Walking into the lecture hall, on the campus of Auburn University my heart races, remembering my youth and adventures on a similar campus years ago.


Beekeepers from all walks of life, race, and socio-economic groups are present.  They have heard the report of predators to our honeybees.  Many still believe the people of God are the keepers of His Garden, and they have come to help save the bees.  70% of the bees in America are in hives managed by beekeepers._MG_9040


The round man, with white wisdom streaking through strands of mahogany begins lecturing.  He was once an engineer for the Air Force, fighting for our country – now he fights for the bees.


“If a Queen does not perform her job, the hive will begin to die.  When that happens, her children will search for a new Queen to take her place.  They find a replacement to fill the void of the job not being done,” he tells us.


The rest of his talk fades into the background as his phrase takes me down a different path.


Faces of children from our home, and the children we sponsor around the world slowly pass in front of my mind’s eye.


If we do not do the job as a parent, they will find another to follow, imitate, and even emulate.


We are created to be parented – Even Jesus calls God, The Father.


Our children want parents as mentors to guide them in the way they should go.  They want fair and loving discipline to teach them about the ways of life. By doing this we fill their need to be seen and heard and raised in the way they should go.


Giving children guidance and teaching them wisdom is as important as giving them nutritious food to grow into adults.


When my daughter was a teen I remember heated arguments  discussions we would have until we were both blue in the face and exhausted.  I would try to impart wisdom, and as if in a tennis match, she would send my words back telling me how out of touch I am with the modern world.


Yet, later, when she was hidden with a phone to her head talking with friends, I could hear her imparting the same advice to her friends she argued with me about earlier. (As if it is an original idea she has thought up!)


To mothers – Be the Queen Bee of your home. Rule your children with love, wisdom and boundaries.  They will fight against you but God’s Word will prevail!


“And they will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” ‘declares the Lord.’” (Jeremiah 1:19)

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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