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.



Sunday, September 30, 2012

Glamour Shots & a Beauty Lesson

My husband and I are celebrating our 33 wedding anniversary pretty soon and I wanted to give him a nice gift.  He doesn't have many nice pictures of me so I decided to do a photo shoot for him and give him some real glamour shots he could be proud of.  Thought I would share them with you and you tell me if I look glamorous.  Do ya think he'll be real proud of me?

Kentucky glamour
like this?

that man o mine loves a woman with a gun

I shoot real good if it's close and not movin'

takin' a rest before them chores

wanna join me honey? 

got me a new pair of shoes for this here photo shoot
are we havin' fun?

love me some good ol Kentucky recipes
this one here is chocolate. . .chocolate makes me smile real big!

uh oh, this one says here rum cake
I don't think we should be eatin' no rum cake with church'n right around the corner
nice of the birds to leave so I could get my socks clean

whew, a woman's work is never done

plum tuckered out

but I'm blessed to have feet running around my house to clean after

off to the wood pile

that man o mine loves a woman with an ax too
we'll be warm tonight honey
don't worry honey, I'm ok

ooh, a loose hair

mirror, mirror, who's the fairest of them all ?
it says I'm doin' ok

hon, the wood's all cut
this one's for you babe
this one's a little tricky with ol' arthur in the hip

neighbors ol' hound dog stinks to high heaven!  she's done rolled in something stinky and dead.  Bella, I love ya but go take a bath!

Well hon, Happy early Anniversary.  Hope you like these here glamour shots.  In another 33 years, I'll do it again.
Love you to the moon and back!
Hey reader. . .one of my favorite writers is this man here named Max Lucado. . .he has some words for us on beauty. . .take a lookie. . .
"The beatitudes reveal some of God’s standards of beauty. An awareness of one’s spiritual poverty, sorrow for wickedness, hunger and thirst for righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, and being a peacemaker are all qualities of beauty. The epistles also stress attributes valued by God: keeping a living faith while enduring physical hardships, controlling the tongue, enduring personal harm to protect the church’s influence, making sacrifices for the good of others, and living by Christian convictions in the face of ridicule. All these are beautiful to God.

However, just as a beautiful appearance can become ugly through neglect, a beautiful life of righteousness can become ugly through neglect. Spiritual beauty must never be taken for granted or be neglected. We must remember that just as it is possible to be one of society’s most impressive people and be ugly in the eyes of God, it is also possible to be an unknown in society and to be radiantly beautiful in His eyes."

That Max sure knows what he's talking about.  As much as I want to look good for that man o mine, I want even more to be radiantly beautiful in the eyes of my Lord and Savior. May we never neglect to look into the spiritual mirror for how were lookin'.  The real glamour is if people look at us and see the beauty of the Lord shining from within.  That kind of glamour don't need no make-up, new doo, or new shoes.  Just beautiful love, grace, and mercy. That's a real glamour shot! May we never neglect this or take it for granted.
God bless you all, you beautiful women! 






Jenifer said...

LOVE it, love it, love it!

Brandee Shafer said...

We should all have a bit more fun...

Jennie Morgan said...

You've become a writer AND a comedian! Who knew!! LOVE It!

Denise said...

Lol, you totally crack me up. I love these, you true beauty you.

Grandma Becky said...

I'm sure your husband will love those photos. Mine would, if I did that. Sounds like a fun idea. Great words from Max Lucado, who I like alot as well!
Our 35th anniversary is next month. MMMMmaybe I should get a friend to do something fun for me, photo wise!
Happy Anniversary!

Ro Elliott said...

I love this...This made me smile big...so funny ...and happy...happy anniversary...and may God continue to bless your union to be a reflection of His Love for us:)

joy said...

Oh i love this post. Nice knowing the funny sides of you. I am sure your hubby will love you even more when he saw your pictures. Your beauty radiates:)

Maryellen said...

What a "hoot-e-nanny"!!!! Kris, so clever, so FUN! And I bet that man o yours shore enjoyed takin' those glamour shots!!!!

Sorry about stinky Bella, she has been bringing home voles from the yard and I ran over a dead one with the mower! Almost as bad as a skunk smell!!!! Phew!

Great post...loved the analogy between our physical and spiritual beauty...your beauty totally shines!!! Thanks for the Monday laugh!

A Joyful Noise said...

I love it and am sure your hubby will too. Can I borrow those shoes for my own photo shoot?
Thanks for sharing at "Tell Me a Story."

Renee said...

Excellent! I'll never look at glamor shots the same way again, Kristin :) Thanks for visiting me at Doorkeeper. Blessings!

Dionne said...

You crack me up!! Great pics. I love what you say at the end...yes, spiritual beauty is priceless and the thing we should focus on the most!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Brilliant! LOVE it and now I know more about Kentucky women. LOL!!!

Kel Rohlf said...

Great fun! Look forward to harin' more of yer story on this har' bloggety blog thingy...take car'

Kel from Missourah

Anonymous said...

Hilarious! He must love you for your sense of humor.
PS (I also love Max Lacado) I think we have all his books and we give a new one to everyone in the family each Christmas.

Crystal Mary said...

Hey Mate, Well done...they will give him a smile as well as all of us.
Blessings from Oz.

caryjo said...

What a HOOT!!! Love that sense of humor... need to forward this to my hubby. He'll laugh, too. I LOVE creativity and stepping to the other side of our "normal" approach to things.

Needed to laugh; you provided it.


Lisa Maria said...

Hello dear friend...I've been so behind on my reading and now doing some catch up. This was so amazing! I love your sense of humour and it sure was attention grabbing...hooked and reeled in for the real message..beauty lies within.

Awesome! I needed a good light hearted moment. Thank you! I bet Keith loved these! Did you notice that in some of them, the angle makes the axe seem to hang over your head? You are so brave and I wish I could get goofy with you in person.

Take care of yourself and I hope y'all have a memorable anniversary!

Tresa said...

How fun! Most of us take ourselves way too seriously. Thanks for sharing your sense of humor and wise words.