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#65 - 7.1.09


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  • Grand Opening of Rest Ministries New Bookstore!
  • Protecting Your Job Despite an Illness
  • When Side Effects Are Dismissed
  • What are Your Rights to Your Health Data Information?
  • No Squeezing Today on National Handshake Day

Lisa CopenGood day,

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter each week. I know that sometimes just opening up an email can take some effort.

Well, before I share today's tip, I have to tell you about an amazing man, and his rather amazing ministry. Every now and then I have some video clips to share that I think will bless you! This one is one of the best. (Got any tissues handy? Or at least expect some goose bumps!)

Nick Vujicic is 25 years old, and born without arms or legs, given no medical reason for this condition. He has been faced with countless challenges and obstacles, but he says, "God has given me the strength to surmount what others might call impossible. Along with that, the Lord has placed within me an unquenchable passion to share this same hope and genuine love that I've personally experienced with more than two million people all over the globe."

Any of his videos of his ministry, Life Without Limbs, will bless you immensely! See

Okay, now onto the rest of this message! My tip this week?

Don't put off seeing a physician due to a lack of funds.

In the end your illness will just get worst and you could be risking your life.

If your budget for healthcare is decreasing rapidly this year you may be interested in locating some of the Christian health centers that care for those on lower incomes. You can find a bunch of these located at the Rest Ministries web site at .

There are many around the USA, often funded by a particular church. If you don't see one listed on our web site try Googling health+ministry+your-city or Christian+health+center, etc. These centers are open for you and there is nothing to be ashamed about using the their services for you or your children.

I know that some days can seem like more than you can handle. Remember that the Lord promises to never leave you or forsake you. Cling to that. Even when you don't feel his presence He is still there. I tell my 6-year-old son that God is working "undercover."


Lisa Copen
Founder and Director
Rest Ministries Chronic Illness Pain Support
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