Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
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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Is Work a Curse or a Blessing?

Is Work a Curse or a Blessing?

Is work a curse or a blessing?   It’s all Adam and Eve’s fault. If they hadn’t sinned in the Garden, we wouldn’t be in this mess. I confess, this was my perspective for many years. And I’m not alone. A common perspective on work is that it’s punishment....

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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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