From Chaos to Calm: Day Forty-Two
Scripture Memory: “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? …Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:10-14
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Part of being a homemaker is caring for the health of our family. Health is something precious. Often though, we take for granted that we will always be healthy until one day we realize we aren’t. Health, how we take care of ourselves, is an important part of our faith.
In the Scripture Memory above, we are told that Jesus is the Living Water. By drinking of Him on a daily basis, our spiritual health will be renewed each day. A major part of this challenge has been making our prayer time a priority each day.
Notice again what Christ said, “…the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” When we focus our eyes on Christ; when we drink from His cup everyday, He tells us that it will be like a “well of water springing up” into everlasting life! This spring never dries up! It is always there for us to drink. However, it is up to us to go to the well!
Water is essential to life. Just as the Living Water is vital for everlasting life, pure water is essential to our bodies for life on this earth. Without water our bodies dry up and begin to slowly die. Water helps to cleanse our bodies of waste and toxins. It feeds our cells to rejuvenate and moisturize. Drinking water can even help you lose weight!
You have heard, I am sure, “drink 8 glasses of water a day.” This is good, but there is an even better formula for discovering how much water you should drink each day.
Take your weight and divide the number in half. This is how many ounces your should drink each and every day. For instance, if you weigh 130 pounds, you should drink 65 ounces a day. With this formula you can also figure out how much water your children should drink! A 50 pound child should drink 25 ounces of water each day.
When you do not drink water, your body retains water and you actually end up feeling bloated and weighing more than if you drink the proper amount each day. I have known young people who drank only sodas or coffee. It is terrible for your health! Without water, your body is not able to cleanse itself of all the bad stuff it doesn’t need. By drinking water you will reduce and even prevent illnesses.
If you are not used to drinking water, or don’t really like the taste of water, you will find that the more you drink, the more you crave. Very much like our morning devotions – the more we pray, the more we look forward to praying! What I like to do is add fresh lemon or lime juice to my water. It makes it so refreshing and I just love the taste! Also, tap water is really not something you want to drink. I suggest purchasing spring water or a water filter. We get our spring water right out of a pipe in the side of the mountain. If you live near a spring in the mountains, check to see if a free source is available.
In the morning, a nice ritual to have is Lemon Tea. Simply cut a lemon in half and each half into halves or fourths. Pour almost boiling water over a piece of lemon in a mug. Allow it to steep for about five minutes and drink! This is very beneficial to your kidneys and is cleansing to your body.
To help you in your goal, you can get a nice large jug or bottle and put your name on it. Fill it up each day and work toward drinking it all. You can even buy fun sports bottles for your kids. Fill them up in the morning and challenge them to see who can drink it all!
Our bodies are made up of sixty-five percent water. Some reports say more, some say less. Fact is, most of our bodies are made up of water. All of the body’s organs are constantly working and cleansing our system in desperate need of water to function. A well hydrated body is more efficient it will increase your metabolism by three percent.
5 WAYS TO INCREASE WATER INTAKE
Here are a few ways to increase water intake:
- Get it over with in the morning. Drink two eight ounce glasses (preferably warm).
- Every time after you visit the bathroom, drink a glass of water. Every time you go into the kitchen drink a little.
- Hate water, get over it, find a water type you like (spring, filtered, or a brand) that you love and enjoy the freshness.
- Remember you don?t want aging skin, drink, drink, drink, you will improve the elasticity of your skin.
- Have a goal. Using a water bottle know the amount and drink as many as you need. For example, I need seventy ounces of water daily. So my minimum is about five sixteen ounce water bottles a day. One last thing, you clean your bathroom, kitchen, everywhere in your home to prevent germs and disease. Why are you ignoring your own body?
And remember, ask Jesus to fill you with the Living Water today… and everyday!
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Do you have a trick for reminding yourself to drink water every day?
P.S. If you aren’t already using my This is My Life Planner to keep yourself organized, I wanted to let you know that there is a place each week to keep track of your water intake!