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, March 17, 2014

Oh Happy Days Are Here Again!

I issue an apology right here, right now to anyone who thought I was whining on facebook and my last post titled The Flu Rap. I could claim I was delirious. I was trying to keep a sense of humor during the flu. (for the record, no one complained. Actually, so many were so sweet to me, thank you!)

I was in bed for five days sick but I had my blessing journal at my side. Even in the flu, there were blessings to count like. . .

a never ending supply of tissues
good tasting cough drops
a son and husband cheerfully getting things for me
son went out and bought my favorite vitamin water without it being on the list
hubby brought me a tub of chocolate covered peanuts without me asking
and SO much more I could go on and on. . .
As I layed in bed, I kept thinking about my friends who are battling cancer and other long term illnesses and how wonderful they are handling it. Yes, they cry and they get real with people, but I have seen such strength and perseverance from them that it encourages me. In five days, even though I'm not 100%, I will be soon. They have not felt 100% in the last several years and they keep right on smiling. I want to be like them. That's why I was trying to keep the humor going.
Today, I got up and showered. A hot shower...there is another blessing! My body does not ache like it did, I have done two loads of laundry and have cooked chicken and all before 10:00 am! Yes, my household chores are a blessing and that will go into my journal.
I'm not chillin' and sweatin' anymore!
I'm breathing so much better!
The throat is so much better!
I took a shower!
I have clean sheets on the bed!
And it happened three days before my first book signing!
OH, Happy Days Are Here Again!
How do you handle sickness? Do you count your blessings? Pray? Do you look for humor? Do you whine?
(I personally think a little whining is ok, just not too much ;)
And keep that blessing journal near by. . .it helps SO much! 



Denise said...

So glad you are feeling better, love you.

Hazel Moon said...

I love your blessing list even while sick with the flu. Glad you are better now.

Joy said...

Probably like much you:)
good to hear that you are better now:)

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Glad you are feeling better! I think counting our blessings keeps things into perspective. Not always easy to do when you feel horrible.