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Lisa Copen

Greetings, [[firstname]],

I hope you are having a blessed week. I know that some days it can all seem like more than you can bear. I hope you've been able to find some support at our social network, The Sunroom, . The people in there are the kindest, most compassionate, caring individuals you may ever find on this earth and I am not just saying that.

One of our readers, Linda D. recently posted this scripture on Facebook as one of her favorites. We all know this scripture, but the wording from The Message version of the Bibles was very comforting and personal.

"I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan's angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. --2 Corinthians 12:7

As I have mentioned before, being involved in so many areas of health and illness web sites, twitters, etc. online I come across some great web sites. Here is superb site I wanted to make sure you were aware of!

Have you been to

This is a cool new web site that has tons of health information from both patients and professionals, all in the form of videos. We (at Rest Ministries) have just started to add videos but you can find our "channel" at . claims to be the web's only destination focused solely on bringing you the whole world of healthcare video. From important medical breakthroughs to the latest diets, from recipes for people with diabetes to vlogs from cancer patients, icyou is healthcare video.

You can find any health-oriented video you seek from hundreds of certified medical and health professionals, as well as regular people dealing with the same issues you are, plus upload your own helpful videos.

My blogs this week include:

* God is Able to Do Anything
* Christian Book Videos
* Have a Hot Dog Memory
* What Really Matters on the 4th of July?
* Sad Dads do Influence Baby’s Mood
* $500 Scholarship for Student Who Uses a Wheelchair
* Best Consumer Health Books of 2008
* Life Disrupted Book is Comforting and Realistic
* Effective Communication in a Hospital Setting
* Ban of Pain Killers a Possibility
* Do You Have a Special Needs Child? Sale at EP Bookstore
* Yes I am Sick... But I'm Also a Mom

Well, hope all of this is helpful to you.

Thank you for trusting us enough to share this journey of chronic illness with us and those you may meet at Rest Ministries. We are so blessed that you comfort everyone with the comfort you have found through the Lord.

Remember scripture tells us, "The sharing of your faith becomes effective by telling others of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus." Philemon 6

God bless,

Lisa Copen
Founder and Director
Rest Ministries Chronic Illness Pain Support
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