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.



Friday, February 15, 2013

Breathing In, Breathing Out

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I love being in church and hearing the sermons on Sunday mornings!  I usually take away a sentence from the pulpit that either makes me laugh or makes me ponder.  On one particular week, this was my sentence to stick in my head. . .

"Which is more important. . .to breathe in or to breathe out?" 

The message was about about serving and worshiping.  Which of those two are more important?  Some say worship first, so you can serve.  But isn't the serving also worshiping Him? 
My pondering brain kicks in here.
I think in order to serve others, there has to be a love there somewhere or we would not do it.
Maybe we do it because it makes us feel good.  Why does it make us feel good?  Because it always takes the focus off of ourselves and onto others?  But serving doesn't always feel good. So why keep doing it? It comes back to loving the Lord, so we serve whether if feels good or not because of love. So is this serving. . .worshipping? Everything good comes from God.  And helping others is good. . . breathing in. . . breathing out.  It's hard to imagine one without the other, the breathing and the serving/worshiping.
In fact, you cannot just breathe in and not out.  You cannot just breathe out and not in.
So, can you serve without worshiping?  Can you worship without serving?

My pondering brain just cannot ponder anymore!
Am I just rambling?
Does this make any sense?
Please tell me what you think?

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Lynnmarie Couvillon said...

It makes perfect sense and I so agree! I've never understood how people can say they are Christian, go to worship each week and then never serve God and others. I think somewhere along the way, their heart is not truly in it.

Shakin' the Foundation said...

It makes perfect sense!!!! I love this post!!! It has stirred an awaking in me today :))


Denise said...

Totally agree.

Stacie said...

LOL!! I'm with you, Kristin. . . can't have one without the other.

Tiggeriffic said...

Serving God and other people is suppose to be something we are to do..some people just don't get it..
Some people think if they sit in church they will be a Christian.. MMMMlets see if I set in my garage will that make me a mechanic...the answer would be absolutely not..enjoying your blog...
ta ta for now from Iowa:)