Just a Spoonful of Honey

“Set up road markers for yourself;
make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway, 
the road by which you went.~Jeremiah 31:21 ESV

Have you ever had a nagging cold that just didn’t want to lift?  I’ve been suffering with a wretched cough that’s kept me up at night for over a week and I’m worn out.  Medications were taken and nothing helped.  Exhaustion set in and I wasn’t sure how much longer I could take it. At one point during the night, a coughing fit started to get unbearable and then I had a thought pop into my head…honey!  Promptly I got out of bed, went to the cupboard, swallowed down just a spoonful of honey and Wham-O, the coughing stopped!  Finally, I had half of a good night’s sleep!

Taking honey to help soothe a throat from coughing is something I used to do.

I’m not sure why I didn’t think about it before?

How is it that we can forget the simple things, those proven paths in the face of distress?  It’s as if the difficulty gobbles up our brain cells and leaves us without weapon to defeat the foe.  As I laid in bed marveling that the coughing stopped and questioning why I hadn’t thought of downing honey before, I remembered this verse.

Jeremiah 31-21

“Set up road markers for yourself; make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway, the road by which you went.

God sent Jeremiah to help the people remember where they had been and of the roads they used to take to get there, so they could come back home.  Jeremiah had said to them earlier: “This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.”

In stubbornness, you can refuse to follow the old way because you want something new, something improved.  You can assume a new way is a better way when maybe God is trying to remind you of an old way that works; one that will bring rest for your soul, just like the spoonful of honey did for me!


Father…I’m so thankful that you guide me into rest.  Help me to open my spiritual ears and not let stubbornness hinder my hearing.  May I be willing to follow you in old and new ways; wherever you direct.  In Jesus Name…Amen


  1. Jeremiah 31:21
  2. Jeremiah 6:16
  3. Jeremiah 18:15
  4. Isaiah 30:21
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  1. Debbie Wilson says

    Sherry, I forget the things I used to do the worked too. Loved this reminder and the scripture you highlighted.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Hope you ‘remember’ this encouragement throughout your day. It’s usually the simple things that make the biggest difference. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Michele Morin says

    I remember that old home remedy, but, like you, I sometimes forget the things that have worked in the past, always forging ahead and blazing new trails. It’s so nice to get this reminder today that the proven paths can save us distress.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Those ‘ancient paths’ often are there for a purpose, eh! Oh I’m showing my Canadianness now 🙂 Praying God blesses you as you write this week and encourage others with your comments!

  3. Ruth @ plantedbylivingwater says

    This is such a good reminder! I’ve had seasons like this as well, where I walked away from the path that God had me on, and He had to come rescue me and remind me of what He taught me before and that I need to get back with it. I’m so glad He is the Good Shepherd who cares for His sheep! 🙂

    • Sherry Stahl says

      He truly is the GOOD shepherd! Praying you have an awesomely blessed week!

  4. Brenda says

    I love that verse in that context, Sherry. 🙂 I’m sorry you’ve been so sick. ((Hug)) Will pray you get well soon. — I didn’t realize honey would do that! (I wish I were normal and liked honey. What’s wrong with me? 🙂 ) xoxo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Brenda, nothing’s wrong with you! I’m not a honey person either 🙂 I only use it for colds. Praying you have a blessed week.

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