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Last year we were all excited about finding the dashboard scriptures (we still love them!) This year, our favorite product at the retail show is the xx Cross. Designed by a woman who was going through a difficult time, she held a piece of clay and rubbed it and it ended up forming a cross. She took it to a designer who made this beautiful hand-crafted wooden cross that fits perfectly into your hand to grasp. Now... my right hand is deformed... and it fits into my hand perfectly too! My mom and I could just envision the peace that passes understanding as people with illness, in assistive living, with disabilities, etc. were still able to get their hands around this beautiful cross and lift it up to the Lord when the words don't come. Who needs a worry rock when you've got a cross in your hand?

They retail for $15, but we are knocking the price down because we'd love to see you enjoy it. It also comes in a beautiful box with a story about the cross.




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Hi Friends,Lisa Copen


Thanks for all your prayers,

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Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Director and Founder

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National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week Theme Announced


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Have you visited the new Rest Ministries web site yet?

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A Sunroom Annoucement...



Dear Lisa, I pray you are doing as well as can be expected. I am doing pretty good. I wanted to share some things my doctor said to me this past Monday, as I thought it would be a blessing to many to hear what a wonderful Christ filled doctor thinks. He has been my doc now about 6 years and the Lord has truly blessed me and husband Dana. I live with many illnesses and conditions most have left me pretty much home bound.

Anyway, I have been treated for depression now for years due to my brain injury, and so I asked the doctor "How does one gets past those that do not believe us or understand?"

This is what he said: "One having depression is like one that has Parkinson's disease, as one can not help if they get that just like. One can not help if the have depression." He said these people that say to us to just "get over it" or "move on" or whatever unkind remarks … don't even try to justify your depression for them because they will never understand. And that depression is real and it is treatable.

He said he gets very upset when anyone gives us a hard time, as we can not help it. And if they do not like it-- too bad for them.
This doctor is a blessing; without him. . . well I do not think I would be here today. First being Jesus, then my Hubby and fur baby, and many friends, and my doctor and you all.

So there is a few words of encouragement that I pray will help others to know that not all doctors are bad. It took me a long time to find him, but Praise the Lord I have.

I have many things wrong with me now --too many to write out! But I will gladly share with with anyone that would like to contact me.
Thanks, sweetie, I am still a prayer warrior for our Lord and am honored to serve him in any way he wants me to. Love You all Bev in FL

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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!

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Doctors are Told... Can You Just be Nice?

According to Paul Levy's blog, a Perspectives column in the New England Journal of Medicine "suggests that doctors enhance their relationship with patients when they deal with [them] in a polite manner." Well, that's a good start!


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!



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 "Don't give up because the pain is intense right now. Get on with it, and before long you will find that you have a new vision and a new purpose."

Stuart Singer

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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