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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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How is God Turning Darkness to Light in Life? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light” (2 Samuel 22: 29). My husband and I have a new end-of-day-decompress routine: playing Yahtzee by ... Read on »
Have You Been Cut By The Harsh Words Of Others? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “See what they spew from their mouths–the words from their lips are sharp as swords, and they think, ‘Who can hear us?’” (Psalm 59:7). Sharp, cutting words can w ... Read on »
A Red-Winged Love Letter from God by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you ... Read on »
Finding Joy Inexpressible Even When Ill by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Though you have not seen Him you love Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your ... Read on »
Looking Forward to our Chair in Heaven by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). An empty chair can elicit emotions. The reactio ... Read on »
The Power Of The Finger Of God by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “The magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God.’ But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the Lord had said” (Exodus 8:19). Ther ... Read on »
Am I Prepared to Do What Jesus Asks of Me by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them” (Matthew 21:6). In this Scripture context, it is nearing the final days of Jesus’ journey to the cross. ... Read on »
Running our Marathon of Pain with Confidence 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 receive what He has pro ... Read on »
I’ve Had Enough, Lord! by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He cam ... Read on »
Do You Trust That God Has A Better Way? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding” (Proverbs 3:13). I cannot tell you how many times I have made plans, have thought I was on the ... Read on »
Every Day Really Is a Battle – In More Ways Than We Realize by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual fo ... Read on »
Are You Looking for What You Already Have? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever–the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it ne ... Read on »
Differentiating Between Comfort and Selfishness by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain” (Psalm 119:36). I have never liked being uncomfortable, and my health issues make me more aware ... Read on »
Will The Lord Guide Me? 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 garden, like a spr ... Read on »
Is Your Underlying Anger With God Getting in the Way? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12). When I was first diagnosed with my disease, my first thought was not, “Oh, good! G ... Read on »
No Need To Panic With God As My Driving Instructor by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard” (Isaiah 52:12). It’s easy to get in ... Read on »
Can You Give More Than You Realize? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You wi ... Read on »
How We Hear God’s Voice When We Are Buried in Pain? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:11). Some sit uprigh ... Read on »
Does God Really Think of Me? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; You are my God, do not delay” (Psalm 40:17)/ For some reason I n ... Read on »
Allowing God to Encourage My Heart by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? ‘I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according t ... Read on »