Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Teaime Tuesday~ Pleasant Words Are As Honeycomb

Happy Tuesday! It's Teatime Tuesday once again!
 I must say time is sure flying by fast. I can't believe
 I have already shared five weeks of teatime with you. 
This week is a warm one! We have had a couple lovely Autumn like days here in our parts but it's not quite here yet. It's another Indian Summer hanging on. And because of our warmer weather, I wanted to share a nice cold iced tea with you this week. I've been enjoying a new Tea shop in town called Bee N Tea...A Taiwanese Boba Tea Shop.....They have several different tea combos to choose from as well as boba if you like. Boba is a tapioca type bubble ball they put in the drink. It's interesting to say the least. I usually order light boba because it's so much to chew on...The tea is usually a strong tea which they add milk into and is sweetened with honey and flavorings. And....It is a bit pricey! Making it a special once in a while treat. And for my love of tea....I decided to try my hand at making Bubble Tea at home myself. I went on Pinterest and looked up recipes to try out. However I don't have the boba tapioca stuff...I saved some from my tea I ordered from Bee N Tea....

Here is the recipe I used:

English Breakfast Bubble Tea

If you’re a fan of black tea, start your mornings with this fine, bubbly recipe.
  • 2 English breakfast tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar or honey
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup tapioca
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes
Place tea bags, sugar and boiling water in a heatproof jug. Stir to dissolve sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes for flavors to develop. Remove tea bags. Refrigerate mixture until cool.
Bring 1.5 liters cold water to the boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add tapioca. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 45 to 50 minutes or until tapioca is just tender and almost clear. Drain. Rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large jug.
Add tea mixture and milk to tapioca. Stir gently to combine. Divide ice cubes between chilled glasses. Top with tapioca mixture. Serve.
You don't have to do the tapioca part if you don't want it...
But to make it authentic...try it out! Enjoy!

I wanted to share with you something that has been on my heart this last week or so, That is using pleasant words. There was an issue with some kids at my daughters school that ended in harsh words between a few of them, Feelings were hurt and tears were shed. It wasn't pretty. All is better now and apologies have been made, friendships have been mended and we can all move on from it. There is that saying where sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me...That is not always the case, especially with young people...Heck even adults. Words can and do hurt. And when you get hurt by them it helps to confront the offender, Sometimes in some situations the offender is unwilling to see they ever did wrong and the relationship may never be mended. But in many cases the offender will feel remorse and empathy that they hurt someone. It's not easy to be the one to have to apologize. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to admit your wrong. 
If only we could all think before we speak...Words can come out of the mouth instantly and cut someones heart open by it without thinking twice. I do believe we could put a little more thought into others feelings before opening our lips. I too am guilty of words I didn't mean out of frustration or anger....But truthfully it doesn't help anything, it only makes thing worse. As my daughter had to deal with harsh words spoken about her. My first instinct was wanting to go to the offender and give him my two cents. But instead I prayed for him. I took a couple of days and prayed about how we should handle this person. Parents had to get involved and the apology came to her through a text... That to me was a bit cowardly. I wrote a very nice letter to this person and told them we were praying for them and how it would be so much more genuine if they went to my daughter and apologized to her face to face. We are still waiting. And we will continue to pray for this person.

I went to scripture for some peace of heart and mind and will be sharing this with my daughter as it is good to know these wise words from above. How we should speak using pleasant words to others for it is healing and uplifting to others. It's never a good thing to use harsh words, or to tear others down. I wanted to share with you a great commentary on Proverbs 16:24. 
We can all glean from this!

Kind and gracious words are a dessert for any occasion. They go into the ears and soul with sweet pleasure, and they enliven the heart and even the steps. A person’s face glows by their instant effect, and energy and vitality are restored to those cast down. You create such words out of thin air by your lips, when wisdom guides your speech (Pr 16:23).

Dear reader, do your words promote health? Do you heal others by kind encouragement, wise counsel, and gentle comfort? Or are your words like a piercing sword (Pr 12:18)? Do you leave others bleeding with caustic, critical, calloused, or condemning words? And do you then pour in salt, when you are told to only season your speech with it (Col 4:6)?

Good perfume can rejoice the heart in just nanoseconds, and kind words do the same, when a friend gives sweet counsel from his heart (Pr 27:9). Precious gift of speech! The right words at the right time are beautiful indeed (Pr 15:2325:11). There is great power in your tongue, dear reader (Pr 18:21). How will you use it today? For health or harm?

In this modern and synthetic society, many do not know the sweetness or health properties of honeycomb. When did you last eat some? But to the informed, God’s honeybees pollinate plants and also produce a sweet delight with fascinating nutrients.

Honey is a luxurious food God created for man’s benefit (Pr 24:13). He described Canaan, the wonderful land of promise, as a land flowing with milk and honey (Ex 3:8Deut 8:7-9). The manna He gave Israel tasted like wafers made with honey (Ex 16:31).

Kings sent honey as gifts (II Sam 17:27-29I Kgs 14:3), and it enlightened the eyes of Prince Jonathan once (I Sam 14:27). John the Baptist lived on it and locusts (Matt 3:4); Jesus ate it with butter – two important foods of Israel – in his formative years (Is 7:15); and He ate it again after his resurrection (Luke 24:42). Inspired lovers used it to describe the sweetness of their lovemaking in a romantic song of loving spouses (Song 4:11;5:1).

No one will deny that honey is sweet. It is twice as sweet as sugar! In recipes calling for sugar, only one-half the amount of honey is needed. A full person will reject it (Pr 27:7)! You should get some today from your cupboard or a store and taste it in light of this proverb. Ask yourself if your speech causes pleasure like honey can to your taste buds.

Do you know these facts? Honeycomb contains four foods: honey, bee pollen, bee propolis, and royal jelly. Honey itself has a long history of use for many different ailments in many nations. Ever taken it with lemon or whiskey for a sore throat? Ever used local honey to combat allergies? And there are dozens more of therapeutic uses.

Bee pollen, which collects on the bees’ legs, is sometimes described as the perfect food. With 96 nutrients, it is rich in zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron. It can energize you, give you a sense of well being, increase your intellectual capacity, and close any nutritional gaps in your diet.

Propolis, a waxy resin the bees use for several purposes, is rich in B vitamins, minerals, and bioflavonoids. It has no equal as a natural antibiotic. It stimulates the thymus gland to produce white blood cells to fight or eliminate viruses, poisons, and waste products.

Royal jelly, secreted by a few nurse bees in each hive, is the exclusive food of the queen bee. This wonder food causes her to live forty times as long as the worker bees and produce double her bodyweight in eggs each day, though genetically identical to them! It contains a high concentration of pantothenic acid and many other complex nutrients.

God said honey was healthful and commended it in the places mentioned above, so you should believe it (Pr 14:2316:24). But it is a pleasure to read research confirming Solomon from 3000 years ago. Give God the glory! The Creator reveals true science.

Honey is precious. It is sweet to your taste, enlivens your eyes, energizes your body, and has many nutritional properties for overall health. Your words should be the same. They should cause others to rejoice and be glad they heard you speak, and they should build others up in profitable ways (Eph 4:29). Choose good words to say to someone today.

Your speech should always be gracious, with only a pinch of salt (Col 4:6Eccl 10:12). Such speech fulfills this proverb. Wise mothers say to children, If you cannot say something kind, then do not say anything at all. Parents love to hear right words (Pr 23:1615:26). Your stinger should only be used as a last resort, just like the honeybee.

But is sweet speech manly? Yes, indeed! God created man and inspired this proverb, and Solomon the son of David wrote them. Were these two effeminate? David bravely killed Goliath and won Jonathan’s heart by gracious words, all in one day (Pr 22:11I Sa 18:1)!

The Lord Jesus could cut and confound the Pharisees when He needed, but His disciples knew Him for gracious and healthful speech (Ps 45:2Is 50:4). His gracious words at Nazareth caused the whole crowd to wonder (Luke 4:22). And the hearts of two disciples burned joyfully from His precious words on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:32).

Unnecessary harshness in speech is not a sign of manliness or the Spirit of God; it is sold by the devil to those whose hearts are not right. It flows from a heart hardened by hatred or pride, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34). David rebuked his nephews for being too hard (II Sam 3:39), and Jesus did the same to James and John (Luke 9:55). Neither party had the spirit or tongue of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A bitter and biting tongue is a fire from hell; it is a world of iniquity; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison (Jas 3:2-12). No man can tame it by himself. Yet you must do all you can to cut it out from your own mouth and those of your children, by God’s grace.

Men like John the Baptist and Elijah had special missions, and you do not know they were harsh in private. They likely were not. They are not examples for common speech. You should rather choose the law of kindness to govern your choice of words (Pr 31:26).

Who can deny that God’s words are sweet? Are they not sweeter than honey (Ps 19:10119:103)? Do they not cause joy and rejoicing in your heart (Jer 15:16)? They are so sweet that those speaking them are described as having beautiful feet (Rom 10:15). Can you remember the sweetness to your soul of hearing the true gospel with understanding?

There is great power in the tongue, reader (Pr 18:21). How will you use it today? You will eat the fruit of how you use it – life or death. Every man shall bear his own burden.

Bessings to you as you go through this week.
 And may your words be like honeycomb!

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