Puppy Lesson Number Ten is a healthy tip from Joey.
Soak Up Plenty of Vitamin D
Joey loves to soak in the sun! In fact when it’s time to outside for bathroom purposes he forgets why he is outside and quickly plops down in the warm sunlight. And when inside, he looks for any strip of sunlight for his afternoon nap.
The sun is our best source of Vitamin D which is a vital element for our bones and cellular development and to a maintain strong bones and cells. It may surprise you that very few foods have naturally contain Vitamin D. Most of our intake is from fortified sources in milk, cereal, and some yogurts and juices. Supplements are also a major source of Vitamin D. But the best source remains our star…the sun.
Of course we have to be careful about the harmful ultra-violet rays, but it is good and healthy for us to spend a few minutes every day in the sun. Not hours and hours…just twenty minutes or so. This is just enough time to enjoy some Scripture reading, or intellectual reading or mediation or listening to music or just sitting quietly and rest.
The sun also helps our disposition. I need an abundance of sunny days. When I’ve lived in gray/dark regions I get depressed and grouchy. Even my home reflects my need for sunshine. I like lots of windows with magnificent views. The sun seems to help Joey too. He is a calmer happier little guy after his sunlight naps.
I need to have the same shot of Son shine in me every day because when I don’t I wither inside and harbor a gray attitude. And just like the Vitamin D from the solar sun, the Son, Jesus, develops and grows my very soul! Just a little time each day soaking up the Son goes a long way in keeping me healthy and strong for eternity’s kingdom work.
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” I John 1:5-7 (NASB)