Morning Glories, by Brenda Cannon Henley

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

And the greatest of these is love…

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
A friend of mine, whom I love, admire, and respect, asked me recently if I had read a short sermon or booklet by Rev. Henry Drummond. I had not, but because he was so consumed with what he had read and learned from this old scholar, I looked him up and ordered two books with his messages printed in them. I find him quite

Patience and kindness

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
A few days ago I read a delightful little book written by Henry Drummond recommended to me by a dear friend. The Greatest Thing in the World is what Professor Drummond decided love is. His research, soul-searching, and knowledge led him to write this profound little book on 1 Corinthians 13. He concluded that love is indeed “the supreme thing,”

Mother is a real person first

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I’ve wanted to write this article for many years, but have not had the unction or the freedom to sit down and do so. I decided several months ago that I would tackle my inner thoughts on mothers and sons and daughters while I still could and while my health and mind were up for the challenge. Let me add here before I delve in

What in the world are we doing…for Heaven’s sake?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I was sitting today in my favorite rocking chair on the big sun washed deck literally doing nothing but looking out on the beautiful bay and thinking about how very pretty the water was shimmering and the fluffy white clouds that were bouncing in the sky. Every once in a while, my revelry would be disturbed or interrupted by a boat

The ninth fruit – temperance

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The last fruit listed in our study in Galatians 5 may be the most important one of all. Temperance may be more commonly viewed as self-control, self-discipline, or another word that is similar, modesty. How are we doing in that arena? Ron Moore of Back to the Bible says you are the master of your life or you are being mastered. He is

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

Goodness – #6 in our list of fruits of the Spirit

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Wow! I confess I did not know where to start with this one. As I read more and more and studied writings and sermons, and read the Scriptures I could find on goodness, I realized just how big this subject is and how very little space we have to tackle it here in one column. Goodness is very important to God and it is the sixth of the nine fruits listed

Gentle on my mind

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Let’s review the nine fruits of the Spirit of God. We started with love, joy, and peace, and devoted two columns to the art of long-suffering, before moving on to gentleness, today’s topic. We will cover goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance before we conclude our study found in Galatians 5. How many of us have now memorized the fruits in

Meekness — strength under control

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Meekness, I fear, is a very misunderstood word in our modern culture. One of the very best definitions I have found is, “An attitude of humble, submissive, and expectant trust in God, and a loving, patient and gentle attitude towards others.” Meekness is mentioned often in Scripture, but I do not remember a great amount of time being given

Gentleness is oft missing in this day and age

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Gentleness is the next word in the list given in Galatians 5 describing the fruits of the Spirit of God. We have already determined that every Christian that walks worthy of his calling should strive to embody these nine fruits in their life, but some are harder to grasp than others. I have put off writing about “gentleness” because I simply was not

Long-suffering (Part Two)

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
We began our study of the fruit of the Spirit as found in the Book of Galatians, Chapter 5, and covered love, joy, peace, and started on long-suffering. Long-suffering has many meanings to many different people. Merriam Webster dictionary defines long-suffering as, “patiently enduring lasting offense or hardship.” Another resource book

Long-suffering is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Part One)

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
We have looked at love, joy, peace, and now we come to long-suffering. It always amazes me that when I am writing in any sort of order or with a defined outline of subjects I want to cover, the Lord sees to it that I have plenty of material. He did not fail this time. Long-suffering has many meanings to many different people. Merriam Webster dictionary

Peace with God, with man, and with ourselves

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
We have reached the third fruit of the Spirit of God, and I can attest to the fact that God is always on time with His messages for us. There has never been a time in my life that I remember more people needing to find peace in their lives, homes, professions, neighborhoods, communities, and yes, though sad to write, their churches. There is such

The joy of the Lord is my strength

BrendaBy Brenda Cannon Henley
“…The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.” (Galatians 5:22, 23)

We have taken a look at the Spirit of God, the giver and teacher of the fruits of the Spirit that every Christian should desire to have in their lives. We have looked at love,

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

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