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, March 12, 2012

On Top of the Hill

This baby boomer has reached the top of the hill.  And I have never been more out of breath!
I am not overweight, but I am out of shape.
I stayed in such good physical condition most of the way up the hill until the last couple of years when I gave up my gym membership.  You may ask why did I do that?  Because I had a little bird flying off to the big school up another hill and that school wanted a big bill paid.  So I gave up things to pay. 
What did I gain, besides my little bird getting bigger brains? Do I have any extra?
Extra flab, more out of breaths, and extra lethargy.

This is another category for my one word for the year that I am focusing on, discipline.
I will be very disciplined at exercise once I get my feet disciplined to hop up on the treadmill of mine and to get my hands disciplined to wrap around the free weights I also have.

People are asking me now how it feels now that I'm on top of that hill.  It's like they're waiting for a depressing answer.  Maybe because it's that time of empty nests along with hot flashes.  But my nest is not completely empty and the hot winds haven't blown yet.  I do have to buy moisturizer by the crate now instead of by the jar, but that's not so bad.

Actually, from up here on top of the hill, the view is not too bad.  Maybe because my eyes are more focused, or maybe it's my heart that is.  I've had time to build a lasting relationship with the One who has allowed me to be here on this hill.
The One is my Heavenly Father, my Savior, my Lord.

He has given great words that I can really relish now, like. . .
"Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly. . .
Leviticu 19:32
and ones I readily smile as I say to my boys . . .
"...do not despise your mother when she is old."
Proverbs 23:22
"But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for memebers of his household; he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."
I Timothy 5:8
OK, maybe I shouldn't smile as I recite that one to them, but it just kinda creeps up.

George Burns is known for saying about age. . ."It's better than the alternative."  I ponder on that one.  For the believer the alternative refers to where we go after we leave this life.  When I leave this earth, I'll be going to my Heavenly Father, Savior, and Lord. I'm already living with him, I've already begun my eternal life, but it will be in a place where there are no more aches and pains, no more wars, no tears, no sorrows, and I'm pretty sure no treadmills.  I'm thinking the alternative doesn't sound so bad.  I would like to scale back down the other side of this hill slowly, but I'm ready to go when called.  I'll not have to pack my crates full of moisturizers and not worry about the grey hairs, although He tells me that is a crown of glory. 

So, from up here on top of the hill. . .it's not bad. I think I'll sit down for awhile and enjoy the view. 
It's strange though, I think I smell smoke. . .lots of smoke.  And maybe just a hint of. . .cake?

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ells said...

welcome to the top of the hill...yes, the view is quite nice...I too may stand a little more flabby on this hill(actually I am descending down the otherside:) but what I have lost in physical fitness...I think I have gained in spiritual fitness...I sure wish they both could come together...but I am not sure they really can...so we march on...and as I march...my new goal...gray and gracious...this goal does make me stop and ponder...even though I am thankful...I am graying slowly for someone my age...hummm...what does that say about my progress....
Have a wonderful celebration...blessings

Jennie Morgan said...

It's about time you got here!!! :) Welcome to the dark side.......just kidding! It's not so bad!! Love ya girl!!

Karrie said...

Visiting from SDG community.....Glad you are enjoying the view and holding God close no matter where you are. Thank you for your words.

Shari said...

What a wonderful description of the journey of life!

Denise said...

I like this, continue on your journey, and enjoy it.

Jen Ferguson said...

Happy birthday!! I love, love, love your attitude. You just make me smile, you make me feel light, and I am grateful for you!

Divinely Acquitted said...

Happy celebration of your "finally arriving" at the top of the hill! I'm not "middle-aged" yet but God has been teaching me a lot of what to expect & how to react to my inevitable "maturing." I thank God for strong, godly women like you who "mentor" me even from afar. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Maria said...

Well, I'm guessing you've had a birthday recently? If so, I'm sorry I missed the opportunity to celebrate with you. I'm not far behind you and have reached the point where I contemplate whether or not to dye the greys coming in...its not quite salt and pepper but there's a bit more salt mixed in!

My sweet friend, may God continue to bless and guide you gently down that hill. You are such a blessing to me (and I'm kind of glad I have someone leading the way so when its my turn I can get advice from you ;-)