Do You Know Someone With Alzheimer's Disease?
Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth Stoelting are amazing women who started Bright Light Ministries in their early twenties. Through music, speaking and the book, Still Holding Hands, they share Jesus with others. Visit this web site to be inspired and be sure to listen to Stacie Ruth sing.

Want the Bottom Line?
You can get fast "bottom line" health information with the free Daily Bottom Line Health ezine.



online resources


Do you have migraines?

You may want to check out Kim Trotter's new blog where as a long-time sufferer of migraines she has decided to try a new diet and blog about how (or even if) it works for her. The diet consists of low sugar, low carbohydrates, with high lean protiens. Visit her web site at for more information.

A Disability Resource Site of Interest

ThisAbled is an organization built on the concept that in order for people with disabilities to be free they have to be politically and economically empowered. They state in their philosophy, "We have been bombarded by how much the government, non-profits, and other similar services were going to do for us. We are victims who some how needed the salvation that only comes from 'trained professionals.'"

While we don't endorse them (and they are a secular organization) we do think they may have some resources of value that you may not find in your typical Google search.

10 Simple Principles from
Visit for a complete description of these principles (scroll down on page).

  1. Believe that you as a person with a disability are equal in value to the people around you.
  2. Believe that you have something society can benefit from.
  3. Understand that your disability makes you unique not different.
  4. When the boat is sinking do not use another person with a disability as a life raft.
  5. When you get to where you’re going draw a map for someone that may not know the way.
  6. Realize that government benefits are a beginning not an end.
  7. Do not let others define your goals or successes.
  8. Use the ballot box to send a message.
  9. Educate the young.
  10. Move.

Another Pet Book!

When Linda Smith developed MS she and her husband Don decided to adopt a puppy to raise as a service dog. From an eager, yipping group of puppies they chose a clumsy, quiet Golden Retriever with a soft funny-sounding bark and christened him Tucson. Tucson learned to assist Linda in standing, fetching laundry and barking when she needed help. Soon, however, with the help of a new medication, Linda's health began to improve. With less need for a service dog, Linda and Don began serving disabled children and kids with learning disabilities with the help of Tucson. "Tucson the Terrific," as he became known, is now a certified therapy dog and a READ (Reading Education Assistant Dog).

The joy that Tucson has brought to Linda and the children that he serves inspired her and Don to write their first children's book, "Tucson the Terrific". Read more here

Book Recommendations

We recommend the new book, Heaven is Real: Lessons on Earthly Joy, the second book by Don Piper. He continues his story of transformation and spiritual growth through his experience and chronic pain. He explains how heaven is a certainty and relying on that assurance, readers can transform pain in to purpose and trouble into blessing.Also available, Daily Devotions Inspired by 90 Minutes in Heaven - A 90-day devotional dedicated to helping those who wish to lead happier, more virtuous life.



Majority of Doctors Say Faith Helps Patients
A new survey found that 85 percent of U.S. doctors believe religious faith can help patients have a good outcome. Researchers polled 1,144 doctors for the study, which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.


do you believe your faith helps you cope

  • dramatically
  • somewhat
  • not really

since your diagnosis have you become

  • more involved in your faith
  • about the same
  • less involved with my faith




online resources

Got Pain?
Visit The Chronic Pain Store for all your product needs. Founded by Dr. Barbra Hanna, a board certified OB/GYN who had to leave
the practice of clinical medicine a few years ago due to inflammatory arthritis in her hands, she looked for pain relief products and had difficulties locating them. The store is designed to be an easy shopping experience, searching for products via symptoms or products. And be sure to say Rest Ministries sent you and we will get a percentage of the purchased price donated back to our ministry

Online resources

Have Your Kids Outgrown Their
DVDs and You're Looking to Swap?

Now you can swap one of your used ones and then choose one to be sent to you through Swap DVD. You can also buy credits if you don't have any DVDs to list.

Want a Daily Pearl of Health?
Sign up for Health Gal's daily tips here. Amy Hendel is a popular and recognizable health/medical television correspondent, expert and health host as well as a full time columnist. In her private Family Lifestyle Therapy practice, Ms. Hendel trains and councils patients with her own unique blend of nutrition, fitness, and psychology for the whole family.


Remember the Milk (rewrite, from chronicbabe)
Our new favorite way to stay organized, this online list-maker can sync with your smart phone and is a snap to use.

Stay Updated on Pain Info
The American Pain Foundation offers a detailed newsletter each month with everything related to pain: news, medication approvals, treatments, legislation, alternative treatments, and pain conferences. Subscribe here.


Stuck Eating at the Hospital?
A nutritional analysis revealed that many entrées described as "healthful" by hospitals are actually very high in artery-clogging fat. Sixty-two percent of these "healthiest entrée" offerings derived more than 30 percent of calories from fat, and a few derived more than 50 percent of calories from fat. Be sure to select the most healthy options.

A Christian Fitness Magazine? For Me?
Okay... so maybe you don't think you can "get fit," but even with a chronic illness we can still be healthy and fit individuals. And what better source than a Christian magazine to encourage you? Check out The Fit Christian, a free online Christian magazine that is sure to have some articles that will interest you.



Do You Blog or Read Blogs?
According to the Pew Internet & American Life ProjecIn general, 8% of all Internet users now write blogs, while 39% read them. 9% comment from time to time, and 1% account for most contributions according to a Jakob Nielsen study. If you think journaling about your experience would be helpful, you may want to consider a blog. For free blog software, we recommend .


ocs Okay with National Health Insurance
A new study shows a solid majority of doctors, 59 percent, now supports national health insurance. Such plans typically involve a single, federally administered social insurance fund that that guarantees health care coverage for everyone, much like Medicare currently does for seniors. The plans typically eliminate or substantially reduce the role of private insurance companies in the health care financing system, but still allow patients to go the doctors of their choice. A study was recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine. You can read more here.

Looking for a Father's Day Gift?
Two great ideas are the Men's Devotional Bible by Zondervan and Quiet Strength, by Tony Dungy...

Minister to the Chronically Ill: 20 Ways in 20 Minutes
Read this great article by Lisa Copen that people from Rest Ministries put together when they participated in a survey in 2007. Over 800 respondents listed ways churches could improve their outreach to the chronically ill. Here are 20 ways that don't have to have huge budgets or even a large chunk of time so... kindly let your church know... no excuses!


Chronic Pain and Depression Need to Be Treated Separately
Although people often suffer from chronic pain and depression at the same time, the two conditions need to be treated separately.
Pain is depressing. So it is not surprising that people who have fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome, also tend to be depressed. However, researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Cologne now report that, from brain imaging studies, there is no obvious link between pain intensity and level of depression in fibromyalgia.
Source: Arthritis & Rheumatism May 2005

Looking for Healthy Food Choices for Your Family?
Even if your kids aren't at home anymore, check out Healthy Moms, Healthy Families where you will find recipes and all kinds of Christian encouragement. Founder, Connie Bendickson says, "It's been nearly ten years since my family began learning about and transitioning from the standard American fast-food diet to healthy, whole, plant-based foods that God created for the purpose of nourishing our bodies. While it may not be easy in our fast food culture to break away from the pattern of this world, it is definitely possible and it is definitely worth it."

What Health Info Should Your Family Have?
If something happened to put you in the hospital unexpectantly tomorrow, would your family have the details about your illness, care options, insurance and more? We found a great checklist type article from the Mayo Clinic. Granted, it's titled, "Aging parents: 10 Things to Know for an Emergency" yet it's applicable for any family member. Print it out and then start gathering the information and give a few people you trust with your medical decisions a copy.

Want to Do One Nice Thing Today? calls itself a "kindness project" embracing people of all denominations. Each Monday the website offers an easy "nice thing" suggestion. The site also shines the spotlight on exceptionally kind people. The website invites visitors to email their own "nice thing" ideas and names and photos of kind people, which are then posted. Founded in June 2005 in Los Angeles by Debbie Tenzer, the website has members in more than 50 countries.

Make a Difference in Someone's Life for a Few Dollars
Help a woman in Africa start her bead business? A man in Ethiopia begin a ministry to the disabled? All these things are possible to be a part of at Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. By choosing a loan on Kiva, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the entrepreneur you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back. Let us know if you participate. We'd love to hear your story!

Children's Pain Poorly Understood
An ABC News article says, "When it comes to chronic pain, the issues and questions are different for children. Because children may have a harder time communicating, determining the cause of a child's pain can be difficult for doctors." To read more about treating kid's pain the influence a mom can have click here.

Learn How to Cope with Pain
Check out the "How to Cope with Pain Blog" which features a monthly "Blog Carnival." A carnival is when the blog owners gives you a list of some of the best blog articles on the topic for the last month (or however frequently they do it.) Our founder, Lisa Copen, usually participates in the carnival and is a monthly blogger guest at How to Cope with Pain. Check out her recent articles here:






#33 March 08

. . . seizing the potential



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Best blogs - on communication, church sites, and web evangelism. Conference - bookings now open. Cartoons - available for re-use. Email alerts - how to use Google. IE Day - opportunities for your church. Evangelistic films - Create International's resources. Missing something? - test yourself with this movie clip. Movies - thoughts. Communicating well - according to Dale Carnegie. Designing church websites - lists of good examples. Evangelism in a postmodern age - UK speaker tour. Tips - mainly for techies.


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Chronic Pain Meds Unlikely to Cause Addiction
MedHeadlines - Chicago,IL,USA
... pain medications, including opioids, for long-term, chronic pain puts the patient at high risk of developing an addiction to the pain medications. ...



Patients with Chronic Illness Benefit from Telehealth Intervention - Los Angeles,CA,USA
People who suffer from chronic illnesses usually wait three to six months between office appointments with their care providers. With video and telephone ...


each 1 can reach 1


Did you know Lisa turns many of her articles into "So You Want to Guides" at When people are searching for books on topics of chronic illness or church disability ministry, the Guides may appear in the column beside the results. One way you can help us reach more people is to drop by this web site at Amazon (or see link below). Click on each guide (and read it if you want.. we hope you'll like it!) And see where it says, "Was this helpful?" Click YES! That's it! By you simply viewing the page and also taking a second to say that is was helpful, the Guide will rank better on Amazon's pages so that more people are referred to Rest Ministries. Thank you!


Ways to help spread the words about RM

Tell someone-anyone! 1 in 3 people have chronic illness so even your healthy friends know many people who would benefit from knowing that Rest Ministries exists! You can tell them to go to and it will also get them to the RM web site (and is much easier to remember).

Order a free copy of hopekeepers Magazine to be sent to as many people as you want who may enjoy it. Who do you know that may also be interested in recommending the magazine to others? Sign up your pastor or congregational care pastor, your church's women's ministry leader, your doctor, a nurse who you are on friendly terms with, a counselor. It's said that most people have a "circle of influence" of about 250 people.

Forward our daily devotionals to friends who may be encouraged by a specific message that day. Many of the devotionals have a strong message that may be appreciated even by those without a chronic illness.

Order our laminated verse cards to give away to others or just print out your own. These are just fun little cards to help share about RM. One woman said, "My husband is a doctor and he keeps taking my cards for his patients!"

Reprint our devotionals in your own e-zine. Just email us and we will send back the simple step to request permission.

Print out a flyer about the books that Rest Ministries has published to take to your church librarian and church bookstore. Email us if you'd like to have a current magazine also sent to them. We'd love to have our magazine available in both church libraries and bookstores.

Sign up for our new RSS feed to receive articles, news, and media information about RM/hopekeepers. Feel free to forward it on to anyone you know (coming soon!)

Make a donation of $6 per book and we will send Mosaic Moments out to a place of your choice, such as a nursing home, prison library, assisted living home, waiting room, etc.

Buy a book for a friend who is hurting. We have lots of wonderful books in our Comfort Zone bookstore that address emotional pain as well as physical pain.

Order some of our books and donate them to your church library. Our favorite two "helping" books that all church "caring ministries" should have are The Art of Helping by Lauren Littauer Briggs and Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend.

We have public service announcements (PSAs) that your local church radio station may be likely to announce. We are unable to spend the money right now to notify radio stations, but if you can let your local stations know it will help us tremendously. We currently have 3 available: (1) General information about Rest Ministries; (2) If you have a local hopekeepers group; (3) NICIAW, send around July 1 - Sept 10. (coming soon!)

We have business cards available that we share for free! We can send you 25 of your choice for any donation (even just $2 will help us cover postage). We also have cards for specific books or about hopekeepers groups.

Purchase our "Spread the Word!" kit for $__. We've priced this at cost and really appreciate your financial donation for this cause.

Many of our web pages, especially those with articles, have a spot you can click to "email a friend." Whenever you read something you believe someone else may like to read, be sure to send it!

Have you read one of Lisa Copen's books? If so, your review of any of them is a treasure! (1) Email it to us and we can post it on our website, etc. We will be glad to use just your first name if you prefer. (2) Go to and do a search for the book and then write a review. Your reviews help our books increase in the rankings so people who are searching for that kind of book can actually find it.

We have lots of fund merchandise with the hopekeepers logo on it. By wearing a shirt, using a coffee travel mug, or carrying a tote bag you are helping us get the word out!

Join our Team hopekeepers to be a part of our "feedback group" for hopekeepers Magazine. Answer questions, take a poll, share your story. There are lots of ways to get involved.

If you have a web site:

If you have a website, sign up to receive our Christians with Chronic Illness "Award." We'll link to your site if it is approved.

Place a banner about Rest Ministries or NICIAW on your web site.

Do you have a blog? If so, remember to share your thoughts on chronic illness. Any mention of RM or NICIAW is appreciated too!

Spread the word kit: brochures. Postcards, biz cards, pens, buttons
RSS feeds
Write PSAs
Order biz cards (more of beyond cass, and general cards)





"We'd all like to feel self-reliant and capable of coping with whatever adversity comes our way, but that's not how most human beings are made. It's my belief that the capacity to accept help is inseparable from the capacity to give help when our turn comes to be strong." -Mister Fred Rogers

"Little by little we human beings are confronted with situations that give us more and more clues that we aren't perfect." -Mister Fred Rogers


"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has—or ever will have—something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression." -Mister Fred Rogers

"Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like "struggle." To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now--and to go on caring even through times that may bring us pain." -Mister Fred Rogers


"Whatever we do to show our children we love them, nothing can replace times when we give them our complete attention. I believe that the children who have learned that there will be such times for them are the ones who are at least likely to demand it and to compete for it." -Mister Fred Rogers

"Many mothers feel severely pressured these days. They often feel like they're falling short in one part, if not in several parts, of their lives. They often feel like they're failures. Well, people aren't failures when they're doing the best they can. Our performance doesn't have to be measured against anyone else's—just against our own abilities to cope." -Mister Fred Rogers

"It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff. That's what makes growing humanity the most potentially glorious enterprise on earth." -Mister Fred Rogers


I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.

Elisabeth Elliot
Gateway to Joy


But as I look back at my life, it is easy to see that the times when my wisdom and understanding grew to new levels; those times when I approached becoming the person I long to be; it was always the times that followed negative circumstances." -- Vic Johnson

Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God.

Robert Schuller


Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering.... The love of God did not protect His own Son.... He will not necessarily protect us - not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.

Elisabeth Elliot
Gateway to Joy


Religion & Disability: Perspectives in Scripture- Theology & Ethics
By Marilyn Bishop

Religion and Disability presents three keynote addresses from the national symposium, "Ministry Perspectives on Disability." In the opening essay, noted scripture scholar Donald Senior identifies certain themes often associated with scripture - such as the distinction between clean and unclean, and the notion that sin and guilt somehow cause sickness and disability - that contribute to non-welcoming attitudes toward the disabled.

Recommended Christian Books on Incorporating The Disabled Within The Christian Community At Large


What good would outward appearance be, if the soul were in hopeless darkness? To strive to keep our bodies fit and healthy is good, but a fit and healthy soul is even better.


Dear God, Help my unbelief. When I'm in pain, I forget that you care about me. I forget that you have helped me through my trials. I forget that you hold me in your arms to keep me safe. I forget that you are feeling my pain with me. I forget that you love me, I forget that I am important to you. Show me your presence - let me feel your enveloping love. Heal my hurting soul. Thank you for staying with me even in my unbelief.

Timothy Dailey


Your afflictions are not eternal, time will end them, and so shall ye at length see the Lord's salvation; His love sleepeth not, is still in working for you; His salvation will not tarry nor linger; and suffering for Him is the noblest cross out of heaven. Your Lord hath the choice of ten thousand other crosses, beside this, to exercise you withal; but His wisdom and His love choosed out this for you, beside them all; and take it as a choice one, and make use of it. Let the Lord absolutely have the ordering of your evils and troubles, and put them off you, by recommending your cross and your furnace to Him, who hath skill to melt His own metal, and knoweth well what to do with His furnace.

Samuel Rutherford
Selected Letters


When I was on my feet, big boisterous pleasures provided only fleeting satisfaction. In a wheelchair, satisfaction settles in as I sit under an oak tree on a windy day and delight in the rustle of the leaves or sit by a fire and enjoy the soothing strains of a symphony. These smaller, less noisy pleasures are rich because, unlike the fun on my feet, these things yield patience, endurance, and a spirit of gratitude, all of which fits me further for eternity. It is this yieldedness that gains you the most here on earth.

Joni Eareckson Tada
Joni and Friends


Making the Best of Orders to Rest: A Path to Peace for the Chronically Ill
By Annabel Hobbs

Making the Best of Orders to Rest speaks of the struggles as well as the joys which have been part of the author's journey to adapt to a chronic illness. In the process of coming to accept her new way of life, she shares fresh understandings it has shown her of herself, of God, and of others, particularly the hurting. Being disabled, the author realizes does not mean one has to be isolated. She shares creative ways to connect with others, even if it means being vulnerable. Having limited time and energy causes one to prioritize, and can actually make life richer and more fulfilling.

Recommended Christian Books on Coping with Disabilities & Illness


No one enjoys feeling weak, whether it is emotionally, spiritually or physically. There is something within the human spirit that wants to resist the thought of weakness. Many times this is nothing more than our human pride at work. Just as weakness carries a great potential for strength, pride carries an equally great potential for defeat.

Charles Stanley
In Touch


"No matter how deep our darkness -- -- He is deeper still." Corrie Ten-Boom

"In any discussion of disappointment with God, heaven is the last word, the most important word of all. Only heaven will solve the problem of God's hiddenness. For the first time, human beings will be ale to look upon God face to face." Phillip Yancey


"When I was on my feet, big boisterous pleasures provided only fleeting satisfaction. In a wheelchair, satisfaction settles in as I sit under an oak tree on a windy day and delight in the rustle of the leaves or sit by a fire and enjoy the soothing strains of a symphony. These smaller, less noisy pleasures are rich because, unlike the fun on my feet, these things yield patience, endurance, and a spirit of gratitude, all of which fits me further for eternity. It is this yieldedness that gains you the most here on earth." Joni Eareckson Tada

Pain is a kindly, hopeful thing, a certain proof of life, a clear assurance that all is not yet over, that there is still a chance. But if your heart has no pain -- well, that may betoken health, as you suppose: but are you certain that it does not mean that your soul is dead?

Arthur John (A. J.) Gossip
On line article.


Oh what a happy soul am I although I cannot see, I am resolved that in this world contented I shall be. How many blessings I enjoy that other people don't. To weep and sigh, because I'm blind? I cannot and I won't.

Fanny Crosby