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.



Sunday, January 5, 2014

If Heaven Was Never Promised To Me

My mother and I used to sit at the piano and sing for hours together, the old hymns, praise songs, and praising to Him, our Lord and Savior. Sometimes my mom and I would get so choked up over the words because we identified with them. We are so sappy!

One of the songs we sang over and over was titled, If Heaven Was Never Promised To Me by Andrae Crouch. It asks the question, If Heaven was never promised to me, would I still serve Him, would I still love him? And my mom's and my answer is YES without a doubt. If this world was all there was, I would not want to live it without Him. This world can be frustrating, scary, and just plain hard.

But living for the Lord, He has given me strength when I have needed it, comforted me in my sadness, given me boldness in my shyness, and has showered me with so many blessings I cannot count them all. . .(although I am trying;)

With each blessing He is saying, "I know who you are. You are special to Me. I thought of you today. I love you." And because of Him, my crooked paths straighten out, my broken heart becomes healed, my hunger turns into filling, my life has joy because my heart has Him and He is Joy.

And if you have Him in your heart, you have all this too. Would you serve Him, love Him if Heaven was never promised to you?

But, we do have the promise of Heaven. And don't you know He is smiling, knowing that the grandest gift of all is waiting for us.

Why don't we give Him a gift right now? Let's tell Him, or better yet, sing to Him, "If Heaven Was Never Promised To Me, I would STILL serve You , I would STILL love You."

If you would like to hear the song, just click the link below.
She sounds better than my mom and I did, but we always laughed and said through our tears that if no one else thought so, we sounded beautiful to God. :) 

 Below are the words to the song.

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.


Susan said...

I grew up listening to my Grandma & Grandpa accompanying one another at the organ. G'ma played and G'pa had this rich baritone voice. We lived near them and in South FL back then, windows were open due to no a/c and I would hear them in the afternoon - your post reminds me of those happy times. Their favorites: How Great Thou Art, Until Then, At Calvary. Wow! what a legacy they left me. #grateful

Floyd said...

Beautiful song and gift... Nothing wrong with sappy when it comes from the heart where our Savior resides...

Hazel Moon said...

I don't believe I have ever heard that song. It pays in this life to serve Jesus, but I would hate to think there was NO heaven. I expect to be reunited with a LOT of people one of these days.

Kristin Bridgman said...

What wonderful memories Susan! Some of my best childhood memories were with my grandparents on their farm.

Floyd, I love that song. Yes, Sappy is good when in the right place:)

Hazel, thank the good Lord He gives us that promise. BUT, if it wasn't there, I would still serve Him because it's been worth it!

Stacey said...

I simply can not ever imagine not serving Him even if heaven wasn't promised. I know that I know I could not make it one day here on this earth without him. Andre Crouch is a favorite of mine.....Beautiful song that touches the heart and soul. Great post Kris!!!