A family outing with refreshing water

When 90-degree summer temperatures partner with oppressively high humidity levels, it’s almost impossible to stay cool. Where can your family go for a refreshing adventure?

The Memphis area offers several cooling off spots. A few kid favorites are listed below:

Civic Center Plaza—125 North Main Street—The in-ground jets spray water intermittently, providing endless fun and refreshment.

Memphis Zoo—A replica of the Nile River offers wading fun and the Teton Trek features “geysers” to cool off visitors.

Mud Island Riverwalk—Guests are invited to “walk” the Mighty Mississippi River providing plenty of water to enjoy.

Peabody Park—712 Tanglewood Street—This splash pad features misters and sprayers of various sizes.

Collierville Spray Parks—Suggs Park located at 163 E. South Street and W.C. Johnson Park located at 419 Johnson Park Drive—Both colorful parks are designed for children 12 and under. (hours of operation vary)

Visit a water park (or a backyard sprinkler) and discuss how refreshing water can be when you’re hot.

Consider and discuss these questions:

  • Why is water so refreshing?
  • Who and what require water to live? (people, plants, etc.)
  • Why does water satisfy thirst better than anything else?

Jesus met a woman who was drawing water from a well.

Jesus spoke to her saying, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon be thirsty again.” John 1:13

When you are hot and sweaty, do you want something to drink? Although water is satisfying and refreshing, you will be thirsty again.

Jesus offered the woman at the well living water that would satisfy her for eternity. What does that mean? (Jesus is not talking about water for our body but for our hearts.)

Jesus answered, “..but those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13b

Without water our physical body will die. Our spiritual heart is dead because of our disobedience, but Jesus offers us the gift of salvation—His living water—and our spiritual hearts come alive.

This means anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

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