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, January 23, 2012

Sweet Confirmations

One of the categories for my One Word, discipline, is Bible reading.  That may surprise you.  I’ve been a Christian for 38 years.  My bible is precious to me. It is worn and torn with many highlights and notes written beside verses.  But the readings sometimes go in cycles. At times I devour it, at others, I nibble, sometimes just snacking.   I love to read books and sometimes I get so wrapped up in my devotionals in the morning, (I have 6 that I read faithfully), that by the time I finish those, I grab a snack of His Word and then I’m up moving for the rest of the day.  I am one of those women who has a constant dialogue going on with my Savior, but that's not always enough and I was reminded of this one day.

I picked up my Bible the other day and was just skimming through, reading all my highlights and notes from over the years and was reminded of all the times that God so sweetly spoke to me and confirmed things to me. I wanted to share some of those and encourage anyone out there who may not be picking up their Bible on a regular basis, or maybe just runs through it, how God speaks to us so clearly through His Word, but we have to read it to receive it.

Years ago, still having been a Christian for a long time and had never questioned it, I was sitting in a revival at my church where the evangelist was speaking a very good but hard sermon on the wheat and the tares.  At the end of that service, he gave the altar call and I watched all these people that I knew to be strong Christians walking forward.  I was shocked!  I thought if they think they are not saved now, am I?  I bowed my head and asked the Father, am I Yours? I so clearly heard him say to me, “You are my child, you are mine.” When I went home that evening, I opened my Bible and it was if God confirmed to me that I was his by Him leading me to Isaiah 43:1 “. . .Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Then I began to read in Second Corinthians and came upon  1: 22.  It says, “ He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.  Again, He confirmed that I am sealed with His ownership, His Holy Spirit within me, guaranteeing that I am His.  I knew this all along, from that day at 12 years old when I asked Jesus Christ into my heart.  But He knew I needed that confirmation that night of the revival and He gave it to me.   I have never questioned my salvation since.

Another example:  My home was in Oklahoma. My husbands company that he worked for was going bankrupt and he was losing his job.  He could find nothing and time and money were running out. One day when my boys were 10 and 15, a head hunter found an opening in Keith’s field of programming in Kentucky.  My husband Keith came home on his lunch hour and asked how I felt about moving to Kentucky.  I cried.  It felt like it was at the other end of the world as I knew I would not see my family and friends hardly at all from there. I was used to seeing my family whenever I wanted.  In my sad, sarcastic mind, I thought to myself, ‘is God even in Kentucky?’  I went to my Bible and my eyes fell onto this verse, Joshua 1:9. . . “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  I smiled and wrote beside this verse, ‘even to Kentucky!’  I wasn’t questioning, I knew.  And He gave me strength to move away and begin a new home with my husband and boys.

Another example:  Back in 2007 after my oldest son had walked away, I was so depressed that I was not wanting to be around people and having to act cheery when I wasn’t feeling it.  I wanted to quit my small bible study group.  I opened up my Bible and my eyes fell to this verse, Hebrews 10:25, “ Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  I kept going.  And I became stronger by going, by being around like minded people, studying His Word with others and being encouraged and prayed for.  I am no longer in that place I was in 2007. 

Another example: Climbing out of the pit took some time but there came a day when I was just about there, but could not seem to swing over the top edge and plant both feet firmly yet.  I had stayed in my small group, my ABF class, going to church functions and volunteering but there was just something missing.  I went to the Lord in prayer and opened up my Bible again and my eyes fell to this verse, “Titus 2: “Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”  I thought, ‘God is telling me I need a mentor?’  Lo and behold, that year our church began a mentoring class, so I went and signed up to get myself a mentor.  Others on the team picked her out for me and she could not have been any more perfect.  She knew where I was coming from and understood.  She was a wonderful listener, full of wisdom, kindness and compassion and patience.  I fell in love with her and she has been a dear friend to me ever since.  I then went on to mentor a younger one myself.  And now, I have begun to mentor another.  Did I mention, my feet are planted firmly on the ground again?

God knows just what we need when we need it.  He speaks to us in many ways, but His Word is by far the best.  We just have to open it, read it, chew on it slowly, listen and be diligent to keep going back, soaking in the words, and finding those answers He has for us as well as the sweet confirmations that we seek. . .and sometimes not seek, but He guides us to them any way.  Why we would ever not open it, I don’t know.  The devil shoots many arrows to stop us, arrows like tiredness, fatigue, work, play, hobbies, busyness, maybe even too many devotionals to take the place of his Word.  I am following through with my One Word, discipline, and picking up the Word before any devotionals.  Devotionals are great but not meant to be a replacement. 

How about you?  Have you a need for a sweet confirmation?  Have you picked up God’s Holy Word?  I’m guessing you would find it in there.  (I’m not really guessing ;)

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 29:13


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Reformed rebel said...

Hi Kris ~ It's funny, but I'm learning to read the Bible from the beginning this year. I think that's what the LORD wants me to do. I just posted about it. So, reading your post was a "sweet confirmation" for me. Thank you and GOD bless...Chelle

thefisherlady said...

It is His Word that is a Light to our feet...
good post :) I also enjoyed a walk through your man's beautiful photography tonight!

Ms. Kathleen said...

What a great word! I've been doing a scripture a day plus more readings... Stephanie at Uplifting Words is hosting a Wednesday meme so we can share what God is teaching us about our One Word. you should join in if you haven't already.

http://www.upliftingwordsonline.com/ Have a wonderful day!

Lisa said...

These are such powerful tellings of God's hand on your life. Certainly this sampling of precious messages spoken to you through scripture brings encouragement to readers who are seeking the Lord's guidance. Just as importantly, your example of searching His mind, His teachings in times of need will lead some woman's seeking heart today.

Jennifer @ GettingDownWithJesus.com said...

Kristin ...

I understand deeply that need for confirmation. And always, always, He has been gracious at reassuring me that I ... am ... His.

Thank you for your encouraging words, and your reminder of Whose we are. God bless you as you continue your ministry of words in this place. Loved this.