Create Free and Easy Lumen5 Videos For Social Media by Ava Pennington

Social media videos

Create Free and Easy Videos for Social Media Using Lumen5 videos (Note: This is an update of a previous Write2Ignite post.) Ever feel like Sisyphus? In Greek mythology, the gods punished Sisyphus for his greed and deceit by assigning an impossible task. They required him to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to…

Disappointment is His Appointment by Ava Pennington

Disappointment

Have you ever experienced disappointment? Silly question, isn’t it? Because we’ve all been disappointed at one time or another. We live in a broken, sin-sick world. Disappointment is part of the package. But it’s not the only part. I know. Because I’ve lived this out. Four years ago, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. A…

Life’s Traffic Lights

Life's Traffic Lights

This month marks the 106th anniversary of the first electric traffic system installed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914. Four sets of red and green lights told drivers when to stop and go. The Cleveland Automobile Club praised the system, saying they expected that it was “destined to revolutionize the handling of traffic in congested city…

The Key to REAL Success by Ava Pennington

Key to success

God lays out the Key to REAL Success ’Tis the season of graduations…and graduation speeches. And almost every speech will encourage the graduates in their pursuit of success. Let’s face it. No one wakes up thinking, today I will strive to be a failure. Yet we often search for the key to a successful life…

5 Steps for Goal Recommitment by Ava Pennington

Goals

Think back to the resolutions or goals you set in January. Less than 5 months ago,  yet it feels like years have passed! Did you write them down? Do you remember what they were…or would you rather forget? How well have you done with your goals? Perhaps you haven’t thought about them for months. Maybe…

Wait in Hope by Ava Pennington

Waiting in hope

Waiting is hard for most of us. And right now most of us are practicing some form of “sheltering in place” to distance ourselves from COVID-19 as we wait for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to fade away. Whether it’s waiting out COVID-19 or waiting for a writing-related project, you may be in God’s waiting room  today.…

Have You Ever Doubted that God is Good All the Time? by Ava Pennington

God is good

  When a friend had successful cancer surgery, she joyfully announced the results, along with her conclusion that God is good. And the social media responses were positive and predictable: Yes, God is good! God truly answers prayer! God really loves you! God is an awesome God! Everyone rejoiced in her prognosis because we understood…

Do You Google? by Ava Pennington

When I was 14 years old, I won the grand prize in a contest: a set of encyclopedias. I know—not very exciting, is it? But this was in the ancient days before computers, personal or otherwise. You’d have thought I won London’s crown jewels! I was so proud of that prize. It replaced the 25-year-old…

Using Words to Leave a Legacy

Using words to leave a legacy

A pastor-friend once preached a message on how to leave a legacy. Legacies were on his mind because he had been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. He had been thinking a lot about his own legacy, which in turn motivated me to think about mine. I wasn’t sure I had a legacy, or if I…