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Hi Friends,Lisa Copen

I hope that you have had a moment to go and listen to the Hope Endures radio program sometime this week. Yesterday I interviewed Linda Newton, author of 12 Ways to Turn Pain into Praise and she shared some wonderful thoughts on how we can keep a blessing list. I'm determined to do it. Yesterday I wrote a few things out here in our Hope Endures group in the Sunroom (where you can go and comment on the shows, post questions for the guests, etc.) Among my blessings was the fact that my husband said, "If it's okay with you, we can just eat those leftovers for dinner tonight." What a guy!

Even just writing down 5 things or so gave me a nice perspective. Later in the day things seemed to improve to. Our car is in the shop (awaiting a fuel pump and the manufacturers went out of business!) but I called around and got a rental car quote for half the price we were paying. And the current rental car place met the quote (meaning I didn't have to drag the whole family down at 9 a.m. with me to two car rentals today to have my husband install the car seat, etc.) And then my printer was at the shop and I picked it up. They were able to use a part from another abandoned printer so only charged me labor costs.

I could fret about the money (okay, honestly, I still am a little) but just knowing that God gave me a break yesterday reminded me that He does have it under control. Me feet are about double the size of normal due to the weather, my hands are so sore, Josh is out of school this week, but none of this is a surprise to the Lord, so if I choose to look for the blessings, I am sure I will discover them.

Thank you all for your encouragement and participation in all the areas of our ministry. With my son home this week, only necessary things are getting done. Next week I hope to have a list of all the areas we could use your volunteering and expertise. I know if I just get a bit more organized the ministry can be even more efficient... thus... reach more people!

God bless you,

Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Director and Founder

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This week at Rest Ministries...


Chaplain Tips

Did you know we have lots of resources for doctors, nurses, chaplains and more. Let your local chaplain know about where we list resources, organizations, articles and more just for them!

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Devotionals are Back
in the Sunroom Again

We'd been having some technical difficulties with our blog software for the devotionals, but it's all updated and moved to a new service and is working great. You can read them each day in the Sunroom, or on our Devotional Blog with some atmosphere. And if you don't like Yahoogroups, or you'd prefer to just get the devotionals and not "Today's Promise" you can sign up to get them in your email box each day through the blog.

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Cool New Applications in the Sunroom, the company that hosts our Sunroom, has added lots of new "applications" that you can put on "My Page."

Some you may be interested in...

  • Group Cards - invite multiple people to sign an e-card to send to someone.
  • Parachat - this is the software Rest Ministries used to have for our chat room so we know it's good. Chat with ease with friends in your network.
  • Give yourself some flowers. Have a daily flower delivered to your home page... or a photo of dog, cat, baby, car, whatever makes you smile.
  • Want to post your mood for the day? See Emote!
  • Friends Grid - Gather all your friends together in your profile, allowing you and your visitors to see your friend's profile pictures all in one collage and easily visit their own profiles.
  • Wishlist from Amazon - let your friends know what you need or want from Amazon.
  • Bible Verses - Play the Bible Quiz, post a prayer, send others good wishes, and read the Bible.
  • Text Box - Add more room to express yourself with this extra text box.

To find these, go to and sign in (or sign up if you aren't yet a member.) Click "My Page" and then under your photo click "Applications." We've put the names of them above, so it's easy to use the search box to find what you are looking for quickly.

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Want to Know What People are Twittering About?

"Twitter Tracker" is a application. We post the most recent people who mention the term "invisible illness" in their Twitter at Lisa's Sunroom page here. You can catch up on what Lisa's daily life is like via her twitter (not that exciting though...) here.


Jean of North Carolina, USA shares, "I was born 47 years ago in California. I have always had dyslexia but then I started having more problems with walking and pain. I later learned that I was born with a hip defect and now I have spinal stenosis, OA of the knees and lower spine. I have also degenerative disk disease.

I always had believe in God but it wasn't until I was introduced to Joyce Meyer on the television. Then my husband of 20 years died of brain cancer.

I had never lived on my own before this and didn't know how to do the basic things. My faith in God is now growing and strong. I see God's hand in my life and I no longer am afraid to try.

I was born 47 years ago on Vandenburg AFB. I was widowed in 2005.

I am an active participant in the online group "Splashes of Joy". I do not work and I live alone with my cats, Charleen and Muffin in a retirement community. I live in NC. ~Jean Burr

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

"Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you," (Isaiah 60:1-2, NIV)


How to Pray in the Midst of Financial Catastrophe

This great article by Philip Yancey at Christianity Today. He shares, "During one of the most volatile periods, a week in which global stock markets declined by $7 trillion, I received a call from an editor at Time. "You wrote a book on prayer, right?" he said. "Tell me, how should a person pray during a crisis like this?" In the course of the conversation, we came up with a three-stage approach to prayer." > Read it here

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Caring BridgeWant to Stay in Touch with Friends About Your Condition?

CaringBridge is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering free personalized Web sites to those wishing to stay in touch with family and friends when facing a serious health condition, treatment and recovery. CaringBridge's mission is to bring together a global community of care, powered by the love of family and friends, in an easy, accessible and private way.

It is the conduit of information, hope, support and encouragement during a serious health condition. The goal is to ease the burden of keeping friends and family updated while also providing a way for them to send their love and encouragement. Over 75,000 CaringBridge Web sites have been created and there have been over half a billion individual visits to those web sites.

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Some Helpful Web Sites - Bookmark this to read later!

Nursing Assistant Central web site recently posted "Coping With Crohn's Disease: 100 Helpful Resources and Communities". We're honored that our web site for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is listed (see #49!).

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Why You Should Be Aware - But Not Scared -
About Taking Pain Meds

According to a report out of Johns Hopkins, which was presented at the American Pain Society’s annual meeting, less than 3% of all chronic-pain patients without a history of drug abuse eventually show signs of dependence or abuse.

According to the report, we hear so much about abuse of drugs like Vicodin and Percocet because of things like theft, prescription forgery and unregulated online pharmacies, not legitimate prescriptions for legitimate reasons.



Join us with Special Guest Stacie Ruth Stoelting

Join us next Tuesday, Feb 24th with our guest Stacie Ruth Stoelting. To see Bright Light Ministry founder, Stacie Ruth, pictured in the New York Times or USA Today, to watch her on international TV, and to hear her on the radio might deceive you: Her life has been far from perfect. Stacie Ruth and her sister, Carrie Beth, faced witnessing a horrific vehicular homicide, Alzheimer's (3 of 4 grandparents with dementia or Alzheimer's), sudden deaths, cancer-afflicted loved ones, growing up with a seriously ill parent, depression, rejection, chronic illnesses, being part-time caregivers in college, and more. But they thrive because Jesus is alive. Stacie Ruth will share tips on how to experience His love and bright light in your life!

You can hear Stacie sing on her web site - Amazing! Be sure to tune in in advance!


There are 2 shows per week. You can listen live and call in to ask questions or comment, or listen to the archived shows at any time.


  • Tuesdays at 10 a.m. - Join us and a Special guest who will share how s/he has found hope despite living with chronic illness or pain and offer tips to encourage you! We take callers too, so you can ask our guest questions.

  • Thursdays at 10 a.m. is our "Rest Stops" program. Discover what is going on at Rest Ministries, meet volunteers, HopeKeepers leaders, call in to share what is on your mind, be encouraged with Lisa's reflections and Christian encouragement. You never know what may happen on Thursdays so don't miss this special program.

Log on at the Hope Endures web site to hear the broadcast. You can either listen to it online or listen to an archived show with your MP3 or ipod player. 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!

There is a new discussion in the Sunroom called, "Thankful for Friends Here." Here are some of the posts we wanted to share. Click the links above to respond to these people!

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Sharon from Ontario says, "Rest Ministries has encouraged me to go on and to pray and share with others who live with chronic pain as I do. Thank you for your wonderful ministry."

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Posted in Why I Love the Sunroom

I love the new friends I made, the fellowship of suffering saints sharing and caring for one another, and the L~O~V~E that radiates from the SUNROOM! It's uplifting to know someone has thought of you or prayed for you throughout their day, whether they were having a good or bad day themselves. There's freedom to share here, without condemnation or judgment and so much flowing empathy. It's also a place to feel used by God instead of feeling useless. What's not to LOVE about a place like this?!
S~M~I~L~E Donna

I want to thank you for the chance to respond to what I like about the Sunroom. First, I find it is designed easy to navigate and with more clarity and understanding when you want to respond. As a result I feel right at home, this, isn't that what this is all about--to strengthen the body through our weaknesses? I have found more friends on the Sunroom than any other forum of suppot I have tried. It makes it nice to be broken down into groups so that you can better identify with fellow sufferers and thus help one another. As far as I can tell, we are handling the freedom to express our deep down feelings as mature adults and can contact someone at their email address if you want and they so wish. There is a lot to be said positive about the Sunroom which I believe is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Thank you and bless us all and our efforts for unity and compassion in God's work. Thomas

[I like] the people that are there. They are all very caring and truly concerned for others. They are all Christians and it shows in their words and comments. I am on another site in which I thought was Christian based, but soon found out that not every one's witness was that of a Christian. I have seen some very harsh comments. When someone is suffering from a Chronic Illness the last thing they need is for someone to criticize them or belittle them for any reason at all. I am thankful that you never get any of that from members of the Sunroom. I can truly say that I feel love and the witness of Christ from everyone I correspond with in the Sunroom.
May God Bless you and everyone at Rest MinistriesDianne


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!

What area would you most want your friends and family to know about? Here are some short lines you could add to your email signature file to help us spread the word.

  • Wondering why I always look better than I feel? Visit the web site for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week to understand a bit more about my daily life.
  • Do you know someone who is ill and can use daily encouragement? Sign up for Rest Ministries daily devotionals at for some sunshine in your email box each day!
  • Looking for new friends who understand what living with a chronic illness is like? I love the Sunroom over at Rest Ministries where you'll find amazing Christian support for this journey. See
  • Do you live with an invisible illness? Be sure to listen to the 20 programs from National Invisible Illness Awareness Week last year with terrific guests at . You can also download them to your MP3 player or Ipod!
  • Could your church use a support group for those with chronic illness? Be sure to visit and look under Programs - HopeKeepers for all the information you need to get started today!

 Dear God, Help my unbelief. When I'm in pain, I forget that you care about me. I forget that you have helped me through my trials. I forget that you hold me in your arms to keep me safe. I forget that you are feeling my pain with me. I forget that you love me, I forget that I am important to you. Show me your presence - let me feel your enveloping love. Heal my hurting soul. Thank you for staying with me even in my unbelief."

Timothy Dailey

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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