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, September 24, 2012


That title got you here quick didn’t it?  J

This baby was an immaculate conception. . .conceived by God.
No, I’m not pregnant with a baby. . .well. . .I sorta am.  I know, you’re either pregnant or your not, there is no maybe, no in between.  I’m not pregnant with a baby that kicks and cries and coos but I am with baby. . .a book.
I’ve heard authors describe writing a book is like birthing a baby. . .hard!  I’m not putting myself into the category of author because I just can’t do it yet.  Maybe I will someday if this baby ever gets born.
But I am experiencing the trimesters.  In the first trimester it was exciting.  I was all gun hoe to start.  I wasn’t gatherin pink or blue, but I was obtaining red and black pens, LOTS of white paper, LOTS of ink (black, yellow, and magenta for the printer, notebooks and stuff like that.)  In my other pregnancies, I gained weight.  This one I’ve lost a little.  In those others, I ate all the time.  In this one sometimes I get so involved in the process, I forget to eat.  With the others, I sometimes felt the need to throw up.  With this one, sometimes I feel the need to throw up.  With the others, I might have once or twice gotten a little cranky.  With this one, I might have, well. . .you know.
Then there is the second trimester.  You’re getting used to the idea.  You’re glowing. You're happy. But. . .  with the others, sometimes I would get scared of the thought of the responsibility.   With this one, I get scared of the thought of the responsibility.  With each, every time I would think with a little worry, oh this is big and God would whisper, “I’m bigger still.” 

Then there is the third trimester.  As the baby grows bigger and bigger, the momma begins to nest the place, putting on final touches.  I've begun to do this with my baby, doing final touches to words here and there, adding and subtracting words, gathering word counts, asking the Lord what else needs to be done, to be said.

Then comes labor and the birthing process. It's not time yet but I can see it coming down the road.  It’s getting closer.  In my other two pregnancies, the labor was hard!  It was long!  And it was worth it!  I’m hoping this next birthing process will not be so labor intensified, but if it is, God will be right there with me just like He was before.  My husband will be there also just like he was before, holding my hand and helping me through the process.  And it will be worth it.
The last two times when the baby came, it was yelled out, “It’s a boy!”   This time, when it comes, we will hear,  “It’s a book!”  And I will thank God for the delivery, the baby, and pray that I brought God glory and honor in the raising of this baby.
I'll also thank him that no hemorrhoids were involved this time around.

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Teresa Kimbel said...

When I was in speech class at Western the professor said giving a speech was a lot like having a baby -- easy to conceive but hard to deliver. I understand that now, becoming more of a blogger than the speaker I thought I would be. Kristen, oh how I know how hard it is to write! When you said you had written 15 solid hours I so understand and you probably went without eating too. I know how much you love to write and it shows. It's so hard but you make it look so easy -- characteristic of a person who's meant to write. I know God will bless your efforts and many people will be encouraged through it.

Reformed rebel said...

How exciting this must be for you! Can hardly wait to get to read it!

Lisa Maria said...

Ha! Kristin...what an exciting way to make an exciting announcement! ;-)

My heart is still doing crazy tattoos! Seriously though, that's wonderful news and I know it will turn out great...if God led you to it, He'll lead you through it!

Can't wait to see the results. Hang in there...maybe some chocolate will help? :)

Praying for you as you take off with a whole boatload of new and exciting adventures!


Ro Elliott said...

congrats on the baby...don’t forget those cleansing breaths and breathing through the contractions...he, he,ho.... can’t wait to see the “baby”

kd sullivan said...

Writing a book is definitely similar to giving birth...I only hope that I haven't had a still born.... (sigh)

Jenifer said...

I saw your post on fb and thought, I don't remember any announcements, but yay! I LOVE when people are pregnant! LOL. Pregnant with book is just as exciting! So excited for you Kris!

Maryellen said...

LOL, hey, it could still happen, but glad it is with your book to be! You are such an inspiration to me and so many others! YOU have sat still and listened to God's voice, you have answered His call, you are doing His will in your life and the blessings abound all around you to so many. I couldn't love you any more if we were blood kin, oh, wait, we are...bonded forever by the blood of Christ. Love you, Sister, and I know the labor is never easy but look what you will have . . . a book. Hugs & Blessings

Crystal Mary said...

Good on you. Its not an easy process to write a book. I hate all the editing, however, it is necessary. I pray it all turns out well for you.
Psalm 19:14 is a favorite of mine, I speak it aloud in prayer often to help me say the right things. As an Ozzie, I tend to be out spoken so this helps. Blessing.

A Joyful Noise said...

Writing a book is like having a baby. I am gathering my stories for book two, and my husband Robert is also writing continued stories that I will help him get into a book. I know you are excited about your writing too. Thanks for sharing at Tell Me a Story

Susan said...

I believe I love this.

Jen Ferguson said...

Love it!! So excited for you and what God is doing in and through you!!

Katharine said...

Wonderful! Blessings as you head into the home stretch!

Pamela said...

Writing a book DOES feel like having a baby. I'm eagerly waiting to hear more about it. There's not many feelings better than the joy of book thoughts bumping around in your head.

Craig said...

Kristin, have a happy baby, and a happy baby pregnancy, and an easy delivery. You ARE a brave one – going where others don't, doing what others are afraid to do, good for you! God bless and keep you and all of those in your care!

A Proverbs 31 Wife said...

What a fun way to describe your new book! I'm sure it will turn out awesome!

caryjo said...

Kinda in the midst of what you're describing. The Lord said, recently, "Write, WRITE, WRITE!!!, and I've been editing and rewriting and extending and expanding... and still don't know what the door will be that He will open. But, I don't eat sometimes, b/c I'm involved and I forget the time. I don't get to bed early enough, b/c... anyhow, you know it all.

Made my heart just cringe a bit, b/c I want to do what the Lord calls me to do, but don't know what the result will be. Guess the only thing I can do is obey... the rest is up to Him. Trusting Him is a good thing, huh?