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I learned a new word today — “gaslighting.” I admit I am fascinated by words and having used them for years to make my living, I am constantly amazed at new discoveries even at my age. My good friend, Rusty Cluck, is a wordsmith, though he won’t likely admit it to many. He comes up with some real winners from time to time, and I find myself looking for them in his writings. I wonder if Rusty has come across this word, which was new for me today.

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If someone asked you today, “Are you really happy?” what would your answer be? Think about it this very moment. Are you happy on the inside where it really counts? Or are you like so many, waiting for the next big thing to happen to make you happy? Guess what, chances are that when that next big thing happens, you won’t be happy then either.

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We tend to use terms all of the time in the English language that we really have little idea of what they mean. For instance, in a recent column, I quickly typed the word “scapegoat,” and then more slowly realized that I did not know for certain how the term originated or exactly what it meant.

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Having written for a living for more years than I care to remember, I am still amazed at how the dear Lord puts things in my path, brings subjects to my mind, or has someone ask a question that gives me the idea for the next column. There are days when I sit in my lovely office staring at the computer screen wondering what words are going to magically appear for me to send off to one of the editors I call my friends. I am blessed.

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When I lose a lot of sleep and have many things on mind that seemingly I cannot do anything about, I find myself drifting toward the ground of worry. The mantra I claimed for myself at the beginning of 2014 proves once again to me that God knows every single thing about His children and that He has ordained whatever will be to be. I claimed the little two-word phrase “fret not” at the beginning of the year, and we are just into the third month and I think I have about worn it out already.

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