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It was Mothers Day, so we decided to celebrate with a family outing at Deep Creek. This is the home of three of North Carolina’s most beautiful waterfalls, and the six adults were as excited as the two little girls as we loaded into the car with picnic basket.

Two hours later we arrived at a beautiful picnic area shaded by large trees. Blowing across the stream a cool breeze brought a sweet fragrance that hinted of wildflowers growing nearby. We were so eager to see the falls that we decided to take our hike and eat later. So, off we went.

It was easy to get caught up in the beauty of nature, the roar of the falls with their cooling mists, flowers peeking out from every direction, and small country bridges. Understandably, it took a while to discover that somewhere along the trail the short, easy hike we chose had become the long, strenuous one. We encouraged each other that it could not be much longer, but around each curve was more trail.

Hot, drenched with perspiration and short of breath we spoke of the water we left at the picnic table and of the pure spring water back home. Why do we take such precious gifts for granted when we have plenty, and recognize their worth only when deprived?

Hot and Red Faced

By now we were experiencing the effects of inadequate water intake resulting in our body temperature being poorly adjusted leaving us hot and red faced. Our lungs and sweat glands were busy attempting to rid our bodies of toxins. Laboring to catch our breath the transportation of oxygen from the lungs to every cell and carbon dioxide from cells to the lungs for elimination was hampered, and it all was taking place in the circulatory system which is normally 78% water.  

What a celebration when we spotted the picnic area. Gulping the cool water and joyfully devouring our modest banquet we laughed about our little escapade.     

Water is crucial to maintain our body in a strong, healthy, vibrant state, yet we often neglect drinking a sufficient amount. But, how much is sufficient? Is eight glasses per day enough for both a 128 pound person and a 160 pound person? The heart of the matter is that we must replace what our body uses, and size makes a difference. Here is an easy way to calculate individual needs. Divide your body weight in half and drink one ounce per pound. A 128 pound person needs 64 ounces or eight glasses per day while a 160 pound person needs 80 ounces or 10 glasses per day.  

And, don’t forget the spiritual water of life, “but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life”  (John 4:14). Take both water for your body and spiritual water freely every day. Let them spring up and fill your whole being nourishing you with life giving moisture.

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