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, July 23, 2012

You Know You're A Blogger When. . .

. . .you start carrying a camera everywhere you go.

. . .every sentence sounds like a post title.

. . .you have post it notes all over the room with post ideas.

. . .when you start having dreams at night about your posts.

. . .when you've learned what HTML code is and how to transfer it.

. . .you understand what a link party is.

. . .when you see a field of cow patties and your first thought is, "How could that be made into a post?"

. . .when you burn your pot holders and you immediately take a picture of them and write a post about it.

. . .when you see your button on other's blog sites.

. . .when you're willing to devulge your age for the sake of a post.

. . .when you begin to have a lot more friends from around the world than you do in your small circle.

. . .when you devulge the most vulnerable part of yourself, your, hurts, your craziness, praying it will help others.

. . .when people start coming to you, telling how your posts have helped and they share their stories with you.

. . .when people begin to publish your stories.

Never in a million years did I ever think I would write to share with the world. But then God spoke the word "Write" and I ignored.  He spoke again and I argued, He spoke again and again and again.  He kept telling me, "Share from your heart, and I will do the rest." I weakly said, "Ok." 
I'm so glad I did.   It has become a joy to write, to learn, to make new friends, even to become vulnerable and share hard things, because it has brought many to me who have shared their hard stories with me and we have the priveledge to bring these things before the Lord together.
What an honor that is and as I've said before, may all the things from this place bring glory and honor to the One who started all of this.
And if anything is good here, it is all from Him.
Thank you Father!

"It's a strange thought that sometimes God trusts us more

than we trust Him. Maybe all along He was saying "I knew

you could. I know what's in you. I know what's in you

because I am in you. And I am your all surpassing power

in a jar of clay. Watch me show off,

from the inside out".
Beth Moore

still counting the blessings with the blessing counters over at
Ann Voskamp's place. . .

1226.  dictionaries
1227.  encyclopedias
1228.  thesarus
1229.  spell check
1230.  google search
1231.  blog land
1232.  cyber friends
1233. faith and encouragement coming through the screen
1234.  send buttons
1235.  delete buttons
1236.  Blue Letter bible search
1237.  my cheerleaders
1238.  being trusted by the Almighty
1239.  being loved by my Lord
1240.  knowing I'm saved because of my Savior

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Shelley said...

I started off laughing out loud at the beginning of the post ... and I end with an "Amen Lord - show off in me also" ...

He shows off through you very well ... write on!

ells said...

oh no...I might actually be a blogger...great job Kris...glad you finally said yes. blessings~

Vicky said...

I'm nodding my head in agreement the whole way through... I love how you "hear" God. I never hear him, but I believe he gives me signs and points me in the direction I am supposed to go, or brings people to me to help me on my way. So honored to be sharing this blogging experience with you!

Beth said...

What a great list, Kristin! We all can relate to just about every single one of your blogging characteristics! :) Thanks for making me smile!

Rosilind Jukic said...

Love it!!! So true. All of it. Stopping by from Playdates. Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R: www.littlerandr.org

Tim and Richelle said...

Really cute! Stopping by from Ann's.

I must say that the picture of the pond on your header is stunning. I could sit there for hours... maybe days.


lynnmosher said...

LOL Oh, I love this! Such a fun post! And soooooooo true! Yes, Lord, from the inside out...show off! Thanks, Kristin, for this!

Christina said...

Oh, I could relate to this! So funny but true!

Reformed rebel said...

Love this Kris! And what a great blogger...writer...you are! I think we all can relate to the list.


Alicia said...

Ahh, yes- the cow patty post. Hmm.. can't wait to see what you do with that inspiration. I read your whole list with a giggle. And I love that quote by Beth Moore. Keep blogging, friend! Coming here from Wellspring today. Blessings from another camera-carrying, post-it-note-sticking blogger :)

Grandma Becky said...

all so true! I carry my camera with me alot cuz I love photography and that's why I blog. And I find myself taking photos I'd not take if I wasn't a blogger, like stuff that happens in the kitchen or when my daughter's car battery died and I had to help her out and all I had was my cell phone. I thought about not blogging all together a year ago but decided to keep going. It's a way to share my photos and encourage others in the Lord. Thanks for the funny post!


So glad you said YES to blogging.

Denise said...

I love this post.

Renee said...

Love this post! I can so relate. I recently tried to write something similar but never posted it. Now I don't need to!

Maureen said...

Blogging does change a lot doesn't it? Loved this list - made me laugh, and challenged me, too. Thanks.

Michelle Eichner - Leading God's Generation said...

I love how you said you started to write out of frustration rather than obedience! :-) Thanks for your honesty. I thought your list was cute, too. I'm thankful for blogging programs that take care of the HTML code, cuz I'm illiterate there! Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you!

Jenifer said...

Haha, so true!! I always try to see how everything can be made into a post. ;)