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#77 - 11.4.09


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Are You a Christian Mom?
Lisa is excited to become a monthly columnist over a the web site for The Christian Work at Home Moms. The founder Jill hart, has a chronic illness herself and so was excited to have a "mom" column about a mom with an illness. Lisa's column is called, "The Patient Mom: Medically Speaking."

She has a brand new book out called, So You Want to Be a Work-At-Home Mom: A Christian's Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business . You can see her on the Harvest television show that she wss on this fall here.

Even if you aren't a mom you will find some helpful information at this ministry's web site and also discover what is legitimate work at home opportunities a
nd what to beware of.

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Rest Ministries Store
Rest Ministries is able to stay afloat financially every time you purchase something from . Lisa is still able to get the paperwork done for orders and then they ship right out from Indiana at a warehouse we pay for this service. So, even though she is still in a cast, don't let it stop you from ordering some cool gifts from our store. We especially like the Fleece Hope Endures Jacket and the Driving Reflections.

Lisa Copen

Hello to you,

If all has gone has planned I am literally in surgery as this is being sent out. I am having surgery on my left hand, having some tendons moved around and basically putting some fingers back in place, possibly some joint replacements. So, if I avoided infections leading up to the surgery and it all went as I prayed it would, by this afternoon now have a cast on my arm above my elbow, my mom is here helping and I am sent this out with one hand last night. I admit it, I typed it last week Sorry!

But I wanted to make sure that our email newsletters would remain consistent through the holidays. So many of you share how Rest Ministries has kept you going during tough times and the holidays can be especially difficult. I encourage you to visit the Rest Ministries Sunroom this year at and get to know others.

And you can read what I am doing there in my "Twitter" on the right side of the screen. I hope I can type 140 characters with 1 finger. I have a voice program, but usually I am on too many medications for pain following surgery and flaring and it doesn't recognize my voice! I send out one message with an account and it posts to Twitter and Facebook, so if you are interested at all in my updates, you can also find it at or .

So anyway, thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement.

Here is the tip of the week!

Ask God to reveal your "treasure of darkness" - especially during the dark dreary months of winter.

Did you know that just as you have a unique set of experiences in regard to your illness (that can sometimes be frustrating when no one understands), the good news is that you have also have been given a special, personal testimony that is yours alone.

Isaiah 45:3 says, "I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name." (NIV) God's Word translation says, "I will give you treasures from dark places and hidden stockpile." I think it's worth noting that no translation says, "Treasures IN darkness" but rather "treasures OF darkness."

Can darkness have treasures?

If you live with chronic illness you may be able to say yes. Illness can be a very dark, cold, lonely place, but it can also have treasures. I encourage you to step out of yur safe, comfortable, spiritual spot and pray about how God wants you to use your testimony of finding treasures of darkness. Could it be to write a book, mentor a friend, start a bible study, become a speaker, start a web site, being a business, start volunteering at a local nonprofit? Maybe just call a friend you have not talked to in years.

Whatever it is, don't immediately harden your heart and think, "Oh, so-and-so is already doing that and doing a much better job than I could."

Instead, pray about it and ask God to reveal to you what exactly He wants you to do. What does He have in store for you? What is your hidden treasure that Jesus promises promised you of the darkness?

No one can tell you that your testimony is wrong ("If you just prayed harder than God would heal you and that could be your ministry.") No one can do it better than you. Your testimony is the story of you passing a test that God has set before you. And keep me posted. I always love hearing how God has used chronic illness to make an impact on His people.

Lisa CopenThanks again for spending a few minutes with me today. I pray that you will have that assurance that God will never leave you or forsake you, even during the darkest moments.If you are interested in hearing more about this I spoke on this topic a few years ago and have the CD available.

A nice reminder... 1 John 2:17 "The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."

God bless you,

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


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