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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

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Tickets and Answers and Dancing, Oh My!

 
My niece and son #1 in front, my son #2 and his dad in the middle and my nephew in the back.
 
This picture was because of an answer to a little boy's prayer.
 
Back when the boys were this age and we lived in Oklahoma, my husband was about to be layed off and so we were in the savings mode big time not knowing if another job would come quickly or not. I found myself saying no to the boys a lot at this time. My son #2 wanted to go to the amusement park in town and once again I felt I had to say no as it was expensive to get in the doors. It was a pleasure thing I felt we could not afford.
 
My little boy prayed for tickets.
 
The next day a neighbor, a single lady who worked full time and kept to herself, knocked on our front door.
When I answered, she said to me,
"My work gave me these eight tickets to the amusement park and I don't want them. I noticed you had kids and wondered if you would like them." Son #2 was standing there and broke out in a happy dance!  I thanked her profusely and politely and after closing the door, I busted out in a happy dance too.
 
 
There were four in my family. Not only did God provide us with tickets but we were able to invite my sister and her family of four also. The cousins loved it!
Despite the terrified looks above, they really did love it.
And this was a wonderful day spent with family that I will never forget.
It wasn't long after this, that my family moved 750 miles because God had blessed us once again with a new job for my husband.
 
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
Ephesians 6:18
 
My boy and I have prayed for trees, pocket knives, lawnmowers and tickets to amusement parks and they have all been answered. I've had people say to me, "I never thought I should bother God with such small details."
 
My answer to that is "WHY?"
 
He knows the desires of our hearts. He knows our concerns. He wants to have a relationship with us and that means to be a part of all of us. He wants us to come to him as a child would his Father. And that is what I do. And that is what my younger son did so many times after he became a Christian at a young age. He would ask for the  broken mower to start and it would roar to life. He would pray for a lost pocket knife and we would find it under the swing. He prayed for tickets and they showed up at our door.
And I thanked God each time for answering a small boy's prayers, strengthening a young faith that has now, years later, grown strong.
 
He and I both realize the answers are not always, Yes. They are sometimes No and sometimes Wait.
 
And we live on no matter what because we trust our Father to give what is best
 
Do you ever think of not bothering God with a request? I say quit that thought. Ask Him! If it is His desire, He will grant it. If it is not, there was a good reason for it.
 
I treasure the memory of happy dancing with my younger son all those years ago.
And I treasure the thought of happy dancing with another son whenever God says it is time.
And I can wait, because I trust my Father.
 
Do you ask no matter how small or insignificant or how trite it might seem? Or even how big!
Ask! Whether it's a lost pocket knife or a lost son.
And remember, it's not about having enough faith, it's about stepping out in the faith you do have.
He just wants us to step out.
 And when you do, step out with your dancing shoes on and get ready to boogie.
 
 
 Because whatever His answer, it will be the best one!
 
 
 
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12 comments:

Denise said...

Woo Hoo, got my dancing shoes on.

Vicky said...

You are speaking right to my heart on this one! Its probably quite true that I don't really ask God for me, for much of anything. Hmmm- now I really must ponder this. But I am perfectly fine with asking for others- anything they may need or want help with. I also have to say, I usually am asking for help in the hard times and praising in the good times- but not so much the "every day" sorts of things- like tickets or a lost item. Thank you friend for this perspective!! So glad you share your heart and loved seeing how he has provide in such joyful ways!! Love and blessings to you!

Joy said...

Amen. Whata wonderful story. GOD'S faithfullness. So touching.

Reformed rebel said...

Hi Kris ~ This was so timely for me today. I have just been thinking of my son and how things are with him/us. Thank you for sharing this. I believe that one day we will both be doing the Happy Dance!!

Stacie said...

Kristin,

This post was so sweet! I am one of those people that pray for lost keys, toys, math blocks, and anything else I can't find. I love it that God is interested in the details.

Take care!

Hazel Moon said...

God is more interested in the tiny details of our lives than we often think. Yes, God wanted your family and cousins too to have a great fun time. Thank you for sharing at "Tell me a Story."

Hazel Moon said...

Kristin, I am writing a post about Believing God for little things, and I will mention your story in the body of my story.

Kristin Bridgman said...

Thank you once again ladies for coming by. Don't we serve an awesome God?! I can just hear you all saying, "AMEN! :)

Chelle, I can't wait for that certain dance!

Hazel, thank you so much for mentioning this post in yours.

You all have a blessed week:)

Lisa notes... said...

I can honestly say I've never prayed for amusement park tickets because I might not be happy if I received them. ha. The rides and motion sickness aren't a good mix.

But what a beautiful reminder that the Lord knows what each of us wants/needs, and he delights in handing us gifts!

caryjo said...

You just made me grin and rejoice. What a treat, what a blessing. Good thinking, good sharing, good tapping our hearts... and I'll be dancing in a few minutes as I'm putting the recycle bin and the garbage sack out on the sidewalk. You just grabbed my joy and exploded it.

Thanks MUCH!

Susan said...

But the father said to his servants, "Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet." You can bet those were DANCING SHOES. There's a pair of size 12 and size 11 in my family just waiting to be filled! YES, LORD!

Jenifer Metzger said...

Wow God! Love it!