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, September 3, 2013

You Gotta Be Kidding!

This is how I looked when my proofreader suggested I remove a chapter from my book, LOL.

My thought. . .you gotta be kidding!

I wanted to go WHHHYYY?!  

And then I did.

And in her sweet, smart, intelligent way, explained why. Something having to do with staying in the frame of the story.

I may have stuck my bottom lip out, I don't know. Maybe it was just in my mind.

Three days later, I decided she was right .

She would be so proud of me. My original writing had 65 chapters. It is now down to 47. It's getting inside the frame better.

The continual use of ellipses, I'm afraid, were driving her crazy too. I think I have them all removed. Crystal, I owe you a big, steak dinner one day and a big, gooey pile of dessert!

This journey has been such an emotional ride and it's not over yet. But I'm seeing the light at the end coming.

I contacted a publishing company in Nashville and they are willing to take a look at my manuscript when I am done. It being a Christian Publishing Company, they have asked me to write out my testimony, a small bio of myself and have three references, one being from my pastor. That is all in the works now. And my husband took a week's vacation to spend time with me working on finishing the book. He's such a sweetie!

I also need endorsers if the book becomes a reality. I contacted the mayor and another city official and they have excitedly agreed to read the book and give their endorsement. They may change their mind after reading.

I know what you're thinking. "You gotta be kidding?!"

I was always told it never hurts to ask :)

So I did.

I feel like I'm always asking for prayer and here I go again.
Would you mind praying for me as I finish up the book, that it would be just what God intended when He spurred me on into this endeavor?
This whole process is completely new to me.
But I'm sticking with it.
God has been handing me puzzle pieces for the last two years that are all fitting together.
I won't quit until I have the last piece.
Please pray for my husband also so he doesn't have to see that look above on me anymore :)
Bless you friends!
I hope one day to be able to write and show you the actual book.
And I know what you'll say. . .
"You gotta be kidding!


Jennie Morgan said...

Been praying since the beginning and won't stop until its completion and beyond! I know God has wonderful plans for this book and that He'll use it in delightful ways to transform peoples' thoughts and attitudes toward the homeless. Bet there will be a BUNCH of folks who will begin ministering to the homeless through reading your book!

There was a day I would have said, "Kris, write a book? You've got to be kidding!" But, over the past several years, I have watched my shy, quiet, behind-the-scenes friend blossom into a beautiful, caring, selfless servant of God. So NOW I would say, "Kris, write a book? ABSOLUTELY!" :)

Vicky said...

Praying in earnest for you!! Just in the middle of reading a manuscript for a friend and know the long and arduous task of putting it all down and then having them come along and say now take this out! So excited you are at this point Kristin!! Love and blessings to you!

Joy said...

So nice to hear thatyou are on the right road. I know that it will work alright because your work is to bring God the glory:)

Denise said...

Praying for you dear.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

praying for you!!!

Reformed rebel said...

so awesome Kris! I will be praying.

Kristin Bridgman said...

Thank you so much girls!