In 1976 the Swedish group ABBA made popular a song called Honey, Honey. It’s a very catchy tune but had nothing to do with the tasty natural product produced by industrious little bees. 🐝 🐝 🐝 Then a few weeks ago I saw a YouTube video about the 10 benefits of honey. I saved it in my files and promptly forgot about it until the wee hours of this morning when I heard my own sweet honey, husband Jerry, hacking so hard I thought the house was gonna come off it’s foundation! Even 🐈⬛ complained!!! Unable to get back to sleep, I tried to think of ways I could help Jerry get the nasty cough under control. Bingo! I actually remembered something about the video and the point made of honey helping to control bad coughs. So about 3 AM I was forcing a couple of tablespoons of honey down his throat. I would like to tell you we saw instant and miraculous results, but that hasn’t happened yet. However, I am confident that he will get better and he will continue to enjoy honey several times a day. I felt prompted to share this story with you because every morning we read several short devotionals together including “Moments with God” by Dr. David Jeremiah. When I opened that book this morning for the January 16 reading, I couldn’t believe the title. It was one word: HONEY! Here is what he said, starting with the verse from Psalm 19:10 “Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” The following is Dr. Jeremiah’s thoughts on honey: “Those honeybees! They are like miniature helicopters, wings flapping 200 miles a second, traveling as far as 6 miles looking for beautiful flowers. They hover over every bloom to collect nectar. An average hive produces about 30 to 60 pounds of surplus honey each year. Each tablespoon has 64 calories of sweetness, along with small doses of iron, copper, niacin, riboflavin, potassium, zinc, and other vitamins and minerals. It’s golden color delights the eye, and its smooth, sticky quality makes it a natural cure for a cough. Nutritionists have long lists touting the benefits of honey. Perhaps God created honey to give us a marvelous analogy of scripture. The Psalmist said, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! “Psalm 119:103. In first Samuel 14, Jonathan was weary, worried, and worn out. But when he dipped his staff into some honey and brought it to his mouth, his eyes brightened. Living life with God requires dipping our minds into the sweetness of His Word every day. Try it! It will help you be all you can be.”
I hope Dr. Jeremiah will be OK with me including portions of his devotional in my message to you this rainy day in Anthem AZ. I just felt such a strong leading to share this, because I think it’s so amazing how God and the Holy Spirit prompted me in the middle of the night to fetch honey from the pantry to help Jerry overcome the cough. He isn’t cured yet, but I believe!!! And if just one person is helped from this rambling of mine, it will be worth the effort.
In closing, I recommend you watch the 11 minute video “10 benefits of Honey”. You might get a chuckle learning that my nickname as a little girl was Honeydew. That is seriously the truth, and there’s a whole bunch of people in Minnesota who will attest to that fact!🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
Here’s to a sweet, happy and healthy 2023!