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Dear Friends,Lisa Copen

It's Spring!

I feel like we've been out of touch for so long. Like many of you I've been in survival mode since mid-December with multiple infections, colds, time off medications, and way too much prednisone. But we're back... and we're moving our newsletter services back to 'Get Response' and 'Aweber' (depending on how you signed up) so that those of you who have email plans like yahoo, hotmail and aol can actually get the ezine.

I have plans for this ezine to get to you each week, and have it be a brief source of encouragement and updates about what is going on at Rest Ministries. I look forward to your feedback and help too! If you see something that you think others would enjoy knowing about, just forward it on to me (by next week we should have a form for this!)

May you feel His comfort,

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Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Director and Founder

PS: Wondering what's with #035? We have about 35 ezines in our archives that I will post a link to next week. I've not been good at numbering them, but wanted to start somewhere! Now when you sort them in your mailbox it will be easy!


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In our book --this is actual news. (It was frustrating to not be able to reach nearly half of you last fall because of spam screenings by all the free email programs.) And we're going to do our best to make this a weekly issue. Which also means you won't be overwhelmed with tons of information each time! We hope you enjoy it.

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It has shipped! Over 4000 issues went out to subscribers, doctors, counselors and 6,000 arrived in Lisa's garage yesterday afternoon. We are excited to be 'back in business!' To our subscribers... your overwhelming patience and encouragement while we waited until we could afford to go to print is appreciated more than you will ever know! Wondering if an issue is heading your way? You can click here to see. If you want one and aren't on the list, you can get one by ordering anything in our store (even a $.50 item) and we'll stick on in you envelope.

New web site coming soon
Lisa has been working on the site since early January and hopes to have it up in the next week. We think you'll be excited to see all the new resource links and the cool navigation tools which should help you find anything with ease.


Did you know our web site has hundreds of pages of information? Lisa is nearly done with a complete overhaul of the web site and we'll use this place to let you know about pages, articles and other resources you may not even know exist on our web site!

Watch our new web site for this graphic. If you see it you'll know there is a related group in the Sunroom.

Rest Ministries Sunroom
We've began our new Rest Ministries Sunroom at and in just a month we have over 200 members. This is a "social network" of Ning. It's easy! You can just visit the webpage and wander around to view the messages people have written or you can join and the create your own page with your favorite photos, videos, music, blog and more.

You'll also find links for the daily devotionals, Lisa's blog and new articles on the Rest Ministries web site! "I'm really excited about how people are connecting," says Lisa, "and it's great to see everyone's photos and read about them. Plus we have lots of men participating, so that's great to see."

As heard in the Sunroom..."Thanks for creating this social network. I've made new friends & hope to support others, as I've been supported in the past!" -Randall


By Bill Shamblin

"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)

One of my favorite movie lines is from a John Wayne movie. Naturally, being a guy, it would be.) In "The Alamo" Wayne quotes a parson when he says "Little do we mortals know." When we suffer from chronic illness and pain, we often feel as if our lives no longer have any value. In that fear and pain distorted "wisdom," we think we can see our future so clearly.

And, for me, that is the way it was in January of 2007. My days were spent lying on the floor of my bedroom, in my parent's house. I had lost my job, my life, and now had to deal with the results of several surgeries for a severe back injury. I asked myself, "How can God use me in the shape I am in?" But, God was moving in my life in ways that, even now, are hard to comprehend.

My mother was diagnosed with lymphoma in late February of 2007. Not only was I laid up, but my mother was ill as well...

> Read the rest of this story here

"I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don't complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple —in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out." - 1 Corinthians 7:29, The Message


Could You Go Back to School?
May 22, 2008 is The Fourth Annual Chronic Illness and Postsecondary Educational Symposium on "Linking Clinical and Educational Perspectives in Service of Students who have Chronic Illness." This is sponsored by DePaul University's Chronic Illness Initiative. There will be sessions dedicated to students with chronic illness who are currently attending or aspiring to attend college, and a next day orientation event for those who are interested in learning more about the campus. Visit their web site for more information and look in hopekeepers Magazine for an article on going back to school.

Organize Your Health Updates to Friends
Do you have a group of people who want to stay updated on your care, hospital visits or other information? With CarePages updates are shared via email automatically and visitors can leave messages for the patient and family on the web page.

Join a Card Ministry
The Inspirational Card Ministry Club ministry inspires people to give God the glory by sending out messages of love and encouragement --and it's easy and free! As a member you receive free resources, such as a 19 page E-book, "How To Get Started" that provides lots of tips and ideas. They also provide free card downloads, quarterly newsletters and free postcards! You may be interested in our "Card Ministry Kit" --everything you need to help you get started.

Lisa has all her gear ready to start podcasts and is trying to figure out how it all works! The good news is she has a husband with great tech skills who has her all set up. She is getting ready to schedule guests. Watch this area of the ezine each week for information about our special guest that Lisa will be interviewing, people who serve others who live with chronic illness through both inspirational and practical ways.

Log on at the Hope Endures web site to hear the broadcast. You can either listen to it online, with your MP3 or ipod player, or... you can call a phone number and listen to it over the phone. Stay tuned... because once we have a selection of shows they will also be available on CD.


Thanks to Nan Russell who recently interviewed RM founder, Lisa, on her radio program "Work Matters." You can listen to Lisa's interview here. Lisa's interview is about half way through the program if you wish to fast forward.

Thanks to Susan Newsom, a volunteer who stepped up and volunteered her expert Word skills to help us finish up a new book we are publishing [that we know you will love-watch for it in this newsletter soon: A Land of Hope in Life of Thorns by Dr. Amy Chai]. Susan, we really couldn't have done it without you!


People are always asking, "How can I help Rest Ministries?" With the internet, it's easy to help spread the word. With just a few of us working together to write a review someone or "Stumble Upon" an article, Rest Ministries can gain tons of exposure without having to spend a dime! We'll share a suggestion here each week, where if you can take a minute it will help us reach more people!

Amazon Has Reviews of Web Sites
Did you know you can review Rest Ministries on Amazon? Below is what one person shared. If you can click here and then write a brief review, it will help us pop up quickly when people search Amazon for information on illness books, especially Christian ones.

"Before moving to southern California from Missouri, I did a lot of research on the internet. I found a list of organizations based out of San Diego, and Rest Ministries was on that list. I immediately went to the site and found that it is an answer to my prayers! The site contains a tremendous amount of useful information, including articles, books for sale, information about the Hope Keepers groups which exist throughout the nation, enabling individuals with chronic pain and/or chronic illness to meet others, thus enabling them to support and encourage each other, pray together, and network. The site is also accessible to me--a blind person who uses a voice synthesizer to read the screen--and that, too, was an answer to my prayer. I thank God for leading me to this site and I pray that He will show me how I can serve Him in this ministry. I am so thankful that Lisa allowed God to use her to begin this incredible ministry! I praise God for this web site!"

Take our Poll! Some weeks we will have a poll and whenever we do we will randomly choose a winner and mail you a book or other special gift.

"When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1998, I would dream at night that I was running. Then morning would approach and somewhere between sleep and awake I would realize that my stiff muscles could hardly allow me to rise from my bed. It wouldn't be a day for running--that was for sure. I don't dream of moving like my former self much anymore. Perhaps where ever dreams may start, they have caught up to the reality of the frame they are carried in. But I have often told my family that when I get to heaven I am going to run. And one of my favorite images is of running to meet my loved ones who have arrived in heaven before me, and later running to greet my loved ones who arrive in heaven after me."
- Jo Anderson, living with fibromyalgia, Chiari Malformation, and Sjogren's in Minnesota

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We'll announce the weekly winners here too.

Do you have dreams of running or doing things you did before your illness?

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"If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person." -Mister Fred Rogers

Did you know we really need your prayers? In the last few months we've had volunteers who have suffered heart attacks, lost their home, lost a loved one, had additional illnesses diagnosed and more.

Thank you specifically for prayers for Denny who is a devotional writer, Anne who is coordinator of Share and Prayer and fell and broke her hip, and Carolann.

Our ministry is blessed, but at the same time we have computer crashes, administrative issues and all kinds of things that just remind us that though God is in control, the enemy desperately wants to slow us down! We have a great list of things you can pray for us about for 2008. Print it out here and stick it in your Bible or on your fridge, and remember us, okay? It's very appreciated!

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