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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

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


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Greg Is Home With The Lord

 
Our bench is empty now.


Greg died on August 20, 2012.  I met him just over 1 year ago on the park bench downtown when he was homeless.  He was an answer to a 6 month prayer I had prayed.  It was not an accidental meeting.  It was a divine appointment! You can read about this here.

We along with my husband bonded and a friendship was born.  We looked like an unlikely pair, but then who says what a friendship should look like.  Some would try to say, but God loves every face and so should we.  My husband and I loved Greg.

Greg after many months was able to move into an apartment and we and some friends of ours had the joy of moving him in.  It was a great day. You can see that day here.

Many joys and sorrows were shared with Greg.  You can read about one of the greatest joys we shared here.

And then another joyous day, you can see here.

There are many more stories of Greg. If you would like to read them, please  just go to the right of my blog and find the "search button".  Type in Greg and I believe all the stories will pop up.  Or you could type in Voice of the Homeless. . .some of Greg will pop up along with others. 

Thank you to all who prayed for Greg.  Greg is with Jesus now.  He always said he wanted to be with Jesus and he wanted to have peace.  He has both now.

I will be writing a more fitting ending but can't seem to wrap my brain around all the words in my heart right now.  But I will get them out some day.  And I will share.

We loved Greg and he will be missed!  But rejoicing that I KNOW I will see him again one day and what a day of rejoicing that will be!!!

I pray I can share everything one day with the world.  It begins in this book I'm holding.

It's all about Greg and others who God lead me to and the joys of meeting them and having new eyes to see with. Please pray with me that God would lead me to say what He would have me to say and then guide me into getting it out there on the shelves.

I still have tears to shed, but I know this season of grieving will pass and a new season will dawn.


Greg, you will be missed.  I love you!





15 comments:

Ro Elliott said...

oh Kris...I know your heart is full of joy while it you feel the sadness of losing a friend. Rejoicing that Greg was brought across your path...and that he found the love of CHrist...and rejoicing He is free in the presence of Jesus. praying~

Shakin' the Foundation said...

Kris~ The tears I have are for the loss of your friend and your sadness. I am thankful God placed you and your husband in this beautiful man's life for the season he did and rejoice that he is now with Jesus.... My prayers for you all during this time~

Blessings~
Stacey

Brandee Shafer said...

Thank you for leaving him so much happier than you found him.

Stacie said...

Kristen,

This news is so sad, on an "earthly" level. Grieving over a loss of life is only natural and I am so sorry you lost your friend. The great blessing in this story is that you were obedient to God and instrumental in helping Greg reconcile with the Father. What a blessing!!! This testimony shows me that obedience to God is for much more than me, but it effects others also. May God be with you and your husband and comfort you during this time.
In His love,
Stacie

Stacie said...

Kristen,

This news is so sad, on an "earthly" level. Grieving over a loss of life is only natural and I am so sorry you lost your friend. The great blessing in this story is that you were obedient to God and instrumental in helping Greg reconcile with the Father. What a blessing!!! This testimony shows me that obedience to God is for much more than me, but it effects others also. May God be with you and your husband and comfort you during this time.
In His love,
Stacie

Cathy said...

Dear Kristin,
Your posts about Greg have moved me more than you can know. I added your button to my blog, and also wrote a post today asking readers to please read about Greg~

I also would like to email you regarding your ministry. The LORD is faithful and we must be too~ I know I need to be~ ♥♥♥

joy said...

I understand that you will miss him, but he is in heaven and havinga good time. You had done a good work for him and that is God's love in practice:)

marlece said...

I love how you made such an 'eternal' difference in someone that most would not give the time of day to. It was a God given relationship....I'm know you will miss your friend.

What happened to him? just curious....

Marlece

Lisa Maria said...

My sweet friend...so glad that because he knew you, he knew Him and that he died in His friendship.

Sending you hugs and praying.

Love
Lise

Denise said...

So very sorry for the loss of your friend, such a precious soul.

BG Jenkins said...

Hi Kristen, bless your heart for your obedience to God. We all need to be so selfless.

Ugochi said...

It is well Kristen, I know your hearts are heavy, and your tears are many. But the God of all comfort will steady your heart.
Thank God You and us will all get to see him not too long from now.

Mara said...

It's been a long time since I visited your blog.

I remember the wonderful stories you told about Greg, and then when I read your blog post title about his passing, my jaw dropped. I know this man had become a very dear and precious friend to you. I was happy to hear that he was making changes in his life, and especially, that he accepted the Lord as his savior.

In any event, I am sorry to hear about his passing, and that you have lost a good friend. But at least you can know he is home with the Lord because you reached-out and took the time to tell him about Jesus. Now his soul will be resting in peace in heaven, all because you cared for him.

{{{Hugs}}}

Thoughts for the day said...

Praying for your comfort and that you will know in your heart you helped someone in need and did a good thing. God is pleased.

thefisherlady said...

Kristen... what a beautiful man and what a beautiful encounter you have been for him.
He will be rejoicing with the King of kings... I can see him smiling there.
Blessings dear friend