Gift of Lasts

Gift of Lasts

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My family and I have been called to help the church planting movement in Ireland. Our goal, God willing, is to be in Ireland by the beginning of September, 2016. Because of our calling and our projected date to be in Ireland, I have been given the gift of lasts.

It’s a fantastic gift, this gifts of lasts. I sat in my church on Christmas Eve, watching my amazing friend perform a monologue as an angel. I kept thinking, “This is fantastic!” And “This could very well be the last Christmas Eve service I attend at my church.” I was excited and sad at the same time. This Christmas, my family and I were able to spend with my sister and her family and my mother-in-law. We treasured each moment, each memory. Karaoke took the center stage at our Christmas. It was a blast, and brought about a lot of laughter. Our Christmas lunch was mixed with laughter, as well. Watching my nephew show us what his mom looks like when she cracks herself up had us rolling and in stitches. It was a memory I doubt I will forget!

Taking down my Christmas decorations yesterday was a mixture of joy and sadness. I put my tree decorations in a container I know will help them survive the journey overseas. My heart broke, thinking I could very well be doing this for the last time in Colorado. Putting my house back together just did not seem right. As I type this, my heart still shatters, thinking if God allows, I will be celebrating this season in an unknown country.

I’ve been given this gift that so many people do not have the chance to receive. Loved ones suddenly pass away and there is no gift of lasts with them. Family members are called without warning to move for a job. Friends are plucked out of our lives for reasons unknown, and some known. They don’t experience this mixed blessing of lasts. This coming year, 2016, will prove to be a year of change for my family of five. It’s one I welcome and embrace because God called us.

However, as I journey through this coming year, I will treasure each moment with those I love and in the state my heart has called Home for the past nine years.

My point? Whether or not you get the gift of lasts, treasure each moment, value each one with loved ones, and hide those moments in your heart. You won’t regret it.

Joi Copeland About Joi Copeland

Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland. Find her on her blog or her Facebook page.

Comments

  1. Olivia Cleland says:

    Thanks for the reminder Joi! No one is promised tomorrow, everyday, every person is a gift. If we all had ” this might be our last” mindset, that would be a gift. Perspective is everything. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Hi Joi. What a wonderful thought to lead us into a New Year, the gift of lasts!

    I wish you and your family the very best in Ireland. May God bless your move and your mission.

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  3. I like the thought of the gift of lasts. thanks you for this post. Thinking this way makes each time a treasure. We can though cherish the memories of the heart even when we haven’t had the gift of lasts. Blessings in the land of the shamrock. We know God is there too!

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  4. Thank you so much, Patti! God has a sense of humor in calling me to the mission field! But my family and I are excited to go! 🙂

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  5. Hi Jude!
    I completely agree! My father-in-law passed away suddenly from a heart attack 11 years ago. To this day, I cherish the weekend I was able to spend with him and my mother-in-law. And I still remember the last hug he gave me. I treasure those moments! God is certainly in the Emerald Isle! We look forward to working alongside of the Irish there! 🙂

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  6. Beautiful post, Joi. When I think back on our family’s last visit with my dad, I appreciate your words even more. We didn’t know it would be the last time, but we sensed the possibility, and the days were precious.

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  7. Thank you, Olivia! It’s a lesson I am learning every day! 🙂

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  8. Thank you, Linda, for sharing! I’m so glad you were able to treasure each moment! What a gift!

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  9. Joi, you are such a blessing to me. I pray as you go through this season of your life. God has great plans!

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