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By Michelle Lehnardt



Just a few weeks ago, we pulled heavy frames from our hives, sliced away the wax and harvested fifteen bottles of liquid gold. It’s a modest harvest, but miraculous for first-year bee keepers. We’ve been enjoying the fruits of our bees’ labors on our toast, oatmeal and in a few batches of baklava, ever marveling that this sweet delicacy was produced by bugs in our backyard.


Raising bees requires a certain amount of faith– will they really produce? is our water source adequate? are they protected? will our neighbors hate us? are we crazy people?– and to glimpse success gave us joy.

Beekeeping Magazine quoted a beekeeper with one hundred hives, “From the honey we are getting every day, you would think our bees were gathering up all the nectar in the world, when really it is not a drop in the bucket compared with the amount of nectar there is provided. Nature is surely a lavish housekeeper! She spreads out tons and tons of nectar in her flowers for all creation to enjoy.” Mary, 1917

Sometimes my Heavenly Father’s affection seems elusive. My prayers bump against the ceiling and my heart aches. But in truth, God’s love is always there, abundant in every flower, every hymn, every sunset, every person. Like nectar, it has to be searched for and recognized, but it is always, always there.

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103 A harsh winter can make it arduous to find or taste nectar, but summer always comes again.

Our Heavenly Father is indeed, a lavish house keeper.


My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste. Proverbs 24:13

About Michelle Lehnardt

(Blog Team) I'm the kind of mom who drives through mud puddles, throws pumpkins off the roof and lets the kids move the ping-pong table into the kitchen for the summer. Despite (or probably, because of) my immaturity, my five sons and one daughter are happy, thriving, funny people. I'll climb a mountain with you, jump into a freezing lake hand-in-hand or just sit with you while you cry. I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ will heal the earth. Founder of buildyourteenager.com, scenesfromthewild.net and rubygirl.org.

9 thoughts on “Nectar”

  1. Beautiful! I love how you talk about the abundance that is all around us. So often we don't see it. I've been thinking A LOT about a scripture from the Book of Mormon–"Live in thanksgiving daily". I think that (along with keeping the commandments) is the key to happiness. I am looking forward to November b/c we hang a piece of paper on the fridge that we are to each write one thing (hopefully every day) that we are thankful for. We've done this for a few years now and I love it. It's like living in a golden glow all month. So thanks to you for writing about it!

  2. We started keeping bees last year and have had two honey harvests. Harvesting honey is different from harvesting other things in your garden. It really is something special.

  3. As a sidebar to this lovely, insightful post. At my age, now with adult children, I'm always de-cluttering and simplifying my home with this question foremost in my mind: "do I want to have my children dealing with this stuff when I'm gone?" I am amazed at women I know who upon moving, pack up and move boxes and boxes of clutter that they're sure their adult children might want, even filling beautiful new homes with lots of stuff they no longer use themselves with only that end in mind. I'm very blunt and tell them they're leaving a headache for their children and the majority of it will be at the landfill or Deserest Industries upon their passing faster than they can utter the word "inheritance" . Its really amazing and somewhat sad at the importance "stuff" has in our lives. I've always loved the sentiment" "Simplicity in the extreme is elegance". We have such a challenge embracing that. 23 boxes – I have nothing but admiration.

  4. Michelle,

    What a great hobby! Love your scripture quotes and the one from the beekeeper!

    I'm amazed at how much God loves us if we are open to feeling it.

    I just read "Heaven is For Real" and felt like I also knew that Jesus loves us and especially the children. The book was ok, but the experience the author shared of his four yr old son going to heaven was faith-assuring. How sweet is God's love for us! Honey is real evidence!


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