A New Science Offers Hope

The old debate between heredity versus environment has a new twist. Epigenetic science has found that environment can overcome our hereditary tendencies. This revolutionary science has proven that each of us has the potential to radically alter our genetic make-up.

So when we think in terms of living every day of our lives to the fullest, we don’t have to expect to receive the negative experiences and illnesses that have been the lot of our parents and grandparents. This new science is telling us that we even have the creative potential to influence our genetic code. How can we do that? Not by taking mind-altering drugs or even new FDA approved and highly advertised pharmaceutical drugs. We can alter our DNA by an active, sensitive spiritual life, by living a healthy lifestyle, by adopting a positive rather than a defeatist attitude, and by changing our beliefs from life-draining to life-thriving.

Wow! Who wouldn’t like to live every day in such a positive environment? It means we have to give up looking on the dark side, expecting the worst, believing what others tell us, sometimes even what our well-meaning doctors tell us. We need to explore these new concepts for ourselves. Do it with an aura of excitement. You may be embarking on one of the greatest adventures of your life. And don’t think you are too old to start. God may have a whole new assignment for you, a better way of life than you have lived to date. Perhaps he wants you to share it with coming generations.

I don’t recommend embarking on a journey like this in your own power. I encourage you to begin by focusing on the God of the Bible. Read His word with new expectations. I started with a study of the word “blessings.” The Lord may lead you in another direction.

Let’s explore this exciting new science in further detail in future blogs. I hope you will share with me what you learn.

Ideas taken from “Research shows health can be affected by how we live our lives” by Nori St. Paul in Listening to Life, Naples Daily News, 3-19-2010.

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4 Responses to A New Science Offers Hope

  1. Guy Ringer says:

    Interesting article Mom. I’m not sure how this idea and faith work together or whether not this is just a different way of looking at faith but I do know that most of us have just scratched the surface on receiving the provision that God intends for us.

  2. Harrietclay says:

    Barbara, I feel as though I have just relived my Mothers’ years of dealing with this horrible disease! I am so blessed to have you start this journey. Many will become strengthened by your teaching, sharing & growth. Bless you abundantly.

  3. Deborah says:

    Thank you Barbara. I have been fortunate enough to have had some wonderful Christian counseling that enabled me to not only forgive those negative experiences that scarred my childhood, but also to progressively forget them. When the Lord told us to forgive and keep on forgiving, he knew that was the way to ease and even erase those memories. Forgiving coupled with the Holy Spirit-filled love makes us clean and new, and allows us to move on.

  4. Marcia and Ed says:

    Congratulations on the upcoming publication of your new book, “A Field of Daisies.” We are finding your new blog inspiring. We find centering prayer very important to our spiritual life. It involves dropping all thoughts and concerns and just being with God.