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In August of 1999 I wrote my first "pondering" for the Stronghurst Christian Church monthly newsletter. Since then Paul's Ponderings has gone through various stages. For a time Paul's Ponderings was weekly devotional I emailed to friends and family.

I began using Paul's Ponderings as the name for my Blogger blog in March of 2004. I restarted my blog in June of 2006, which is why the archives don't go all the way back to 2004.

If you want to try your hand at blogging I would suggest using Blogger. I have never had any major problems with the service and I have found it to be very easy to use.

In October 2012 I decided to restart Paul's Ponderings once again and I moved to a self-hosting Wordpress blog. Paul's Ponderings is where I, an imperfect follower of Jesus, share my thoughts about life. Paul’s Ponderings is a blog that is focused on living the life God created us to live. Within this broad theme I focus on writing within these categories: relationships, masculinity, spiritual formation, and prayer.

The content of Paul’s Ponderings falls within two major forms. Commentaries are driven by my personal reflection on a particular subject. Devotionals are driven by a Biblical text as I explore important life principles. I will also share prayers, quotes to ponder, excerpts from my journal, links to blog posts that I have enjoyed, and YouTube videos.

Since I have a new blog Wordpress blog, why am I keeping my old Blogspot blog?  I am keeping this blog for two reasons.  First, there are posts here that are highly ranked in Google and still get a fair amount of traffic each month.  Second, this blog provides another platform to direct people to my new Paul's Ponderings blog.

I invite you to check out Paul's Ponderings.  My hope and prayer is that you will discover something there that will bless your life.

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