Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is   I have a friend who is fond of saying, “It is what it is.” She makes this observation when faced with unpleasant circumstances or situations outside of her control. I confess, that statement has always bothered me. What’s the point? The phrase...

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Best Advice Ever

Best Advice Ever

Best Advice Ever   A friend recently gave me a Christmas gift with one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received. The wisdom that I intend to take with me into the new year is written on a sign that says: Give it to God . . . and go to sleep. Truth be told,...

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The People of Christmas: Those Who Worship

The People of Christmas: Those Who Worship

The People of Christmas: Those Who Worship   We see them in most nativity scenes: three men off to the side, dressed in opulent robes. They seem out of place in the tableau, rich men bearing luxurious gifts, coming to worship a baby belonging to poor parents. We...

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The People of Christmas: The Outsiders

The People of Christmas: The Outsiders

The People of Christmas: The Outsiders   Filthy. Smelly. Not fit for decent society. Outsiders. Otherwise known as shepherds. Shepherds fulfilled an important need in ancient Israel. They watched over the flocks—flocks that provided food for the nation’s physical...

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The People of Christmas: The Antagonistic

The People of Christmas: The Antagonistic

The People of Christmas: The Antagonistic   How could you believe in a God who allows bad things to happen to good people?                  Believing in God is fine for you, but I don’t need a crutch.                           Keep prayer out of schools.        ...

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The People of Christmas: The Trusting

The People of Christmas: The Trusting

The People of Christmas: The Trusting   I trust gravity will keep my feet anchored to the floor when I get out of bed. I trust the light will turn on when I flip the electric switch. I trust the sun will rise tomorrow morning. There is a slight chance that one or...

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Thankful Despite . . .?

Thankful Despite . . .?

Thankful Despite?   It’s a tough world out there . . . and getting tougher every day. Christians beheaded in Nigeria. Imprisoned in China. Murdered in Afghanistan. And for decades, fellow believers in the United States shook their heads in horror, prayed for...

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It Is What It Is

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