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.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

God Help Us

"God help us. We must go to people. Listen to people. Start where they are, not where we want them to be. And from their point of need, lovingly share the good news." 
Lysa Terkeurst
I heard the words from my first critic since my book Ya Know What I'm Say'n : Hearing the Voice of the Homeless came out. I have had an outpouring of love and support and the sales are very encouraging but I knew it was coming, and it did.
The newspaper did an article on me and the Blanket Ministry I had started and the book I had written and a lady saw it and decided to criticize on facebook. I do not know her.
I was told by many that when you put words out there for the public to see, you need to be sure you have thick skin for the critics. I found out mine is tough enough to take it, I was ok, but still tender enough that compassion is still here and it always will be.
The critic in a nutshell said I was enabling the homeless and she hoped I would take all my proceeds and buy them homes out in the country where I lived.
The only thing I would like to have seen happen is this:
Talk to me and get to know me and what I am about.
Get facts on the ministries before criticizing them.
Before criticizing a book, please read it first.
And my question back to her would be . .
"What is your answer if we don't go to them and help if they so choose to take it, to step out of the dire, depressed sinking hole they are in? Ignoring does no good. Complaining from our comfortable chairs does no good.
I like Lisa's words above and they sound a lot like something Jesus told us to do. . .
When people see a snippet and does not follow up with facts, they miss so much.
There have been wonderful, happy endings from the bridge.
There are homeless who are now homeless no more.
The critics want there to be no homeless.
But the critics do not seem to realize that when you reach out a helping hand with a loving heart, sharing the love of Christ and showing the despaired one where they can find Hope,
the numbers on the street can begin to diminish.
But, it takes time.
And for those who show up, they could use prayer.
If one wants or needs to stay in the comfort of their home, then I would just ask,
Please, don't criticize, please pray for strength for all involved, guidance from the Lord, and an abundance of grace and love to give.
And please, be patient. Many good things take time.
I welcome all opinions.
I just ask kindness and respect and please know the facts.
God help us all. . .please and thank you!
If you would like to read the rest of Lysa TerKeurst's post, you can find it here:

If you are interested in the book Ya Know What I'm Say'n, please click on the book cover to the right and it will take you to the Amazon site.

~Thank you and God bless you~ 


Shakin' the Foundation said...

Grace is meeting those where they are in life and walking them through the struggles and pain. If we all produced an instant "fix" it for those struggling, we enable them to fall again. It is by loving them and standing with them they learn to stand in the place God is calling them to , in return they will be able to help others in similar circumstances. I am so proud of you!!! Keep reaching Kris, you are were the Lord has placed you!!!!

Brandee Shafer said...

Friend, I am so proud of you, and I'm still hoping to make it to Bowling Green to meet you, some day! What we do with our hands and feet, resources and energy matters so much. Praying for your life, ministry, and book, today.

Denise said...

You are a treasure my friend.

Hazel Moon said...

Congratulation on your book, and there will always be the jealous nay sayers who must try to put you down. If this woman had any guts she would be out there helping you with the blankets and not trying to pull out the rug. These type of remarks must reach your shoulder and then shrug and let it go over your head and to the pit where it belongs ♥

Jennie Morgan said...

Very knd, gracious response to someone who truly has no clue. So glad has poured out His love through you to the homeless and hopeless. Love you, dear friend