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.



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Grace and Communion at the Bridge

The beautiful Fall colors were the backdrop on October 16, 2012, a beautiful night at the bridge with the Homeless Outreach Ministry.  We have friends there, some with roofs over their head and some without.  Tonight there were no labels, just these precious ones all around and sharing the love of Christ. Here there were no judgements, no dirty looks, no condemnations. . .just love and laughter. . .food and fellowship. . .singing, sad stories to hear, praying for one another, communion, and grace floating all around.

"Grace throws parties for returning prodigals without saying a word about their sins.  Grace pays everybody the same regardless of what time of day they began to work.  Grace restores dignity to whores that everybody else wants to stone.  Grace hugs the diseased leper that nobody else wants to touch.  Grace looks past a person's behavior and sees the person for who they are in the eyes of God.  Grace is irrational to the thinker.  It is unfair to the judge.  Grace is foolishness to the achiever.  It is a shame to the religionist.  But it is a stream of water to the thirsty.  It's freedom to the imprisoned.  It is life to the dead.  Grace is rest for the tired.  It is another chance to the failed.  It is hope to the despondent.  It is a way out for the lost and a way in for those who can see the door.  Grace.  It's not a theological premise. It's not a doctrine.  It's not a philosophy. It's not something to be balance with anything else.  It's not even the most important thing.  It is the ONE THING~THE ONLY THING.  It's a Person, a Person who has held you in His heart before the first molecule existed and One who willl never let you go."
I'm not going to point out who is who because we are all the same in God's eyes, beloved children, some who are walking with him, and some He is waiting for, but all are loved.  But I will tell you this first picture is some of our fine city officials who came to the party with the director of Hotel, Inc. in the middle.  She is the one who got the Homeless Outreach off the ground. . .I'm just her sidekick:)
We have wonderful volunteers with great big hearts.
We had more "guests" show up this week and we were honored to serve them.
"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet"
Frederick Buechner

"I'm not suggesting that we have the power to heal physical conditions with our human fingers. But I do believe there's a healing of the spirit that takes place when we touch others.  There's a comfort that can't be found anywhere else, but in a touch or a hug.  Somehow, God's love and power is shared with others through the simplicity of our physical touch."
Ann Nappa



"Who are your friends? Have you chosen them carefully or have you let God choose them for you? Can you count among your friends, homeless, disabled, prisoner, homesexuals. . .The range and depth of friendships accurately reflcts your knowledge of the love of God".
Mike Mason

"All of us are people walking throught a living graveyard.  Everywhere we go, among everyone we meet every day, there are the walking dead. There are people so radically impacted by death in one way or another that they are candidates not only for healing but also for resurrecton. Death of relationships, death of dreams, death of business, death of loved ones. And you and I have been prepared to bring a living answer."
Pastor Jack Hayford
"To love a person means to see him as God intended him to be"
"Showing mercy is different from having pity. . .pity connotes distance. . .even looking down upon. . .mercy comes from a compassionate heart. . .it comes from a desire to be an equal."
Henry Nouwen

"It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters."
Mother Teresa



and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
I Corinthians 11:24
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 26:27-28  

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do."
Edward Everett Hale
A beautiful evening, indeed!
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Denise said...

Wow, such a blessing of a post. This brought tears to my eyes. Thank You for being Jesus in action. I love you.

Ro Elliott said...

Kris...oh this is just beautiful...I love the quote on Grace...and MIke Mason...do you read him too? Thanks for following God's heart...and as you follow...you help open my heart and others to see this world with new eyes. blessings to you my friend~

Lisa Maria said...

Beautiful pics, beautiful quotations...simply beautiful my friend! I wish I could have been there...it must have been a true blessing to be part of something like this!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Kris, it really changes your heart when you put yourself out there! Such a blessing:)

Stacie said...

I love these pictures! What an outpouriing of Grace. . .I tell my kids taht JOY is Jesus 1st, Others 2nd, Yourself last. You have an abundance of JOY!

Beth said...

I truly see God's grace shining in the eyes of those who so deeply minister and come alongside the homeless and downtrodden, Kristin. You are one of those people. I loved the "grace quote" too, by the way. Thanks for letting me know about it at my place. And thanks so much for giving us a peek at a wonderful thing you and your friends are doing ... the hands and feet of Christ!

Maryellen said...

I wish I had been there...I can feel the love and the grace extended just from the quotes and the photographs...speaks volumes...hope to join you soon. Love that you are an ambassador for Christ and showing His love through you and others involved in this blessed ministry. Thank you for sharing this beautiful evening.

A Joyful Noise said...

Brothers and sisters in Christ no matter what the circumstances. Such a beautiful story of your party at the Bridge. Your husband takes lovely photos too. Thank you for sharing at "Tell me a True Story."