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 16, 2011

You Want Me To Do What?!

The South-Central Kentucky Coalition on Homeless Group became public and official on November 15, 2011.  That's me on the far left. . .

What in the world am I doing there?!

I am standing with a group of professionals who represent professional businesses such as Hotel, Inc., Salvation Army, LifeSkills, Community Action, WKU Alive Center, the Housing Authority.  And then there is me. . .a housewife of 30 years whose calling was to her family and her home.  My children are not little anymore, 23 and 18.  One day I asked the Lord, now what would you have me do?  That is when He pestered me, ummm, told me to start writing.  Me, a writer, HA!  I have no experience.  But I shakily obeyed and my blog took off.  Not because of me, but because of HIM!

Then I heard, "hand the homeless blankets."  WHAT!  Me?!  I wouldn't know where to start.  But I shakily obeyed and have handed out over 1000 blankets in two winters with a great start on this third winter coming.  I've made friends with ones I would have never met if I had not obeyed the Lord's promptings.

Then I received a phone call asking me to come to a meeting.  ME?!  I'm just a housewife. . .do housewives go to meetings?  But I heard that familiar voice say, "Go."  I shakily went.  I took a friend who is also a housewife and mother.  She is not pitiful like me though.  She gives me courage.  :)   And before I knew it, the South-Central Kentucky Coalition on Homelessness was born and I was there!  I felt like I shouldn't be there.  Everyone was talking about MOU's. . .I'm thinking, "what's an MOU?  I soon learned that meant, Memorandum of Understanding. . . OHHH.  I kept hearing statistics, numbers, 501(C)3 non-profit organizations, IRS fees, CoC, Grant Acts and on and on and on. "Lord, remember me, little ol' housewife who knows nothing."  NOW, He decides to be quiet and leave me there.  But as I picture the people I have met underneath the bridges, on park benches, sitting on the walking bridge, at Salvation Army, my heart goes out to them.  Some have become my friends.  I can give this new group above a face. . .faces for who they so tirelessly work for.  The homeless have to come to these organizations to get help, many of who do not know about.  I can bring the people to these organizatons if they will let me. 

Is this my job, Lord?  
"Just be their friends, show My love to them, and I will take care of the details, I will show you your steps in My time."   OK, I get it.  Keep obeying as I go and He will direct my steps.  I can do that.  And with each step I take, I am blessed.  

My and my friend's job for this meeting above?  Supply the food.  Oh yeah, we can do that.
with the help of

and the beautiful table courtesy of my friend Leigha. . .the brave one.

What will happen because of this group?  I'm not sure yet.  But I will hang around and see what is up God's sleeve.  And as I think about my new friends that I have met out there on the streets. . .I smile as I think of the blessings I have received and I would not have ever met them if I had stayed in my comfort zone. . .my home, my empty home during the day. . .my home that would have been very clean, but my soul would have been kinda empty for not have meeting the precious souls that I have. . .these souls that Jesus love. . .and I'm learning to love. . .


Stay tuned to see what happens as I learn myself.  It could be interesting!

What has God said to you that made you go, WHAT?!


Jen said...

Friend! I have missed you at SDG. Came by to see what you were up to and I so see God working through you every single time I come here. Love your sweet heart and your willing spirit.

Lisa said...

I'm excited for you, Kristin. It's amazing what God can and will do when we simply say Yes.

kd sullivan said...

Your life is so exciting.

Reformed rebel said...

Hey Kristin ~ You go girl! It is so exciting to read what God is doing through you. Keep it up. God has even better things in store.

ells said...

Kristin...so wonderful to see His Spirit leading here...you the willing vessel...stepping out...saying yes...what an encouragement....can't wait to see all where God leads...
Blessings as you follow...

Lisa Maria said...

Kristin I'm so proud of you. Your obedience to God is yielding so much wonderful fruit! I firmly believe that He doesn't lead us to things that He doesn't empower us to do and you are living proof. I pray that God will continue to bless and guide you and for the success of this project. Your friend Greg's experience shows that God doesn't just want to feed tummies!

Love & Hugs

Grace said...

I am so happy for you! To be a tool in His hand....

Kristin Bridgman said...

Thank you guys, you all are so encouraging! As long as I hold onto that Righteous Right Hand of His. . .and have my brave friend at my side. . .then I'll be brave :) It's always exciting to think what might be around the corner! (maybe a mission house???)

lynnmosher said...

Yay! I knew there was something great in store for you. And this is just the beginning! Blessings to you!

karen myers said...

Kristin you belong in this picture. Each one of us has been guided to be here, each one of us is following our hearts...none of us know where this is going, each one of us is willing to love, to heal, to be the vessels. God pics good people! Hold on to your socks! I look forward to what He puts together. Thank you for following His guidance within you.
Blessings, Karen