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Greetings! Wow! As I started to put this issue of hopenotes together I was surprised at how much stuff I had to share with you. Please don't feel you have to read this newsletter all at once. Just save it and come back later.

More than anything I want to thank you for your prayers and continue to ask you for many prayers to cover Rest Ministries. The last few months have held so many challenges for what seems like nearly everyone who is a part of the volunter leadership of Rest Ministries. . . health crises, the health of their children, being forced for financial reasons to sell their home. I know some of you who receive this newsletter have written to me about being abandonned by your families, by your church body, and even going through divorce.

And I recently asked for special prayers as I went out to speak at a couple of churches. My body has been in a great deal of pain and as you know so well, after a year or two of it wearing you down it can be hard to stay uplifted. I made up little cards (they are posted here if you want to print them out) that have scripture on one side and the word NEVERTHELESS on the other. [My presentation will soon be on available on CD if you're curious about the message content, but you can likely tell the gist of it.].

Part of a stack of my cards were in the garage where I had unloaded my boxes from when I spoke and my 3-year-old son picked them up today (okay, they were on the garage floor.) He said, "CARDS!" and lit up. I said, "sure, you can play with those." I walked by a minute later and he had them all spread out on the floor and was singing "Jesus Loves Me." He's just caught on to this song, but this was the first time I'd heard him start singing it on his own and continue for the whole song.

Isaiah 55:11 says, "so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."

Josh looked up at me and said, "cards, singing!" And I said "yes, that's scripture! They do tell you Jesus loves you."

We have no shortage of colorful cards sitting around with Thomas the Train and Wiggles and Winnie the Pooh, but these plain little cards that simply had scripture intrigued him for ten minutes while he sorted them and sang.

We will never understand God's reasoning for what we must endure here on earth. But the Bible says we just need the faith of a child-- even that of my child, who has been raised on excitement, colors, and glitter of our world, and yet can know without a doubt that Scripture most worthy of our time and "yes, Jesus loves us."

God bless you,

Founder, Director Rest Ministries
Editor, hopekeepers Magazine

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My son, Joshua

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