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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...



I too am soon to find myself in a wheel chair. I was in a auto accident which left me with nerve damage in my lower spine.I live with chronic pain in my legs, and recently I have begun to experience a weakening in the muscle of my legs. I have a problem finding enough strength know to climb the two small step that take me to my front door.

I have had a terrible fear of finding myself, having to use a wheel chair. My grandmother was in a wheel chair before her 60th birthday. The family refused to be burden by her handicap and put her in a nursing home. My mother was also in a wheel chair before her 60th birthday. We never allowed her to be put in a nursing home, and I cared for her in my own home. But the pain in her legs and her fear of becoming a burden to her family overwhelmed her and she commit suicide.

My fear of being in a wheel chair, I have come to realize, has been based on the fear of my being a burden to my family. Recently, as it became more evident that I will soon being needing a wheel chair, my prayer life has changed. I know longer pray that God will deliver me from this trail that lays before me, but that he show me a way to live my life to its fullness, despite having to use a wheel chair. His gracious mercy has shown me that I will not be a burden to my family, simply because I refuse to be. I know quite few people that have spent their whole life in a wheel chair and still found it with themselves that ability to live their life to its fullness, and to be of value to other people.

When we view ourselves as having no value or allow other people to tell us we know longer have any value, simple because we can't walk, we lose our ability to see ourselves as useful human beings. Our own negative attitude can make us a burden to our family and to ourselves, simple because we have given up on life.

Right know, my grandchildren need me. Five months ago, I began to homeschool my three grandchildren. In the process I have come to realize just how much they need me, and how much I need them. Each of my grandchildren are unique in their needs and personality. And each has challenged me in ways that I needed to be challenged. Being in a wheel chair will not hinder my ability to teach them, or my ability to produce Historical worksheets that other parents can use to teach their children American History.

Gods can show us if we are open and welling , that being in a wheel chair is not the end of our life!

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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!

> Click here to submit your own story

"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but pa2





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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 "'People have said 'Don't cry' to other people for years and years, and all it has ever meant is 'I'm too uncomfortable when you show your feelings: Don't cry.' I'd rather have them say, 'Go ahead and cry. I'm here to be with you.'"
- 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.

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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