Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
My Name is Barabbas . . .

My Name is Barabbas . . .

My Name is Barabbas   He was a rebel and a murderer. Condemned to die without any chance of appeal. He was guilty and he knew it. Then when it appeared all hope was gone, reprieve arrived in the form of another chosen to die in his place (Luke 23). I have been a...

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National I Am in Control Day

National I Am in Control Day

National I Am in Control Day   Church tradition commemorates the Thursday before Easter as “Maundy Thursday”—the day of Jesus’ last supper with His disciples. It was the evening before His crucifixion, when He spent time in the Garden of Gethsemane with His...

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Misconceptions About Love

Misconceptions About Love

Misconceptions About Love   We want love. We need love. More than one thousand song titles contain the word love. Books have been written about it. Poems recited. We chase it and sing about it and fall for imitations. And no matter what we do, we can’t get...

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Every Day is Special on the Calendar

Every Day is Special on the Calendar

Every Day is Special   Are you tired of all the clichés yet? New year. New start. Blank slate. Except that it isn’t a blank slate anymore, is it? Your days have already begun to fill up, despite the pandemic that refuses to leave. The holidays are a given. New...

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My “One Word”: Courage

My “One Word”: Courage

My "One Word": Courage   New year, new word. For the past several years, I’ve adopted “one word” to focus on as a substitute for resolutions. I choose a word to apply across multiple areas of my life. I say “I choose,” but most years I have the distinct sense...

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Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back   Remember the account of Lot’s wife in the book of Genesis? Lot and his family were escaping the town of Sodom when she looked back on her home town with longing (Gen. 19). As bad as it was, Sodom still represented the only life she knew. The...

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Inspirational Thanksgiving Gratitude Quotes

Inspirational Thanksgiving Gratitude Quotes

Inspirational Thanksgiving Gratitude Quotes   Celebrate Thanksgiving beyond Thanksgiving Day with this collection of my favorite gratitude quotes! Which one is your favorite?   "We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent...

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In the Time You Gave Me

In the Time You Gave Me

In the Time You Gave Me   Do you know how much time you have? Do any of us? We don’t. In the coming week, we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. But this year, on that day I will also celebrate the birthday of someone I love who is no longer here. Can I do both on...

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Unappreciated?

Unappreciated?

Unappreciated?   Ever feel as if you’re unappreciated? It’s happened to most of us. And during this COVID-19 pandemic it’s happening even more often. Employees are doing the work of two or three people as coworkers resign due to virus fears or are laid off due to...

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Halloween Hurdle

Halloween Hurdle

Halloween Hurdle   Have you ever watched a hurdling event in track and field sports? Participants compete by running a race that incorporates obstacles—hurdles—which the runners must clear. This time of year reminds me of hurdling events. Before I can celebrate...

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