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.



Friday, January 16, 2015

The Mystery Inside a Purse

You can tell a lot about a woman by her purse.

Age progression shows itself in many ways. Yes, even with purses.

I saw a picture the other day of a little girls purse, it was so cute. Pink with a pink cell (play) phone inside, a pink plastic pony, a plastic necklace and a "my pony" hairbrush. This little girl likes to be a girlie girl, playing with everything pink.

I got to thinking about my purses. The ones I carried as a young mother were BIG, to hold not only my stuff but you would have found boxes of crayons and books and little, plastic dinosaurs ( I had boys). And cars! And books for them to look at and food. This woman is a mother with boys who took whatever would make them happy while out doing whatever. . .mom errands, church, visiting a friend.

Today the boys are grown and she can carry a better, more stylish purse but still big.  You would find in my purse a water bottle, a bottle of Tylenol, a bottle of Pepto-Bismol, Kleenex. . .yes, a purse for the woman sliding down from the top of the hill. . .the one heading towards senior citizenry. Now she carries her medicine cabinet with her. (That's why it's big) If you're ever with me while we're out somewhere and you feel sick. . .I got you covered!

In the next season of my life, senior citizen season, there could be the purse holding a Depend and pictures of grandchildren. Or those fun things you find in grandma purses. . .gum, lifesavers, pen and paper to draw on, change.

But no matter what the purse, no matter what season you're in or what purse your carrying, you can always carry a tract to share with others and they make Bibles so thin now they will fit in any purse.
You would be surprised how often I get to pull out that Bible and read a verse. I've even been known to pull out a sandwich or a granola bar because sharing physical food goes well with spiritual food. (remember the dinner that fed 5000? ;)
OH, the things you can carry!
What do you carry in your purse?


Jennie Lathrop said...

I always carry a fairly large purse, too, just so I do have room for all the essentials. I'm currently carrying one I earned from Mary Kay that has zippers down both sides so it can EXPAND as needed. :) In my purse for the past 2 years has been tracts written by Joanna about her cancer and the peace she had due to her faith in and relationship with Christ. I leave it with my tip at restaurants and, if I have the chance, let the server know it was my sister who wrote it and that she is now with the Lord.

Hazel Moon said...

I have just about wore our my purse that has all that I need and more in it. At the same time I purchased this one, I also bought a larger purse that is waiting in the wings when this one goes.