Friday, August 3, 2012

Sherrinda Ketchersid and Jacob's Ladder

Fabulous Feature Friday
Sherrinda Ketchersid

Come meet my friend, Sherrinda Ketchersid. She recently had a Jacob's ladder experience. 

At different times in our lives we all face the ladder. Her words will inspire you:

I’ve been calling myself a writer for about six years. It has been the most wonderful, frustrating, rewarding, exasperating thing I have ever done! I’ve loved meeting other writers online and have been planning to go to the big ACFW Conference this fall with great anticipation. It’s what I love!

Not long ago, God got a hold of me and we wrestled for quite awhile. You know when God is talking to you, even though sometimes you don’t want to hear Him. You have a disquiet feeling in your heart. You aren’t at peace. You run into road blocks at every turn. You know good and well He is trying to get your attention, but you look the other way.

God was convicting me of not being a better helper to my husband, who pastors a small church. I’ve been an active member, but my heart hasn’t been in it. I have been consumed with writing and blogging, letting it take over, letting it become an idol of sorts.

Here’s the thing. When I married my husband, I knew that his calling would become my calling. Called by God. Called to serve. And I have ignored my calling. My husband needs me. He needs to know I am completely behind him, that I am interested in his work, that I “get him”. No one can “get him” like I can – and he needs to know I do!

So three weeks ago I was battling God, because I felt like He was asking me to give up my writing. Not forever, but for a season. I didn’t want to, so I asked God to give me a sign. In my prayer time before church, I asked God to make it clear I was supposed to give up my writing.

Well, God was so faithful. In the sermon, my husband (who had no idea I was wrestling with this) says this while talking about the prodigal son in the pig pen: Living in the pig pen is not just the place where sinners end up. Sometimes it’s us in the pig pen. It’s those of us who put other things before God. Are you putting things before God? Is God telling you to give up anything? Is He speaking to you?

Tears flowed from my eyes when I heard those words. My God answered my prayer in such a clear and profound way. He cared enough to speak to me and guide my way. What an awesome God!
And that’s not all He did!

Since I belong to The Writer’s Alley, a blog written by 10 aspiring authors, I thought I should back out. I wasn’t going to be writing for publication! But they asked me to stay and write more spiritual/devotional type posts. It could be writing or reading related…or not. I wasn’t sure if I should, so I said I would pray about it. That night, my husband came home from work and said he thought I shouldn’t quit blogging. He thought I should write more spiritual/devotion type posts! Isn’t that amazing? I love it when God speaks in ways that are unmistakable!

You know, it isn’t easy to give up something that is so important to you. It is difficult. It hurts! But I do know this, God has a peace that passes understanding that will fill you and He will be your very great reward. He will compensate for the loss. He will make a way for you.

So you might be wondering how I am spending my time since I’m not writing. Well, I am digging into the gospels, and am studying the life of Jesus. I want to be Jesus in this world. His hands. His feet. His heart. I want to encourage those around me. I want to build up God’s kingdom here on earth. I want to be a part of the mission of Christ and all that entails!

p.s. And I’m STILL getting to be an Alley Cat at The Writer’s Alley with Mary Vee!!!! What more could a gal ask for? Thanks for having me, Mary!

Sherrinda, I am the one who has been blessed by your testimony. Thanks for sharing.
You can read her posts every other Tuesday on the Writers Alley  


Julia M. Reffner said...

I LOVE this!! Sherrinda, I love your heart for Jesus and your husband and the way you are stepping out in obedience. You have no idea what an inspiration it is to me. Thank you! And I'm so glad you're still writing with us Alley Cats!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Thanks Julia! Back at ya, girl! Your love for the Lord is tangible!

And Mary, thanks for having me today. You are such a beautiful warrior for God and strong in the Spirit!

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Sherrinda, I agree with Julia! You are such and inspiration and I'm happy you're still an Alley Cat :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Julia and Cindy,
I agree, I am blessed to have Sherrinda here and this fabulous testimony.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thanks for sharing your life with us. Your words mean so much:)

Pepper said...

Beautiful post, Sherrinda.
I'm so thankful for God's call, God's answers...and your faithfulness.

Love ya bunches!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Pepper and Cindy, I love you both! Thanks so much for your love and support.

Mary Vee Writer said...

This is the definition of family. kindred family

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Amen, Mary! And what a sweet family, it is!

Ava Walker Jenkins said...

Beautiful post, Sherrinda and Mary. About two years ago, God closed a few doors for me too and it was painful. But it became clear,He was steering me toward--writing. He put Sherrinda in my life as a mentor of sorts at the exact same time, he closed the other doors.
What a blessing Sherrinda was to me then and now!
Thanks for sharing your life in such generous ways.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thank you for your comment Ava. I'll make sure Sherrinda sees your encouraging words:)

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Awwww, I see, I see!!!

Thanks, Ava, for your sweet words. You are such an encourager and I'm honored to call you friend!