3/24/14

Genetics or Generational Curses?

It was a dark and stormy life...

Sound familiar? It does to me. 
Or maybe the beginning of a fairy tale? Yeah, that too.
If you've live a dark and stormy life, you might wonder about your family, its heritage, karma? 
Is it possible you've been 
cursed?

"No," you say as a list of all the bad luck runs through your head? 
                            Maybe

Even if you're not superstitious, you might wonder about the "sins of the father" (Exodus 20:5 "punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me"). 

There might be so much unjust, unfair trials in your life. You've tried to be good and live right. Why doesn't your luck change. 


By GlacierNPS
 [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

So, could your bad luck be the effects of a generational curse?
Pastor Joel Osteen talked about epigenetics in his a recent sermon. #582 Activating the Right Gene

I'd never heard of epigenetics, so I looked it up. According to the CDC's website,
"Epigenetics is the study of changes in phenotype caused by something other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence. Related projects include:
  • Studying how folic acid supplements can affect DNA methylation. DNA methylation is important for regulating gene expression.
    Determining whether children with birth defects show differences in DNA methylation compared with children who do not have birth defects."
    (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/pediatricgenetics/research.html)


You might have caught my adhd rant on Twitter the other day (#adhdsucks). Well, let me make it clear: 

ADHD Sucks ALL THE TIME. 

Most days it drains the dregs of my energy. That day, Wells Fargo Advisors had added to the stress of tax prep. Combine that with the constant beat down of the adhd demons at homework time and you have the perfect storm. Their mistake was the straw that broke the camel's back. Sure, it was a discrepancy between what I'd asked to have done and authorized them to do, and what was done to automate my IRA. And that, my friends, is why I go over my tax submissions with a magnifying glass before I turn them in to the accountant to finish. (If you don't let someone else do them, I always used TurboTax. They matched what I did by hand each time I checked. I always found cheaper on Amazon (Please show your support of GGG by clicking through my amazon affiliate links. Thank you!) See, tax time is my financial review time.

So what does this have to do with generational curses, you say? Well, the inherited ADHD makes this consistent effort (and every other one) over a long span of time so hard to keep up with. If only I'd checked my account sooner/more often/regularly, I'd have caught it earlier. If only I wouldn't get so far behind on the daily work, life, wife stuff. If only I were better at keeping it together (as in no more ranting), then maybe my son would be doing better at juggling school with life. Between both our adhd brains, my son's common core course load + his adhd disorganization and my own adhd hot spots, I balance about as much as I can handle most days.

But that's genetics, not curses, right?
What if my family's ADHD gene is reversible through supplements and hard work? What if  we could stop the next generation from having to fight those messy adhd traits? What if  we could "cure" adhd for our future generations?

It would be a prayer answered positively, ie. a miracle.

I'm open to another miracle. Are you?

Since God helps those who help themselves, I'll do the best I can and let you know. Until then, another supplement gets added to the mix to try to keep GGG's household on an even keel.

As for you, I want to challenge you to do what you can. You never know what major ripples a seemingly insignificant change my cause.

So chin up. There is hope for you and me.

I leave you with this verse:
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 KJ21 (biblegateway.com)

What verse, quote, saying do you turn to when times get rough? What generational curses might be in your present from some act done in the past? Please comment below.

Blessings. GGG

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