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.



Friday, December 16, 2011

This is 90.7

This is for all you out there that hear God calling you to step out of your comfort zone but you are reluctant to do so. . .please listen.

I grew up painfully shy and quiet and I was never one to speak much.  I always wanted to be at the back, to blend into crowds.  And this was not a pleasant way to live.  So why do we do this?  For me, I believe I let the devil whisper those insecurities into me so much that I believed them more than I believed God's promises.  As I became an adult, let me say an older adult, I began to realize where those feelings were coming from and I began to stand up to the enemy, fighting him with the strenghth and power of the Almighty God.  I also realized that in those insecurities, I was thinking soley of myself and finally realized just how selfish that really was.

Over the last 12-15 years, God has been empowering me little by little, pulling me out of comfort zones of one kind or another.  And with each one I stepped out of, blessings abound and I became a little bit stronger.

Never in a million years did I ever think I would go onto the radio waves for ALL to hear.  But I had a passion that God layed on my heart for a group of people and those people became more important than myself.  God has been taking blinders off my eyes for quite awhile now and it is so liberating to see, feel, and share with the love of Christ.  As I grow, He is giving me more and more opportunities to do just what I never wanted to do. . .be out there in the public's eye.  But now instead of feeling the old insecurities, I stand strong on the promises of God.

December 15, 2011. . .I stood on those promises once again and found myself about to enter this place. . .

I walked through the doors and saw this. . .

I thought I better go to the little girl's room and have a quiet time.  I went in, shut the bathroom door, and this is what I saw taped to the back of it. . .
Ok. . .I am ready to step out of the box and into the radio booth.
This is 90.7 Christian Family Radio and in 3-2-1
WARNING!  My Oklahoma drawl and the Kentucky southern influence may have blended just a tad bit .


pinks said...

You sound sooooooo cute!!!! So proud of you for your obedience! I love your work and ministry God brought to you. Thank you so much for sharing!

<3 Kendra

Anonymous said...

I just listened to the interview. Great job. :)

Lisa said...

You did great, Kris! I'm really proud of you. God is so good! :)

Many blessings!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your testimony about your blanket ministry. As I heard your words, I felt tears in my eyes. It was such a heart-warming message that you shared. I pray that all who hear it will be blessed in some way.

I think that you did a GREAT job, for I would be too tongue-tied to do something like this. Your little "accent" was cute too. :)

Jenn said...

I, too, feel God pulling me out of my comfort zones. I have been shy and more than happy to hole up in my home. I recently started leading a Bible Study for ladies, something I pretty much said I would never do! HA! Never tell God you won't do something! LOL!

I can't listen to what you said on the radio since I have dial-up, but congratulations on stepping out for God!

Jennie Morgan said...

I thought you did GREAT in the interview. And I loved hearing your sweet Oklahoma/Kentucky drawl!!!

Jedidja said...

I love it!
And me/I ... as a foreigner can not hear any accent in your voice. It's just American and that is a little different than the schoolenglisch I learned years ago.

I think you have a beautiful voice to sing.

Compliments of me, brave woman!

ells said...

I love the journey God has put you on....listened to the interview...love the accent:)
Oh blessings to you as you continue to follow His heart....

Kristin Bridgman said...

Thank you everyone! Yes God is good!
I would never step out of comfort zones, out of the box if it wasn't for Him.
To God be the Glory!!!

ps~ It's actually fun outside of the box. . .give it a try if you haven't already:)

Craig said...

boy, how you have stepped out of your comfort zone this year –I remember the very simple beginnings of your homeless journey that ended with the bag beds – and was it Greg? His whole story. Good for you Kristin – I want some of your step out of the comfort zone-ish-ness. And one more thing Kristin, for months now I haven't read enough of the blogs I heart – there just haven't been enough hours – it started when Sara went to be with Our Lord, when all I could do was read her blog and no one else – and then I just ran out of energy – so instead of posting 10 posts a week on my two blogs – I’m going down to eight posts per week. I’m thinking that the extra time can be used to read more – and for goodness sakes, comment every once in a while. I’m sorry I haven’t read you enough – this should help. Anyway, God bless you my friend, and Merry "step out of the comfort zone" Christmas!

Kristin Bridgman said...

Thank you Craig! I know Sarah's passing was hard on you, I understand. And my goodness, even 8 posts is a lot, I don't know how you do it.

It's good to see you! I still pray for the "thorn in the side".

God bless you and Merry Christmas to you and that sweet blogging cat of yours! :)

Jen said...

Hi Kris,

Your interview was such a beautiful reflection of your heart. I also can see God working in me to bring me out of the background and more into the forefront in terms of ministry, and at times it is anxiety producing because it is so new, but it is also SO THRILLING - literally EXHILARATING to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of others and in our own community instead of staying in the background because of insecurities. I know God is not done with you, and I am so excited to see what He has in store for you as you continue to follow Him.

God bless you, Kristin!

Lisa Maria said...

Hello friend.. so now I know what you sound like ;-) I've been so busy I haven't been able to read or blog. I've missed out on so much! Congratulations on the interview, I hope the exposure brings lots more help to the needy.

I'm probably not going to be able to read much until after Christmas so I'll have to catch up on all you're doing later on but have a wonderful, beautiful and joyous Christmas and I wish you all God's blessings.

Love & Hugs