Morning Glories, by Brenda Cannon Henley

Forgiveness is hard work

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
This is the time of the year that people think of relatives, family members far and near, old and new neighbors, co-workers, and even long ago classmates and teachers. Perhaps some of the water between these relationships has been muddied over the years, and it just might be one or the other parties ought to seek and ask for

Feeling sorry for ourselves

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Let’s be brave and admit it. We all feel sorry for ourselves at some point and time in our lives. Perhaps we have lost someone dear to us, suffered financial reversal, had our good will spoken evil of, or maybe it just seems to be our nature. In realty, there could be valid reasons why this particular year or time of the year is just simply too hard to

Living above the fray

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
This is an old story, but I heard it recently, and loved it all over again. A young man gave the first sermon of his life at my son’s church and I drove in to hear him speak and to support him and his family, whom I had long loved. He did a remarkable job, was well prepared, had studied for hours, and he seemed quite comfortable in the pulpit

Thanksgiving in our hearts and lives

Brenda Cannon Henley“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude in our heart and life.” – Author unknown.

By Brenda Cannon Henley
I happened to read this quote from many years ago today as I was thinking about thanksgiving and what it

Take my son

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
(A dear friend shared this story with me, and I liked it so much, I decided to share it with you, our readers).

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art they had carefully collected over the

God’s little gifts of hope (Hebrews 6:19)

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
This has been a tough weekend for any true Texan, and especially for those who make it a regular part of their lives to attend church, synagog, mass, or other form of planned worship. Who would ever anticipate a gunman dressed in tactical gear, fully armed, walking into a small Southern Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on a

One or multi dimensional living

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Conversations with two people today led me to a long bout of thinking about people and personalities. What makes us tick? What catches our eye? What claims our attention, draws our finances, and causes us to make decisions – both good and bad? I have always believed myself to be multi-dimensional. I was a wife, mother, teacher, writer, speaker,

Steps and stops

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
My boss for many years, Dr. John R. Rice, Founder and Editor of The Sword of the Lord, authored 368 books in his years on the earth. That is a greater number of books than the majority of people will ever read in a lifetime. He was prolific with pen and paper, but to me, his greatest strength was the fact that he could take a deep biblical truth

Disappointed in hypocrisy

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The story is told of a zoo that was noted for their great collection of different animals. One day the gorilla died, and to keep up the appearance of a full range of animals, the zookeeper hired a man to wear a gorilla suit and fill in for the dead animal. It was his first day on the job, and the man didn’t know how to act like a gorilla very well. As he tried

A.W.O.L. from my duties

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I suppose a word of explanation is in order since I have been A.W.O.L for several weeks. I had an “event,” “episode,” or “incident” in mid-July while driving that I thought was related to high blood pressure. I am not a very medical person, but I realized something was not right with my body (no rude comments here, please), so I pulled over in a

The simplicity of the Gospel

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I love things to be clean, simple, and neat, both in my personal life, with my family and relationships, and in my house, office, car, and in my work. But, life often dishes out things that cause my simple way of living to become topsy-turvy and out of order. Feelings get hurt, misunderstandings happen, words are said or written, and things

Faith – ‘Forsaking all, I trust Him’

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
My profession has given me many opportunities to meet and work with people from all walks of life. I appreciate the fact that my employers have trusted me and that I have proven myself not to be a disgrace or shame to them in meeting people, listening well enough to get their stories, and to hear their hearts. Don Dodd has sent me to the streets

Evaluating the ‘enoughs’ in our lives

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The things that happen in our lives make us think, and sometimes, think hard. I have been doing a bit of that lately. I have had occasion to deal with three situations in the last few days that made me stop and think about what is truly enough, and that word is loaded with more meaning than I ever knew possible. What is enough to you? Rightfully, you should

Do we teach children, or reading, writing, and arithmetic?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
(A friend sent this writing to me and I was attracted to the truth it shared.)
She stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible,

Discretion is the better part of valor

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Proverbs is one of my very favorite books of the Holy Bible. I can read it again and again after all these years and still find gems that I had not really looked at carefully in the past. Now, I do not mean to imply that the gems were not in the Scriptures earlier. They were there, all right, but I had just not spent time thinking about them, meditating over

Dealing with disappointment

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Working really hard and giving your best effort in an attempt to carry out a plan or to meet a goal for someone else ends in negative feelings when the other person doesn’t seem to understand or value our contribution. We are disappointed. There are times when we honestly feel we have followed the orders or instructions we were given only to

Communication — with the right people

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
This is not a communication column, nor an etiquette column. It is not part of a driver education course or a safety tip. It is not even an advice column, but four instances in three days make me think it might be an important column for many different age groups. Read it with a grain of salt, or maybe we should make that a grain of sugar. Seems sweeter

Are you an encourager or a discourager?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Reading Scripture on encouragement today helped to strengthen my resolve to be an encourager to all I meet (when possible, of course). We are encouraged to be encouragers of others. I know there are times when the situation or the personality may not lend to speaking words of comfort, help, and strength, but as often as we can,

Are we encouraging and empowering others?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I trust that as long as I am healthy enough to write and have the mental facilities to do so, I will be led by the Spirit of God and be willing to write what I honestly believe He puts on my heart rather than to follow trends or causes that would earn me points among my peers. The reason this is on my mind today is that I originally had drafted (in my mind,

Free range children abounding in our society

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
In a previous column, I wrote about the free range children I was encountering in my line of work and in my church ministry. It is amazing to me that parents can and will let younger teens virtually be on their own in this busy world of ours. I never want to judge another’s parenting style, and what works for one family may not work for another, but

Free range parenting in full bloom

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Every single time I write on parenting, parenting skills, lack of those same skills, and hard, fast Biblical rules for parenting children, I get email, notes, and telephone calls. I am either accused of being too hard or too soft, lenient, or too strict, loving or mean to the core. Let me state (I believe this is called a disclaimer) that I was never the

Pink carnations, KFC, chocolate pudding, and three bars of soap

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I have been writing about love the past few weeks and used 1 Corinthians 13, “the love chapter” of the Bible as my basis for thought. While going through my notes, I found this column that I wrote in 2011 that expresses love in action to me every time I think about the subject. These people in my life demonstrated love in action to me in tangible ways

Rejoice in truth and not in iniquity

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Verse 6 of 1 Corinthians 13 is important when we are working on developing and strengthening the love we have for God and for each other. I have always loved the verse that says so clearly that we love Him because He first loved us. How true that is in earthly relationships, too. It is much easier to love someone who loved us first or loved us best. When you

Guarding those little grudge books

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon HenleyThe last three words of Verse 5 of Chapter 13 in 1 Corinthians are very important to us as we live and work today in this busy world of ours. Genuine love “thinks no evil, or is not ready to accept evil.” So many human beings think evil even at times when there are no real clues or reasons for them to do so. They look at a given situation, problem, person or task and begin to

An uneasy peace

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Words come in all shapes, sizes, languages, caps or lower case letters, written, typed, inscribed, and said. Sometimes they are spoken in a whisper and sometimes screamed from the nearest rooftop. We say or write things often that we don’t really even know for sure what the word means, and yet, we sling it around as though we do. Words can help

Unselfishness seeks not his own

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
We are down to a really hard attribute of love in our study of 1 Corinthians 13, often termed “the love chapter” in Scripture. We have discussed love, patience, kindness, generosity, humility, courtesy, and now this difficult one to practice or about which to write — being totally unselfish. Are we aware of where most problems come from in our lives? It is

Courtesy is to be courted

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
In our study of 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13, we have learned that the 13 verses that make up this important portion of Scripture have been tagged and is often called “the love chapter” of the Bible. God thought it important that we have these thoughts and that we take time to study them and determine how we can best apply them to our own

Generosity and humility

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I have enjoyed a delightful time really taking to heart the huge word, “love,” and trying to assimilate its wonderful qualities. I would like to think that this short four letter word has made a difference in my life and that others can see and experience it in our day to day contact. I have learned several things from Professor Henry Drummond who

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