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.



Sunday, March 10, 2013

This I Know

God loves me, this I know. . .

God led me to begin the Blanket Minsistry over 4 years ago. I wondered after that first year if people would continue to donate. Yes, you could call this doubt if you want. I felt led to continue though and I am now coming to the end of the 4th year of this ministry.  We have averaged 700+  blankets each year! People have also donated clothing, sleeping bags, caps and gloves and socks. I have received checks in the mail from people I don't know, people I have never met.

The last check I received was in the 3 digits and a sweet note that said, I put in a little extra for you to do something for yourself. This from a fb friend who met me through a newspaper article 3 years ago. I just met her within the last month on facebook. I have never met her in person.

With a son in college and preparing to take a mission trip to Africa, funds are pretty tight in my one-income household.  I have learned to live very frugally. I am content and happy to live this way knowing God will provide our needs, but once in awhile He delivers a 'treat' that just blows me away!

And speaking of that Africa trip. . .we didn't ask for money. We do not do the mission letter thing. We prayed for God to provide and oh my, He is providing!

God loves me, this I know. . .
Last week I was struggling internally with how to treat a situation. I was feeling very down and confused and torn about what to do.  Sunday morning I opened my devotional, My Utmost For His Highest and read that day's devo, March 3.  It spoke right into my heart and gave me the answer I needed. Wow! I was given clarity, peace and confidence about what do. But the bigger Wow came much later in the day when I discovered I had not read that days date like I thought. . .I had actually turned to the wrong date, May 3 not realizing it. Did I read the wrong date that day? I don't think so!
God loves me, this I know. . .

Of course I know Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. But it is just magnified in those little moments of trips to the mailbox, reading the wrong date of a devotional but it was really the right words for that day. I could go on and on about how I know He loves me.  I journal the how's in my blessing journal.

There are buds showing on one of my flowering trees that tell me Spring is right around the corner. I hear Him saying, 'I am always here and I will never leave you. Though the seasons change, I never will and I will always love you. . .this I know.'
Yes, this I know.


Beth Zimmerman said...

Love your heart and this sharing of blessings. I know too but some times I forget. It's good to have people who remind me!

Denise said...

Sweet blessings.