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, November 3, 2014

Things People Think When You've Authored A Book

1.  They think your rich now. ( I still wonder how the bills will be covered)

2.  That you have a grand life. ( I still live in the country and mow my yard and pull weeds) and
     to me, that is grand! :)

3.  That you don't have to clean your house anymore. ( I still kneel at the porcelain throne)

4.  That writing is so easy for me. ( I still struggle and pray every day for the words to come)

5.  That I'm so smart. ( I'm really not! Just maybe diligent and perseverant and pray a lot.)

6.  That I have all the answers to writing. ( NOT!)

7.  That life has become glamorous.  ( Look back at number #3)

8.  That I get all the money from the sales of the book. (Not!)

9.  That you wrote to make money. (Not! Not! Not!)

10. Assume because you had never written before, your book is self-published. Not! (God's hand
      was in this from day one and led me to a traditional publisher who accepted it.)

11. That I set out to write a book...Not! 

     Never in a million years would I have ever dreamt I would have written a book and even more so, that it would be published. But the great Author of life knows every detail of our lives and it was no surprise to Him. It was Him that saw this book before it ever began. It was Him who put the thought into my mind. It was Him who directed certain people to be sitting in certain places that kicked off the beginning of the book. It was Him who gave me the boldness to start talking with strangers and writing their stories. It was Him who gave me a story of my own with one of the strangers and it was Him who made us brother and sister in Christ. It was Him who gave me a wonderful husband who has always walked by my side, supporting, helping, and loving me through everything, there for the good and the bad days, there to walk with me through abandoned barns and underneath bridges, through the pain of having a prodigal son, to the joy of seeing the birth of the book.
  It was Him who lead and guided me through the whole process and because of Him, this non-writer became the author of a book.

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26

Where has He led you?
Do you sense Him leading you somewhere now?

I would love to hear about it and pray for you.
And we can say together,
"All glory and honor to God, the Author of all."


Vicky said...

I miss coming here to read your precious insights! Was so happy to see you pop up in my reader. I couldn't find your book in our local book store and was hoping when we were supposed to travel South again I'd find it! I have it on my wish list from Amazon- maybe Santa will send it- hehe :)

Amen to your list! Watching it unfold certainly felt like a God thing and you were the instrument to deliver the story!

Kristin Bridgman said...

AW, so good to see you here Vicky! You can find the book on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.
I keep you in my prayers. You're lookin good! :)

Stacie said...

Love this list! It's funny what people think and assume about another person's life. God bless you,Kristin.

Denise said...

Great list.