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Praise! The total amount of visitors to Rest Ministries' web site during
the month of April 2006: 58,352
Security Disability Resources!
We've provided a
few of our favorites to help you through the maze of applying for disability.
Have you recently
been denied? You aren't alone. Here are the most recent study results:
- Initial claim
decision 37% approved 63% denied
15% approved 85% denied
Law Judge 61% approved 39% denied or dismissed
disability claim approval rates declined slightly in 2003, according
to figures published by the U.S.General Accountability Office (GAO)
July 2, 2004]
News Worth Noting:
Holds that Government May Offset Student Loan Debt Against Social Security
Beneifits - The United States may offset Social Security benefits
to collect a student loan debt that has been outstanding for over 10
years, the U.S. Supreme Court held today (December 7, 2005) in Lockhart
v. United States et al. See
Program Benefits: Effective August 1, 2006, the Social Security
Administration (SSA) will implement major changes in disability benefits
programs. Though changes are aimed at getting benefits faster, they
may be making it more complicated. Read
Phasing out the
Appeals Council and Introducing the New Decision Review Board:
A new body called the Decision Review Board will be created to correct
the decision errors at all levels of the Social Security Disability
process. Claimants who receive unfavorable decisions will be allowed
to get another review by the Decision Review Board. However, claimants
will be required to submit to the Board, a statement explaining why
they disagree with the administrative law judge's opinion. The old Appeals
Council will be gradually phased out as this new Decision Review Board
is implemented through the nation. Read
out if you're eligible for Social Security Benefits Government
web site with FAQ, eligibility answers, etc.
up for the government's Social Security newsletter to be the
first to know about changes that will impact you.
Disability Services and Pds Disability Facts Newsletter
A Christian attorney has put together the best resources out there for
applying for disability: workbooks that will help you every step of
the way so you can decrease the odds of needing an attorney and much
Key Questions About Disability Benefits By Douglas M. Smith,
Attorney at Law
Social Security Disability Attorneys for help on
claiming disability benefits under Social Security Law . Including
Disability Compensation, Disability Retirement Plan and Disability
Security Disability "Secrets" Myths, tips, advice.
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like to keep you informed of areas of Rest Ministries that need
your prayer! You can send
your requests to us too and the Encourager Club will pray for
continue to lift up all of the volunteers of Rest
Ministries. Each person seems to be impacted in many ways by their
own health challenges, or health issues of a family
My name is Chris Corliss,
I have been married to David 19 years. We live in Plymouth, Michigan.
I have had fibromyalagia a little over 18 years.
We have two children,
our oldest is Dan,18. The fibro began during my 2nd trimester. Our daughter,
Ekaterina is 13, she was adopted in 2000 at the age of 7. We also have
a one year old Welsh Pembroke Corgi named Wesley, two cats and a guinea
I am a Professional
Project Manager, my job can be done most days from my desk in my house.
I joined a Gym this last December and have been working out at least 3
days a week (30-40 minutes). I walk the track or ride a recumbent stationary
bike, I use the exercise ball or stairs training equipment and take a
weekly Yoga class for flexibility. I am happy to say that I have lost
11 pounds and am ever so slightly more flexible these days. The amount
and type of pain reliever I am taking have dropped significantly. Although
we are having a rainy spate right now so I'm pretty sore today.
yourself or a friend
for our Reader Spotlight & send us photos!
one of Rest
on around Rest Ministries web site? It's gotten so big that sometimes
those of us in leadership don't even know about all the happenings.
This will be a place where you
can tell us. Send us your experience or what's new in your group.
Photos are great too! We look forward to hearing from you -- both participants
is in the "WORKS!"
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- Lisa's recent presenation
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ARTICLES for your web site or church!
Lisa has written
a number of articles that are making their way around the internet as
"free material" that can be used in ezines, on your web site,
etc. These are a great way to spread the message about chronic illness
and also the ministry!
You may reprint
them in a church newsletter too! You can find everything at Faith
Writers and you don't have to ask permission to reprint them
(but we'd love to know where they are printed- we may even mention your
- Hospital Visits:
What Do You Talk About?
- 6 Ways to Let
Those with Chronically Illness in
Your Church Know You Care
- My Medical Records:
Why Can't I See Them?
- 8 Ways to Encourage
a Chronically Ill Mom
- Are there Medical
Benefits to Video Games?
- 6 Ways Anyone
Can Lose a Few Pounds This Summer
- Celebrating Today
Despite Living with Illness
- Illness Isn't
an Excuse for Not Guarding Our Words
- Learning to be
Assertive Despite the Fatigue of Illness
our Poll! If you haven't yet participate in our poll on how
your illness impacts your faith habits, now is the time as we will
soon be closing it.
528 people have participated!
being diagnosed do you attend a church service:
- more frequently
- less frequently
- about the same
Time of Refreshment" chats are a great way to converse with
some fabulous guest authors and also fellowship with people who care
about you. We meet each Wednesday at 11 a.m. pacific (USA). Watch the
daily devotionals for announcements. See: http://www.restministries.org/pro-refresh.htm
(Time converter too)
Upcoming topics include:
- May 17: Dr. Jeffrey
Boyd - Being Sick Well: Joyful Living Despite Chronic Illness
- May 24: Claudette
Palatsky - Seasons of Change
- May 31: Dena Dyer
- Finding Peace in a Chaotic World
- June 7: Shelley
Hussey - I'm Not OK, You're Not OK, But That's OK With God - a sense
of humor is VITAL to surviving our trials and tribulations
- June 21: April
Boyer - Tuning Into Jesus
Missed a chat?
No problem! All
the transcripts are here.
you seen us lately?
trying to keep better track of where Rest Ministries is featured! Be
sure to let us know if you see our name somewhere. I'd love to thank
editors, authors, etc.
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Dear Lisa, I had
to get up from my bed and write you before I could go to sleep. I had
gone to bed feeling not good as usual, with my hubby home from work
sick as well, and knowing that we would not have enough money to meet
our bill needs on Friday if he does not work tomorrow. Sinking into
a pit, I decided to get out my Mosaic
Moments and read only your devotionals. Half way into them
I was feeling peaceful and already nodding off to sleep. You know several
weeks ago when you ask us for books of comfort that we have read, well
I want you to know Mosaic Moments is a comforting book. It makes me
feel like I am not alone in my suffering and pain. I hope you will do
another one sometime soon, Mosaic Moments 2. I got peace from reading
your devotionals, oh yes Lisa, I did! It is a great comfort book. Bless
your heart and bless this ministry. Love, K.
Just a note from
someone who recieves your devotional
everyday. . . I wonder if you sometimes think whether you are reaching
anyone? Well, today Christy Brewster really did! I'm sitting here feeling
so YUCK and worthless, full of pain and ...well you know the rest. Thank
you so much that people out of their distress reach out to others accross
the world ( UK) and let God minister to them. May God Bless both you
and all your 'writers' mightily, J.
I received the info
packet [about starting a hopekeepers group] this weekend. This
is an awesome opportunity! I am so thankful that God put this ministry
in all of your hearts to start this! I am so glad I am not alone, and
that I have a support network to help others in need! T.
an experience you've had at Rest Ministries!
us know what is happening in your hopekeepers group! Changed
lives, health faires, radio programs, parties! We'd love to post your
looking for a hopekeepers group that would be profiled in a soon-to-be
issue of hopekeepers Magazine. A photo and brief article are requested,
help is available with the article if needed. Email
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at your ministry fair?
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other resources on our web site AND by the donations of people like
you. We know that nearly all of those we serve have financial shortages,
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And we don't pay any salaries--all the funds "just keep us going!"
Each day in our
online daily devotionals we have a question and ask you to TALK BACK!
You do and your answers are a great source of encouragement to others
who live with chronic illnesses. It's nice to know we are not alone.
What is your favorite part of Spring?
. . .wonderful smells,
new growth, birds singing and all the details that God has included
in the lines of every flower and leaf. Trisha Lewis, Lincoln, Nebraska,
(Fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety
Chronic sleep disorder)
. . . my flower
and herb garden. I love the sight and smell of lilacs, and iris blooming.
My husband does the heavy work and our grandchildren compete for the
opportunity to help clean out the flower beds. During all of that work,
the pepperment, basil, and sage get stepped on in places and the wonderful
aroma fills the air. The old-fashioned lilac, heavy with blooms, lends
its sweet fragrance to the gentle breeze. Cheery sweet voices of children
and the birds singing.. I can't think of a better way to spend a spring
day. Linda, Millersburg, Pennsylvania, (pernicious anemia, celiac
disease and arthritis)
. . . seeing the
new life in the nature reserve nearby. We see hundreds of baby ducklings
following their moms thru the waterways and the lilypads. We see geese
flying in formation, eagles, hawks, cranes, and one of my favorites;
100's of baby turtles sunning themselves on old rotten logs. The world
greens up, a breeze blows, and I see all kinds of exciting new life!
When we need a break from busy parsonage life, my husband and I pack
a lunch and hot tea, bring our birding binoculars, and head to one of
the reserves nearby to watch the marshlands or forests come to life.
It always renews my spirit, and excites my heart! Sandy Platt, Winslow,
Indiana (Fibromyalgia, Sjogren's, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Neuropathy
in my feet, Degenerative disc, MPS, and etc. But God is good all the
. . . viewing the
beautiful flowering trees and also the other spring flowers that are
bursting forth in a beautiful array of colors. The view outside right
now is breathtaking! Nancy M. Wilcox, Concord, NC (rheumatoid arthritis)
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