I have always been interested in history – especially American and English history. My library contains biographies on almost every American president, most of our founding fathers, and other men or women who have played an important part in our country political system.
Growing up I was told my grandmother was Irish. She had red hair and so did I. Grandma was so proud of my red hair. When I was just a little child Grandma was losing her eyesight. I remember how my parents would have me stand in the doorway at her house where the sun would shine on my hair and she could still see my red hair. Guess that is why I always loved being a red hair.
A few months ago I started doing genealogy research on my family. It has been an interesting journey. I found one ancestor whose story gives the impression that she was not a very happy camper. The picture I found of her certainly appears to back that story. However, in most of the pictures taken in that time period no one appears to be smiling.
I was so excited when I found what I thought was an ancestor who was the founder of the American Bible Society and president of the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1783, Elias Boudinot. Then, I discovered he was not a direct ancestor but a brother to my direct ancestor, Elisha Boudinot . Still, it was a thrilling moment for this history nut to find that Elisha was friends to George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin.
As a little girl my mother spoke so lovingly of her grandpa and it was great to find a picture of him.
It was from this line of ancestors that I have my Irish DNA and my red hair.
Receiving a record of my DNA and researching my ancestors has made me really stop and think. From this wide background of people from Ireland, England, Germany, France and Switzerland is this person called Barbara. But who am I? Am I more than just DNA from a multitude of people from different cultures and lands?
Who is my father? What is my true identity?
I am more than my DNA.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. — Romans 8:15-16
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close. Psalm 27:10Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. Psalm 68:5
Praise to the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ
Our God and our King, to Him we will sing
In His great mercy, He has given us life
Now we can be called the children of GodGreat is the Love that the Father has given us
He has delivered us
He has delivered usChildren of God, sing your song and rejoice
For the love that He has given us all
Children of God, by the blood of His Son
We have been redeemed and we can be called
Children of God
Children of GodA mystery is revealed to the universe
The Father above has proven His love
Now we are free from the judgment that we deserve
And so we are called the children of GodGreat is the Love that the Father has given us
He has delivered us
He has delivered us………………………………………….Lyrics by Third Day