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Lisa C.

San Diego, California
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries, a Christian organization that serves the chronically ill. She has authored eight books, including resources for over 300 HopeKeepers groups, a program of Rest Ministries. As editor of HopeKeepers. Magazine and founder of National Invisible Chronic... Full Bio
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Will Being Vulnerable Help or Hinder Me? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doin ... Read on »
Did I Do Something Wrong, Lord? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain ”In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:1). It is a ... Read on »
Why Isn’t God Strengthening My Body? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered g ... Read on »
I Have Had Enough, God! (What Will He Say?) by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “While he [Elijah] himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it, and prayed that he might die. ‘I ha ... Read on »
Are You Stuck in a Box? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19). Do you feel stuck in a box? Illnesses, fi ... Read on »
Do Mustard Seeds Still Encourage Us? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Again He said, ‘What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it. It is like a mustard seed, which is the ... Read on »
How Am I God’s ‘Very Good’ Workmanship? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “For we are God’s handiwork” (Ephesians 2:10a). “. . . when God created man in His image to rule over all else that was created, God saw all that He ... Read on »
How to Have a Bigger, More Youthful Life (When Ill by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Praise the Lord, O my soul. . . who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:1,5). Do ... Read on »
Who Do You Think You Are? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High’” (Psalm 82:6). I once heard a preacher say: “You are God.” That was the last time I ... Read on »
In The Midst Of The Fiery Furnace – It’s Still Hot! by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Life can get so hot we feel like we will surely burn from all the pain and chaos. Fiona reminds us of God’s protection. “Shadrach, Meshach and ... Read on »
When Blessings Come Disguised as Grief by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Blessed are those whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of sp ... Read on »
What is Better Than Life? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:4). Life. Just the word holds hope, doesn’t it? It makes us think of g ... Read on »
Keeping Pain in Perspective by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True . . . On his robe and on his thigh he has ... Read on »
Does Illness Make You Feel Useless To God? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain ”David asked, ‘Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’” (2 Samuel 9:1). One day can ru ... Read on »
How do You Find Confidence to Make Plans? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain ”So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receiv ... Read on »
Can You Do Ministry Through Tears by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain A new year. Another year. On Sunday evenings I open up an electronic device to see what appointments I must gather the strength for during t ... Read on »
When the Reality of Illness Smashes Again by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees” (Job 4:4). Coming smash bang into reality really isn’t fun ... Read on »
Are You Chasing Normal? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). My physioth ... Read on »