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, November 13, 2012

Thankful Rolls

Whether you have rolls like this. . . 
or like this. . .

think about this. . .

With so many of us sharing our "thankfulness" each day leading up to Thanksgiving, I thought this idea of the thankful rolls would be a neat idea for your dinner table next to the turkey and dressing.  What a surprise when someone reaches for a roll, opens it up to butter, and finds this. . .   :)
Why have just a roll when you can have a thankful roll?
Eat, drink, and share your blessings. 
Just be sure you don't eat the written one!

And please!  Don't stop counting your blessings after Thanksgiving.  Ann Voskamp from 1000 Gifts taught me to count every day which I've been doing for over a year now.  They are marked in a journal and I'm getting close to 1500 now.  It's such a joy to find even the smallest of blessings each day and record.  It has become a life of Thanksliving!

"naming offers the gift of recognition, the naming of moments is truly a holy work"

"gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world."

"Is eucharisteo (thanksgiving) opening the eyes wider, the heart deeper?  Is this paradox-that giving thanks for what is, creates an appetitie for more-not for more things, but for seeking more of God to give more glory?  Looking is love." 

"when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.  This makes me full, and I  "magnify Him with thanksgiving" 
(Psalm 69:30)

(all quotes by Ann Voskamp)

Enjoy those rolls :)


My name is Nicole Nolley said...

super cute idea..thanks for sharing with us Kris.I have nominated you for the Liebster award(click on my name then Seven Flowers to find instructions) I look forward to getting to know you better and stopping by often...blessings and miracles...Nicole

Lisa Maria said...

Hey Kris...what a wonderful idea! Love it! I will definitely be trying this one out (even though I don't celebrate thanksgiving as you know) Love Ann Voskamp...always inspired by her.

I see you also got nominated for the Liebster Award. Happy to be on the same list as you my friend! Congratulations!

Love & Hugs!

Denise said...

Awesome idea.

Jedidja said...

Great! Thank you.

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Such a sweet, sweet idea! Thanks so much for sharing! :)