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, April 4, 2012

The Get-Away

It was a long season.  I had been feeling tired and weary for a time. Befriending the homeless and writing their stories is a joy for me. . .they have captured my heart. . . but over time I just need a break. Sometimes we just need a break. Break from work, break from people, break from the seriousness of life.
Can you tell I need a break?

 My husband sent me a surprise e-mail saying pack an overnight bag, I'm taking you on a secret rendouzvou.   Hmmm, I pondered. . .

for a about the length of a second. . .and then these words came to my mind


  I was needing a break I tell ya!  And as a true blogger, as I have been deemed by people, ( I think just because I carry a camera),  I had to chronicle it.  It's just more fun! 
NO, WAIT!  The idea was to get away from work, people, computers, laptops and cameras!  It was all put away. Sorry. . .it was great but no pics

After telling my college age son we were going away for a couple of days, he looked sad and asked if I would be leaving any food and would I do his laundry before I left. What do you think I said to the big boy. . .
I'll just say he figured out how to feed himself, he didn't waste away and there was a pile of laundry waiting for me when I got back.

  People have been asking me about the get-away.
As my husband called it, it's a secret.  Some things are better just left unsaid and unwritten.
But I can tell you this.  An overnighter and a couple days away from the routine of life can do wonders for the tired soul and mind.
Can you tell. . .

Thank you sweet Jesus for the gift of a sweet husband, sweet time away and refreshment.
Just what the doctor ordered. . .I didn't know it, but the two loves of my life did!

I'm ready to go again, full steam ahead! Thank you Lord!

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Do you ever just need to get away?
I think Jesus did.
Where do you go?
Sometimes, just a "Calgon, take me away" is great :) 

*the pictures were self taken as an assignment and then to use them in a post*



Denise said...

Good post.

Reformed rebel said...

Good pics you took! Glad you had a refreshing time! We all need that sometimes.

lynnmosher said...

So glad your sweet hubby swept you away for a respite! Awesome! Be blessed, dear one!

Denise said...

Beautiful pictures Kristin; I am sure you now feel a renewed state of mind to pick up where you left off at home and work!
An important reminder for me is that the essence of our lives is to be successful in this world and find joy, peace, and contentment each day with it's measure of work and play!

Blessings and joy!

ells said...

so glad for this refreshing time...and yes...somethings are just not to be shared...intimate moments with both lovers sometimes to holy for words. blessings~

Divinely Acquitted said...

Great photos! And you do look happy after the fact of the getaway was revealed. lol! We all need a break or else we will burn-out like a candle being lit on both sides! Even the Lord Jesus often took a break from His ministry with the crowds of people because He also needed time with His Father alone. Thanks for sharing your joy. God bless...

Nancy said...

Oh sweet girl, I am so glad you were able to get away with your sweetie and be refreshed....Jesus withdrew to a quiet place and why do we think we don't need to....

I pray that you are blessed beyond measure this season as we celebrate Jesus and His love for us.....

Laura said...

You are beautiful! And so much fun. Good for your hubby. Everyone needs to get away sometimes...

Anita said...

How lovely Kristin, so glad you had a wonderful time :)