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, February 12, 2013

What Love Looks Like in My House

Love will work for hours on the car to save our bank account.

Love will bring home dinner when the other half is hurting with headache.

Love will go into the unknown because the other half has a calling.

Love will sit in an emergency waiting room for three hours straight from work so other half can sit with former homeless, male friend in the patient room.

Love never whines or complains or frets or argues.

Love is very patient.

Love is kind and caring.

Love is very knowledgeable.

Love can see what others don’t through the lens.

Love will clean the carpets.

Love will come home from work on lunch hour when other half cannot get the lawnmower started.

Love will fix the broken blinds.

Love will comfort the other half when her heart is broken.

Love will get on knees with other half to bow the head and pray.

Love will make tough decisions when needed.

Love is a hard, faithful worker.

Love has worn the gold band on his ring finger for the past 31 years.

Love will love unconditionally.

Love is full of grace.

Love is very forgiving.

Love gives and gives and gives.

Love is strong.

Love is gentle.

Love is a blessing.

I'm not sure and yet feel quite certain the following might just have been written about the Love in my house:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,always hopes, always perseveres.
First Corinthians 13:4-7

Oh yes! This is the love in my house. How did the other half become so blessed? I don't know. I just know her other love looked down on her and on him and said "These two shall be one."
All I can do is be grateful, thankful, and love back.

What does love look like at my house?

Song of Songs 8:6-7
Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave,
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away...
Song of Songs 2:16
My lover is mine and I am his...

~Happy Valentines Day to the love of my life,
my sweet husband~

and to all of you out there. . .
For you believers who think you don't have a Valentine, think again. . .this ones for you. . .
His words... let them speak to you.
And for the ones who have not believed on Jesus' name, this one's for you. . .
John 3:16
The most beautiful and powerful and life changing words right there!
Yep! God loves you that much.
~May all your hearts be filled with HIM and with eternal love~

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Denise said...

Sweet, sweet post.

Stacie said...

I love this!
I am blessed with love like that in my home, as well. It feels so good to know that God loved me so much to send His Son for my sins, and send my husband for my home. . .eternally grateful!

Lisa Maria said...

Celebrating and praising God for the love in your home sweet friend...and thanking Him for the love in my own. May God bless our precious forever valentines :)

We celebrate our anniversary on the 17th so don't do much Valentines stuff...I'll be keeping it simple but any excuse to celebrate love!

Love you friend...God bless!

Jen Ferguson said...

I so love how you love on your hubby!

Michell Pulliam said...

Awesome Kristen! You described it so perfectly! Simply put...love is "selfLESSness" Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up! ;-)

Michell @Prowess and Pearls"