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(written Friday, 3/13/09)
Hi Friends
,Lisa Copen

It's been one of those weeks when technical difficulties seemed to keep happening. We had to reschedule our Tuesday Radio Program because Blog Talk Radio had technical problems. Soon after, my computer seemed to have a mind of it's own.

At the same time, however, my son got a certificate for running 40 miles since school started (and he just turned 6!) and today he was presented with a certificate in front of all the school for his class, being voted "most respectful." You think your parenting isn't working and then one day things kick in. Each day has been that way this week: he's eating more (you may remember me mentioning sensory processing disorder in the past); he's "in to" helping me with chores. It's all an answer to prayer.

And yet, physically, I'm feeling not so hot. Made it to the foot doctor, but canceled the rheumatologist because my shoulder was too frozen to drive there! Ironic, huh? (Plus, they had me scheduled for 10:30 and somehow it was pushed to 9:30 - big difference between the body functioning plus freeway traffic!)

This HopeNotes was ready to go Wednesday, but computer problems have messed up my schedule. But it's all still good stuff you won't want to miss! And be sure to check out our interview with Lori Laws which was moved to last Thursday. It's a gem.

I am running out the door in a few minutes for Josh's OT, so will say good-bye for now. Love you friends. God bless you and thank you for your daily encouragement!

Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Director and Founder

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This week at Rest Ministries...

  • We scheduled more guests for Hope Endures radio show!

  • We are in the middle of making a video for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. It should be done in the next few days and posted at . You can watch it and share it with a friend! Or sign up at our YouTube site (click the yellow subscribe button on the top right) to be notified when we add new videos.

    We plan to make a few of them! Keep in mind that this will be DVD quality so DVDs can be purchased for a small fee to be able to use for your church or support group in September. We had a lot of requests for this last year.

  • We updated the Rest Ministries main web site adding our podcast from last week on support groups to some of our web pages for HopeKeepers information.

  • We started working on 2009's Invisible Illness Week theme, logo, video and more. Watch here for details.

  • We signed up with Bloggers Unite to organize anyone who wants to blog for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week.

  • We started accepting bloggers who are interested in submitting a blog for our Christians with Chronic Illness Blog Carnival. (Details below)

  • Lisa is Twittering and posting updates on Facebook, etc. through a cool tool (one post goes out to wherever you want it to). She's had fun connecting with some of you over on Facebook where she rarely had time to hang out before!



We Have Started a New Blog Carnival

The Christians with Chronic Illness Blog Carnival is looking for your submissions! Help us reach more people with blogs about your spiritual journey of living with illness. You can submit your blog post here. For the month of April, feel free to submit any topic but we are also hoping you could write a blog about the theme "surprise." It could be about how you are surprised at how God has worked through your illness to how you surprised someone with a special call that was unexpected. Special thanks to Michele who has stepped up to volunteer to do this for us. >submit here

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New Facebook "Cause" Group Set up for
National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week

Volunteer Naomi Kingery has been working hard to get our Facebook and MySpace web sites cleaned up for Invisible Illness Week. Thanks, Naomi! Will you join our cause today! We have over 960 members already!

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Do You Know Someone With Alzheimer's Disease?

Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth Stoelting are amazing women who started Bright Light Ministries in their early twenties. Through music, speaking and the book, Still Holding Hands, they share Jesus with others. Visit this web site to be inspired and be sure to listen to Stacie Ruth sing. Stacie Ruth was recently a guest on our Hope Endures Radio Program .

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Wondering Where we Stand in Stem Cell Research?

Lisa has put her thoughts out there, and they may be controversial to some. But she has given some great resources and also shares a bit about the tremendous success of stem cell research using adult stem cells. > read her blog

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I really truly believe I have had fibromyalgia all my life, but it was after the birth of my fourth son that my illness made it self known in a big way. I already had the wrath of family coming down on me for having so many children. So with 4 little boys, ages 8,7 fifteen months, and a newborn, we had no help.

My husband, a computer programmer, came home when he could get there. We lived in Riverside he worked in Orange county. In all of this I was searching out why suddenly I was in so much pain and not finding answers. It took seven years. My mothers remarks were “If you would just got up off your lazy butt you would feel better.” --Nice mom. It has taken her years to come to the conclusion that maybe I have something. If I ended up in ICU, it would have been my fault because of all the medications I was taking.

So I am skipping way ahead... I am now 55. I am still in pain and I cannot say I have ever really gotten a handle on the pain or the depression that hits. In the last nine years my family and I have been homeless. I had a little girl when I was days away from the age of 41. Until October we lived in an 18-wheeler for two and a half years. We finally came to live with my youngest son. My husband lost his job a few weeks ago and now he is living in northern California with my my second son. The bright side is I hope is that he will be able to get a computer job again.

The fallout from my illness and our homelessness has been overwhelming to say the least. I have come out of it with the Lord telling me I am a writer and I do believe God has a plan, but some days it is so difficult to understand why I am still here. I am sure I will weather this latest storm and I still have the ability to look in the sky for rainbows. Hope it what keeps us going. When it is lost, we are lost. Until He picks us up once more and I am here, you are not alone.

Shared by Russana on our blog for Invisible Illness Week regarding the article, You're too Young to Be That Sick. We're sure she would love to hear your encouragement. Please post your comments to her at the blog site given above.

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

"Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge." Psalm 62:8


What Health Info Should Your Family Have?

If something happened to put you in the hospital unexpectedly tomorrow, would your family have the details about your illness, care options, insurance and more? We found a great checklist type article from the Mayo Clinic. Granted, it's titled, "Aging parents: 10 Things to Know for an Emergency" yet it's applicable for any family member. Print it out and then start gathering the information and give a few people you trust with your medical decisions a copy.

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Worried About Identity Theft?

Get a free ebook "Understanding Identity Theft, learn how to protect yourself & your business" by Michelle Dunn.

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A Christian Fitness Magazine? For Me?

Okay... so maybe you don't think you can "get fit," but even with a chronic illness we can still be healthy and fit individuals. And what better source than a Christian magazine to encourage you? Check out The Fit Christian, a free online Christian magazine that is sure to have some articles that will interest you.

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Stay Updated on Pain Info

The American Pain Foundation offers a detailed newsletter each month with everything related to pain: news, medication approvals, treatments, legislation, alternative treatments, and pain conferences. Subscribe here.

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Docs Okay with National Health Insurance

A study shows a solid majority of doctors, 59 percent, now supports national health insurance. Such plans typically involve a single, federally administered social insurance fund that that guarantees health care coverage for everyone, much like Medicare currently does for seniors. The plans typically eliminate or substantially reduce the role of private insurance companies in the health care financing system, but still allow patients to go the doctors of their choice. A study was recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine. You can read more here.

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What's the News Around the World?

Ever wonder what is going on in cities where friends and family live? This web site falls under one of those "coolest tools ever" on the internet. Just put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the newspaper headlines pop up. Double click and the page gets larger. Then you can either read the pdf version or click through to the paper itself in the upper right corner.


Join us with Special Guests


Thursday, March 17th show

Lael Arrington, author of Godsight, will be here with host Lisa Copen. Lael has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for years and will share her insight into what she has learned about faith and living with a chronic illness. Visit her web site at

Take the humor and passion of a mostly reformed “Cosmic Blonde,” add the depth of a master's degree in the history of ideas, and tenderize with twenty-five years of rheumatoid arthritis. Salt with years of biblical study, spice up with life as a pastor’s wife and you have Lael Arrington—an author, speaker and radio host with a mission to move hearts and minds for Christ. >Read more about Lael here

Due to a BlogTalkRadio Technical issue, we rescheduled Lori Laws for last Thursday morning 3.12.09 and the Lael Arrington will be on Tuesday as scheduled.

lori-lawsLori Laws lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with her husband, Michael. She is a born-again follower of Jesus Christ who has found her passion in writing about her personal experiences to help others realize that God is in the intricate details of our lives. Lori also lives with a rare muscle disease and has a new e-book out called, “Blessings in the Storm” that you can find here:
>Read more her


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.


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!

Click! Click! Click!

The power of the internet is live and well and your clicks can make a huge impact on helping Rest Ministries reach more people. The big companies are even cutting back in these economic times and trying to do more "social networking." If you can click a few places a week it will help us a lot! We'll tell you were to go to make it as easy as possible. And anywhere you see where you can leave comments or reviews makes a HUGE difference to other visitors as well as the search engines.

  • - click to make us a favorite and we will be easier for people to find
  • Visit Scribd, where you can find thousands of free articles, documents, ebooks and more. If you search "Lisa Copen" all of our articles will come up. Without becoming a member you can "like it" "embed it" into your own blog, share it with a social bookmarking tool, or send it to a friend via email. If you sign up (for free) it helps if you make it a favorite too. Have you a few minutes? Just click down through each article and share it any way you know how. It will helps us gads! (Thanks in advance!)


 "No one enjoys feeling weak, whether it is emotionally, spiritually or physically. There is something within the human spirit that wants to resist the thought of weakness. Many times this is nothing more than our human pride at work. Just as weakness carries a great potential for strength, pride carries an equally great potential for defeat."

Charles Stanley
In Touch

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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