Thursday, December 21, 2017

Best Birthday Ever!

Photo by blickpistol @ you hear it? Do you feel it? It is almost Christmas and the anticipation of celebration is in the air. You may be frantic with last minute shopping or brushing the sweat off your brow as you pull the last batch of cookies out of the oven, but at some point you, too, will stop long enough to breathe and be touched by the spirit of Christmas.

Being with family, eating mountains of food, and ripping the wrapping off of presents brings a joy that creates memories for years to come. All the work is finished and now you can relax and just enjoy the day of celebration.

After all, it is a birthday party.

It's easy to forget that many years ago a small baby was born and laid in a manger. Wrapped in swaddling clothes protecting him from the prickly straw, his parents looked upon him with love and wonder. Wonder at the miracle before them. A miracle that was wrought by God and bestowed upon the whole world.

This miracle child was... and is... the Savior of the world.

God with us. Among us. Within us.

As we prepare for the holiday, let us not forget that Monday is a celebration day. It's party-time! It's the best birthday the world has ever seen!

So have fun. Love on your family. And may you end the year with thanksgiving and praise for the One who came to love you and those all around you.

Merry Christmas!


Sherrinda Ketchersid is a born and bred Texan, preacher’s wife, mother to 4 children. With the children grown and out of the house, she weaves tales of fierce knights and their ladies in a time where men were warriors and women had to be strong enough to keep them in check.

After taking time off from writing, she has returned with a new motto in place to spur her on. “Writers write. Everyone else makes excuses.” ~Jack Bickham.  No excuses this time. She is weaving her love of romance with history to bring joy and the hope of love to those who may one day read her stories.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

There Is No "Other Side"

Don’t worry. I’m not going Rob Bell on you guys. But today I want to chat about something I think is relevant to us all... the concept of the "other side" of the wall.

As humans, we are always reaching for something beyond our selves and our current circumstance. C.S. Lewis once suggested this propensity points to an innate desire for the heavenly, that which is outside of this world.

And as writers, we often reach for that “something” in the form of the publishing world. But have you noticed the “other side” of where you are is ever-escalating and never satisfactory? 

First, it’s “if I could sign with an agent, I’d be so happy.” Then, “if I could get a contract with a publishing house, I would finally feel like a real writer.” Then, perhaps, “if I could land in a larger publishing house, I’d have more resources and be taken more seriously.” And then the ladder continues to grow higher. Maybe you do land at your dream publishing house. Soon you have reviews to worry about, sales. Even if you become a bestselling author and get rave reviews from Romantic Times, and your Kindle sells are off the charts... then you have to worry about your next book. Certainly it won’t live up, right? Certainly you’ll be found a fraud. Comparison creeps in and becomes such an enemy of joy. 

Where do you stand on the ladder? Can you relate? Can’t we all? No matter how high you climb, you've never accomplished enough. 

Friends, let me tell you something. 

There is no “other side,” this side of heaven. 

Let that sink in a minute. Imagine that wall you’re trying so hard to scale fade away like a hologram. 

In God's eyes, that wall never existed at all. 

Now, let me be clear. I want that publishing contract with my dream publishing house. And I want to write for them for decades and hit bestseller lists, and I want my stories to change people’s lives. I mean I really, really, really want it, guys. But in this long journey toward publication, I’ve seen many people get my dream. And you know what? I­­t didn’t make them happy/confident/satisfied if they weren’t that way before the contract. Sometimes, it did the opposite. 

Because purpose and validation don’t come in the doing, but the being. 

If you are called, you are a writer because God says you are. You don’t need contracts/reviews/sales/visibility to prove your worth. 

You are worthy because He is. You are worthy because You are his. 

So let me ask you this. What if nothing taunted you with whispers of inadequacy? What if that “next thing” you’re trying so hard to attain was just another checkpoint in the journey, rather than a turning point of validation? And what if the person you are and will be exists not by what she’s achieved, but instead by who God already is, and has been all along? 

How would your life and dreams be different? Live like that today. Ask God to show you the walls you've built and willingly begun living behind.


Ashley Clark writes romance with southern grace. She's dreamed of being a writer ever since the thumbprint-cookie-days of library story hour. Ashley has an M.A. in English and enjoys teaching literature courses at her local university. She's an active member of ACFW and runs their newcomer's loop. When she's not writing, Ashley's usually busy rescuing stray animals and finding charming new towns. You can find Ashley on her personal blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. She is represented by Karen Solem.