Morning Glories, by Brenda Cannon Henley

Love is the first fruit of the Spirit

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
What is love? Everyone has his or her own take on what the short four-letter word means, and the Bible has much to say about it as well. We hear a lot about it during the month of February and men and woman, boys and girls, are shopping, creating, and thinking about what to do to express that wonderful word, love. 1 Corinthians 13 is called

Understanding the Giver of the fruits of the Spirit

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22 and 23)
One thing to note from the onset is that the word, “Spirit,” has a capital letter indicating the third member of the Trinity. We are referring to the Holy Spirit of God as the giver of

Enjoying the fruits of the Spirit of God

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
There seems to be a dearth or lack of the fruits of the Spirit of God in many of our lives in this day and age. Some have never even heard of living and demonstrating these fruits in their life and some do not believe they can undertake to do such a thing. The Bible talks about these fruits in the amazing Book of Galatians in Scripture. Can you list

Thank God for our differences – Lessons learned from palm trees

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I was standing on the upper deck of a beautiful house built on Galveston Bay where a friend has a large collection of various palm trees wonderfully landscaped on his property. I have had a running love affair with palms since I began to write Winds Over Bolivar, a book about Hurricane Ike on the Bolivar Peninsula and its aftermath, where I used a

Choosing to shake the dust off your feet

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The Bible covers so many interesting topics and from time to time, I receive questions about what a certain verse or phrase might mean. I always am intrigued when I study the question and try to determine what I feel the Scripture is saying. I received an interesting one this past week. “What does it mean in the Book of Matthew when we are

We don’t choose our life spans

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
An age old question that has provoked generations is, “How long will I live?” The Bible teaches us that only God knows. We do not and I think that is a good thing. We have references to three score and ten years in Scripture, but we also know that many are now living past that time frame. According to studies done on aging, with the improvement

Let’s think before we act

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Some years back my family and I were invited to spend a full ten days in a charming home on a beautiful lake in rural North Carolina. The cabin was furnished nicely and we had every comfort of home plus the use of a nice boat dock, a boathouse, our choice of three different boats, a canoe, skis, and other toys for big boys and girls. We did need to

For now…

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I am a planner, somewhat of an organizer, appreciate things done on time and in an efficient manner, and like to know where I am headed, in my daily chores, in my work, in travel, having fun, and in life, in general. As this year comes to a close and we are set to begin a new one, I have been giving thought to where I am in life and what I want to

The simplicity of Christmas

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
This week is important for families, friends, co-workers, churches, schools, and communities. Many people will tell you it is their favorite week of the entire year. Big, delicious meals are being planned to share with loved ones, gifts are wrapped and waiting under the creatively decorated tree, people are traveling, and children of all ages are

Merry Christmas from Bolivar

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The big week is almost here, and for me, it is a big week indeed. My birthday is on December 23rd and then we have the blessed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For those of us celebrating a different kind of Christmas this year for whatever reason, please let me assure you with confidence that God knows all about each of our Christmases

Navigating the turnarounds

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
When I was home in Atlanta a few weeks ago, I found something interesting that had been created since I lived there. I was driving my vehicle, and my good friend of a lifetime, Ginger Doster, was with me. I stopped at an intersection in a small town and literally did not know what to do. I have been driving since before I

Time, time, time

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley

“Don’t wait to do the things in life that you have
always wanted to do. Life is short. Live every day.”

The above quote was sent to me in a card over the weekend and I read it several times. I have to say I agree with the sentiment more than I ever have in my life. But, then,

Thankful for the seasons of life

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
While in Atlanta, GA, recently to attend the funeral of my precious aunt, I was awed by the amazing fall colors of the turning leaves. I thought they were majestic, but locals kept telling me they had little color, compared to other years, because of a lack of rain. Perception in all of life is so important. We often tend to see what we are

Christmas is coming…and soon

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
We haven’t enjoyed our turkey or ham and dressing with all of the trimmings yet, but the stores and advertisements are all pushing Christmas. I was a bit startled while traveling recently to walk into one of the bigger stores and almost ran directly into a brightly decorated tree with presents all around the bottom. I had to think for a moment about

Honor your father and mother

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The Bible has so many straightforward instructions and commandments by which we can pattern our lives. Some are just a few words but carry great meaning and in-depth advice. I have seen enough examples of some of these truths put into practice that I have no hesitancy in saying, “Yes, God is blessing this person because of his or her

Restoring relationships that hurt

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
It is no big secret to those who know me well that my biological mother and I did not get along very well. There were many reasons and looking back on them now that I am older and have grown children of my own, I realize more of the complications that caused the often very turbulent waters. Some changes and a lot of understanding could

The simplicity of the Gospel

BrendaBy 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

Sudden twists and turns, and death

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Life is sometimes unprintable and it hits us with surprise after surprise. This seems especially true the older we become. I go to way too many funerals these days and seldom a week goes by that I don’t get a call letting me know of the death of a friend or a relative. I said to someone at the funeral home last night, “We really have to quit meeting like this.” My

Delving into our second childhoods

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I have heard this expression all my life — “Oh, he’s just enjoying his second childhood.” I remember thinking earlier in my life, “What does this mean?” I wondered that as we age, do we really begin to get younger again or do we just lay down more of the pretense and adornment that comes with adulthood and maturity. Perhaps we realize that it is

Let me help you, please

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The title of this column made up of only five little words can change the day for someone or more than one someone. I have found myself so weary and exhausted, and perhaps a bit on the depressed side, from time to time, that an offer of help even from a stranger would have been a refreshing change. It might have been while working in my

Teachable moments in life

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Some things in life are few and far between, and when they come along, we would be wise to take advantage of them. I fear looking around my own environment that way too many young couples, and older ones alike, simply live too fast. There is little time to actually teach, inspire, motivate, and help others. Making a good living, participating in

Learning to keep our eyes on the prize

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I cannot think of one single person that I know and love that has not had a major disappointment in life. It may have been due to his or her specific choices, or it may be that the people they surround themselves with in life have been detrimental. And, in some cases, I am convinced that we will never know for certain what caused

Pick up that book and turn those pages

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
OK, OK, I know that many of you no longer actually pick up a book, open the covers, and turn the pages. I am familiar with Kindle, iPads, various other readers on the market, and my computer, but for me, although I have several devices, I still prefer the bound book. It doesn’t have to be a hardback or library edition. A good paperback will suffice, and a

My eclectic choice of reading material

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Those who know me well or have followed my writing for a while know that books and I have had an ongoing love affair for most of my life. Prior to Hurricane Ike ravaging the Bolivar Peninsula and destroying my beach home, I had a wonderful collection of books, many of them old, and all of them dear to my heart. I had been given books as gifts from

Don’t be looking back…you are not going that way

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Regular readers know I have had a lot of different changes in my life, as have many of my kind friends and dear relatives. We did not ask for these changes, expect them, or, in some cases, greet them with a warm welcome. Successful people believe, base their lives, and act on the fact that nothing is a surprise to our God. He knew our paths, our

True pioneers of our great Texas heritage

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
In recent weeks I have written about a very famous Texan, Larry McMurtry, of Archer City. I was privileged to visit the small Texas town, meet many of its residents, shop in its old stores in the downtown area, and eat several times in the local Dairy Queen, made ultra famous in The Last Picture Show. Posters from that movie literally cover

What ten days can hold

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The human heart cannot hold or imagine the things of God and we certainly do not know what our future, or the next day of our life, holds in store for us. It is good that we do not know because, if we did, we would tend to worry, fret, plan, and be futile in our effort to pack everything in that we deemed necessary. God does, indeed, know best

Matters of the heart

Brenda“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I try the reigns, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:9 and 10)

By Brenda Cannon Henley
The human heart is a huge subject and can never be fully explained. The Bible, the medical field, young and old

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