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 12, 2012

What Does Love Look Like at My House?

Love will work for hours on the car to save our bank account.

Love will bring home dinner when the other half is hurting with headache.

Love will go into the unknown because the other half has a calling.

Love will sit in an emergency waiting room for three hours straight from work so other half can sit with former homeless, male friend in the patient room.

Love never whines or complains or frets or argues.

Love is very patient.

Love is kind and caring.

Love is very knowledgeable.

Love can see what others don’t through the lens.

Love will clean the carpets.

Love will come home from work on lunch hour when other half cannot get the lawnmower started.

Love will fix the broken blinds.

Love will comfort the other half when her heart is broken.

Love will get on knees with other half to bow the head and pray.

Love will make tough decisions when needed.

Love is a hard, faithful worker.

Love has worn the gold band on his ring finger for the past 30 years. 

Love will love unconditionally.

Love is full of grace.

Love is very forgiving.

Love gives and gives and gives.

Love is strong.

Love is gentle.

Love is a blessing.

I'm not sure and yet feel quite certain the following might just have been written about the Love in my house:

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts,always hopes, always perseveres.
First Corinthians 13:4-7

Oh yes!  This is the love in my house.  How did the other half become so blessed? I don't know.  I just know her other love looked down on her and on him and said "These two shall be one."
All I can do is be grateful, thankful, and love back.

What does love look like at my house?

Song of Songs 8:6-7
Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave,
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away...
Song of Songs 2:16
My lover is mine and I am his...

~Happy Valentines Day to the love of my life,
my sweet husband~

and to all of you out there. . .

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Nancy said...

What a sweet tribute to your man...I know he feels loved and appreciated by you.

God definitely knows what He's doing when He gives us our spouse. I feel the same way about mine.....

Hugs and blessings,

Denise said...

Loving and sweet words Kristin, and beautifully written! Your love and devotion is a blessing from God; what amazing love that binds you two together!

Blessings and hugs to you both this Valentine's Day!

Tracy said...

Hi Kristin - your post made me think about maybe writing a list of what i think love looks like in my home. Think I'll do that as a valentine's gift. Great post
God bless

Jen Ferguson said...

so deliciously sweet.

Debbie said...

Kristen, your kind of love with your husband is so rare. Treasure him always. I love how you described how he loves you, just like 1 Corinthians 13 teaches us.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Blessings and love,

futurehope said...

such a sweet post! "love" is such a beautiful thing! and you have captured and described it so magnificently! <3

lynnmosher said...

Beautiful post, Kristin. Sounds like the love at our house. Valentine's love to you1

Shanda said...

I LOVE that after you described love, you showed what it looked like in your house. You are blessed!

Robyn Quintana said...

Hi! I'm here for the first time from Soli Deo Gloria. I can't wait to read more! Loved you post on Love. What a beautiful blessing.

Joan Davis said...

What a blessing God brought into your life! Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to your husband! Happy Valentine's Day!

Nic said...

Beautiful tribute to your husband! When the time comes for me, I pray I am equally as blessed. :-)

Ms. Kathleen said...

This is beautiful! You are indeed blessed in your marriage. Thank you for sharing the beautiful prose... :)