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 30, 2012

Hope Through the Storms

As we are all thinking about the east coast storms and praying for those in it's path, we at the bridge stand with ones who have been weathering their own kind of storm and we take hands and pray for them too.
This one had just gotten out of the hospital this morning and had no where to go.
The temps were cold and the winds were blowing and the noses were red!
he was hungry
his stark, blue eyes had a sadness to them. . .no telling what wounds this one had.
Two souls walking the same journey on the streets, sharing tales and information

These two are not homeless, but live in extreme poverty and have lived in hard worlds.  I believe they come, not just for the hot food and coffee, but for the good feelings of love.  Do they know they are feeling the love of Christ? This one below is a ham and sometimes we have to say no to his requests, but he'll be back. He's a happy fellow but if you look deep into his eyes, you see something. . .a sadness maybe. . . it gets me every time. He told me he makes wreaths out of wire coat hangers, spruce and mistletoe.  He promised me one.  I'll be waiting for it.

The guy on the right in one of our wonderful volunteers. . .he has a heart of gold and probably is giving golden wisdom here to this young one. . .or the latest game scores :)
These two have been back in the church for the last 8 months.  The one leaning just found out he is going to have a job in the next couple of weeks and the other is hopeful to be getting one the next day. These two are such gentlemen, and always giving God the glory for all things.
This one gave us the thumbs up for the Homeless Outreach Ministry. . .I love it when they smile!

You see them take it all in, the food, the kindness, the physical needs being met, the love. . .and then they wander off to take it all in, to ponder. . .
As the temperatures dropped and sun was setting and the dark was rising, the volunteers begin to pack up things
and I look over at ol blue eyes and see him with his head bowed.  I go over. . .
he had received gloves for his red, raw, freezing hands, warm food for this stomach, a crocheted sleeping mat to soften the ground, blankets to help keep him warm, and the beginning of friendships.
He looked at me with tears and said, "I can't get over how kind you all are.  You've all given me hope."
This sappy one then once again had tears.
That's what it's all about!
And he is told where Hope comes from. . .Jesus.
I prayed quickly for him and then we all left.
I ponder. . .these precious ones walk their own kind of storms and yet they get up every day and put one foot in front of the other, they keep going on, finding the strength to make it another day.
I pray as they come to the bridge on Tuesdays, if they don't all ready know, that the hope they feel is from the One who rides the storms with them.  As the man on the bridge said to me once, "Jesus was always with me, I just didn't see him before.  But my eyes are open now, and I see him every day." He helps us to share that word.
May they all see Him in their storm and may hope abound in all their hearts!
I pray for the homeless:
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12

We don't have to be homeless to be walking through storms.  We all have at one time or another and will probably have more in the future. May we all apply Romans 12:12 to ourselves. . .I know I will!

~For our Hope is in Him. . .there is none greater~

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Denise said...

Blessings and love to you.

Shakin' the Foundation said...

~tears~ I see Jesus all over you and those who are reaching out to these precious children of God. The love that you all show is such a beautiful gift. I am honored I get to share your journeys through your blog!!

Blessings to you~