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.



Monday, December 31, 2012

I'm a What???

There is something all my writer friends say I should do. . .that I MUST do.  I even have a proofreader who says I must. They've been telling me for a long time now and I just couldn't do it.  I was afraid.  I didn't want to come across as having a big head. I didn't think I deserved it. I play around on the keyboard of my laptop and I learn but I'm not THAT!

Sitting down to put words to paper, or screen has been a learning process. I'm with John Piper who said. . .

"I count myself as one of the number of those who learn as they write and write as they learn"

When I started the blog and up to this day, I pray for the words to come and they do.  I give God the credit for whatever is good here on the screen. It is HIM I want to honor. But then I was told something, and I pondered on it, and I think maybe they were right.  God gives me thoughts and ideas and has given me a brain to use to put it all together. When someone becomes a nurse, they call themselves a nurse.  When someone is an engineer, they call themselves an engineer.  When someone is a mother, they are called a mother. God is still there with us, blessing us with our capabilities and when we choose to, we work side by side with Him. We are given titles whether we like it or not.  And I should not afraid to use mine since God is the one who told me to do what I do. He gave me the title and I should be proud to wear it. 

William Faulkner wrote,
"A writer needs three things-experience, observation, and imagination. . .any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of others."
Ok.  I'm thinking I have experience (some), observation, and sometimes imagination and when I don't, hopefully the others will kick in.

So, I tell fear to get behind me. . .I am moving forward with my Lord.  I am SO thankful for Him pulling me out of this comfort zone and allowing me to put down words, sharing them with others and I am so grateful for all who come to read. . .Thank you!  Ok, Ok. . .now I am stalling. Deep breath. . .here I go. . .
I am a writer.
Are ya'll still with me?
Ok, I know that last line was not a good sentence from a writer; that's just my southern drawl kicking in.
The writers also say to find your OWN voice and well. . .that's just my voice:)

So there you go.  I held onto His Hand, kicked fear in the pants once again and I'm still breathing.
I still shake when I hit the "publish" button, I pray like crazy, and I keep hold of His Hand as I let go of a writing.

So into the new year I go with my new title.  It's one thing to write it out but it's another to say it out loud.  Don't hold your breath waiting to hear me SAY it.  That may take another year.
What fear have you kicked in the pants?
Oh do share!  It just may help someone else to do the same.


Rhondell Miller said...

Kris, You are a beautiful writer. Speaking directly from your heart allows those of us who read your words to search our own heart.

Ro Elliott said...

Yes you are....write on dear sister...write on...all to the Glory of God ~ Happy New Year and many blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

I agree Kristin,

As well, I have discovered my voice as a writer/poet. I have discovered through observation, experience and imagination, and a great depth of soul searching, how to love; not only my neighbor, but love myself as well, because I cannot love others till I know who I am. I am human, (hoping to be a poet), and realize we are all human....we all have childhood imprints to some degree, small or large, but as I have witnessed from your blog, you are an exceptional writer and a brilliant person.

Today, I am much better for having met you and you as a WRITER!


Reformed rebel said...

Yes Kristen, you are a Writer. I feel blessed whenever I get to read what you write. Keep doing it and keep on kicking fear in the pants!!I pray you are blessed beyond measure in 2013!

joy said...

You are what God created you to be. A writer and a blessing. Happy New Year !

Floyd said...

Indeed you are! And the best kind at that! The kind who serves God and seeks to use the heart of Him as the foundation for your purpose.

Good for you. It matters not what anyone else says anyway, you are what our Father says you are... and since you do write from His word and heart, I know for sure He says... You are a writer. Nice job.

Jedidja said...

You are a writer with a warm heart!

Denise said...

You are a talented writer.

Kristin Bridgman said...

Oh my goodness, you guys bless me so! Your words are such a gift to me and I will treasure them and I treasure each one of you:)
Happy New Year everyone!