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#70 - 8.12.09


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We Need Your Writings and Blogs!
Rest Ministries is hosting Grand Rounds, the biggest medical blog carnival on the internet on 8/18! Send us your posts on anything to do with inivisble illness. Let's make it a good one! And if you can, copy and paste this to share with others.

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Get Involved with Invisible Illness Week
Now it the time to be visiting the II Week web site for guest bloggers, articles, tips on ways you can help and get invovlved and more. Our newest article is 54 Ways You Say You Respond to “You look so good!”

Hello to you, [[firstname]]

My boys getting an autograph from Pluto

Wow, seems like just yesterday I sent off the last message to you, and here we are again - another week has flown by! I hope that you have had some moments of joy.

I had some lows (a new diagnosis, I will share more later) and then we were off to Disneyland. To be honest, I was a bit annoyed that the Lord couldn't have waited to give me bad news until after our trip. I desired a carefree few days of a get away where the biggest decision I needed to make was to ride the monorail or the train. But life goes on and I was determined to make it a fun trip for my son.

We spent 3 days trekking around Toon Town, Tomorrowland and California Adventure. My husband was a good sport and pushed me in the wheelchair every step of the way and so it was actually... fun! I wasn't aching in pain and looking for the nearest bench all of the time. I have lots to share in future blogs about some experiences, so stay tuned.

Blogs this week are:

  • Re-Defining Worship
  • Free Online Seminar – Back To School Checklist for Special Needs Kids
  • Could You Donate Blood?

Well, here's our Tip of the Week…

Be open-minded to taking a second look at your relationships, your emotions of living with illness and more.

When we live with illness for years it can seem like we have everything covered and there is nothing new under the son. But sometimes I am surprised that I can read an article on a topic I think I am not struggling with and -boom -- God gives me a word of advice right when I need it (and didn't even know I needed it.)

Do any of these topics interest you? These are some of my "So You Want to" Guides over at Amazon.
So You Want to…

  • Be Ready for Hurdles in Your Illness Support Group
  • Get Past the Anger of Living with a Chronic Illness
  • Romance Your Husband Despite Your Illness
  • Have Your Church Reach Out to the Chronically Ill

And if you have just a second when you are done reading, don't forget to give them a quick "vote" because it helps us reach more people!

Well, that's all for now. May you feel God holding you in the palm of His hand as He promises in Isaiah 49:16: "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me."

Take care,

Lisa Copen, Rest Ministries Founder
Rest Ministries Chronic Illness Pain Support

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