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.



Saturday, May 3, 2014

An Introvert Going For a Walk

An introvert is not a shy person, just one who needs to be alone more than others, needs to refuel after being with people, does not like all eyes and ears on them, but would prefer to blend into the background. Needless to say, a stage and microphone are not an introverts favorite props.

But when one says "Yes" to God's promptings and open doors, they may be doors you would rather shut and yet, loving and obeying God becomes more important than our fleshly desire to hide.

He says to not hide our light under a bushel. I would love to hide but I don't want to cover up His light, and so when He calls, I have learned to go. . .even upon a stage with a microphone at my mouth. Again, needless to say, a lot of prayer went up. And grace came down.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
Isaiah 55:8
If I had my way, I would have never started a Blanket Ministry for the Homeless or gone to meet a complete stranger, a homeless man on a park bench or even began to think I could write a book. I'm so glad His ways and thoughts are not my ways and thoughts. I would have still been sitting in my comfort zone, which by the way folks. . .is a pretty boring place to be honest. Comfort does not equal blessed to which I have found out. Walking out of my comfort zones and into the unknown with a known Savior, Jesus Christ is one of the best walks I have ever taken. There are always blessings around the corner but you have to walk out and around the corner to experience them.
When you hear God calling you out for a walk, take His Hand and go. And if He is telling you to do something you think is crazy, remember, His ways are not your ways. . .they are better! And nothing is impossible with Him.
Whether He is leading you into a ministry of some kind or to write a book or whatever, do it. Surprise people. It just may get them moving out there on the walking trail with Jesus themselves and how wonderful that would be.
People's thoughts and our thoughts can be fickle and just plain wrong. Remember, God sees, hears, knows all. Trust Him. That is all.


Denise said...


Stacie said...

Beautiful post, Kristin...very encouraging. I love how you say, "Comfort does not equal blessed. . ." I reflect on my own journeys to which the Lord has called me to, and you are so right. Even now, I'm extremely uncomfortable, swollen ankles/feet, hip joints aching, baby running out of space in my womb. Definitely uncomfortable, but I am so blessed to be in this discomfort. Literal example, I know, but I get exactly what you mean. Take care!

Hazel Moon said...

Walking with Jesus can be a place where He allows us to be alone with our thoughts, but when He says to step out that is what we must do.

Joy said...

The best place we could ever be. Walking with Jesus!

Kristin Taylor said...

I get this. I can list so many things I wouldn't have done if I'd gotten my way. It's good to remember God hears the desires of our hearts and manages to have his way too when we say yes to him and trust him to lead us. I'm glad I linked up next to you at Soli Deo Gloria.

Hazel Moon said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” At: http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/
God is good and it is also good that we are not all alike! I tend to keep to myself also but when God says go, there go I, and so should we all.

caryjo said...

It was a good reminder. I struggle with some of what you mentioned, but also can only do what He tells me to do when He wants me to do it. Sometimes I want to do more, be more, help more ... but He knows where, when, and how I need to and can do what He needs done. So... forever in heaven will be revealing more than I/we understand now. So thank you much!

Anonymous said...

God often provides us the unthinkable in order to make us do what we deem impossible. When you find yourself in the midst of the unthinkable situation for which you can see no solution and he delivers you out of that bondage, that is when we truly know what this scripture means. Our ways are not His ways. HIS ways are so much better than ours. We are so limited by only what we know. We serve a God who knows everything. He has solutions we cannot even comprehend. Have the Faith to let God have his way