Morning Glories, by Brenda Cannon Henley

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

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

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