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.



Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Four Sons

*( My mother-in-law has been diagnosed with cancer and given 6-12 months.  I became overwhelmed that I had not said what I should have said a long time ago.  Let's never wait until death's door to say, "Thank You" or "I love you", or "I'm sorry", or "I forgive you", or whatever it is you need to say. . .do it now)*

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bridgman,

As I ponder this month on the Son that was sent to save me, to be my Savior, the greatest gift ever given to me, I also ponder on another son given to me, your son, Keith; another wonderful gift!

I thank my God all the time for His Son and also for your son, but I don't think I have ever thanked you two for him and so I do now. . .Thank you!

Thank you for raising your son with integrity and love.  Thank you for raising your son in the church.  Thank you for laying that strong foundation that he now stands on that anchors him to be a source of strength to me and to our boys.  Because of him, I was blessed with two more gifts, my own two sons.

Sons are precious.  Sometimes they can be a handful, sometims a son can bring heartache, but they also bring joy and a love like no other.  I've been blessed!

The perfect Son from above has been my guide and shepherd.  So has your son been that for me.  The perfect Son has been my comforter.  Your son has been that to me also.  Your son has taken the last 30 years to take care of me and love me and always be there for me. . .like the other Son I mention.

Yes, the Son of God is perfect, Keith is not.  But he is perfect for me and God knew that.  I rejoice as I think how He had his hand on Keith and me and brought us together in holy matrimony 30 years ago.  You two were there to welcome me and love me also and I thank you two for that.

I marvel at long marriages.  You two have celebrated 62 years as of now.  I know it's not been perfect as no marriage is, but you have demonstrated perseverance, patience, forgiveness, and a love that does not give up.  That is becoming rare in these days.  Thank you for modeling this for us who are behind you.

Thank you for raising the boy who grew into a man that does not give up.  That loves when it is not always easy.  For being strong when I am weak.

I thank You God for giving me two precious sons.  I thank You God for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ to come to the manger, to grow into who He already was, a part of You, to come and become a part of me.  Thank you for Mom and Dad Bridgman and for the son they sent out into the world to find me and to become a part of me.  I became complete.

As I ponder over four special sons, I sing Joy to the World. . .the Lord has come, the husband has come, the two precious sons of mine have come.  And although one wonders, the gift is still in my heart.

Thank you Mom and Dad Bridgman for giving me the gift that keeps on giving; the gift that will last a life time; the gift of your son.

Merry Christmas and I love you both,

"For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations."
Psalm 100:5

Do you need to tell someone something?


Grace said...

What beautiful couples! And what an excellent idea, Kris. I will keep your "mother-in-love" in my prayers.

Reformed rebel said...

HI Kris ~ Just caught up on your last few posts. I have been a little out of touch lately. They were all great posts. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I will pray for her as well as your family. Your letter to them is beautiful! Cancer seems to be striking many loved ones these day. I have just posted about a dear friend with cancer. God bless you. Chelle

Anonymous said...

It's so important to celebrate people while they are here. My husband just told me about someone who decided to have his "wake" while he was still alive. He had a three day visitation at his home, and when he died they really didn't do anything.

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Kristine, this is a beautiful tribute to your mother and father-in-law. It is true,we never want to pass up the opportunity to say, I love you. There may not be another opportunity.

I too, will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

pinks said...

I just teared through this thing! It is rare! As you thanked his parents for him, I couldn't help try to envision this in my life. I am not married, and quite frankly, he does not bring comfort or any of that, but at the same time, I would not have my son had she not given birth to her son... so, I can genuinely say thank you to her for at least that. At the very least... but I can say a big helping of thank You to the One who gave a perfect Son for me.

I just love this post.
<3, Kendra

lynnmosher said...

Oh, Kristin, I'm so sorry about your mother-in-law's diagnosis. These were beautiful words to your in-laws. May this Christmas be especially special for all of you. Praying for your MIL and all of the family. Blessings to you!

Renee said...

This letter really touched my heart! I lost my best friend (she was really like another sister in my family) to breast cancer 2 yrs. ago. I rejoice that she loved the Lord and is with Him today, but the letting go process is painful. The lessons I learned at her bedside are invaluable . . .

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Whata blessing to recieve a wonderful letter like this from your daughter in law! My son is 16 yrs old and I am praying for whoever he will marry in the future. Patsy from