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Brenda Cannon Henley

There are few things in life stronger than the love of a mother for her child. In her heart and body are the elements that sustain the young life until it greets the world in birth, and those same elements grow with each gift of a child. A mother knows her own child, I might add, like no other and can see the good sometimes resting beneath the unkind, mischievous or negligent surface.

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I have a program on my computer that alerts me to special days, birthdays, facts of history, and suggestions for each day. I truly enjoy learning and find something new every single day to add to my storehouse of facts, trivia, fun and serious information. Today, I have spent a good two hours reading about famous Texas women, and in particular, mothers. It is fitting since we are celebrating the Battle of San Jacinto in which Texas won her independence in 1836.

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Amazing that three different little reminders have come to me in the last two days calling my attention once again to the fact that it is the little things that often mean the most. Perhaps you can attribute my newfound opinion to my age, the loss of my husband and many friends, my children growing up and now my grandchildren reaching adulthood, but I know for certain that I value and treasure the little things I once took for granted.

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Shortly after my husband, Ted, passed away in August, I said down and penned an article, but after reading it over, I decided against sending it to my editors. I felt that readers might misconstrue what I had written or, more importantly, what I was feeling deep in my heart. I asked the questions, “Why are you so silent? Don’t you know I need you more than ever? Where are you? Were you really never our friends? Don’t you care at all?” I was hurting and I did not know how to express myself or really what to expect from those I loved.

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Easter is a time when Christians all over the world think of the Lord Jesus Christ, His life, His ministry, and of the crucifixion on the cross. I realize that I write for people of many faiths and that we all perhaps do not believe the same, I cannot help but think of Easter and spring and new birth and the joys of living at this time of the year. I ask that our readers bear with me as I look at the death, burial and resurrection as I have been taught down through the years and as I believe in my heart.

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We all react differently to each life stage as we maneuver through the years God has assigned to us. I learn something new or different every day of my life, and I pray that I never stop learning and growing as I travel on my journey.

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There was a reason I felt compelled to study Ephesians 4 the last two weeks, and it came into clarity for me as the story developed right before my eyes in real time. 

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These rainy days here in our beloved Southeast Texas have been good thinking days for me. While I hunger to get outside to the water or the beach, the weather has kept me in and I can only look out the window to see the waves, but boy, can I think.

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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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