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.



Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Truth Project

Satan is the father of all lies. We already know this. We believers think we know one when we hear it.  But so many lies are subtly finding their way into the churches and amongst our people and that is scary.  One of the big ones being told out there now is about the Gospel of Prosperity.  This is not biblical.  Jesus did not teach this.  I believe the ones teaching it and following it have no idea this is wrong, and that is really sad.  We can read our bibles and quote scriptures, but if we don't study and get to know the Father intimately, we can be persuaded to things that sound really good and right but are not of our Father.

"Today not only in philosophy but in politics, government, and individual morality, our generation sees solutions in terms of synthesis and not absolutes.  When this happens, truth, as people have always thought of truth, has died."  Francis Schaeffer

My husband and I just finished a study with a small group of 7.  In all our 30-35 years of being a Christian and all the studies we have been through, this is by far the best.  It is called The Truth Project and it is created by Focus on the Family.  It is a 12 week study.  There is no book to read and no homework.  It is a video series and then your group discusses afterwards.  The key is to transform us and infuse us with the Truth so strongly, that we will not be swayed by the suble lies being put out there for all to grab.  And then for us to go out and share it with others. You seasoned believers may be thinking like I did at the beginning of the 12 weeks, "I'm a long time believer, I know the truth."  Yes, but this study will take you deeper and convict you even stronger and transform you even more.  This will make you want to get up and "Go tell" as Jesus instructed us to do. 

"Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth on the alter of peace."  J.C. Ryle

My husband was so taken with this study, that he signed us up to lead a group ourselves.  And I wanted to share it with you.

Here is a link to the website and you can watch a 4 minute trailer to give you a good idea of what it is.  Please go watch it here. . .http://www.thetruthproject.org/

This is a piece of the website:
The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group curriculum comprised of 12 video lessons (recommended to be viewed and discussed over 13 consecutive weeks) taught by Dr. Del Tackett, instructor of Christian Worldview at the Focus Leadership Institute and a former Senior Vice President of our ministry. This study is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.

If I pleaded with anyone to become a part of a bible study, it would be this one!

"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior. . ."
Psalm 25:5

What study have you learned the most from?

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Denise said...

Thanks for sharing.

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Kristin, you standing on my soapbox!!!!!! You know, as I went through that book, "To be Told," I came to the conclusion that my whole story in life was, "Getting it Right." I can't tell you how many things messed me up, all because I came to the wrong Biblical conclusion, or I was taught wrong. As I've learned how to study my Bible, finding tools I can trust to help me, etc., I've learned how dangerous it is to get even the tiniest things wrong. This sounds just wonderful and I'd love to be a part of this. Thank you for the info. I'm looking into it!

ells said...

Hey there neighbor...I just might have to check this out:) blessings~

~ linda said...

I, too, want to look further at this. I was easily led astray many years ago and found myself in worldviews that called themselves "church" and "right". I am so grateful for a Forgiving God and the One to take me into His arms and teach me Himself.
Caring through Christ, ~ linda

Lyli @ 3dLessons4Life said...

Thanks for sharing this. We lead a small group on Mondays, so I will make sure my husband is aware of this DVD series. :)

Currently, we are doing the series Resolving Everyday Conflict by Peacemaker Ministries -- wonderful!