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#72 - 9.2.09


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Join us with "30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know"
Copy and paste these 30 questions, fill them out, paste them in your blog, Facebook site, even as a comment in our blog, and make sure to tell us where you posted it to be eligible to win an MP3 player this Saturday. We are learning a lot about one another and also spreading the word about Invisible Illness Week!

Invisible Illness Week Starts Sept 14
Be sure to join us for some of our 20 workshops all week and tell your friends. Invite a friend over for lunch and to listen. This is Rest Ministries annual OUTREACH to people with illness to let them know about Jesus and that even in the midst of pain He still cares! We will be sending out press releases, Twitters, and giving away prizes and more.

Lisa's Blog Posts This Week

  • Interview with “Christian Work at Home Mom” Founder, Jill Hart
  • 30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know
  • National Arthritis Magazine Seeks Great Looking Interior Design Tips for People With Arthritis
  • Podcaster Seeks Hospice Expert

New Rest Ministries Web Site!

We are so excited to reveal our new site. It will be frequently updated with articles, news and more. There are special sections called:

  • Q/A: Lisa and other "experts" answer your illness related questions, from emotions, to parenting, cleaning to whatever!
  • Our Best Tips: We find the things that we think you'd like to know.
  • Health News: How does the news you hear today impact you if you have an illness?
  • What's New? What's happening around Rest Ministries? Where are volunteer opportunities? How can we use your prayers today?

And of course, articles, HopeKeepers information and lots more. It will be easy to search with a keyword and best of all, it's like a "blog" so you can COMMENT on or share any post on the site.

Here are some recent posts about saving money. For example, did you know you can get your printer ink cartridges refilled at Walgreen's pharmacy for just $12.99? Who knew?

I am still moving stuff over from the old site and everything can be viewed here it was previously too, but we hope you will check out the new site today too! -Lisa

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: Someone to post devotionals on our devotional blog 5 days per week each morning or the evening before. Volunteer must be familiar with WordPress blog software and able to format devotionals (take out extra spaces and hard indentations, etc.) Long term commitment needed. Sometime devotionals are available a week in advance so they can be posted a week in advance, but sometimes not. Please contact Lisa.

Lisa Copen

Hey there,

Well, I am glad to see you this week! It’s always a joy to know you’re reading these little newsletters. Have you ever read the scripture Ephesians 2:10?

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Most of us has a better ability to see how we could become God's masterpiece or workmanship before our illness. Now it's easy to slip into the habit of just seeing ourselves as a workmanship in waiting.

While it is true that God is using this experience of illness in your life to refine you, this verse in Ephesians says we are God's workmanship. We aren't becoming God's workmanship if we follow all the rules and work ourselves silly trying to do whatever it takes to be a "good Christian." We are His creation, his masterpiece, and he prepared in advance for us to do good works.

These "good works" however, are most likely a different kind of work than you or I envisioned.

My son asked me last week why I went to college if I don't have a job. I explained Mommy does have a job but God blessed me in a different way. I get to work at home...

"Do you make a lot of money?" he asked.and I said, "No, Mommy doesn't get paid in dollars. I just get to see what God is doing in people's lives who are sick"

"Then it's not a real job, right?" he asked.

(Deep breath) "It is, because God has blessed us with Daddy and with his job and he's able to take care of us so God knew Mommy didn't need to make money." (Lord knows we could use it--but we'd just spend it, right?)

And of all the "jobs" I wouldn't have chosen to necessarily have to experience it's illness!

Perhaps your "good works" is encouraging someone you sit beside while you have chemo each week, or it's ministering to the nurse who comes for your home health care. Maybe it's just smiling at someone in the waiting room when they need a smile.

Whatever it is, we must remember, we aren't living in God's "Plan B." We are still his priority and He knew all along we would face these hurdles and burdens. This week I received an email from someone who had read the scripture at the bottom of my emails and she said, "I just had to tell you how much that meant to me getting that scripture, I have been fighting suicidal thoughts and ideas! By the way I got to you through a link on Facebook that someone sent me." Never underestimate what God can do with your limited energy!

The video below is 8 minutes but it's an amazing dramatic sketch about God's workmanship. I brought tears to my eyes and I wanted to share it with everyone I knew. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it and then pass it along to someone who needs reminded about God's love for them.

So until next week, may you continue to know that we are here for you to pray for you and offer encouragement of the Lord during this difficult journey.

I know times are difficult right now. Proverbs 15:16 says, "Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil."

Many blessings,

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

Invisible Illness Week Update
We need your help! Can you help us spread the word so we have a great outreach for our virtual conference? Click here

When You Are Ill: How Pretending Can Be a Constructive Tool
Ever feel like you are faking it through coping with your illness? Is that good or bad? Read Lisa's newest article at our new web site!

Read Lisa's Tweets
Do you get Lisa's Twitters? She posted this morning about this: ( The world’s largest model of the Holy Temple was inaugurated Wednesday only a few hundred meters away from the Temple Mount, the site where the Temple existed up until 70 CE.

Our Favorite Thing This Week
This small Hope Endures tote that can be used as a purse or a book or Bible holder. We love it and after we sold out the first time we were lucky to be able to get more before this item was discontinue. A fun way to support Rest Ministries too, without it saying "illness" anywhere on it!
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