Ps 42:1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.>> As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. {Maschil…: or, A Psalm giving instruction of the sons, etc} {panteth: Heb. brayeth}
Ps 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

Ps 63:1 ¶ <<A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.>> O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; {thirsty: Heb. weary} {where…: without water}

Part of SHELTER (my current theme in light of the Jewish Feast of Shelters –Sukkot) is having enough to drink.   Lately it seems my soul has been running rather dry.  I have just had sips of refreshment in the long hot days of working, making my school work happen and taking care of Maddie and Sophie.

This all came to a head on Monday when I was so tired and stressed, I accidentally backed out of the garage with the driver door still open, causing over a 1,000.00 damage to my car door.  (Praise the Lord for collision insurance!)

God has often used my clumsiness to point  out that I am living too fast, and not taking care of me in the light of all my responsibilities.  That is why I started this blog–because writing is good soul care for me, I like sharing the process.

We hear a lot about how dehydration affects us.  WebMD lists the following effects of dehydration:  Increased thirst, dry mouth, weakness, dizzyness, palipitations, confusion, sluggishness, fainting, inability to sweat.

If I meditate on those symptoms, they sound like the effects of spiritual dehydration:  I get thirsty for anything that will fill me, tv, gossip, whatever.  My mouth is dry, I have no words of comfort, love or encouragement to give.   I am weak, and make poor choices for my physical, mental and spiritual health and relationships.   I get dizzy, overwhelmed by the circumstances in my life.

I have palpitations of fear and a sense of foreboding.  I am confused, unable to decide on a course of action, unable to hear God’s voice leading me.  I am sluggish, slow to responds to the needs of others around me.   I am unable to sweat–to put any effort into living beyond survival.

After getting so low last week and finding it hard to pull out of the effects, I am more determined to make sure I get a long, cool drink of the presence of God EVERY DAY–MANY SIPS ALL DAY AND A LONG DRINK IN THE MORNING!