Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington

Get Real with God

Bible study can be encouraging…until we begin to put the people of the Bible on a pedestal. It’s so easy to think of them as almost mythical individuals. Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, Peter, Paul—we read their accounts and imagine them to be...

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The Prayer of Jabez Revisited

Do you remember hearing about the prayer of Jabez? When Bruce Wilkinson’s book, The Prayer of Jabez, was published almost 20 years ago, it took the Christian community by storm. Quickly propelled to the bestseller lists, it encouraged Christians to daily pray the...

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Dandelion Prayer

Dandelions—the bane of many homeowners who strive for manicured lawns. Adults see them as an irritation. A nuisance. But children see dandelions as a source of unlimited potential. Wishes, hopes, and dreams wrapped up in the seeds of a wild flower. When you were a...

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Answered Prayer vs. Expectations

It’s really difficult to pray without having expectations. Lots of expectations. I should know—we recently came through months of prayer for healing for my husband’s cancer. Those expectations create a disconnect when God’s answer does not match our prayer. Even when...

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The Prayer of Jabez and Me

Do you remember hearing about the prayer of Jabez? When Bruce Wilkinson’s book, The Prayer of Jabez, was published 17 years ago, it took the Christian community by storm. Quickly propelled to the bestseller lists, it encouraged Christians to daily pray the prayer of...

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Another Summer Prayer Request

She did it again. Last summer, I blogged about a friend whose prayer request resonated with me. She wanted to use her summer break to “Love Deeply, Care Openly, Share Boldly”—a request that became my own that summer, too. Her request this year also touched me. She...

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Benefits of Intercessory Prayer

Most people I know would not decline an offer to be prayed for. Even if they’re not convinced of the power of prayer, at the very least, they figure that much like chicken soup, it can’t hurt! But have you ever wondered about the benefits for the one doing the...

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Prayer – War or Magic?

A recently-released movie has brought the subject of prayer front-and-center. Yet even on the topic of prayer, Christians don’t seem to agree. War Room has exceeded all box-office expectations. Many Christians view it as a much-needed call for believers to get serious...

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Buck the Crowd – Give Thanks

We’ve all heard the advice: Don’t buck the crowd. Go along to get along. Don’t rock the boat. When I’m with a group of people, often the last thing I want to do is buck the crowd. Children are especially vulnerable to this feeling. As a child, I was the...

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Lady in Waiting

Wait. It’s a four-letter word in more ways than one. I hate waiting. Waiting in lines at the post office. Waiting for a green light at intersections. Waiting for answers to prayer. That last one is the worst. Waiting for answers to prayer. Especially when I know the...

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Get Real with God

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