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.



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My One Word for 2014

I have been praying for about two months asking God to impress on me what my 2014 One Word should be. It wasn't long before this new word came into my mind, into my heart. I wasn't sure what I was to do with it. I had an inkling, but wasn't at all sure, so I kept praying.

December 28, 2013, I was validated. I was really needing this. This may sound vain and shallow but I am still human and I believe we all need validation. It is a true gift not from a box but from one's heart. It doesn't need a bow. It doesn't come with a pretty ribbon on it. Because it is beautiful all on it's own. When I received this gift on this day, I cried uncontrollably. Because someone near and dear to me gave me exactly what I was needing at the time. And I was so moved because my Lord and Savior knew my heart. He sees and knows and He moved someone else's heart to hand the gift over.

A couple of weeks before this, I received the same gift from someone else near and dear to my heart. It was so unexpected, it literally lifted me off my feet. Ok, the person lifted me off my feet, but my heart was touching the clouds.

You all may be thinking about now that my One Word for 2014 is validation. But it is not. The word God has impressed on my heart, I believe goes with validation. And I want to use this word in many ways. I'm not sure of all the details yet as to how God wants me to go about it, but I have a pretty good idea. I will keep my ears open to His leading throughout the year.

My goal each day is to honor the Lord. That is my heart's desire. I felt honored when I was validated. Sometimes I think we wait to do this until we are standing in a funeral home or in a church by a casket. That is all fine and wonderful, but I want to do this with others before that lid closes on the rectangle box or the ashes fill another kind of box. And I want to honor my Lord. So I shall see with time how my new word is to be used.
And so I reveal to you all my new One Word for 2014. . .
Did you pick One Word to follow for this new year?
Please do share. 
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If you are interested, please go to ONE WORD.
If you do and you decide to pick a word for yourself, better yet, pray and ask God to impress that word on your heart,
please come back and share. It's fun to see how God will use your word to move you, change you, grow you, and to inspire.
It would be an honor to say a prayer for you and your word!
~ God Bless ~ 


Betsy Madison said...

Here's my word for this year....GRACE. I want to give GRACE in thought, word, and deed (Oh, that thought one is going to be hard!) I want to be on the look out for and recognize others giving GRACE. I want to respond to bad behavior with GRACE. Lastly, I want to give GRACE to myself.

Vicky said...

I love hearing about the process as much as what the word is. I have no doubt you will both honor the word and allow it to honor you right back!

After much deliberation I went with the word "become." I want to become who I am meant to be- all of what God intends for me in my life so that I may continue to live his will.

Hugs to you sweet friend! Blessings in the New Year!

Hazel Moon said...

We honor God in all we do and we also give honor to whom honor is due! Good word!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Lovely word! I settled back into *release.* It's funny because it was the word God first showed me and then I kept playing with it ... trying to find a better word ... but this is it! And so this year I work on letting go! =) Love you!

Eileen said...

I LOVE this! Yes, honor does go hand in hand with validation!

Stacey said...

Yes indeed!!!!! Love love love your word!!!! I know you will do it well in 2014.
My word is Purpose.
Happy New Year Sweets!!

Pamela said...

When God seals the word to our heart it takes on a value all it's own. I love hearing how the choice came about. Honor is a beautiful word--I'm eager to see all God does with it in your heart this year.