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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

*****EXCITING NEWS*****

My first book, Ya Know What I'm Say'n, has been released.


Ponderings

Ponderings

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Heart

I went back to the pond awhile back, the one you see above, and it is changing because of new land owners; the trees are coming down and the paths are disappearing.  But my gift from the Lord, this heart, is still there.  I had to go touch it once more, smiling, remembering the first time I saw it. . .

From my book, Ponderings From the Pond. . .


My husband Keith and I went walking around the pond one beautiful fall afternoon, and I was feeling particularly low that day. Silently, I asked for some encouragement.

Keith spotted something on a tree and called me over to see it. It was a place where the bark had fallen off and left the shape of a heart. I smiled and said a silent “thank you”. I saw this as God’s encouragement to me saying “I am here, I know what you’re going through, I care, and I love you. I thought of the verse John 14:1 that says, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled…trust in me. Yes Father, I do trust in you. He is so good! He meets you wherever you are, even out by a pond.


As a twelve year old girl, I invited Jesus into my heart. If I had not had the Lord there and built that relationship over the years, I might have missed the message in the tree that day. As Christians, our eyes are opened up to so much more and our spirits ready to hear much more than if they were closed. I don’t want to miss anything the Lord has for me and I don’t want anyone else to miss their “heart messages”. 

That’s why it is so important to share the love of Jesus with everyone we come in contact with. Whether it is sharing the gospel with them, or just giving them a genuine smile and a hug, let’s not let those “heart moments” go away without participating in them. 

Yes, Jesus lives in my heart. Does He live in yours? If so, say a silent “thank you” right now. I love to thank Him all the time.  If not, ponder for a moment. Would you like to have a new heart and spirit? If so, issue that invitation to Him to come into your heart right now. You will never be sorry! Then be on the look-out for your “heart messages”.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you…
Ezekiel 36:26

Thank you Lord!

7 comments:

Cathy said...

Kristin, your post if Beautiful!!! Very encouraging! I LOVE the gift for the LORD...Your tree heart! How Awesome is our God! Thank you for sharing this and your heart!!! ♥♥♥

Denise said...

Really lovely post.

Reformed rebel said...

Love your "heart message" Kris! Isn't GOD good?
Blessings...Chelle

ells said...

Heart moments...love this...I will ponder this today....blessings~

marygems said...

How glad I am that he put a NEW heart in me- now I see the glory of God in the earth where before my eyes were blinded.
Wondering where your book Ponderings From the Pond. . . is sold and for how much?
Send me a message thru Ruby if you like. or email.
Thanks for this lovely post, Kristin
Mary Gemmill

kd sullivan said...

What a sweet gift from God, He loves you so much!

Kristin Bridgman said...

Thank you girls. I just love how God knows our hearts and speaks to us wherever we are and will use even a tree to get our attention!

Mary, I've written several books, none of them published. Maybe someday God will lead me to where I need to go for that ;)