Wednesday, September 10

get soggy

Water. Water. Water.

We've often talked about how important it is to keep our bodies well hydrated. There's a variety of symptoms that we may experience if we become dehydrated such as fatigue, fuzzy thinking (that would be me!), headaches, general weakness, slight nausea, dry skin....just to name a few.

When I was going through my soccer coach training, we were also taught about the importance of kids drinking water as statistics showed that most kids came to their practices or games already dehydrated before they even stepped a foot on the field. So it didn't take them long once playing the game to become flushed and tired.

So we've all heard the talk, right? Well, I unexpectedly saw the talk turn into results after a recent Friday supper. One of my daughters had put one of those after dinner hard peppermint candies into her mouth while she was cleaning up the kitchen. Not a problem except she was also singing and accidentally swallowed the whole thing! Youch! She could feel it in her throat as a burning sensation but it was definitely too far down to bring back up. The only solution we could come up with was to aid its travel downward with water. So she kept sipping water almost continuously to help melt it down and slowly but surely it worked. In the process she had drank quite a bit of water and I was surprised she wasn't up and down all night long going to the bathroom.

But here's the interesting part. She's quite an active soccer player often playing the midfield or forward position which means lots of running. And lots of water sipping during breaks. The next day after her soccer game she showed me how much water she had drank out of the large water bottle that goes with her to games each week....she had only drank a minimal amount. She said she didn't feel thirsty at all during the game and actually felt great while playing! Her face wasn't all flushed like usual either. I truly believe that getting well hydrated the night before a game made a huge difference. Having seen the results, I will continue to encourage the kids on my soccer team to drink a good supply of water the day before a game.

And it's a good idea for the rest of us, too, in our daily life!

Ohhh, but not just for our physical well being. Consider how at times our spiritual well being often gets on the dehydrated portion of the scale. Life gets busy and we aren't taking the time to do our devotions or spend time in prayer or study or worship. What happens to our spirit ? Just as we don't do well physically from a lack of water, we don't do well spiritually from a lack of the Living Water.

It reminds me of the encounter Jesus had with the woman at the well as He was explaining the difference between the well of Jacob used to nourish the herds and the water which He offered: "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." ~ John 4:13-14

Ahhh, that's the kind of water we need to make sure we deeply nourish ourselves with spiritually! God's Word!

So the next time you are sipping out of your water bottle, make sure you have your source of Living Water nearby or vice a versa! And fill up!

To follow the journey of other Living Well women, go HERE

Tammy ~@~


ValleyGirl said...

Does coffee with my devotions count?! ;)

Great post, Tammy! Thanks for sharing a real life look at the benefits of drinking LOTS! It's pretty easy, once the weather gets cooler and we're not over-heating anymore, to stop drinking as much, too. Great reminder to do it anyway!!

Miss*Suzanne said...

Wow! I never thought about hydration that way but it makes sense.

My daughter has a very hard time when she has to go in for blood testing, which is quite often. Her veins are small and deep which causes the tech to usually have to go into her feet instead of her arms to find a good vein. ouch!!

A couple of years ago we were warning the tech about the problems Vanessa has and she suggested that she drink a lot of water before she came in the next time to pump up her veins.

Vanessa tried it and sure enough, it worked like a charm. She hasn't had any problems since and has become an avid water drinker...something she wasn't before.

Go water! ha!
Have a good week!
Suzie ;)

penguinsandladybugs said...

Very interesting story about the importance of water...I've been trying to drink a lot myself but hadn't had the dramatic experience your daughter did!! Good metaphor for our spiritual life, too!

Lisa said...

I really enjoyed your Take on water.I have a hard time getting my two teens to drink water.but they will drink koolaide.Water does a body good.Have a wonderful evening.Blesings, Lisa

Joanie said...

What a vivid picture you've shared in words today! An amazing example of how our physical bodies need water (such a challenge for myself not being a big fan of water) as well as His Living Water...

Thank you for sharing, for I shall seek the Lord's help to increase my daily water intake knowing it truly is a blessing to my body!

Karen said...

why is it the busier we are the less we think we need that Living Water? Thanks for a great reminder on a busy day!


Joan said...

Great post.
I believe much of our issues could be relieved by drinking more water. Thanks for sharing.
God Bless

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