Did you know that honey is an amazing food? Here are some facts about Honey:
- Honey is antimicrobial due to its high sugar content, low pH and the presence of organic acids. (Some have used it to treat cuts, scrapes and burns as well as to prevent scarring!) However, consult a doctor and remember children under 1 should not consume or use honey.
- Honey is high in carbohydrates and is therefore a great energy source.
- Honey contains the vitamins B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and, pantothenic acid.
- Honey contains the minerals calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc.
- Honey has natural antioxidants.
- Honey is used as a hair and facial treatment due to the fact that it attracts and retains moisture.
- Using honey in your baked goods will keep them moist for a longer period of time.
- Honey never goes “bad”. It is slightly acidic and, therefore, not conducive for bacterial growth.
- Honey is the only food produced by insects that is eaten by man!
- Honey tastes good and it is good for you!!
Are you kind of hungry for the sweet nectar of honey? I know I am. Honey truly is an amazing food. Now you are probably wondering why Mike is a little obsessed with honey. Well, being my daughter was married on a honey farm just a few weeks ago we worked it into the wedding ceremony. At one point I said…
…as you grow in your love it will take work, like the hard work of honey bees. Being we are at a honey farm today we are reminded of the enduring work of bees. They work hard to make the sweet honey. Honey bees never sleep, they are diligent and persistent, and they are devoted to the hive and will sacrifice their lives to protect it. We would do well to learn from them in our devotion, sacrifice, and diligence to make the sweet choice of love in marriage.
We also used honey for a Unity Celebration (see the photo below). I explained it this way…
… honey is such a good object lesson of the sweet choice of love in marriage. Lot’s of work goes into making this sweet nectar… and so does marriage. And just like honey you two are a special creation. God, as it says in Psalm 139, created you inside your mom and that you are fearfully and wonderfully made: Two individuals with unique and special qualities. But today you are becoming one. And right now the honey you hold is like your life, unique and special, but today you are giving it to each other. As you pour the honey into one jar you are visualizing the oneness and unity of marriage; the merging of two lives into one.
So I guess I have had honey on the brain…and oh do I love honey. Honey on toast, honey in my tea, just a spoon full of honey, honey on vanilla ice cream (or pure maple syrup…ok now I’m hungry!) But that’s not why I’m writing about honey…oh and there’s, honey candy, honey in cookies, honey on chicken. And of course we can’t forget honey glazed pork or ham, honey BBQ sauce…and I could go on but the reason I wanted to talk to you about honey is…you know one fun thing about consuming honey? It just makes you smile. The pure sweetness just makes you feel good. But what made me think about honey was I read this verse this morning…
Proverbs 16:24 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Like the source of that delectable delight of honey, a honeycomb, so are the pleasant words shared with another. What we say, our speech, can be like amazing food of honey; encouraging, helping, blessing, healing, protecting, energizing, motivating, affirming, exhorting…and more. Yet, lots of times our words can not be so helpful (read Proverbs 15:1-2andJames 3:1-12). But we can choose to have pleasant words, words that are nice, kind, appropriate, and a delight to hear.
Now we could go on and talk about the what if’s and circumstances where strong words are needed, yet for this moment let’s be challenged to enhance our speech and bless other’s with some honey-sweet words. I know the Lord will use those words to make a difference in someone’s life…why not give it a try.
Seeking to Sweeten my Words with you,