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.



Sunday, February 5, 2012

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

Love…the word is used in so many ways…I love my husband, I love my children, I love chocolate, I love thunderstorms, I love to write. There is parental love, brotherly love, true love, puppy love, and unconditional love.  If I wanted to get a little theological, I could mention that agape, eros, and phileo are the three kinds of love mentioned in the Bible.  But I’m not much of a theological kind of gal.  I would be more into poetry.   When I ponder on this subject, I can’t help but think of a line from one of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poems…”How do I love thee, let me count the ways.”  If God expressed this line, here is how He might answer…
            “I loved thee enough to create a beautiful world for you to live in.”
            “I loved thee enough to make you an individual with your own mind, not a robot, but one with free will to make your own choices.”
            “I loved thee enough to give you My Word to guide you in this world, to give you direction in making wise choices, to show you grace and mercy when you make bad choices, and to show my love through these pages.”
            “I loved thee enough to give you beautiful sunrises and sunsets, beautiful sounds, fragrant flowers, and people to love and be loved by.
            “I loved thee enough to give you unconditional love, not a love based on feelings or emotions, or works by you.”
            “I loved thee enough to not give you all the answers on the earth, so you would learn about trust, to have faith, so we could have a lifetime of building a relationship, to have the fun of learning, so you could experience blessings each day, and learn to be a blessing to others.”
            “I loved thee enough to allow my Son to leave our kingdom to come be born on earth, to grow, to teach, and then to be mocked, tortured, and hung on the cross to die so your sins could be forgiven once and for all.”
            “I loved thee enough to raise him from the grave to show victory over death, to show you that you can claim victory over death if you so choose.”
            If we were to answer this toward God, how would it sound?  It could sound like this…
            “How do I love thee?  I’ll let you know when my television shows are over, when my work is done, when I get some time off, when the vacation is over, after I’ve lived my life my way for awhile.  I’ll let you know tomorrow, next week, next year, or…

            OR, it could sound like this…
            “I love thee enough  to serve others in Christ name.”
            “I love thee enough to love the unlovable, to show your mercy and grace because you’ve shown me the same.” 
             “I love thee enough to build a relationship with you continually.”
            “I love thee enough to have an ongoing dialogue with you and yet be still also to listen for your voice.”
            “I love thee enough to stop and smell your fragrant flowers, to stop and take in the beauty of your sunrises and sunsets, and to reach out and form friendships, sharing your love with them and my family.”       
            “I love thee enough to accept your Son as my Lord and Savior, loving Him also for wiping my sins away, making me new, because of His sacrifice.”
            “I love thee enough to not forsake you when I’m around others, not to forsake you in my day to day living, to not forsake you in my thoughts or words.”
            “I love thee enough to model things that are true, noble, just, pure, and lovely.”
            “I love thee enough to forgive others, because you forgave me.”
            “I love thee enough to care about what you care about, to grieve over the things you grieve over, and rejoice over the things you rejoice over.”
            “I love thee enough to let love be my greatest aim.”
            When love comes from God and we can learn to love with this same kind of love…it is “a many splendored thing.”

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Nylse said...

I LOVE THIS; i love your creativity; and it is my prayer that i can respond in a similar vein to God. Love is a many splendored thing.

momto8 said...

pretty amazing stuff to just think about isn't it? His love for us....mind boggling!! I would like to live my life returning that love..haha I don't even come close!

Laura said...

His love is amazing, isn't it? Such a beautiful run down here. So glad to see you on the Playdates with God linky this week! A gift to meet a new friend and sister in the Lord.

Lisa said...

This post is a little convicting, Kris. Thanks for making me think.

Many blessings!

Anita said...

I love this Kristin, thank you for sharing with us how amazing the gift or true love is.

Loraine said...

I love the last line- I love Thee enough to let love be my greatest aim! That says a mouthful. His love is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing!

ells said...

this is just beautiful...every line is a yes and amen...Blessings to you kristin...

emilene said...

Amen to that!Enjoying your blog - I've added your button to my new (1 post old!) blog - hope that's ok with you! I am slowly but surely linking with blogs that really speak to me - I know I'm going to run out of pages soon!!

Here's the link: http://www.noriskinvolved.blogspot.com

Jen Ferguson said...

Kris -- I see you responding to God's love and letting His love pour out in abundance to those around you. You do such a fabulous job of letting us see HOW to love with God's tangible love and I am so blessed and honored by your being a part of SDG.

I will pray that your commenting ability is fixed soon. I had that problem once. I think I repeatedly had to sign out of google multiple signs and eventually it fixed itself.

Kristin Bridgman said...

I did what you said and seeing if it will work now. . .if it comes through, thank you for your very sweet words. I am honored to be a part of SDG. You have a wonderful place!

And to you other gals. . .you are awesome and I love your places too! I hope Google will let me tell you there some time soon!

Kristin Bridgman said...

WOO-HOO!!! Thank you Jesus!!! :)

Anonymous said...

God has this way of translating our words. But He doesn't just translate -- He answers. And how wonderful that you are listening ...

Stacie said...

Lots to think about....this is beautiful!!!