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.



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What was in the Boxes?

For those of you who follow me, you will remember these boxes.  I never shared what was in them.  Now I will tell. . .the handprint of God!

I'll show you in just a minute. 

For those of you who are new, let me retell just a little. . .

The Lord layed it on my heart back in 2009 to start a blanket ministry for the homeless in my town.  The winters of 2009 and 2010, over 1000 blankets were given away.  It was continued for this winter of 2012 and have already handed out over 600.  The handprint of God was on every one of those blankets, being donated from the people of my church and community.

Because of a friend at Red Cross, the newspaper got a hold of my name and did several stories on this ministry.  Then the Christian Radio Station interviewed me on the radio.  Being the quiet, reserved girl that I am, this had God's handprint all over it as He was pulling me out of another comfort zone.  The ministry grew even more!

Because of the blanket ministry, I began to meet people who worked with the homeless and needy.  An invitation was given to what was a brand new coalition coming together ~  The South- Central Coalition on Homelessness.  Because of meeting others here who also had a heart for the homeless and need in their field of expertise, my name started to be added to their e-mail lists.

I began to receive e-mails that were going out to multiple people.  E-mails from Social Services telling the needs of different individuals.  I would put those needs out on Facebook and people responded.  Some people may bad mouth Facebook, but I believe it becomes what you make it.  You make it a ministry tool and God will use it. 

So many examples, but wanted to just share a couple to show how you just never know who, where, and how God will move.  Last Christmas, friends of mine plus some whom I had never met but found me through the newspaper, came together and planned a Christmas party at the bridge for our town's homeless.  They decided to fill 40 green tote bags with needed items for the people. 

 Somehow the beanies caps and gloves came up 8 short.  I did not share this with anyone except to the Lord. The day before Christmas Eve, I received a box in the mail from a dear friend in Texas.  Inside that box were clothes along with 8 beanie caps and gloves!  The handprint of God! Not just on the beanies caps and gloves but those green tote bags and friends who worked to put it all together. You can see the successful results of this here~ http://ponderingsbykris.blogspot.com/2011/12/bridge-christmas-party.html

Just in the last couple of weeks, I received an e-mail telling of a young teen-age mother having a hard time keeping diapers and other items for her baby.  She had moved in with her grandparents so she could go back to school, but the grandparents did not have much either.  I shared this on facebook.  Just the other day, I found 2 big boxes on my front porch.
A sweet, compassionate friend from Texas sent these to me for the teen-age mother.  This friend of mine, I have not seen in over 10 years.  We met each other when we both lived in Oklahoma years ago.  She moved to Texas and I moved to Kentucky.  But through the window of Facebook, we reconnected.  I share information and she shares from her heart. As in the Christmas story, I didn't even share, God just moved her to fill a need she had no knowldege of. 
The handprint of God.

Inside these boxes were 258 diapers, baby food, bath items and a money card for the mother.

The handprint of God was all over this.

Never dismiss His voice telling you to start something, or to go to that meeting you are not sure about, or post on facebook something He has led you to do.  Never underestimate what He can do with facebook, through people you have not seen in years, what He can do through you. Never underestimate what that small gift He is asking you to give will do for another.  Never underestimate the power of your prayers.  He hears, He works, and it's exciting to see the results!
If His handprint is on it, the blessings will abound and you and others will be truely touched.
 All glory to the Sovereign Handprint!

"What I do you cannot do, but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things with great love, and together we can do something wonderful."
Mother Teresa

Yesterday on Valentines Day, I interviewed a former homeless teen boy for the book I'm doing about homelessness.  A boy that spent three hours telling me all about his life, a life that has been through much and yet talked about God bringing him through.  He didn't know Jesus though. I got to introduce him to Jesus and explain about what He did for us on the cross, and being the healer of our pain and everything else.  At the end of our time, this young man wanted to accept the greatest gift.  We prayed.  I would like to introduce you to our precious, new brother in Christ.
Please pray with me for God's handprints to be all over this young man and his future.  He wants to be a nurse.


Reformed rebel said...

Praise the LORD! How awesome to see the Handprints of GOD on all of this! What a blessing. So thankful for the young man giving his heart to the LORD! That's really what it's all about.

Grace said...

What a wonderful story, Kris! God always suppiles the need, even through angels many miles away!

Stacie said...

Kristin!!!! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! What a wonderful testament to the provision of God.

ells said...

Thanks for the encouragement...to listen...and simply obey... rejoicing for this young man...prayer right now for him...blessings to you as you continue to follow the Lover of your soul...

Anonymous said...

This was certainly a miraculous testimony! It was wonderful to see how God's spirit worked through these various situations.

I'll keep the young man in my thoughts.

Lisa Maria said...

Oh how I needed to hear this today! Yes..He can use anything and all things! Right now I'm about to step out of my comfort zone and be obedient to Him. I've been like Jonah and I think I'd better not take a chance on a whale swallowing me lol!

I pray that God continues to bless and empower you my friend...you are glorifying Him in your works.

Love & Hugs