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, November 28, 2012

Good News

When you look at the news, it can be really depressing!  So much bad news, sad news, and news that shouldn't even be in the news.  Some have said, "Is there anything good left in the world?  Good people are a dying breed." 
I say, "NOT!"  These people just don't get in the news most of the time.  I would like to share
good things and good people with you just from the backyard of my community.  And I know of communities like this all over. But you won't here it much on the 6:00 news. Come peek inside my little backyard and let me introduce you to some wonderful people I know who want no recognition but I am taking the liberty to recognize them, because I want to spread good news and cheer and put those sad questions above to rest.
3 year old who gave a coat, cap and gloves to homeless man and has been praying for this man and has showed literally the world about compassion and seeing with no judgements.
teenagers who were excited to serve at the bridge, leaving all their electronic gadgets for awhile. Smiling, cheerful, serving teens. . .yep, they're still out there:)
a young man offering his talents to bring music to the bridge
I can't even list all this couple does, they do so much. I will tell you though that this lady suffers with much back pain and yet still stands at the bridge every week for over 1 1/2 hours to serve and as you can see, does it with a smile:) 
nurses offering their nursing skills . . .checked one man's blood pressure which was sky high and he made it to the hospital in time before his stroke level kicked in
an anonomous lady hand knitted all these and many more for whoever needed them
oh my goodness, this lady has done SO much, the list would go on forever!
You can always count on her to get a job done and with a smile
She has a full time job and still makes it to the bridge with a sweet spirit, a servant's heart, hands out encouragement and a prayer on her lips whenever it is needed.
a retired nurse who is giving of her time and talents in her retirement years
another sweet friend who came back from a mission trip to Africa and said to me she didn't want to waste what she had received and became a part of the bridge ministry
two women with busy lives, but give of their time to the needy. . .
the one in red has been giving jobs to one of the homeless men and is making him feel a part of the family. . .her husband is pretty remarkable too:) The other lady is crocheting a plarn sleeping mat for the homeless
and this lady. . .director of HOTEL, INC and a friend of mine.  She has a LOT on her plate and a lot in her heart for the needy, the down and out, the unloved, and forgotten.  It is her job to help the people, but the people are in her heart. I am honored to have been brought in at her side to help with the Homeless Outreach. 
This is just a little part of the group, I'm sorry I don't have everyone.
But you get the idea. Good, loving people entering a cold, lonely, sometimes messy place.
hhmmm. . .
kinda like someone else I know. . .
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, entered into a messy place, into a messy, smelly stable, to become a servant in a messy world.  He who owns the cattle on a thousand hills relates to a homeless person. Jesus was homeless those last three years, no place to rest his head.  He relates to the homeless person. . .and he relates to you wherever you are. . .and to me. . .in all my mess and dirt and sin. . .and he cleansed me white as snow.  He loved you and me while we were still in our mess and these ones above show love to those who are in their own kind of mess. 
Good news! 
This past Tuesday was another day of rejoicing.  Gary, one of our bridge guests, prayed the sinners prayer and became cleansed white as snow too. 
Good news!
Being a servant is messy and can be hurtful and painful.  It can also be such a blessing.  Usually the greatest blessings come out of the messiest mess. The people above don't bail out.  Jesus didn't bail out.  Aren't you glad?  I sure am! He is here, He is here for you, He is here to comfort, guide, provide, and love you like no other can. He is here to wash you white as snow.
Isn't that good news?!?


Vicky said...

Your heart for Jesus is inspiring and uplifting! Yes- Good News abounds! What an amazing testimony to what was once a blanket ministry that has now morphed into an entire bridge ministry!! Yay you- and yay God :)

Lisa Maria said...

So good to see some 'good news' for a change! Loved learning about the people you work with Kris. This reminds me of a song by Hillsong United called God is Moving...moving through His people, using them and changing the world, one person at a time.


Love you friend...hope all is well with you and yours!

Denise said...

Your heart is 100% gold, love you.