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, December 19, 2011

Are You Ready?

I can't tell you how many times I've been asked in the last couple of weeks,  "Are you ready for Christmas?"   What they are asking is if I have all the presents bought, wrapped and under the tree, is all my grocery shopping and baking done.

But, when I close my eyes, I can hear my Lord's voice asking, "Are you ready?"  I don't believe He is wondering about wrapped gifts and food.  He wants to know, am I ready to celebrate His Son's birthday, no matter what.  Is my heart prepared?  Have I kept Him in my mind during the shopping trips, driving through traffic, going to shows?  If the yule log wasn't ready, or if I couldn't find that one particular gift, or if my loved one did not show up, would I still be ready?

One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Mary, Did You Know?"  I can just hear that unmistakable voice whispering to me,

 "Kris, do you know, that when you're in the traffic, I am with you too?
Yes Lord, I know.

"Kris, do you know when people get impatient, I will give you grace to handle all situations?"
Yes Lord, I know.

"Kris, do you know when you are missing loved ones, I am here to comfort you?"
Yes Lord, I know.

Kris, do you know when you are weary, I will sustain you?"
Yes Lord, I know.

"Kris, do you know no matter how many sweets you eat, they can't fill you up like the sweet love I have for you?"
Yes Lord, I know.

"Kris do you know that when the tree comes down and all the wrappings are thrown away, when those things rust and fall away, my gift to you will always be?"
Oh yes Lord, I know.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul.

"Kris, do you know. . .the babe in the manger grew up into a man, died and rose again and is here for all mankind?
My gift is for all but they have to be told, everyone...young and old.
The people need to feel my love
Please be my hands and feet and tell them it is from above.
Tell them I am here for them if they would but just look
Share my words with them, give them my Book.
Tell them the greatest gift is theirs, just believe
All they have to do. . .just repent and receive.
Kris, do you know?

Yes Lord, I know. . .I will.

O reader. . .do you know?  Are you ready?

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Grace said...

Ready, willing, and able! Great reminder, Kris!
Merry Christmas and may your 2012 bring blessings you only dreamed of! ~ Grace

Nylse said...

this is nice...i'm ready!
but i dont think i know this song, so i'm listening to it on youtube

Lisa said...

Kris, we had very similar thoughts today. God used that song to speak to my heart too. Great reminder that we must always be ready.

Many blessings!

ells said...

Kris...great post...pondering Mary myself today...I want to live ready always ready to receive...
Blessings to you~

Jennifer said...

That is my goal--to always be ready, pushing aside the distractions so I can fully embrace Him!

Merry Christmas!

Reformed rebel said...

Great post Kris. One of my favorite songs also. I want to always be ready for what ever He has!

MarieElizabeth said...

How lovely. I have cut down the "stuff" around the holidays this year, so I can try and find the importance of Christmas again. Thanks for the reminder.

Jean Wise said...

Coming over from Jen's blog hop and glad I did. I really needed to read this today. thank you so much

Renee said...

We just sang "Mary, Did You Know?" in chapel today. I'll remember your post when I hear that song again. Thanks for sharing this. Blessings!

Jen said...

I love how you have taken this song and made it personal. Oh, to be consumed by Him as He is consumed with us.

Debra said...

Yes Lord, I’m ready! Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel, Oh come already!

God's abundant blessings ~ Faye said...

Kris, Thanks so much for blessing me with your personalized reminder of the song. We're so focused on getting ready for Christmas, too often we're not focused enough on getting ready for Christ's coming - again! Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly! ~ Faye @ Godsabundantblessings.com

Denise said...

How lovely the way you personalized this song with your name Kristin...inspiring! May you enjoy the blessings of Jesus' Birth, and may the love that you share remain throughout the coming year!

Blessings and hugs,

Eddie Heramia said...

What an inspiring post, Kristin.. thanks so much for a great reminder ... Merry Christmas..

ღ soraya ღ said...

Nice post...thank you very much for sharing...happy holidays...blessings soraya

Stacie said...

Nice post, Kristin!

Just stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

I am ready, always. Good question, Kristin. One we need to ask ourselves over and over again when the world snares us in its diversions.

Merry Christmas!