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.



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hungry Souls Feeding On. . .

Another beautiful night of the Homeless Outreach Ministry at the bridge.  Volunteers and homeless together, just being friends, grace falling all around.  The hungry were fed physical food and spiritual food, but what I think they take in more than anything is Grace.

They know they are undeserving, as we all are, and yet they are moved by this feeding.  Some tear up, some let the tears fall, some tell me they are in awe of the kindness and sincerity of all who are out there helping and feeding.  Some hug and one yelled out as he left on his bicycle, "I love you all".
One shared that he had just been baptized the night before.
Then I teared up.

People have asked, "How can you love such people, people who are dirty and felons, with issues galore?

I stand at the foot of the bridge every Tuesday night and see all our volunteers doing just that. . .loving and issuing grace through the muck and mire. . .and I see it softening and changing the hardness of ones heart, and we can do this because Jesus did this for us.

From What's So Amazing About Grace. . .

Jesus gained the power to love harlots, bullies, and ruffians. . .he was able to do this only because he saw through the filth and crust of degeneration, because his eye caught the divine original which is hidden in every way-in every man!  First and foremost he gives us new eyes. . .
When Jesus loved a guilt-laden person and helped him, he saw in him an erring child of God. He saw in him a human being whom his Father loved and grieved over because he was going wrong.  He saw him as God originally designed and meant him to be, and therefore he saw through the surface layer of grime and dirt to the real man underneath. Jesus did not identify the person with his sin, but rather saw in this sin something alien, something that really did not belong to him, something that merely chained and mastered him and from which he would free him and bring him back to his real self. Jesus was able to love men because he loved them right through the layer of mud.

The volunteers at the bridge have had grace-healed eyes. . .they see the potential in others for the same grace that God has so lavishly bestowed on us.

"To love a person means to see him as God intended him to be."

I am so happy and honored to stand with my brothers and sisters in Christ who have been blessed with grace and to turn it around on to our guests.  What a privelege to take a gift we did not deserve and be able to hand it on to others. 
I heard one of our guests say tonight, "I don't like having to take, I was always the giver."
He was told this was just for a season and when his next season arrived, he could pay it forward.
He promised he would.

"Man is born broken, He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue."
Eugene O'Neill

I'm seeing the glue and I've witnessed the mending and when one is healed and redeemed, oh what a joy!

I'm asked how I can love these people?

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind, but now I see.

People are thirsting for grace.  Let's give them a drink.

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Denise said...

Heart touching post.

Ro Elliott said...

To love a person is to see him as God intended him to be. love this...and may we walk the power of His love and grace. thanks Kris~

Vicky said...

God is moving and working through you so beautifully! Your words just sing to me and I know they are words coming from deep within the well of faith. Your quotes inspire, and YOUR perspective helps ME to see with fresh eyes. Thank you Krisitn for the blessing of your sweet spirit poured out for all to know.

Jedidja said...

Amazing what you do, I know that this is the mission of Jesus Christ. My daughter was a week in Amsterdam, and she felt her heart moved by God for the homeless people. Maybe she will do voluntary work for a few weeks after her school period.