Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
Looking Good . . . Not!

Looking Good . . . Not!

Looking Good . . . Not!   What do window blinds and a cell phone have in common? I learned the answer to that question the other day when God used experiences with both to catch my attention. The first situation involved my cell phone. I charged it on Wednesday....

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How We Remember the Past Shapes Our Future

How We Remember the Past Shapes Our Future

How We Remember the Past Shapes Our Future   Remembering has been getting more difficult these days. I’m not talking about remembering where I put my car keys (on the seat of my car) or where I placed my eyeglasses (on top of my head). Rather, I’m talking about...

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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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No-Comfort Zones

No-Comfort Zones

No-Comfort Zones God and I have been having an ongoing conversation. Then again, it hasn’t been so much of a conversation as a monologue on my part. An ongoing monologue centering on my affection for comfort zones. I like being comfortable. Working with the familiar....

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Expect the Unknown

Expect the Unknown

Expect the Unknown David Perkins, a retired U.S. four-star general, once said, “We should expect the unknown . . .” We’ve heard versions of that quote before: Expect the unexpected. Be prepared for the unknown. But is this really possible? If we expect the unexpected,...

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Cancel Culture – the Good and the Bad

Cancel Culture – the Good and the Bad

Cancel Culture - the Good and the Bad   I don’t like what you said, so you should be fired from your job, run out town, and shamed into isolation. Cancel culture has moved us far from reasonable discussions about differing opinions. If someone doesn’t like what...

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Shifting to an Eternal Perspective

Shifting to an Eternal Perspective

Shifting to an Eternal Perspective When I was a child, I often heard older people speak of heaven with a sense of familiarity. I marveled that they could talk of a place they had never seen, yet speak with such joy and intimacy. I came to realize their growing desire...

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Apparent Contradictions

Apparent Contradictions

Apparent Contradictions   Have you noticed how often God appears to be a God of apparent contradictions? Think about it . . . He is Yahweh, the God of the universe who is the self-sufficient “I AM” (Genesis 3:14).  Yet He revealed this name to Moses for the...

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Handling Disappointment

Handling Disappointment

Handling Disappointment   The year 2020 started with such potential. New year. New possibilities. To say it has been a disappointment is an understatement! Many of us are battered and bruised by canceled plans, health issues, financial pressures, isolation, and...

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Looking Good . . . Not!

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