My 10 year old daughters are identical twins. Their genetics are nearly the same.
It’s true my daughters have very similar looks. They are beautiful young ladies with long, brown hair and green eyes that change from green to blue, depending on what they are wearing. Their looks are so similar that even some, who know them well, still get them confused!
They also share certain characteristics. I have difficulty telling their voices apart. This was especially true when they were babies and I couldn’t tell who was crying. They both love to be creative and are innovative. Frequently an area in our home is transformed into a car wash; card shop; or vacation bible school. They don’t like playing with dolls and they love the outdoors.
There is an undeniable intimacy between them; a bond that exists that no one can separate. My mother-in-law used to say that when they started to laugh it was like laughter from the same person. They do not prefer to be separated for any period of time and most enjoy each other’s company.
They are identical twins but I am convinced they are unique individuals created for different purposes.
‘Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us…’ (Romans 12:4-6)
One is eloquent in prayer and has an unshakeable faith. She is a natural actor and engages in drama. The other is strong in all realms; spiritually, physically and especially with her voice. She is often heard bellowing her words and her songs. She is instinctively good with babies.
My husband and I consider training the girls up ‘in the way they should go’ (Proverbs 22:6) an important parental role. We want our girlies to be aware of their God given gifts and help foster them for His kingdom purposes. Through prayer God gave us a really great idea. The girls were each presented with a Gifting Box. The box is beautifully decorated and inside are cards made out of personalized, decorated card stock. On each card is a noticed God given gift. Cards will be added through the years as gifts are revealed.
Each an individual; each for a suited purpose….”For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Dear Heavenly and Gracious Father,
Thank You Lord that you have created our inmost being and knit us together in our mother’s womb; we know that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and Your works are wonderful!! (Psalm 139:13 & 14) Thank You for the gifts You have provided to us by Your grace. Help us Lord to use these gifts for Your kingdom purposes. Help us to help our children realize and foster their unique qualities; all for Your glory and honour! In Jesus’ name! Amen.