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#80 - 11.25.09

 



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Holiday Family Feuds
It's no surprise that family get together can be less than perfect, but if you are concerned about fighting with your family, or you've had fights in the past, this article gives some great tips to keep the peace.

Volunteering with Rest Ministries
Did you know volunteering can actually ease pain? We have a post on this research! Whether you volunteer for Rest Ministries already or are interested in volunteering, we are updating our positions and list of who is doing what. Be sure to stop by our "wiki" (a web page that you [yes, you] can edit). We hope to have an updated list in 2010 and be more support for one another.
Have you visited the Sunroom lately?
The Sunroom is the place to connect with anyone from Rest Ministries. It's always a great place to just go and browse through the messages people are posting. You may find a specific person you connect with or a group that can answer some of your questions. There are groups for certain illnesses, parenting, and even a group that helps you just add more laughter to your life.

Hello, friend,

I will upate you soon on the "personal stuff" in my blog I hope. Recovery is going well, I am just exhausted and busy with therapy, the exercises, etc. I am stuck between being grateful for SO MUCH and yet also weary of feeling like no one has a clue how difficult this all is. I know you can relate! I hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving.

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Well it's that time of year when people start talking about whether Christmas sales are up or down, whether Wall Street is up or down, and even if they are feeling "up" or "down." How are you? Up or down?

As the Christmas stories began to unfold on television this season, I am reminded of the many stories told to our children about the broken bodies that God uses. Whether it's the lamb with a bad leg, or a donkey with big ears, God uses those of us who are far from perfect.

Even the secular stories explain how Santa was just boy who didn't feel that he fit in, quite like Rudolph who felt different and ashamed until his weakness was recognized as a gift. You may not be aware that the story of Rudolph was written by a man, Bob May, who "made Rudolph up" to answer his four-year daughter's question, "Daddy, why isn't my mommy just like everybody else's mommy?" as her mom was desperately ill with cancer.

As I venture in to my eighth year of motherhood in January, I can relate with the feelings of inadequacy that Mary must have had (surely Jesus' teething was painful for her to watch), or even a little bit of the joy that God must possess when we do something that makes Him smile.

This is also a time of year where we are reminded to reflect on our journey and what areas of our life we may wish to change or improve upon. But instead of thinking it’s a journey you are about to “go on” think it as "going out." Regardless of our illness, regardless of all the weaknesses, doubts or inexperience we may have, God tells us to "go out!"

Jeremiah 31:4 reminds us, "I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt . . again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful." Hear that? Grab those tambourines for 2004. You never know when the Lord might tell you to go out and starting dancing!

We all feel that nagging feeling of, "But what if I fail?" I feel this every day, and the leap we are making to transform this newsletter into a magazine is scary indeed, but Malachi 4:2 says, "But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall."

We'll receive some form of healing and be given that burst of energy and joy, either physically or maybe just spiritually, but it will be as if we are calves being released from a stall. If you've ever been to an amusement park on a major holiday, it may not be hard to imagine. Simply being a child of Christ promises us pasture, "I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture," (John 10:9).

In this New Year, it's time to go out! Jesus commands it, especially since we understand firsthand just how important it is to be welcomed when you are hurting. Luke 14: 21-24, says, ". . .the owner of the house. . . ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.' 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.' Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.'"

Go out. Invite them into your heart. Whether it's sharing about Rest Ministries or loaning a sermon tape to a hurting friend who doesn't know God, get out of the comfort zone. Jesus will provide those tambourines.

We don't need to think about the ups and downs of the season. Instead, think of going out!

God Bless you,

Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Founder

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