You are gift.

Quiltingranny said...

Thank you Kristen. As you may recall, I have a son who is homeless. He has been recently arrested for the crime of...being homeless. Please pray for our family, I am believing God will provide a miracle of a new home for us with an apt in the back so we can keep an eye on him. We found one on some acreage...however we cannot afford the down, to make an offer nor do we have credit...but I am believing God is going to use us to help him. Crying so hard right now! You rock! Every homeless person needs someone who loves them!

Jen said...

God has blessed me with a new opportunity to help save "stars" and I am beyond grateful!