Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
What’s the Purpose of Freedom?

What’s the Purpose of Freedom?

What’s the Purpose of Freedom?   “Land of the free and home of the brave.”  We sing it as part of our national anthem. We’re free! But what does that actually mean? Just how free are we? We have freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly. We’re free to bear...

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Things Moms Say (aka Momisms)

Things Moms Say (aka Momisms)

Is there any role in life more under-appreciated than motherhood? I don’t think so. In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I offer you Anita Renfroe’s humorous, classic look at the things moms say, set to the tune of the William Tell Overture. Click on the word...

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Should Christians Seek Good Luck?

Should Christians Seek Good Luck?

We’re into the month of St. Patrick’s Day and four-leaf clovers. The month when green milk is fun (maybe not). And the month when everyone is a wee bit Irish because we’re hoping for a bit o’ luck to rub off on us. Luck. We hope for good luck and bemoan bad luck. But...

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Our Need to Remember

Three years ago this month, my husband receiveda diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Two years ago this month, the doctor told him his prognosis was terminal. For me, January will always be associated with these events. For better or for worse, our need to remember is...

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Every Tribe, Language, People, and Nation

Do you remember the song, Jesus Loves the Little Children, written by C. Herbert Woolston? Even if you don’t know all the stanzas, you probably remember the refrain: Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, All...

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My One Word for 2020: Attentive

Do you make new year’s resolutions? I used to, but they never lasted more than a few months at the most. A few years ago, I began adopting one word to focus on throughout the year as a substitute for resolutions. One word that would apply to multiple areas of my life....

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Reflection and Taking Spiritual Inventory

When I was in high school, I worked in the toy department of a department store. Twice a year, we prepared for an outside firm to take inventory. We worked with these teams to count every item on the shelves, and I do mean every item. We even included incomplete or...

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Thankful It Takes a Village for Adults, Too

Regardless of your political persuasion or opinion of the author of a book by a similar title, I’ve learned “it takes a village” for adults, too. It’s been more than a year since I experienced the most significant loss of my life. The loss of my better half left me...

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Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Autumn is here. Splashes of red, orange, and gold punctuating a green canopy. Falling leaves blanketing lawns. A nip in the air and hot apple cider on the stove (or in the microwave!). Sweaters and scarves become go-to accessories. Or not. Here in south Florida, the...

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Christians and Halloween

Ghosts and witches. Jack-o’-lanterns and black cats. Scary masks and things that go bump in the night. Typical frightening Halloween fare. But the day is not called Scary-ween. So what is the “hallow” in Halloween? Hallow is not a frequently used word these days. When...

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