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#82 - 12.9.09


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You won't want to miss this article about Ed Butchart who has made it his life calling to be Santa as his ministry. He also has made a significant impact in the lives of those with disabilities. This post will make you smile and also be thankful that people like this still exist.

Get to Know our Daily Devotional Writers

If you don't get our daily devotionals, you will want to go sign up because this is one of the foundations of our ministry, and thanks to Kay, our coordinator, we've had them for over ten years each day! We've put together a web page of our devotional writers so you can get to know them better, contact them personally, or visit their web sites. Thank you to all of our writers over the years! If you would like to be encouraged with these kinds of devotionals you may also be interested in our Mosaic Moments book by Lisa Copen and ove 20 other devotional writers. ;

Lisa Copen

Hello to you,

Has another week gone by already? It is amazing how the week seems so sloooow when I am wearing this splint on my arm and ye it seems I just sent out a newsletter. I will write more later, but thanks for your continued prayers. My fingers are very sore, but it could be worse. Perhaps the hard part is the seasonal flares like I had last weekend when my neck froze into place for a few days. Many of you have been sharing similiar symptoms. I am so sorry so many of you are suffering in so many ways right now. My heart really does go out to you.

We got the tree up and decorated. I had to be content with doing much less than I typically do. Each of our ornaments have a story so I want to hang them all. Instead, I decided to have a little fun and tempoarily decorate my spling. Ya gotta have a sene of humor in it all, right? in answer to your questions. . . yes, this me on prednisone and yes, I do have more than 1 shirt (I just seem to keep having this be in my photos!)

I hope you are having a blessed week. I know that some days it can all seem like more than we can bear. I hope you've been able to find some support at .

While surfing the net a while back, I found this life-saving little coping with illness tip that I wanted to share with you!

Get organized (yeah, I know... I amtrying to take my own advice!) and if you can't seem to find the time or ability, you can now get help to get organized. If you are stuck in a medical maze of paperwork or confusion you are not alone.

There is a new specialty that has emerged called Patient Navigators (PN).

They may coordinate doctors' visits, maintain telephone contact between patients and physicians, arrange transportation, help with insurance paperwork, and even plan what you discuss with your doctor. PNs can be former nurses, social workers, or community health workers.

Although the role was created primarily to assist the poor, uninsured, and those with low literacy levels, it's now more common for anyone. See for more information.

Lisa CopenI also want to mention another incredible resource Cancer Patient Advocate at . This was began by Lynn Eib who has written summaries of dealing with illness in amazing version of the Bible we have available at the Comfort Zone Bookstore called "He Cares New Testament." (See and search 'He Cares' or click here) You don't have to be a cancer patient to get a lot of helpful information out of Lynn's web site.

Well, that's all for now. May you feel God holding you in the palm of His hand as He promises in Isaiah 49:16: "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me."

Take care,

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

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