Hello, Hello! I am so excited to be back doing what the Lord uses to fill my heart with joy and my spirit with His presence (which I find happens best when I write). I have taken a break, wondering if blogging is worth the amount of time it takes and after a lot of questioning and pondering, I know this to be true: I write what the Lord impresses on my heart, which serves as a great way for me to process what He is revealing to me. I pray each of the posts I write impacts someone else as profoundly as the Lord has impacted me while teaching me to better understand the truth of His words. If His use of my heart, mind, and fingers draws you closer to Him, glory be to God! I have thought about blogging far too much. It is time to get back to doing what I love, even though it takes a lot of extra time that I struggle to find. For those who take a minute to read what I write, I pray that you will find it to be confirming, challenging, or a stepping stone in your walk with our Savior and King, Jesus!
I have a new obsession with an old love: Honey.
My grandparents always had a certain kind of honey in their kitchen and every time I spent the night, I would wake up to delightfully creamy oatmeal and fresh, buttered toast. My grandma knew that I would want a heavy covering of cinnamon and sugar on my oatmeal and heavy covering of Suebee spun honey on my toast. You can be certain, I will have this tub of honey on hand at all times to flavor your tea or smear on your toast if you ever stop over for some TLC. Coffee will be available too, of course.
Lately, I have been eager to try different varieties of honey: unfiltered, raw, super raw, really raw unstrained, raw Manuka honey list some of my most recent tastings. Thank you, bees, and thank you, Lord, for gracing us with this wonder.
How interesting that the place God brought the Israelites to was described by the Lord as “flowing with milk and honey” (Ex. 3:17).
When I researched the health benefits of raw honey, here is the list I found:
- It prevents cancer and heart disease
- It reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
- It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
- It can increase athletic performance
- It reduces coughing and throat irritations
- It helps the body regulate blood sugar levels
- It heals wounds and burns
- It is a probiotic
- Helps improve skin
- It has an indefinite shelf life
Honey. Can I bathe in this stuff? I want it to infiltrate every pore on my body to ensure I reap all of its benefits. It should not be a surprise that my new favorite soap is Lush’s “Honey I Washed The Kids.” Look at this thing: It is beautiful and smells delightful. If you are looking for a new soap, look no further! This bar is yummy!
After reading Christine Hoover’s “Honey: Use Words Wisely” chapter in her book Messy, Beautiful Friendship (which is a must-read in my opinion), I found myself getting inspired to write another blog series. Words flow from our mouths so quickly and easily, but how many of those words are “honey words?” How many of our words are filled with the properties of honey that soothes wounds, strengthens, heals, protects, and kills “bad bacteria” (lies) while delivering “good bacteria” (truth)?
If we want our words to be honey to others, we’ve got to bathe in this grace-filled liquid so that we are so full of it, it pours out and impacts others the same way honey impacts our bodies. And how might we do that? you ask.
It’s pretty straight forward: Soak up God’s word. It is honey!
The instructions of the LORD are perfect,
reviving the soul
The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The commandments of the LORD are clear,
giving insight for living.
Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever.
The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
Psalm 19:7-10, NLT
- prevents your heart from becoming overtaken by filth
- reduces the corrosive effects of the acid that life sometimes throws your way
- is antibacterial in that it kills “bad bacteria” and suppresses its growth or ability to reproduce.
- increases your performance to run the race of life with endurance
- reduces irritations that somehow creep in
- balances whatever is unbalanced within you
- heals wounds and burns incurred by others
- acts as a probiotic, putting “good bacteria” in to fight on your behalf
- brings radiance to you, both inside and out
- never gets old or grows stale. It will always be good and true to its qualities
Coming your way are bits of honey that you can bathe in. Because the entire Bible is honey, I have had to pull some of my favorite “drippings.” I encourage you to memorize them, print them and put them on your bathroom mirror (or in your car, if you tend to spend most of your time there) as a constant reminder that true honey is found when we open God’s word and take in all of its sweetness. The benefits of doing so are nothing short of amazing; far better than the best hive of honey we’ll ever come across. And the more you bathe in it, the more it seeps out of you so that others can enjoy its sweetness and ultimately find the Beekeeper Himself!
My child, eat honey, for it is good,
and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.
In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul.
If you find it, you will have a bright future,
and your hopes will not be cut short.
Proverbs 24:13-14, NLT