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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

*****EXCITING NEWS*****

My first book, Ya Know What I'm Say'n, has been released.


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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saying Goodbye to my 2013 Word






Pondering here at the end of the year with my 2013 word of the year GIVE. At the end of the 2012
year I began to pray about my word and Give is what the Lord gave me. Here is just a piece of what I wrote in my first blog post for the year 2012. . .

I want to give
 
of my time

of my possessions,
of my praise,
of my love,
 
of Christ's love
of my energy,
of my words,
of God's words,
of my smiles,
of encouragement
of my. . .whatever God leads me to give
 
At Easter time I did a 40 day giveaway on FB. Each day I gave one thing of mine away. Did I miss any of those items? No
 
I gave of my time and love each Tuesday evening at the Homeless Outreach at the bridge. Did I ever begrudge going? No
 
I gave of my energy to ones who are hard to love. Did I ever mind. Well. . .we'll come back to this one.
 
I gave of my smiles, and words and encouragement. Did I mind this? No
 
And how can I say no to these questions? Because I ponder each day how God has given to me. Oh, He gives so much more than I ever could but because of what He has given me, I want to give back.
 
Back to the question up above I hesitated on. That's just me being human and honest. But after pondering and praying, I can say that yes, I did give of my energy and when I focused on God, the giving of that energy became easy.
 
It wasn't easy for Jesus to hang on the cross, to take the sins of the whole world upon Him, to be mocked, to have His Father turn away for that specific time. I can't even imagine.
 
So when someone difficult comes around, I remember what was given for me and I can look into the other's eyes and give what the Lord leads me to give.
 
And when it came to my wanting to give more of my praise. . .I did. I always wanted to freely praise by raising my hands in church when the spirit would move but being the quiet, reserved person I have always been, I made my hands stay down at my side. This year they raised and I cannot tell you how freeing it is to worship in the true sense of the word, unencumbered, not worrying about the people around you who might stare, just giving praise with all of your being to the One who deserves it.
 
I know many of you out there give in so many ways. Thank you for all you do. This is not about look at what I gave. It was just about me being more intentional myself to look out instead of within and give in whatever ways I felt led to. I didn't want to hang onto things, to money, to myself. I wanted to give to my Father in Heaven however many ways I could because I love Him and because it's my way of saying, 'I love you, to Him.
 
What did I learn? I learned by giving, I can let go. . .of many things. And in the letting go, sometimes God chooses to give back. And whether anything comes back or not. . .there is blessings in the letting go, in the giving. It's not about what you will get back in return, It's all about freeing yourself up and blessing others and pleasing God. There is just no better feeling than that! 
 
God helped me to give in so many ways. Some easy and some not so easy. But as this year comes to a close, I know from now on, no matter what my new words will be, give will always be a part of me. . .because it is a part of Him. . .and I want to be all I can be in Him.
 
So it's not really good-by to the word give. It's hop on word, we've got new ones to pick out and places to go. Come on! 
 
Will you join me?  Pray about a specific word God has just for you. Then do share. It's fun to see how God works in all of our lives.
 
May you all have a wonderful, happy New Year
and may it be full of wonderful words
GIVEN
by the WORD Himself.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1
 

8 comments:

Joy said...

So wonderful sharing about the Word giving in words and action.
Thanks for being an inspiration:)
Happy New year!

Jennie Morgan said...

Two years ago, KLOVE encouraged their listeners to choose a word for the year but I didn't do so. Last year, when you said you were doing so, I didn't do it. But I think 2014 is my year to get on board! I will pray and seek God's guidance about my word. Will let you know when He gives it to me.

Musings by Robert said...

Bless your sweet heart, you gave of yourself and that is more than some will do. Yes, raising your hands in praise and NOT caring what everyone else thinks is freeing. Awesome post!

This is Hazel - I am in Roberts site as I am getting ready to post one of his continued stories.
He writes them and I edit and post for him.

Donna said...

I, too, have leaned to give more this year: more thanks, more praise (I now raise my hands in worship when the Spirit moves me), more tears and more love. The blessings received were infinitely greater. Thank you Kris for your beautiful words.

Stacey said...

2012 He gave me "endure"....
2013 was "Apply"....
He gave me "Purpose" for 2014 :)
I have purposed in my heart to be and do all He has called me to be!
I am excited to see all he has for you my friend :))

Xoxoxo
Stacey

Hazel Moon said...

I haven't chosen a Word for 2014 but endure does sound good!
Thanks for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

Floyd said...

As I read your post the words my mom taught me my entire life were ringing in my head, "You can't out give God."

How true and how freeing it is to know that it all, as King David said, "Come from Your hand."

Thanks for the heart and example, Kristin! God bless you and yours, and may you have a Happy New Year!

caryjo said...

Bless you with your thinking and your sharing. I'm a worshiper, and sometimes it ain't OK in my church. But can't NOT lift my hands, my arms, my heart. Focusing on Him is all we can do when the time is changing, the world is changing. He's my focus and others are deeply on my heart, including blog friends that I've never seen, but have "met" in a special way. You're one of them.

Bless you and your ministry and your heart to the Lord.