There are so many wonderful things I could say about my husband however, there was one thing I had an issue within our marriage. Vinnie wasn’t very good at picking out a nickname for me – or, so I thought. You see being a “little person” I’ve had endearing nicknames like snuggles, precious rose, and, of course, my favorite…Princess.

About a month into our marriage, while I was busy cleaning and Vinnie was relaxing in the living room watching football, he called me into the room, looked at me with the warmest loving eyes and said, “I figured out a nickname I can call you.”  So excited to hear what sweet expression of love he thought of I said; “Ok what is it?” His answer.  . . “You’re my Bee”!  “You mean the insect?” I responded. “Yeah, you are like a busy bee buzzing around our house and sometimes you can even sting me if I get on your nerves. It’s perfect!”

All I could think of was that Vinnie only saw a busy, buzzing insect when he looked at me. Wow, how romantic! I did not respond to his revelation and let him call me his “Bee”. I was annoyed and thought, “Whatever!”  It wasn’t until after my heart surgery that God revealed to me that nickname could beendearing and inspirational.

While recovering from heart surgery, I read Mary Kay Ash’s biography and my ah-ha moment came when she made reference to the beauty of the Bumble Bee and how unique it is. You see the Bumble Bee, when looked at aerodynamically, is not capable of being able to fly. It took scientists numerous years to discover God’s creativity and the truth behind its ability to fly.  Mary Kay Ash quoted, “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” This hit me like a bolt of lightning. I am a BEE. 

Praise God He saw me through my heart issues, Turners syndrome, deployments as a Marine’s wife, and a divorce. And, like the miraculous Bumble Bee in Mary Kay Ash’s story, I can declare – no one told me I couldn’t make it through the struggles I have, so I just did, hand-in-hand with my precious Lord and Savior who has been there every step of the way showing me love, mercy and grace beyond what I deserve.

Would like to end by saying ladies you are all beautiful and amazing. No matter what you face in this life, good or bad, trust in God with all your heart, let His words guide you…and BE THE BEE!!!

“The Lord delights in the way of the man whose steps he has made firm; though he will stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him in his hand.   I was young but now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. Turn from evil and do good; then you will always live securely.  For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Psalm 37:23-28.

Emily, 33 years old 
Fort Wayne, IN

Emily, the Bee!