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Not By Sight

A new book by the authors of You Look So Good! this one digs deeper into the faith issues of illness and the questions people have.

This is a book you will think, "I could have written this if I could have found a way to put it all into words!" It describes all the things healthy people assume about ill people, and a Christian response is given.

For example, has someone every thought this about you?
"They CHOOSE not to be involved!" or "They should stop asking for help and start helping" or "They are not TRYING to get better..."

The second half of the book explains more effective ways to encourage those with illness.

Read the table of contents too for more details. Excellent and a book every church library should own!

Just $7.50



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Hi Friends,Lisa Copen

My brilliant plant to send out a newsletter last week while I was visiting my family in Oregon fell short. I've been feeling EX-HAUS-TED as I am sure many of you are too. Weather changes, schedule changes (i.e., no school for kids) and those irritating things called illness in our lives can really mess with the plans, huh?

So. . . at last hopenotes is here and don't worry, I am going to send out another one by the end of the week because I just have too many resourceful goodies I want to share to get much further behind.

I won't bore you with details, but if you could keep Rest Ministries in your prayers it would be appreciated. I am trying to get ready to leave again for the Christian retail show July 10th in Florida as well as plan Invisible Illness Week. I have no energy (and even lack some enthusiasm) plus, this is the tightest money has ever been for our ministry. Personally, I'm feeling it too! We are trying to eat out a lot less, clip coupons, only buy necessities, and drive less. Watch the next newsletter for some ways to share how you are finding ways to cut your costs.

Also pray for our many volunteers who are coping with ill spouses, cancer, grand babies who are sick, etc. Despite the setbacks in their lives, I've never seen such an amazing group of people who stand firm in God's love and continue to share it with others, despite their own losses and pain. You all amaze me every day and I am blessed to call you my friend.

This isn't a request for you to send money when you are just trying to pay the bills and for your medicine, but it is a request for you to pray for God to provide in whatever way He sees fit. I've seen Him do it many times. He knows our needs to keep the ministry going and He's in charge. So thanks for lifting it up to Him!

Thanks for all your prayers,

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Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Director and Founder

Yes! I can make a donation to help Rest Ministries continue their outreach!



Lisa is Attending Christian Retail Show
Lisa leaves for Fluoride in a couple of weeks for the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando. First she will be attending a Christian writers women's group annual retreat. She will also be mentoring for CLASServices for the two sessions of Book Proposal Blitz. The plan is that her parents will drive from Oregon to San Diego 7/7 and 7/8. Then 7/10 Lisa and her mom will go to Florida. Lisa's husband will have to be working overtime a lot so Lisa's dad will hang out with Josh. Pray for all of them! With Lisa's rheumatoid arthritis and her mom's diabetes they aren't the best of travelers and Josh has loads of energy to keep "Papa" on his toes! Lisa will be signing books, meeting with media, talking with publishers, etc. It's a time of networking and gaining new relationships.

Invisible Illness Week Being Planned
In case you are wondering... we are starting to update the web site and pull some things together for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. We will be having our "chat seminars" this year as telephone seminars, where you can call in and listen and participate. Lisa will be ordering updated brochures and other items in the next few weeks.

With everyone trying to save money, we want to be good stewards and not purchase a bunch of stuff no one is interested in, so watch for an upcoming survey to tell us what you would be interested in purchasing. We want to have items available that you want (brochures, pins, bumper stickers)!


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!

Hard to Find Books Now on Rest Ministries Niche Sites

Whether you are a spouse who has an ill husband or a parent of a child with a chronic illness you will likely find that the page at our web site now has a wide array of books available from "Many of these books are a great resource but are often hard to find," says Lisa. "We hope by taking your recommendations, reviewing them ourselves, and more, we can offer you some terrific support that you may not be able to easily locate otherwise."

And with every purchase Rest Ministries gets a percentage too, so you are helping us out as well. There are book recommendations for pastors, doctors, nurses, caregivers, and even those wanting to reach out to chronically ill friend.

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Have you visited the new Rest Ministries web site yet?

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Be sure to visit our Sunroom to join in for some excellent discussions!


Is life overcoming you…or are you overcoming life?

That was a question that seemed like a no brain-er to answer many years ago. You see, I was one of the most conceited, arrogant, self-centered girls there were. It was all about me, me and me. I was convinced the earth and everything in it, revolved around me. My physical image and material things meant everything to me. I elevated myself on a pedestal, knowing I was the best thing since sliced bread. So yes…you can say I thought I was overcoming life – no problem.

But I would soon find out that the life I thought was reality and what was actually real, were two entirely different things. It was a merciful awakening! It was a severe mercy! But it most definitely was not either of those things when the crisis hit.

My world, my false perception of the perfect world, was falling apart. All I could think at the time was that God (who I didn't give the time of day to) had let me down. "What did I do to deserve this?", "Why me?" Again...everything was "me" focused.

> read more here

We need your stories! We know many of you have shared them with others in different areas of our web site. Please share a bit about yourself, what illness is teaching you, your struggles, whatever!

> Click here to submit your own story

"Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person. Don't tell your neighbor "Maybe some other time" or "Try me tomorrow" when the money's right there in your pocket. Don't figure ways of taking advantage of your neighbor when he's sitting there trusting and unsuspecting."

Proverbs 3:27, The Message


Do You Have a Pile of Shoes You Can't Wear?

When you have an illness, sometimes you end up with a closet filled with shoes that were never bearable for more than 5 minutes on your feet. Now, instead of letting them pile up and feeling guilty about spending that money, you can donate your new or “gently worn” footwear to Shoes4Soles, a Nashville-based nonprofit that organizes the donations of footwear, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Soles4Souls has donated more than 3 million pairs of shoes since its inception (one pair of shoes every 28 seconds). Send your new or gently worn shoes to one of their warehouse facilities. (Plus you'll get a tax write off--for shoes! Who knew?)

FDA Approves Cymbalta
for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia!

Eli Lilly and Co. announced the FDA approval of Cymbalta (duloxetine HCI) June 17, 2008, for the management of fibromyalgia. This makes Cymbalta the second medication ever to be approved for fibromyalgia, following Lyrica's approval in June 2007. Read this article by chronicpainconnection editor, Karen. Also check out "An Overview for the Newly Diagnosed Patient" from the National Fibromyalgia Association.

Webcast on “Disaster Preparedness
When You Have an Illness or Disability”

This is a live webcast on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Central. Lex Frieden who is leading the webcast is chairperson of the National Council on Disability, president of Rehabilitation International, and chairperson of the American Association of People with Disabilities. He is credited with defining and pioneering the concept of "independent living" in the early 1970's.

It will discuss community responsibilities for disaster preparedness and emergency planning with regards to people with disabilities. Each community is required to consider the needs of people with disabilities in their local emergency planning. These plans are supposed to be coordinated with the county, state and federal levels of government. Mr. Frieden will discuss:


Coming Soon! There just have not been enough hours in the day!

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.


Thank you to our kind friends who tell us how Rest Ministries is making a difference. We share this with you, not to toot our own horn, but because so many of YOU ARE our ministry! Your kindness to strangers in the Sunroom, your answering prayer requests, writing devotionals, or encouraging devotional writers... You are all appreciated and we want you to hear just how much God uses you ever day!

Thank you for your ministry. I am a leader of a hk group at my church. We started last September, and we have 6-8 attending each week. We are so close. We comfort and encourage each other through hard times and celebrate during the good times. I was talking to one of the members of the group last week, and we both agreed that we never would have known each other so well or cared or prayed so much for each other so much- except for the hk group. It's just what Jesus wants! Thanks again!
- Ellen Beuchaine, hopekeepers leader at Family Bible Church, Ellsworth, Maine

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I really like the new website. I am not very computer savvy and I find it easy to navigate and find things I want. Thanks and God Bless you! - Priscilla

A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran she prayed, "Dear Lord, please don't let me be late! Dear Lord,
please don't let me be late!"

While she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress. She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again! As she ran she once again began to pray, "Dear Lord, please don't let me be late... But please don't shove me either!"

-Sent in by Susan (thanks!)

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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!

Did you know it's EASY to refer a
friend to Rest Ministries?

Since our site when LIVE with the new updates 3 weeks ago we have had only 5 people use our new referral service. Since we're paying a few bucks a month to have a quality service (no ads, no spam, etc.) we want to make sure you know about it!

Look for the button (see below) on nearly every page and click it to have a pop up message appear where you can enter in as many friend's names and emails as you'd like. You'll find it in the top left corner right under the bookmark button on every page.

And just so you know... we have no idea who you invite. All we get is a statistic that shows which pages on our site were "sent to friends" and how many times, so your privacy is complete!

Thank you!

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.

Take the Poll - you could win a prize!
We'll announce the weekly winners here too.

We recently received this question and think many of you can relate!

"My husband and I have a terrible time coming up with things to do together. We are pretty much homebodies by choice. I have so many physical limitations with pain and chemical sensitivities it is hard. Plus even when I was healthy my husband didn't want to go do much. I have lots of food problems and can't even eat out. We watch movies together, cable T.V., cook together, cook for the kids when they have time (they are grown), and go to church together.( Although I have been unable to attend church for the last year and a half due to a new building and can now only go 30 minutes a couple of times a month). I don't want to bore you with more details but I am sure others have similar troubles.

We are fresh out of ideas. We need fun things to do for couples where one person has lots of limitations and limited money for entertainment. I can't take long rides in the car anymore and I walk every day but my husband is on his feet a lot at work so he really doesn't want to do that. So we are out of new ideas. Thanks for listening and maybe something or some suggestions will come out of this question that would help lots of other couples too. Got to keep these marriages strong. Thank you for all you do and God Bless You! Regards, Sarah"

So, what do YOU and your spouse do together just for fun? List a few ideas (we have categories: free, under $25, and $25-$50)

Tell us!

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Take a Past Survey

You can still answer our past surveys! It helps us a lot as we use your comments, suggestions, etc to write articles, educate churches, etc.

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Our last winner of a free book was
Christine at irvinew@... Take the poll
today to be our next winner!

 We all know people who have been made much meaner and more irritable and more intolerable to live with by suffering: it is not right to say that all suffering perfects. It only perfects one type of person. . . the one who accepts the call of God in Christ Jesus."

Oswald Chambers
My Utmost for His Highest

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.

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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