Renee Kinlay

She was cleaning her kitchen floor when God revealed to Renee Kinlaw that things in her personal life also needed to be tidied up.

She realized she “had a large bag of unforgiveness that needed to be dealt with,” and the result was the first of three devotionals, “God Has A Scrub Brush,” published in 2015.

“Baggage and All,” a second devotional, followed in 2017, and the third, “Defining Christmas” was published the same year.

Married to Mike Kinlaw, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Conway, Kinlaw is the ministry assistant at Carolina Baptist Association in Loris.

The couple has a 12-year-old daughter, Jayden, whom Kinlaw homeschools, and the family lives in Conway.

There were challenges growing up, Kinlaw says, and she often lived with extended family members. When she was bullied in school, her escape was climbing up into the big pecan tree down a dirt road near home, and putting her thoughts on paper.

That led to writing church plays, journaling and blogging.

As a child, she never felt like she “was enough,” and now as a pastor’s wife, she speaks frequently to other women who still feel that way.

They need to know there’s someone they can relate to, and the profiles of the Biblical women in “Baggage and All” are those people.

The book includes five-day studies of each of those Bible women who send the message Kinlaw wants to communicate to her readers.

“I still fight that battle and wake up every morning and say, ‘Renee, you’re enough,’” she said.

“We need to remember that we’re created in God’s image and if we’re not enough, then He’s not enough.”

Kinlaw’s shared that message at women’s conferences and retreats and has been a guest speaker at more than a dozen local churches.

She encourages women to find her on Facebook at Renee Kinlaw or to email her at reneekinlaw@sccoast.net.

In 2018, the local author published “Leann’s Victory” and “Chasing Abigail,” the first two of four novels in The Restoration Series.

The novels are about less than conventional families and how God intervenes in the characters’ lives.

Kinlaw says she wants the take-away message from her books to be that “there is no mistake so great that it cannot be forgiven.

“When we look at our scars, we need to remember that every scar is a place where He has healed us.”

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