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.



Friday, October 12, 2012

50 reasons For That Man O Mine

I love that man O mine!  Just four days shy now of loving this man for 31 years.  Is he perfect? No.  I won't mention the candy wrappers he leaves on the tables, or the sock he leaves on the floor, or leaves the door open and the lights on.  Does any of this bother me? No!  Ok, ok. . . I might grit my teeth every once in awhile.  BUT. . .this man o mine loves me.  I won't mention the times I've been cranky and he loves me through it.  I won't mention that I can lose my patience from time to time, or I let my perfectionist bug come to the surface from time to time, or that sometimes I just want my way.  No, I wouldn't want you all to know that!

I found the little box I had given this man O mine in the early days of wedlock. We were dirt poor because he had gone back to school.  For an anniversary gift one year I gave him this box filled with 50 slips of paper telling him why I loved him.  Thirty one years later, I read them again and find he hasn't changed. . .oh that's not true. . .he just gets better and better.  I'm going to share these fifty little pieces of paper.  You might not find this enjoyable but I think he might so here I go. . .( in no particular order and remember, I was young.

1.    I love you for frying me bacon and scrambling me eggs late at night when I was craving them.

2.    I love you for letting me have a cat when you had no desire for one at the time.
3.    I love you for being silly at times.
4.    I love you for overseeing my faults.
5.    I love you for allowing me to express my opinions and talking with me without laughing at such
6.    I love you for taking me out for drives when I just want to get out.
7.    I love you for enjoying the simple things.
8.    I love you for wanting me to be happy.
9.    I love you for staying with me when a situation gets uncomfortable.
10.  I love you for seeing enough in me to want me as your wife.
11.  I love you for letting me quit my job when I was unhappy.
12.  I love you for liking my family and willingness to help and give to them.
13.  I love you because you'll get out of the car on the highway, hop a barbed wire fence to pick
         mistletoe off the top of trees for me.
14.  I love you for being with me when I was ready to become friends with mom again and you became
       friends with her too.
15.  I love you because you don't bawl me out when I overdraw the checking account.
16.  I love you for smiling and accepting tuna sandwiches for dinner.
17.  I love you for wanting to raise our future children with morals and values and love.
18.  I love you for saving your last one or two dollars a week before payday so you could by me an
        anniversary card.
19.  I love you for letting me cross-stitch for hours.
20.  I love you for buying me popsycles and 7-UP when I'm sick.
21.  I love you for smiling when I'm not.
22.  I love you for taking me out to dinners when we can't really afford it.
23.  I love you for always letting me sit with you in a one person chair.
24.  I love you because you appreciate nature and the heavens.
25.  I love you because you wanted to give food to the church anonomously, leaving it outside by the door and didn't worry about
        the food being stolen because you said, "If someone steals food, they needed it and that's what
        the food was for anyway."
26.  I love you because you always come home to me.
27.  I love you for making me french toast at breakfast time and making it special with powdered
28.  I love you for not embarrassing me in front of people
29.  I love you for going back to school to better our lives.
30.  I love you for kissing and saying "Good-bye" in the mornings.
31.  I love you for wanting to and enjoying feeding the birds in the winter.
32.  I love you for helping me with the laundry when I don't want to go to the laundromat alone.
33.  I love you for reading books with me.
34.  I love you for letting me be a housewife when others said I should work.
35.  I love you because you think for yourself and not let someone else do it for you.
36.  I love you for hugging me without asking for one.
37.  I love you for letting me hang my cross-stitch all over our walls.
38.  I love you because you gave me the two most important things. . .love and a baby.
39.  I love you for helping me pick dried flowers in a field.
40.  I love you for laughing with me and not at me.
41.  I love you because you believe in the Lord.
42.  I love you for never losing your temper.
43.  I love you for being faithful to me.
44.  I love you for going on picnics with me.
45.  I love you for not saying I look bad at those times when I do.
46.  I love you for going shopping with me out of town.
47.  I love you for taking time to explain things to me.
48.  I love you for always gassing the car up for me.
49.  I love you for loving me the way that you do.
50.  I love you for being you.
OH MY!  I think he has been a much better spouse than me.  But he hangs around, so it must not be too bad;)
I love you honey!  Thanks for being such a wonderful husband. Happy Anniversary #31. Hey, can we go pick some wildflowers now, I know this great field around the corner.

There are SO many more I could add after 31 years but I know you, dear reader, need to go now. But indulge me in one more please. . .
31 years later he still pleases me by holding his breath so this feather will stay on his top lip to match the boa :)
What a guy!
Ladies. . .do you tell your husband you love him?  Maybe you think he doesn't care about all the reasons, but I just betcha it will make him smile. . .isn't that worth it?  Go on and give it a try. . .50 reasons.


Kay K said...

sweet post

Denise said...

Such a nice post.

Ro Elliott said...

Happy....happy anniversary...I love those sweet notes. on our 30th anniversary I started a thankful journal just for him. I write all the things I am thankful for...it helps me to be mindful of even the smallest of ways He loves me.
blessings to you and many... many more. I love the picture.


beautiful words.

Lisa Maria said...

What a beautiful idea! I know all about those 'poor times'! In fact this year we've had one attack at our finances after another so I told hubby that all I wanted for my birthday was a letter telling me why he loves me. So precious...money can't buy anything to compare!

Hope you have a wonderful anniversary Kris... much love to you and Keith and may God continue to bless your union.