You may remember that my bees have given me a bit of drama this year. First they struggled with chalk brood and then one hive decided to swarm as well. I was able to catch the swarm and put it back but I admit I did really wonder if this might not be such a good honey year after all the extra excitement. But at this point I think we are going to have a great honey year after all. On Sunday afternoon I went out to check them quickly (as it had been around a week) and discovered that both hives needed more empty boxes but I only had one empty box left. I needed to extract soon! To have basically all my boxes filled by the beginning of July is absolutely wonderful!
I called a friend who had wanted to come over to help with the bee keeping sometimes (she is interested in doing it herself) and we arranged to have her (and her kids) come over on Monday morning.
After removing many full frames of honey comb we then extracted and gave some of the empty frames back to them to fill again. We were blessed with a very good honey harvest and I am truly feeling abundantly blessed! It always amazes me how God can work even through difficulty. Nothing can stop our great and mighty God. He can do anything!
It made me start thinking about other ways that I am feeling abundantly, overwhelmingly blessed. I thought I would share a few of those reasons......
When I was working on the Republican float for the parade this year ( I was left in charge of the signage and decorating after some of the men in our group did an awesome job of turning the frame of an old car into a float - super impressive work on their part!) and feeling overwhelmed with how much there was to do and didn't feel like I had the strength - friends came to the rescue and helped and it got done. God abundantly blessed!
When riding in the parade this year and able to see and recognize so many from our community and have so many recognize me and call to me or wave I feel abundantly blessed with all the friends I have and the community that we can live in.
Going on a walk hand in hand with my little Megan in order to forage some stuff from the edge of our road left me feeling abundantly blessed. Not only because I have a little girl who loves me and wants to be with me but also because God has given us so many, many plants growing all over with so many, many different uses. When I start studying the things that He has made I am just in Awe and I feel abundantly blessed!
Getting to pick various produce from our garden always leaves me feeling abundantly blessed. Not always do the things that we work hard on produce well but something always produces and we eat and are blessed!
Having a husband who loves me (enough to even survive most of the summer without air-conditioning since I don't like it) and provides for our family leaves me feeling very abundantly blessed.
Having a Savior who was willing to come to earth and be a sacrifice for my sins so that I don't have to carry that burden of guilt or pay the penalty leaves me knowing that I am super abundantly blessed!!! (I have been loving reading through Hebrews lately that reminds me of His sacrifice.)
God is so good and I could share so many more reasons but I think I will stop for now and just encourage you to notice all the blessings that He has given to you!
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