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
www.restministriessunroom.com and get to know
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
So anyway, thank you so much for your prayers
Here is the tip of the week!
Ask God to reveal your "treasure of darkness"
- especially during the dark dreary months of
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
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
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
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.
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