Welcome

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

*****EXCITING NEWS*****

My first book, Ya Know What I'm Say'n, has been released.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Grace in the Mess


Grace in the Mess

 

 "I'm not helping good people or bad people. I'm just helping human beings."  anonoymous

 
There was once a group of people who wanted to help by giving men under the bridge winter clothes and other such stuff.  But when they heard some were drinking and the older one chose to stay there, they pulled their things back and didn't want to help. . .and they didn't.
 

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." Mother Teresa

 

My insides cringed at this.  Do we only help and share the love of Christ with only those who have their "act together".  How many of those are out there even in the church?  Do we only help and love those who have all their issues fixed and addictions cured and sins forgiven.  Are not these the ones who need it most?

 

"By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just entitiled to as we are."  Bonhoeffer

 

I am friends with a registered sex offender. . .a one time felony long ago that he paid for and repented of.  When I met him he was newly homeless and scared and didn't want to tell me for awhile.  We talked for about an hour and then he shared his past.  I didn't react with horror.  I just asked questions and I listened.  I shared about the love of God and forgiveness.  He wasn't sure.  Over the next several months, God began dealing with him and brought a few others to him that began a bible study and then began taking him to church.  I continued to be his friend along with my husband.

 

Love me most when I deserve it least~Swedish proverb

 

Several March’s ago, my friend rededicated his life to the Lord and has been faithful ever since.  My husband and I could even see a change in his body language, his demeanor, his face. 

 

What if people had left the minute they knew about him.  Most of them do.  But the few who stayed, God worked through to reach our friend and now he and we know for sure the address of his permanent home.

 

Grace was shown on a cross on a hill.  Don't you know it was messy? Messy with blood and thorns and the ugliness and mess of sins of the whole world. But our Savior, our Jesus, our Christ, our Lord, stepped into the mess and poured out grace and love.  He didn't turn his back on me and I for one, have been changed. Have you? Are you grateful?  Enough to step into the mess? 

"Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."
Mother Teresa

Dear Lord,

I pray for all who step into the messes whether that be in Africa, under the bridge, or in our own homes. All places are filled with people who need your love and encouragement.  Fill the steppers with strength and courage and love that looks past the mess and sees the beauty of your creation. May you give all these precious ones the discernment and wisdom to know the what, the where and the how and that we may not always know the why but we know the One who does. . . You, and that is enough. May we all just trust and obey and love and serve and leave the rest up to you.

Thank you Father for stepping into the messes.

Thank you for bringing beauty out of the messes.

Thank you for not leaving me in the mess.

In Jesus Name,

Amen 

 

Guest Post from Deidra, Mom of the Bundle Up Club

I was going to write a post about the Bundle Up Club's visit here to Bowling Green, but then. . .I saw what the mother of the girls wrote on her blog and I thought. . .THIS is good!  THIS is what should be shared. SO. . .I'm sending you to her blog through the link below, because after you read this post, you will want to keep reading her as she is an excellent writer and I know you will love reading her as I do. . .SO, without further ado, Deidra Manning from the Middle. . .

http://deidramanning.net/the-middle/14078648/conditionalcompassion?fb_action_ids=10100215798859816&fb_action_types=og.comments&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B960181280675504%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.comments%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Bundle Up Club's Post



The Bundle Up Club has come and gone and my husband were so sad to see them go. They were all such a blessing and a delight. We felt the girls had become like grandchildren to us, although they are calling us Uncle Keith and Aunt Kris which is fine by us. We feel like they are family now.

I have not had time to sit and process it all in my own blog post but wanted to share what they have put up themselves. Please go to the link below to read their thoughts and see some of the pictures that were taken.

I will be back later with my own thoughts.

Enjoy. . .

http://thebundleupclub.blogspot.com/2014/10/bowling-green-kentucky.html

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Two Introverts Walk Into. . .

Two introverts walk into cyberspace, one from Oklahoma and the other in Kentucky, both typing out their stories on the keyboards. They meet up in cyberspace and they take a likin' to one another and draw from each other's words. They begin to follow one another over the years. And then. . .

The Oklahoma introvert's two daughters decide they want to make blankets and hats and gloves for the homeless. Their mother tells them about this Kentucky introvert who runs a Blanket Ministry for the Homeless and volunteers at a Homeless Outreach at the bridge in her town. Before we all knew it, a 12 hour trip was planned for all those blankets, hats, and scarves (they made 100 each), to come down the highway to deliver the goods themselves.

In four days, the Oklahoma introvert will be driving up in the Kentucky introverts driveway and staying with her for four days. All will then be traveling the next day to the Christian Family Radio Station to be interviewed. . .talking into a microphone for all to hear!  Later that day we all head over to the newspaper building to be interviewed, to be in the paper for all to see. . .remember. . .introverts here!

What can I say? ONLY FROM GOD. Only from God could he bring two out of the billions in cyberspace to connect. Only from God could two precious 13 year old girls give up their summer to sew, sew, sew for others, for ones they will see only once, for ones who cannot give back, for ones who God loves and loves the girls and that love connects. . .even over 800 miles.

An introvert would only step up to a microphone with God. An introvert would only be shown in a newspaper with God. Only an introvert would step into a ministry that does not fit her profile at all! But. . .it all fits God's. And when we love God, we want to be obedient, we want to love what He loves, even if it means stepping out the door of our comfort zone. Because we learn, with God, there's a great big world out there, there are the hurting and down and out there. With God, we hurt for what hurts God. And we learn to recognize His Hand when He holds it out and says, Come! And so, only with God, do the introverts step out and only with God do we experience the peace, the joy, and the love that is only from Him. Only from God, do we grow outside of our comfort zones. Only from God does love travel the highways to share bigger than the world without Him.

And so, when that strange car drives up the driveway and the two introverts meet, I have a feeling we will not feel like strangers, because we have a common love. . .Jesus. And together we will take that love out to the bridge and around town and love will be spread and love will grow because it's not us. . .it's Him, Jesus.

Stay tuned for more. . .

Friday, October 3, 2014

Glamour Shots and a Beauty Lesson

My husband and I are celebrating our 33 wedding anniversary pretty soon and I wanted to give him a nice gift.  He doesn't have many nice pictures of me so I decided to do a photo shoot for him and give him some real glamour shots he could be proud of.  Thought I would share them with you and you tell me if I look glamorous.  Do ya think he'll be real proud of me?















Kentucky glamour
 
like this?

 
that man o mine loves a woman with a gun

 
I shoot real good if it's close and not movin'

 
takin' a rest before them chores

 
wanna join me honey? 

 
got me a new pair of shoes for this here photo shoot
 
 
are we havin' fun?

 
love me some good ol Kentucky recipes
 
 
this one here is chocolate. . .chocolate makes me smile real big!

 
uh oh, this one says here rum cake
 
 
I don't think we should be eatin' no rum cake with church'n right around the corner
 
 
nice of the birds to leave so I could get my socks clean

 
whew, a woman's work is never done

 
plum tuckered out

 
but I'm blessed to have feet running around my house to clean after

 
off to the wood pile

 
that man o mine loves a woman with an ax too
 
 
we'll be warm tonight honey
 
 
 
don't worry honey, I'm ok

 
ooh, a loose hair

 
mirror, mirror, who's the fairest of them all ?
 
 
it says I'm doin' ok

 
hon, the wood's all cut
 
 
this one's for you babe
 
 
this one's a little tricky with ol' arthur in the hip

 
neighbors ol' hound dog stinks to high heaven!  she's done rolled in something stinky and dead.  Bella, I love ya but go take a bath!

 
Well hon, Happy early Anniversary.  Hope you like these here glamour shots.  In another 33 years, I'll do it again.
Love you to the moon and back!
 
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Hey reader. . .one of my favorite writers is this man here named Max Lucado. . .he has some words for us on beauty. . .take a lookie. . .
 
"The beatitudes reveal some of God’s standards of beauty. An awareness of one’s spiritual poverty, sorrow for wickedness, hunger and thirst for righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, and being a peacemaker are all qualities of beauty. The epistles also stress attributes valued by God: keeping a living faith while enduring physical hardships, controlling the tongue, enduring personal harm to protect the church’s influence, making sacrifices for the good of others, and living by Christian convictions in the face of ridicule. All these are beautiful to God.

However, just as a beautiful appearance can become ugly through neglect, a beautiful life of righteousness can become ugly through neglect. Spiritual beauty must never be taken for granted or be neglected. We must remember that just as it is possible to be one of society’s most impressive people and be ugly in the eyes of God, it is also possible to be an unknown in society and to be radiantly beautiful in His eyes."

 
That Max sure knows what he's talking about.  As much as I want to look good for that man o mine, I want even more to be radiantly beautiful in the eyes of my Lord and Savior. May we never neglect to look into the spiritual mirror for how were lookin'.  The real glamour is if people look at us and see the beauty of the Lord shining from within.  That kind of glamour don't need no make-up, new doo, or new shoes.  Just beautiful love, grace, and mercy. That's a real glamour shot! May we never neglect this or take it for granted.
 
God bless you all, you beautiful women!