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, January 21, 2012

Hunger and Filling

Sometimes the hardest lessons are learned in the hunger.
   Sometimes the blind eye can only be opened through hunger.
      Sometimes the guidance needed and the requests bestowed come answered best
          Through hunger.
And the only filling of this hunger is the manna of words, the very presence of Himself, the Bread of Life.

I depend on food, and not so very good ones for me way too much.
   I depend on my mate too much, at times.     
      I depend on my feeling too much, at times.
         I depend on my own time table too much, at times.

I want to be totally dependent on my Heavenly Father,
   I want to be cleansed from the inside out.
      I want to lay down requests that are deep in my soul, and then let it go.
          And so I will let myself go into hunger to be filled up totally by Him.

Awhile back, Tuesdays were appointed times to be on the knees, empty plate, only tasting for the day what is good, the Word, Holy and Pure, sweet beyond measure.  An answer came.  I quit.  But there was so much to pour the heart out for.  I began again. I kept it up for a long time.  Then I quit again.  In keeping with my new word for the year, discipline, I now begin again continueing to beseech, petition, and praise on Tuesdays, on the knees, plate empty, spirit filling.  If something gets in the way on Tuesdays, then it will just happen another day that week.  May I come to His feet, His throne of grace for you too?  I would be honored to do so.  If you are not comfortable leaving a comment here, please send me a personal FB message or e-mail. (Krbrid@aol.com)  I assure you it will stay confidential! If you want to quietly leave, that is fine.

May God bless you abundantly with His filling.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Phillipians 4:6

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone…this is good and pleases our Savior.”
First Timothy 2:1

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:16

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:6

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Psalm 34:8


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Anonymous said...

Amen, sister! Fasting corporately with my church has taught me much about my eating habits!

Stacie said...

Kristin, I LOVE this post. Oh my goodness. . .you are so absolutely right..."Sometimes the hardest lessons are learned in the hunger. Sometimes the blind eye can only be opened through hunger." These words speak to me and I can see the truth of it in my life.

Thank you for sharing this post and for reminding me that some things come through fasting and prayer.

Reformed rebel said...

Kris fasting has been on my heart lately. I feel that maybe the Lord is wanting me to do this one day a week. There are prayers that I want to see answered for many in my life. Thank you for the encouraging words on this subject. Couldn't hurt the weight issue either! LOL
Thank you for commenting back to Wayne. I know he appreciates it.
Blessings to you friend...Chelle

Amanda said...

Thank you Kristin for being such an inspiration! Fasting has been on my mind, but I am guilty of trying to use it as a way to lose weight and cut back. I want to fast and spend time in the Word, praising and praying over so much. I was inspired by your post and will try picking a day of the week to set aside to pray and fast to be filled with the Lord and not food. Thank you for offering to pray for us. Please keep me in prayer to keep focused on the Truth of a fast and not to use it for other reasons and to learn to crave and fill those cravings with the Lord. Blessings! Amanda

Kristin Bridgman said...

Thank you girls for your sweet words!
And Amanda, I will be praying for your special time with the Lord to be a sweet time of praying and praising.

Jen Ferguson said...

"letting myself go into hunger to be filled totally by Him."

this really captured my attention. I'm definitely taking this to Jesus tomorrow.

And Kristin, would you intercede for the SDG retreat on Tuesdays?

Kristin Bridgman said...

I'd be honored to Jen! You can count on me:)