Well, I am glad to see you this week! Its
always a joy to know youre reading these
little newsletters. Have you ever read the scripture
"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
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
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?"
(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
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
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
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
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."
Lisa Copen, Rest Ministries Founder
Rest Ministries Chronic Illness Pain Support