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Hi Friends,Lisa Copen

Okay, first of all, thank you for laughing with me and not at me! I received a few emails about my last (rushed) issue of hopenotes and my inability to use the SpellCheck feature correctly. Here is one:

"I noticed that Lisa Copen was writing about when she would be leaving for Orlando, Flouride (Florida), when I burst out laughing. Not to make fun of the mistake, but it was what I needed to laugh and the Lord knew it, and he sent me to your newsletter to give me a laugh, and to remind me that I don't have to be perfect to be used by God. Thank you, Lisa, for a chuckle that God used to cheer me up. Have a good trip. My prayers are with your wonderful ministry. -S."

So... my trip to Florida was a wonderful time, packed full. I spent a few days attending meetings with other women writers, and had the chance to meet so many amazing people. Know this: depsite the glossy covers on all the books and the poised author photos on the back covers, these women are just ordinary women who have felt God's call on their heart to write. And most of the writing has come from some sort of thorn God has placed in their life--from time in prison, to a prodigal child, a divorce, or cancer; most of them never would have imagined that God could use them.

So stay encouraged. God can and will use what you are going through too! Nothing He does is wasted.

Around here life has been a bit chaotic as usual, but that's something of "normal." My husband hopes to be able to stop working nights in a couple of weeks, but that is just about the time Josh will start to Kindergarten (I know... my baby is growing up!) We're packing our days with fun, water, school shopping, and play time. I am falling in bed as soon as I get Josh in bed, reading an hour and then getting up to try to get some work done.

God has opened so many doors. I don't want to see any of them swing shut because of my not following up. And yet He knows my limits, right?

I have another ezine all ready to go by tomorrow or so, so we can catch up a bit more on stuff we got behind on since I've not gotten you a hopenotes out for a bit.

Thanks for all your prayers,

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Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Director and Founder

PS: If some of this looks familiar it's because I got it to the blog for our ezine on time and then not out to our mailing list. Hold tight! A new issue is coming in a day or 2!

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National Invisible Chronic Illness
Awareness Week Theme Announced

September 8-14, 2008 is this year's week to bring awareness about invisible illness. Our theme is "Hope can grow from the soil of illness." We have a wide selection of goodies available for purchase now (tote bags, t-shirts, jewelry and more). We found a great company that will "drop ship it." So the day you order an item, we will order it from the company directly, and they will ship it to you to arrive in 8 days or less. So, you have the choice of lots of different items, but we aren't investing money up front for most of them. We hope it will work out best for you to get what you'd like and us to be able to be a good steward of our funds.

Brochures/rack cards and stickers are coming soon, but check out the rest today at the Invisible Illness web site.


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!

What Pastors Need to Know About Using Facebook
This free ebook, "Facebook for Pastors" is 31 pages packed full of all the reasons pastors should be using Facebook and how it really can be worth their time. Do your pastor a favor and email him this information avaiable at our web site page for pastors at Either he will thank you for the info and dive right in, or he will at least be able to figure out what this "facebook" thing is all about and choose what to do with the information. This great resource is written (and donated!) by Chris Forbes, the founder of Ministry Marketing Coach. He speaks and writes on the subjects of ministry marketing, faith-based nonprofit marketing, social marketing, and Guerrilla Marketing for nonprofits.

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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!


A Dream Prepares Lynn for the Reality

I was diagnosed with MS in the summer of 1985, although I had already experienced some daunting symptoms in the years previous. My balance proved to be faltering during a Frances Schaeffer Christian School Conference in the early 80's. When we were asked to bow our heads and pray, I commenced to fall.

Then in that summer of '85 my legs started to feel like they had weights tied around them as I would ascend my three flights of stairs in our home in Placentia, CA. My husband and I were called to minister at Forest Home Family Camp that summer. He as the camp doctor and me as the special music. At this point, symptoms had subsided slightly, but the neurologist still gave me a tentative diagnosis of MS. Aside from memory block a few times that week I was feeling quite well.

One afternoon I climbed up my favorite rock to pray, but midway through the prayer I fell asleep. In my dream I was in a wheelchair, singing, with my hands raised in praise to God. When I awoke, I was at first troubled that I was in a wheelchair, then dumbfounded that I could be singing praises to God. Before long I was enveloped in a deep peace of mind as I felt God's presence saying, "In whatever condition you are, I will use you." Those words would prove to be extremely comforting in the years to come.

Twenty- three years later, I am in a wheelchair most of the time and I have found that Christ's strength is sufficient to see me through any situation He has challenged me with. (II Cor. 12:9). I co-produced one CD and performed on another. I was asked to be the special music and speaker for CASA Senior Conference in Murrieta Springs the fall of 2004 and I now ...

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"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees."

Hebrews 12:11-12


A Prayer for Those With Cancer
We're sorry we missed it but Sunday, June 1 was National Cancer Survivors Day. On that day and throughout the month of June Cancer Recovery Foundation people all over the nation were called to pray for all those who have been affected by cancer. Put it on your calendar for next year, when the Cancer Recovery Foundation calls for everyone to join in an effort to share a common hope for God's grace and healing to be evident in the lives of everyone living with this disease. People are still encouraged to visit to share their prayers. Read the prayer for those with cancer on Rest Ministries Cancer Resource Web Page.

House Calls from the Mayo Clinic
Okay, they don't actually show up at your house with a little black doctor's bag and a tub of mayo. But they do have a wide variety of helpful resources in their newsletter called "House Calls." Blogs, "Ask a Specialist" and Healthy Recipes round out this ezine that is worth subscribing too, even if just to search for later. You can't find health info from a more reputable place.

Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer
None of us like to think about the people who are out there who would want to take advantage our our children's innocence. But protect yourself and your family with knowledge of who your neighbors are or if you are moving, check out the neighborhood before buying that house.. Lisa just received an email that a sexual predator moved near her and she thought you may also want to know about this web site to be able to get email alerts. The web site is Family Watch Dog. Be safe!

Ever Have Odd Little Symptoms?
You may wonder if it's one more side effect of your medications or even your illness. Or it this a brand new condition and you want to check out the possibilities fast without wading through dozens of Google results where some of them are for canines. Visit this web site that has a fast Symptom Checker. Granted, when it comes to your illness, you may know more specifics than this database of information but it could still come in handy for those off the wall medical events, like when your husband gets bit by a squirrel (don't ask!)


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!

Judith, a hopekeepers leader shared, "I want to thank you for the extra copies of hopekeepers magazine. People are excited about this wonderful ministry you founded. This is a wonderful tool to help educate members of the church esp. the deaconesses & members of the group. I really appreciate you & all you have done in Christ's name by the power of the Holy Spirit, Praise the Lord!"

"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your little notes each week. And I can't imagine how you do all the things you do each week and still find time to encourage the rest of us! God Bless You for all that you do!" Carolyn

"I love these weekly hopenotes, Lisa! They're a breath of hope on a difficult day. Thank you for spending your time and energy on them." Judy Gann, author of God of All Comfort

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Your newsletter is stunning! I eagerly await its arrival as there are always interesting articles and important information available. Having your newsletter syndicated on my blogsite is the best news I've heard yet! Any way for hurting folks to access your wealth of information is great news! Jonnie Wright, author of The Silver Bullet: God's RX for Chronic Pain

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I am so glad that you have started this ministry. It has been such a blessing to my life. We had our first meeting last night. Six people showed up. Which I felt that was wonderful that many has taken the first step in speaking out and taking off their mask. I truly feel that God's glory was with us last night. Thank you so much for everything that you have done. Debbie


Remember that old question "Why did the chicken cross the road?" Well, here are a few answers you just may hear from those in the media! It's a bit long, but we still thought it worth a giggle.

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on "THIS" side of the road before it goes after the problem on the "OTHER SIDE" of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his "CURRENT" problems before adding "NEW" problems.

OPRAH: Well I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

GEORGE W BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

ANDERSON COOPER/CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

JUDGE JUDY: That chicken crossed the road because he's GUILTY! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain. Alone.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together - in peace.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2005, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book.Internet explorer is an integral part of eChicken. The Platform is much more stable.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

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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"

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 We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture's mandate to us is, "Weep with them that weep." (Romans 12:15, KJV)

Billy Graham
Billy Graham Organization

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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