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Hi, Friends!

I am checking in with you to say hello and let you know the next issue of hopenotes will be out this week.

As many of you know, I've had a whirlwind of activities the last couple of weeks. As of this morning, my parents are driving back to Oregon, my husband is at work, my son, Josh, made it to his first day of Vacation Bible School... and I am exhausted. Exhausted but content!

About two weeks ago my parents arrived. Then two days later my mom and I flew from San Diego to Orlando, Florida. We attended a Christian writers conference for women - AWSA. (Amazing women!) Spent time in prayer, caught up with a friend of my mom's I'd not seen in 5 years and we giggled all night. Then the International Christian Retail Show began.

I signed books, gazed admiringly at Kirk Cameron signing his new book about his faith walk (I read it in 2 days... wonderful!) and I walked waaay too much.

I had the wonderful opportunity to also help with a book proposal seminar two afternoons for Christian Leaders Authors Speakers Services (CLASS).

I took a lot of prednisone, am wiped out, but joyful. My left hand needs surgery, but now my right foot is barely able to take weight on it and some part of the deformed bone moved last week, so I think I will go get an x-ray for that and see what's going on.

But I am riding high from all of the ways I saw God work this week. There were so many times that I literally "bumped into" someone and it was a divine appointment. I had the best of intentions to blog each night but was just too tired. In the next couple of days I still plan to go back and blog the day-by-day so I can even remember all the ways I saw the Lord work.

I will also be revealing the Invisible Illness Week logo this week (cute!) and asking you to take a short survey about what kinds of things you would be interested in ordering to share with others. I know times are financially difficult for many people and only want to provide what you will find most helpful.

And lastly... I was able to see a sneak preview of Fireproof -- and it's awesome! I will be writing a review and telling you more about how it can help you and your marriage when it comes out this September at the theaters.

For now, I am going through about 600 emails, so if you emailed me in the last week I will get back to your email this week I hope! If you placed an order, it should ship tomorrow (Tuesday).

If you prayed for me... THANK YOU! I could not have done it without your prayer support. Matthew 6:34 says, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” When travel and do this annual "marathon" it's easy to get pumped up and so focused on what God is doing a the event. Then I come home confused - wondering where to put my energies, dreams, how to follow up promptly with new friends, how to make sense of the opportunities God provided -- all while physically wanting nothing more than a week of sleep. Please keep my own heart and spirit in your prayers in the coming weeks-- that I can give God the honor He deserves by making the most of His answered prayers for my ministry, while also taking care of my own body and putting my family above computer time.

On a bright note, the Christian bookstore owners were so glad to know that Rest Ministries (and the book Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend) was available. Please continue to pray that we can open the eyes of those who don't live with health issues to see the great benefit or reaching out to those who do.

Thank you for allowing me to represent those of you who live with chronic pain to the Christian publishers, editors, authors and more. It's a humbling honor I do not take for granted

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Lisa Copen
Rest Ministries Director and Founder


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