Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ancestry | Psalm23InMe

For Christmas I received a 23andMe kit. If you are not familiar with this, it’s a DNA kit that
processes your saliva and returns a description that depicts your DNA in colorful strands and detailed reports.

I can be a little skeptical, but I was pleasantly encouraged to see two of my relatives quickly listed and connected to me.

Yesterday was my reveal night along with my daughter-in-law. We both revealed our results while our husbands recorded the session and discovered a little bit more about us.

So, what did I discover?

My ancestry composition reads that my linage primarily comes from Iberia (Spain & Portugal). In the mix, my linage makes a connection with the British, Irish, West African and Italian cultures.

I indeed am a colorful expression of life!

No matter where we grow up, who raised us or where we are going, there comes a time where this life ends. You are probably wondering why so morbid?

I am amazed that through the decades and years of time, today I am alive in 2018. Influenced by family, touched by culture, taught by experiences, traditions and practices; it’s all fashioned me to be me!

But, could there be more that the report is not showing?

The Lord in his mercy has preserved me and has drawn me to an experience unlike anything that can be documented by looking at my DNA report. When the Spirit of the Lord drew me to himself there was a transformation in my soul that can not be reported by looking at my blood or picking apart my saliva.

You can however ask those who knew me before I entrusted my life to my Savior, Jesus Christ. The change was plain. Something has happened to Liz. I knew the change had occurred, but the evidence had credibility by those who testified from the outside.

I remember this unquenchable hunger to know God more! It was like a water dam that opened and swept me from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Who is this Jesus? Why do I feel so alive!

The simple expression of my need for a Savior opened a new chapter in my life. It’s a whole new book!!

IF the DNA test could document the spiritual transformation, the report would read differently.

Liz was dead and now is alive! A new line would emerge with a strong pulse of faith! A new heart beating! (Ezekiel 11:19) The historical trace would bring me back to the beginning. “For he chose me in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Ephesians 1:4) Hope would be evident, infused in the very core of my being. A new creation! (2 Corinthians 5:17) The family line would reveal my adoption! “In love he predestined me for adoption” (Ephesians 1:5-7) Look at my lineage! “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 AMP)

Now that’s a report!!

What does your report look like? Today can be the day where it all changes. He loves us. His family continues to emerge. Won’t you let him adopt you today?

“But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 19:8-13)

Oh, interesting thought. I have Psalm23inMe. Death is no longer morbid 😊

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

God bless you!~Liz 


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