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.



Friday, January 31, 2014

I Wanted To Laugh


I was asked one day if writing was hard. I wanted to laugh. I wanted to scream out in fits of mindless laughter,

"YES, IT'S HARD!!!"  When you have not had a college education, when you have had no writing experience except for your own journaling and a blog which isn't really experience, it's just writing your thoughts down, and you have to learn, learn, learn to not write really, really long sentences, YES, it's hard. When it has been decades since you were in an English class, yes it is hard.

Sometimes it is so hard it is frustrating. You might want to throw the mouse at the computer, you might cry and have to be consoled by someone very patient and loving. You may not sleep well because you cannot turn your brain off from all you keep thinking of writing.  You may pig out on junk food all day because you've spent the entire day pouring over writing websites learning the how and why and do's and the don'ts and then at dinner time there is no dinner. You are really blessed here if you have a member of the household who is willing and joyful to go get take-out.

Then there is even the smallest of details that can make you crazy when you will be having your own words published for the world to see. What size font is the best? To be bold or not to be bold, that is the question when it comes to the chapter titles. And one person has their opinion and others have theirs and you have yours and this becomes very difficult when you want everyone to be happy, oh my!

So, you might be thinking about now, that I don't enjoy it. And that would be so wrong!

Just because something is hard and can be frustrating at times and sometimes causes tears is not a bad thing. If the task has been a calling from the Lord, then it is a wonderful thing. He never said it would be easy but He promised to always be there with you. And for this gal, He has walked every step of the way with me. Walking hand in hand with Him has been a joy. There were times I became weary. And that is when He spoke to me through His Word. He and I have met at the laptop each time I sat down to write. He has met me in my prayer closet and He has met me in the wee hours of the night as I lay there pondering.

To have the Lord move you onto a path and walk it with you every step of the way is a wonderful thing and I am learning that even though that path leads me out of a comfort zone, oh the blessings I find as we walk it together. I wouldn't trade it for anything. . .not even chocolate. And if you know me well, that's saying something!

Writing the book really has been a joy, a joyous, trying job I would do all over again.  And. . .I am. I'm starting another book. This one may take me two years too, but I'm stepping out and going for it.

Is God calling you down a path?
Are you on that path and is it hard? Is it trying?
Be encouraged. Run the race with endurance. Just don't run ahead of Him.
Even if there are tears, tears can fall with joy.
We need never lose our joy if we abide in Him always.
Abide, obey, pray and work.
So, when someone asks me if my work is hard. . .
I throw back my head and laugh and say,
"Yes it is hard and I'm loving every minute of it!"

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


Eileen said...

"If the task has been a calling from the Lord, then it is a wonderful thing." I agree. I can't not write. I need it. I learn and grow so much from the process.

Jennie Morgan said...

And I've loved every minute of the journey with you through prayer and encouragement. VERY glad God asked you to do the writing and me to do the praying and encouraging rather than the other way around! :) But what a blessing it has been to watch Him answer every prayer, big or small, and to get to watch Him at work so clearly!

Hazel Moon said...

Writing is just pouring out your heart (in not too long sentences.)

Jenifer Metzger said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this picture of you Kris! You are so beautiful. And I love your heart. God bless you friend.

Shari England said...
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Shari England said...

I should have proofed my first comment. Try again. -- Sounds like nearly the identical post I just posted on my blog today regarding writing. We must be in the same place. I have no degrees behind me either. Just the time, experience, and my relationship with Christ. You are a wonderful writer Kristin. I'm excited to see the places the Lord leads you.

Becky L. said...

Good thoughts. I'm writing a story for a contest. It's mind boggling to try and put all your thoughts and condensed....1500 words. But it's all good and I can do it. Hope it goes well for you. Thanks for the encouragement in our lives!