Morning Glories, by Brenda Cannon Henley

The importance of our attitude

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” (Kahlil Gibran)
I have news for all of us. God doesn’t expect or desire us to all be just alike. He made us to be individuals, to be

What are we carrying?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
“Lord, I don’t want to make my journey harder than it already is. I don’t want to drag around weighty things like bitterness, jealousy, pain, and frustration. Today, I lay those things down. Please refill my spiritual luggage with peace, joy, hope, and gentleness.”
(From Daily Wisdom for Women)

Layering it on

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Folks that live up north in the really cold country know how to dress to survive. Once upon a time, we were traveling to Michigan for a week-long conference and had packed for the weather that our group had anticipated. A hard snowstorm hit the afternoon of our arrival and when the clock went off the first morning we were there, it seemed to be pitch

Meeting the chameleons of life

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Have you ever noticed that when one is around a certain group or type of people, they often begin to take up their ways, mimic their actions, drink and party with the best of them, and begin to neglect other good things in their lives? If they are in church, they may be moved to tears and even raise their hands in praise and sing loudly, and they

What does Easter mean to you?

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
As a very young child, I remember being excited to see what my Mama Cole or Aunt Anna would buy me for Easter. I always counted on a frilly new dress, complete with matching ruffled panties, matching lace socks, black patent Mary Jane shoes, and a tiny purse, along with white lace gloves, as long as they could find them. We had a big day of riding

Stop judging books by the cover

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
We make terrible mistakes about people, places, and things when we judge them by the cover or by what we see first. And, I would add a third category — going by what someone else has said. I know the quote well, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression,” and I have used it in teaching for years. My boss for many years

A Big Celebration for Edward Gaillard Snyder III, May 2, 1943 – January 20, 2018

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
On Saturday, March 3, friends of Ed Snyder came together in the beautiful new Galveston County/High Island Independent School District Hurricane Recovery Center to honor a man that greatly affected the people of the Bolivar Peninsula as well as countless others. Ed had long entertained folks all over Texas and other states with his outdoor

Made a decision

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Most of you are aware that Sharon Duke and I were blessed to take care of one of our own, Ed Snyder, during the last weeks of his life here on earth. We were on either side of his bed, each holding a hand, and positioned so that either way he turned his head, he would see one of us and know he wasn’t alone. Ed was in a serious critical care unit,

The old lighthouse still stands

The old lighthouse still standsBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I have enjoyed a long running affair with lighthouses on every coast and in many countries, and before Ike hit our beloved Bolivar Peninsula, I had quite the collection of all sizes, shapes, colors, and material. Two of my very favorites were three feet high and made from very heavy metal or iron and were almost impossible for me to lift for any

Automobile gas tanks and our hearts

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The one thing I loathe doing is taking the car to get serviced even if it is a minor oil change. Ted took care of all that when he was alive and all I had to do was get in and drive wherever I wanted to go. I noticed the other day when I was getting the necessary oil change is that the young man, though kind enough to me, came back to me three different

Happy Valentine Day

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
I wanted to write a really dynamic Valentine Day column — something exciting, perhaps new, well defined, applicable for all, and I needed it now — today — to get it to the newspapers for which I write. Only problem was that the more I studied, prayed, searched, and read, the more confused I became about the very subject about which

The best is yet to come

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
The Bible tells us that we cannot imagine the glorious things the Lord has prepared for us in Heaven. The song, “I can only imagine,” sums it up pretty well, and even those lyrics still will not prepare our finite hearts to think on and dream of the infinite works of God. I know one thing I am looking forward to in that fair city, and that is complete rest. I always

We help others from our own wells

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Saturday afternoon, January 20, 2018, the Bolivar Peninsula, and the world in general, lost a really good man from our midst. I won’t attempt to recreate Edward G. Snyder III’s obituary in this column. That will come later. In fact, I had not known until I was going through some material for the obit that Ed was a III, and I certainly did not know

Protecting the heart from unnecessary pain

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
We are approaching the time of the year when many think about the heart as they decide what to buy for appropriate Valentine Day gifts and cards. February is an exciting month for some, while it is a dreaded milestone for others. Some women and some men worry entirely too much about getting the exact perfect gift, while others do not seem to

Blinded by our needs

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
In a recent column, I wrote about being blinded by our own needs to the point of being unable to lend effective and encouraging support to others. I used the illustration of my kind friend, GinGee Stewart of High Island, who used her good instincts to reach out and help me during my husband’s illness and death. GinGee was dealing with her own

Don’t allow personal needs to overtake you

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon HenleyHaving experienced many changes in my life since Aug. 16, 2014, when my sweet husband, Ted, went to Heaven, I know a thing or two about needs. I am better acquainted with being alone, but not often lonely, cooking for one, rather than an army of folks, traveling alone to destinations of choice, or to help meet the needs of others, shopping and planning for occasions that

New Year of 2018 will bring good and bad things

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Been reading New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions and suggestions from my many friends and some from those I do not know at all. Some are very good. Others are very funny. And, a few are unbelievable. I do consider the ending of one year and the beginning of another a time of reflection, planning, thinking, and perhaps changing my mind on

The gift of giving

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
In thinking about Christmas this year, the lovely gifts, delicious food, warm fellowship, special greetings, and all of my family and friends, I realized how very blessed I am. I have met and made friends with so many wonderful people, many of them through my writing during the long span of my career, and I treasure

Wanting what we have

Brenda Cannon Henley
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus
By Brenda Cannon Henley
In talking with one of my grandchildren the other day, I discovered a phenomenon that has not changed since

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

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