3 Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated

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If you read my blog two weeks ago, you might remember that I wrote about some health benefits of staying hydrated. If you missed it, click here to read all about it! Today, I’m going to give you some tips on how to do that! Lets get right into it!

  1. Make Water Readily Available

Okay, so I’m sure you can relate to this scenario. You’re at a family gathering and there is a big tub of homemade cookies readily available. They’re sitting right in front of you and their chocolatey scent is drifting to your nose. It’s almost as if you can already taste the cookies in your mouth. What do you do? Maybe it’s just me, but I’d eat one (or more than one…)!! The same thing applies to staying hydrated. If you have an ice cold cup of water right at your disposal, you’ll be more likely to drink it. If you’re on the move a lot, invest in a nice reusable water bottle like this one. Carry it around with you and I can guarantee that it’ll motivate you to drink more water.

2. Make your water fun!

Who said that water has to be boring?? There are so many different ways to spruce up plain water that makes it so much more fun to drink! Two of my favorite natural ways to do that is to drink tea or to drink infused water. To make my favorite infused water, just chop up some fresh strawberries and a juicy lemon and add them to a cup of ice water for a tasty twist! You could also add fresh mint leaves, limes, cucumbers, orange slices, or whatever you want! The possibilities are practically endless!

3. Remind Yourself

One of my biggest problems with staying hydrated is remembering to drink water regularly. If you’re like me and you forget to not forget (…huh?), set a reminder on your phone to sip regularly! You could set it for every 30 or 60 minutes and when it goes off, it’ll remind you to drink up! If you like to watch TV shows, you could also use commercial breaks as a reminder to chug a glass of water. Those are just a few examples, but feel free to get creative and do whatever works best for you!

Verse Of The Week ~John 12:13~

It’s not every day that you’ll hear someone shouting “Hosanna! Hosanna!”. It’s a word that isn’t used in our everyday lives, but I believe that it should be. Let’s look at this week’s verse:

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

John 12:13

First of all, how incredible would it be to witness Jesus coming into Jerusalem? Talk about a crazy experience! These people who stood in the dusty, crowded streets of Jerusalem were welcoming the King himself. They lifted up their praises, while laying down their cloaks and palm branches to pave a path for Jesus.

Now today, we don’t necessarily have the experience to welcome a tangible, physical Jesus into our city, but we can do something just as amazing. We can welcome Him into our very own hearts. And that is something worth praising Him about.

The word hosanna is used many times throughout the Bible as an exclamation of praise and adoration. It’s a word we should use to thank and praise God for all He is and all He has done in our lives. Sometimes when we are struggling, it’s hard to thank God. You might find yourself at times questioning what God is doing in your life, but let me challenge you to praise in the midst of praise. Lift up your praise. Lift up your hosanna.

 

5 Health Benefits of Staying Hydrated

It’s no hidden fact that the human body needs water in order to function. In fact, 50% – 75% of our bodies are water. That’s a pretty big amount! I love this verse from John that perfectly sums up the importance of physical, and more importantly, spiritual hydration.

but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

John 4:14

The “spiritual water” mentioned in this passage is something that all of us should be thirsting for in our everyday life. However, until we leave our physical bodies here on earth to be reunited with Christ in Heaven, we also must quench our physical thirst. Physical water is vital to the functions of our human bodies. Here are a just a few of the many benefits of drinking water:

  1. Hydration = Happiness!

When your body is even the slightest bit dehydrated, you might notice that you tend to fall into a grumpy mood and have trouble focusing. Your simple remedy – water! Water helps boost your mood and give you a lift in concentration.

2. Water Helps Reduce Toxins In Your Body

If your body isn’t receiving enough water, the functions of your body that release toxins will not work as efficiently. God designed our bodies with many wonderful ways to flush out toxins, but if you aren’t drinking enough water, those systems will slow down, causing toxins and bacteria to build up in your body. Extra bacteria and toxins aren’t good for anyone.

3. Drinking Water Boosts Your Metabolism 

Your metabolism is what is responsible for running every single process within your body. When water is added into the mix, your metabolism can run better, faster, and more efficiently.

4. Staying Hydrated Keeps Your Skin Healthy

If your body is not receiving enough water, your skin will become dry and cracked. When your water intake is healthy, your skin will stay soft, moisturized, and hydrated.

5. Water Gives You An Energy Boost!

When your metabolism is down, it means that your energy is down too. Drinking water helps energize you and keep you energized, unlike artificial energy sources such as sugar or soft drinks that wear off quickly. So grab yourself a bottle of water and get a boost of energy!

Water truly is an all-around great boost for just about anything you can think of. It’s so amazing to me how God knew exactly what our bodies would need and provided us with water as a natural resource to replenish us. It just goes to show how God really does cover our every need. He is good 🙂

Keep calm and sip on!!

Verse Of The Week ~Matthew 6:14-15~

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This week’s passage is one that will probably make you uncomfortable. It’s one of those verses that makes you look at your own life and examine it in great detail. I actually had another verse planned for this week, but God really opened my heart and my eyes this morning during church service and I felt led to share this verse with you instead. I pray that God will open your heart as well as we take a look at this week’s scripture.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14-15

Oh man. This passage hits me like a ton of bricks. The thought of God not forgiving my sins because of the bitterness in my heart makes me so sad. I’m going to get really honest here. When I look at my heart, I am so ashamed to find so much bitterness towards people or situations that are filling up my heart instead of the joy of Christ. The sad part is that most of them are petty, ridiculous, unimportant grudges. Grudges that are over tiny things that make no impact in the long run.

When I remember what Christ did for my sins, I suddenly realize even more just how insignificant those grudges are. That’s why I’m stopping right here, right now, and letting them all go. And I’m challenging you to do the same. No matter where you might be, or what you have going on, I want you to join me in taking some time to forgive. That might mean calling someone and telling them that you forgive them. It could mean taking some time to pray and ask God to forgive you. Whatever that looks like, I want you to take time today to forgive. Not later, today. Forgive people, forgive situations, forgive yourself. Throw the forgiveness around like rice at a wedding. Seriously 😉

 

Verse Of The Week ~2 Corinthians 5:17~

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a crazy week. It seems like this week has been one of those weeks where everything is just go, go, go! I hope you’ll take a few minutes to slow down and soak up this weeks’ verse with me. Whatever stage of your life you are in right now, I hope you can take something away from this passage. Let’s take a look:

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17

If you’ve ever owned an item that got damaged or broken (which is probably all of us), let me paint a picture for you. Let’s say I have an iPhone that I’ve dropped on pavement, dropped into the toilet, etc. This phone probably isn’t in the best shape. On top of that, let’s also say that it has a battery life of five minutes, cameras that don’t function, a memory that is full, and has no data. Basically, this cell phone is pretty broken and useless. There’s not much you can do to fix it. It would cost a boatload of money to have every single broken thing fixed, so you come up with a better plan: getting a brand-new iPhone. The point of this whole story is to show you that when we come to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, he doesn’t just fix us, no, he completely makes us new.

If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have been made new and perfect in Him. He cared enough to look at your flaws, mistakes, pains, worries, and past and make you new anyway. Don’t be discouraged by thinking that a perfect Creator wouldn’t want anything to do with an imperfect human, because you’re wrong there. He wants everything to do with you. He wants to pick up your shattered pieces and make them new into something beautiful beyond compare.

And if you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, what are you waiting for? It doesn’t matter how broken you are inside, He died to make you new. You don’t have to live as a slave to your sins in the past. Jesus came to save imperfect sinners, not perfect people. You can have new life in Him. Give your all to Him and watch beauty come from ashes.

My prayer for you this week is that no matter what point in your faith you are at, you will see that God has made a new and exquisite creation in you. You were broken, but because of God’s love, you are new.

Healthy Three-Ingredient Cookies

Yep, you heard that right. Healthy cookies that only require three ingredients! These cookies are super easy to make and only take a few minutes to whip up. They’re also egg free, dairy free, sugar free, and could be gluten free if modified. Lets get baking!

Healthy Three-Ingredient Cookies

Yield: 8-10 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup quick-cook oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Optional add-ins:

  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Splash of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit
  • Dash of pumpkin pie spice

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Peel and mash bananas
  • Stir in oats
  • Mix in optional ingredients
  • Scoop batter onto cookie sheet in small rounds
  • Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes
  • Remove from oven
  • Enjoy!

These cookies are delicious served warm or chilled. They also taste delicious with a glass of milk or almond milk if you so desire. I hope you try these cookies out and love them as much as I do!

Verse of The Week ~Isaiah 40:8~

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I’m in love with this week’s verse and I am so drawn to the hope and promise it brings. It’s especially perfect at times like this when the seasons are changing and there is an air of change in our everyday lives.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.

Isaiah 40:8

Plans change, people change…it’s a fact. Our lives are filled with an unending amount of uncertainty and change. This verse is such an encouragement to any person who has ever experienced any form of change. There is absolutely nothing physical in this world that we can put our trust in to last forever. Our health won’t be perfect, our possessions will break and wear out, and relationships will end. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but this world and the things in it will not last. It’s the hard truth.

Luckily for us, it doesn’t end there. God has not only given us His Word, the Bible, but the Holy Spirit as well that will stay with us for all of eternity. He has promised us that His Word will never fail. It is unending, unchanging, and without error. That, my friend, is some straight up hope for us as Christians.

I hope this verse will be a reminder to you throughout the week that even though there are hundreds of things in our lives that will change, God’s Word is the one thing that never will. His Word is eternal.