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.



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

If Heaven Was Never Promised To Me

As I've shared before, when my mother and I reunited after nine years, (28 years ago), we sat at her piano for hours that first couple of years singing our hearts out together to the Lord. I found myself awhile back humming one of the songs we sang so much,  If Heaven Was Never Promised To Me. I would like to share the words with you. . .

You may ask me why I serve the Lord,
Is it just for heaven's gain.
Or to walk those mighty streets of gold,
And to hear the angels sing.

Is it just to drink from the fountain,
That never shall run dry.
Or just to live forever, ever, and ever,
In that sweet, sweet bye and bye.

But if heaven never was promised to me,
Neither God's promise to live eternally.
It's been worth just having the Lord in my life.
Living in a world of darkness,
You came along and brought me the light.

If there were never any streets of gold,
Neither a land where we'll never grow old,
It's been worth just having the Lord in my life.
You've been my closest friend down through the years,
And every time I cry You dry my tears.

It's been worth just having the Lord in my life.
Living in a world of darkness,
living in a world of darkness,
You came along and brought me the light.

My mother and I would talk about the words to this song and tears would stream down our faces as we realized, YES, we would still serve Him, we would still love Him, He would still be our All in All, even if Heaven was never promised. She and I both have been in dark places and it was Jesus who brought us the light. It was Jesus who has given us strength and courage and has guided us into all the right places and has blessed us with things we would have never discovered on our own. Forgiveness would never happen without Him, reconciliation would not have the joy without Him, depression could kill without Him, loneliness could be unbearable without Him. No one else keeps our tears and no one else knows the number of hairs on our head.

What else is there about Him?  Here are just a few. . .

He forgives

He is caring and compassionate

He fights for me

He will pass through the waters for me

His words are trustworthy

He shows unfailing kindness

He continues to love me when I am unlovable

He is the same yesterday, today, and forever

He is faithful to His promises

He watches over my loved ones when I cannot

His right hand sustains me

He is my rock and my redeemer

He restores my soul

He drives out fear

He lifted me out of a slimy pit

He gives a peace that passes all understanding

He lights my path

His judgments are true and just

He heals the brokenhearted

His grace is sufficient for me

He teaches me to be content whatever the circumstances

He gives me rest when I am weary

He gave His Son as a ransom to set me free

He raised His Son from death to conquer and gain the victory

He is bigger than the storms

His love is based on His character and not my performance

He is a reconciler

He is a friend giver

He is a heart dweller
 I serve the Lord because I love Him! If Heaven was never promised to me, Yes, I would still serve Him, still love Him, still call Him my Lord and Savior. He has made my life worth living because of Who He is, not because of what I might gain after life.

But the sweet news is. . .There IS an eternal home and the one I'm going to is Heaven. That's a promise He has given to me in John 3:16 and it's just icing on the cake. But if the icing had never been there. . .I would have still taken the cake.


Denise said...

Amen, amen.

Vicky said...

Your Jesus loving heart all poured out and beautifully so... love to you Kristin!

Floyd said...

Amen. Well said. And yet He gives us even more... Mind boggling His love is...

Kristin Bridgman said...

Amen...mind boggling! Thank you guys for coming by. Love back at you all~
I've got this song stuck in my head now...I've been humming it all day:)

Wanda said...

I have never heard that song but the words are beautiful and oh so true.