It’s been a while since my last official post. I can explain!
First— there is a fallacy among new beekeepers I’d like to address. Beekeeping is a truly worthwhile endeavor. You know what that means!…. It takes time!….more time than what is typically advertised to “newbees.” Now, once your colonies are all established (and greatest challenge: you’ve helped your bees survive their first winter), then you enjoy one of the least demanding (albeit least predictable) agricultural operations.
We had a great season in the bee yards–loaded with mistakes, stings, and sweetness–and now are anxiously awaiting a time when we can take a peek at the bees again in warmer weather. More to come whenever Jack Frost leaves…
Second— I’m all about resolutions. Last year, I aimed to get better at prayer and had deemed 2017 “A Year of Intention.” Well, Intention was a good focus, but my 2017 should really be summed up as “Educational.” Between bees, children, and our Lord– whether or not I was open to learning a lesson or two, I received an abundance of teaching. I pray I received that enlightenment joyfully–but some lessons are just plain ol’ tough.
For instance, as someone who genuinely enjoys writing and this blog– I am certain it wasn’t the time to write. For often it’s not time to speak, and more frequently it’s a time to listen (Proverbs 1:5). My hope is that I’ve correctly discerned that 2018 is to be a year of prayer and discipline. (Prayer will likely–hopefully–always be a top priority of mine). I’m certain that one cannot navigate this life successfully without really knowing our Lord, Jesus Christ (John 17:3). Sitting with Him in prayer is necessary for a strong, beautiful relationship. So, I’m trying it again–to get “better”… to be more “disciplined” in my spiritual life, as well as practicing discipline in other areas of my life: in how I spend my time and resources, my consumption of nutrition and entertainment, my utilization of exercise and educational opportunities, and how I share my God-given talents. Gift upon gift we are given in this life– and to whom much is given, much is expected (Luke 12:48).
Friends, I pray we share lots of sweet moments this upcoming year. May we be joyous learners in this life together. To God be the glory!
Keeping the words like honey,
- Let the wise listen and learn yet more, and a person of discernment will acquire the art of guidance. Proverbs 1:5 NAB
- Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. John 17:3 NAB
- …Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more. Luke 12:48
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