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.



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Team Games and Coaches

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This is what happens when I sit on my front porch, rockin' or swingin'.  My mind starts to ponder.  This day I was looking at the basketball goal and there I went. . .a ponderin' . . . 

I have to admit, I'm not a sports enthusiast.  But of all the sports, I would rather watch basketball than any other game.  I just know the the object of the game is between two teams, dribbling the ball until it can be shot at a net, hopefully going in and scoring a point or two or three.   At the end of the game, whoever has the most points win.  How's that from a non-sports gal?

It does make me ponder though about life.   You could say we are in a game here called "Life" and we will call Team #1 The Demons and Team #2 The Angels.  I bet you can guess who the coach is for each team.

One coach is a smooth talker.  Sometimes he builds one player up telling them how good they are and they don't need anyone.  They are the best and this coach puffs them up with pride and arrogance.  Other players, he makes them think they are nothing without something to make them feel good, to perform better. He makes those things look enticing but can actually hurt you and drag you down.  Every time you take that shot of drug, swallow that pill you don't need, lie, cheat, or steal, he's thinking, "That's one point for me."   He is not thinking of you and your best interest.  He is thinking of himself and how many points can be racked up for him.

Then there is the other coach.  All he thnks and cares about are the players.  he doesn't care about points.  He cares about hearts.  He would rather their self-esteem be in tact; that they are loved and love others with the unconditional love he teaches and models.  Yes, there are rules for this coach, but he wants us to abide by them because we want to, not because we've been coached to.

Coach #1 would love to see you fall and die for his cause.  Coach #2 wants you to have an abundant life.  He allowed his loved one to lay down his life so his players could live.

Coach#1 would have you jumping through hoops all your life, never being satisfied.  Coach #2 teaches that we can be satisfied and content in all circumstances; that we shouldn't focus on the hoops, just on him.

What coach #2 knows is that the game has already been won.  It just needs to play out.  Coach #1 also knows how this game ends.  So he is not coaching to win, but to bring defeat to as many players as he can along with himself.

For coach #1, at the end of the game, there will be no victory party for his players.  For coach#2, his players will be at a victory celebration like they have never seen before.

I'm on team #2, how about you?  If you are on team #1 right now, but would like to be on team #2, this is a game where you can switch over at any time you choose.

I hope to see you at the victory party!

"With God, we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies.  (Opponents)
Psalm 60:12

PS~Dallas picked the right team.  Come watch him take that step of obedience at Living Hope this Sunday at 11:00 and rejoice with him :)


Lisa Maria said...

Great post Kris! I'm not much of a sports enthusiast myself, but I love the analogy.What a victory party it will be! I hope we get to meet before then though :)

Denise said...

Really good post.

Stacie said...

Fun analogy, Kristin--especially with all the "March Madness" going on right now. I'm so glad to be a part of the winning team.

God bless!

Kandi said...


I am with you, I am not much of a sports person myself, but like you I get basketball. I love your analogy, I am team 2 all the way, the coach knows that even if every game played is lost, it is the the most important game the final game is the one that will be won.

Blessings to you Kristin.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Excellent analogy, and much wisdom. I'm not into sports, but we can learn from them...

Reformed rebel said...

Love it Kris. It's team #2 for me!!