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 25, 2013

Pondering the List

I was sitting around wondering what my next post would be and then I found Vicky's blog.   She asked if we would like to cut and paste the meme she used and so I thought, why not. It was a list that made me sit back and ponder and you know how I like to do that;)  So. . .here I go. . .

I am:  a woman who still feels like a little girl at times
I think:  that people think too much and should listen and rely on God more (myself included)
I want:  all prodigals to return
I have:  the best husband and two sons I love with all my heart
I dislike: lieing, name calling, bullying, homelessness, fear, the sting that biting cold puts on your 
               skin, drippy noses, lima beans, okra, and sweet potatoes
I miss:  living close to my mom and siblings
I fear:  my husband will die before me and leave me feeling ripped in half
I feel:  tired, sluggish, like I could be vitamin deficient
I hear:  the humming of my computer and the thoughts running through my head
I smell:  the fragrance of my perfume, the gas from my fireplace and the candle burning on the stove
I crave:  sweets, sweets, sweets
I search:  for words
I wonder:  what my boys will do down the road and into their future
I regret:  not having time with my Dad
I love:  to see people coming together to help their 'neighbors'
I care:  about the lonely, hurting souls
I am always:  pondering
I worry:  about so many things (I am still a work in progress)
I remember: the fun, good ol' days on my grandparents farm when my siblings, cousins and I were
I sing:  low in church and loud in my home (when I'm alone)
I argue:  still, at times, with the Lord when He asks me to step out of yet another comfort zone (did I
               mention I'm still a work in progress)
I write:  to learn, to make sense of things, to encourage, to remember back one day and to give Him
              glory and honor.
I lose:  my cell phone all the time
I wish:  I could be bolder, funnier and more independent and could read a map
I listen:  for that still quiet voice of my Lord when I need direction, guidance, and whenever I sense
               that tap on my shoulder
I don't understand:  why one who was and is loved so much would run so far away
I can usually be found:  in front of my laptop or behind a good book
I am scared:  of creepy, crawly and slithery creatures
I need:  energy
I forget:  all the time
I am happy:  when rocking or swinging on the front porch or out back, sitting by a fire, visiting with
                       a friend, reading a good book to my husband, when hubby holds my hand, when I'm
                       holding chocolate, and when I find cherry mashes in a store.

Now it's your turn.  Make your own list and let me know so I can come read yours.  And remember, don't spend too much time thinking about it.  Ususually what first comes to mind is what you need to write. Don't worry about sounding goofy, or unspiritual, or whatever. . .we are all a work in progress;)



LifenotesEncouragement said...

I want to do this, but I'm afraid.


Vicky said...

Yayy Kristin- so loved your list- I really feel like I have a better idea of who you are after reading some of these...

You had me right from the start " a woman who feels like a little girl at times..." I so feel you on this and so many others :)

Umm- and my utter ignorance will show through- but what is a Cherry Mash? It sounds quite lovely!!

Hugs to you- thanks for playing along!

Floyd said...

You don't like okra? How could this be?!

Oh man. I couldn't do this list today... Not a good one, but I enjoyed yours and it lifted my spirits. Thanks.

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

I really loved this, Kristin! I feel I know you just a little better now. I'm going to do this, too. Sometimes it's hard to come up with things, but when someone gives you these prompts, it makes it easier. Thank you for this!!!

Denise said...

Enjoyed this.

Aritha said...

I love your list! You are so precious!

LifenotesEncouragement said...

ok I did it - check it out.