My nine-year-old son came in my bedroom last night after I had already put him to bed. He said he couldn’t sleep because he was scared. I asked him what was scaring him, and he said, “I’m scared about all the nice people going to hell who don’t know Jesus.” My husband and I prayed… Read More Is God Cruel?
God has been known on occasion to ask us to do some strange things. Things that we honestly don’t want to do. Like what if he asks us to bring someone toilet paper? No lie. It can happen. I know someone who got toilet paper during a really hard time and it was exactly… Read More Doubting Until It’s Too Late
A friend of mine just recently took in a sickly cat. It was honestly the last thing she needed to be doing. She’s about to move out of state in a couple of weeks. Money is well, tight to say the least. But she put that cat’s needs above her own. This friend of mine… Read More The Story of the Flea-ridden Cat and The Girl Who Saved Her
Dear reader, the following is something I wrote in a moment of frustration. So I decided to share it because I’m sure I’m not the only one who has felt this way at one point or another…writer or not. And maybe you, dear reader, need this reminder also. Why am I staring at this blank… Read More Why Am I Doing This?
“Well, Mr. Hinley your idea sticks worse than dog poo on a tin roof in July.” Delete. “Great idea, Mr. Hinley.” “Ugh. I only have five bucks.” Control C. Control V. “Bills are paid!” “My kitchen looks like a horde of zombies decided to have a potluck dinner.” Control X. “All better.” “Your breath smells… Read More If Only There Was a Keyboard for Life
One of the things I struggle with is finding joy in work. For so long, I have associated work with something that was supposed to be well…work—unenjoyable, something to get over with. Certainly not something you enjoyed. If you liked your work then you must not be working hard enough. So I actually find myself feeling… Read More It’s Okay to Enjoy Your Life
As writers, it is sometimes easy to be sucked into what is popular. We want to be popular. Or at least we want our books to be popular. And what’s popular in this world is most often not what God would want us thinking about, much less writing about. There is a fine line between… Read More Write What Saves, Not What Sells
Okay, bear with me because this post is going to be a bit weird. But since Halloween is tomorrow I had to dig up my old zombie post. So when is a Christian like a zombie? And what can we learn from zombies? First, we are dead in our sin. “For the wages of sin is… Read More What We Can Learn From Zombies
Sometimes I don’t know if I can do this whole writing shebang. And at times, I don’t want to. Some days I just want to curl up and watch TV. Not read. Because if I read, I edit. I can’t stop myself. It’s tough. Writing is a very solitary career. It’s also exhausting. I’m more… Read More Four Life Changing Words
My family likes to watch TV together. But let me tell ya, I’m having a heck of a time finding a show that we can all watch together. Even certain superhero shows found under the “kids” section on Netflix have shown characters engaging in extremely inappropriate interactions in supply closets. Try explaining that to a nine-year-old. And… Read More The Lie of the Entertainment Industry