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.



Monday, January 20, 2014

To Delete Or Not To Delete

            As I was typing one morning, I looked up at the screen and realized by all the scrambled letters, my hands had not been in the right position.  I hit the delete button and all the mess disappeared and I began again.
            I pondered on this.  Wouldn’t it be great if life had a delete button?  I didn’t like what happened last year, DELETE.  I didn’t like what she said, DELETE.  My childhood years were the pits, DELETE.  I don’t like what my children are doing, DELETE.  I don’t like all the sadness in the world, DELETE.
            But upon further pondering, I came to the conclusion there is a reason God didn’t give us a delete button for our lives.  What kind of relationship would we have with Him if we could always delete everything we didn’t like?
            How would we know joy if there were no sorrow?  How would we experience becoming strong if nothing made us weak?  How would we understand forgiveness if there were never anything to forgive?  How would we know victory if we never had anything to claim victory of?  What would make us run to the Father and seek Him if there were nothing to run to Him for?  How would we understand and appreciate the unconditional love from our Lord if we never experienced the other.  Would we even acknowledge Him as Lord?
            I think a relationship with the Father would be pretty emotionless, pretty lifeless, pretty pitiful if we owned a delete button to hit whenever we wanted.  Would there even be a relationship?
            When I think of my love for the Lord, I think of how He has rescued me, saved me, given me courage and boldness, restored and healed, infused me with His peace and joy, given me reasons for real praise.  This all came about because of experiencing those time I would like to have had deleted.
            Our relationship with Him, if any, would be very bland indeed.  If there were no struggles, no pain, why would we even run to Him?  Why would we seek Him out?  How would we grow?
            No, I believe He knew what He was doing when He didn’t make us a “life” delete button.  God had something much better in mind for us than a cold, hard button.  He gave us a warm, loving Savior.

“I have told you these things so you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

P.S. I sent this to my mom and she added to the devotional. Here is what she said:

For those of you who look at a keyboard all day and sometimes just need a break, want a devotional but don’t have one there at your desk, just look down at your keyboard. 
See the Pause/Break button?  When you know Satan is attacking you and you’re upset, just Pause and ask God to Break Satan’s scheme.
See the Shift and Enter buttons?  Sometimes we need to Shift our attitudes and Enter into God’s presence for renewal.
See the Escape button?  Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we have a way of Escaping the punishment we deserve.
And see the Home and End buttons.  When our life Ends, we’ll be going Home.  Halleluhah!

Thanks Mom! 



Stacey said...

Beautifully said Kris. I know look at my keyboard in a whole new light!!!
Blessings to you my sweet friend!!

Jennie Morgan said...

I have periods of my life and choices I have made in the past that I would LOVE to delete! However, I sit here today with the most delicious JOY pouring out of my heart and soul BECAUSE of the incredible grace, mercy, and unfailing love of my heavenly Father and the new opportunities He has given me for life, love, and marriage. My present and my future are filled with endless, delightful opportunities and I greet each day with enthusiastic anticipation! None of this would be known to me without the hurt and pain of those past experiences. I ditto all that you wisely said in this blog!

Hazel Moon said...

Thank you for sharing your delightful post with us here at "Tell Me a Story." Our keyboard has some interesting keys that would be helpful to use in life. Especially the delete button.

Floyd said...

His redemption is our "delete" button of our sin, but we remember and show the power of our Father in that we have power to overcome the weaknesses of our flesh.

I like your mom's touch and analogies. That is so warming that your mom is involved!

Jenn said...

loved this .. I love the idea of the glory that we don't have a delete button!

Lauren said...

Amen! This is great insight!

Saleslady371 said...

Love your thoughts..and your mom's!

Jen Ferguson said...

Your mama is one smart lady! Now we know where you get it from!!

Joy said...

Lovely combination of two devotional posts. Inspiring!

caryjo said...

This is really a good thinking, sharing combination. A real grabber. Thanks much! And nice to see you with your mother. I smiled at the two of you... ;-)

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