Morning Glories, by Brenda Cannon Henley

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

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,

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