I Can Explain

Hi, everyone!

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,



Referenced Verses:

  • 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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Author: Neena

Neena is a Kentucky wife, mother, and beekeeper. Her first novel, THE BIRD AND THE BEES, is a Christian contemporary romance available now. Visit her at wordslikehoney.com.

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