Monday, January 23, 2017

What’s Your Spiritual DNA? with Shirley Raye Redmond

This past summer, my husband, mother and I decided to have our DNA tested through

I discovered that I am 62% British, 14% Irish, 10% German/Swiss, 5% Scandinavian, 4% Italian and 1% Finnish. Most of this came as quite a surprise, and my Mom and I have had several animated discussions about our heritage.

But what if we could have our spiritual DNA tested?

Surely that would come as more a shock than our physical DNA. Would I be 65% self-seeking, 15% envious, 10% malicious gossip, 3% sexually immoral, 7 % arrogant and boastful? I think most of us would be dismayed if we were presented with the results.

Thankfully, there’s Jesus! Romans 6:23 tells us that, “The wages of sin are death for all of us, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I am grateful for that gift and in the New Year will try to remember to thank God for it each and every day.

An award-winning writer and frequent conference speaker, Shirley Raye Redmond is the author of two inspirational historical novels, PRUDENCE PURSUED and AMANDA’S BEAU, as well as two dozen children’s books. Shirley Raye holds an M.A. in literature. She has been married to her husband Bill for forty years. They live in New Mexico and are blessed with two grown children, two adorable grandsons, and one spunky Scottish terrier. Touch bases at or Facebook and


  1. Not sure I'd want my Spiritual DNA run. I've been thinking about doing the thingy.

  2. I don't think any of us would really want our spiritual DNA to be tested. :)

  3. Love this, Shirley! Praise God that if my spiritual DNA was run today it would read 100% Forgiven!

  4. Thanks for sharing this thought. I agree with Amber, my spiritual DNA would say 100% Forgiven and loved unconditionally. I'm so thankful for the gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. God bless each one you contributes to STT.

  5. I enjoyed these thoughts by Shirley and the other commentators. I have heard of many who have done the DNA test but I don't know mine. I want to continue to grow spiritually but Jesus's blood and God's grace has made my DNA a perfect match as a child of God!