Brenda Cannon Henley's archive

The weather here in Southeast Texas has been rainy and a bit dreary for the past several days. Clouds overhead are gray and threatening, and we’ve had a good bit of rain. The inclement weather has kept folks from doing much of what they love. Getting fishing gear ready, travel trailers roadworthy, boats checked, lawns trimmed and manicured for spring viewing, some outside painting, and work in colorful flowerbeds has been put on hold.

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I have always loved America, my home country, and our entire family is very patriotic. Never in my life have I been more proud of this great nation than I was last weekend while visiting Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago, Illinois. If you think America has gone to the dogs and you are not particularly happy with any political party, try to think past those disillusions and focus for a few moments on what is really good and right about the nation we call home.

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The Bible has much to say about hearts, and I was rather surprised today when reading in Scripture several of the more prominent verses having to do with the human heart. “Who can know the heart?” is one such reference. We are told to love with all our hearts, not to have a double heart, and that as a man (or woman) thinks in his heart, so is he.

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Texans love their football. In fact, some here consider it a religion of sorts. The book “Friday Night Lights” was based on the passion for football in Odessa, Texas. My late husband Ted has a cousin, and her family who live there and I have verified that the only way residents can buy season passes is for someone holding one or more to die and not will the right to purchase their tickets to their children or grandchildren. Business owners, schools, churches and civic organizations pull down the shades and turn out the lights any time there is a football game.

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I have believed for years that when we stop learning, we stop living, in the truest sense of the word. I honestly try to learn something new, if not every day, at least several times a week. Some of the new things I have learned, I really did not have a desire to add them to my store of knowledge, but apparently God thought I should know them.

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