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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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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 »
Are You Sinking Beneath The Waves Of Affliction? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me” (Psalm 69:2). It surprises me that when I am bare ... Read on »
Finding Peace in the Midst of the Chaos of Illness by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with ... Read on »
What Nourishment Are You Taking In? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of ... Read on »
Embracing Our Freedom In the Middle of Pain by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). It is ... Read on »
Does The World’s Definition of Wellness Apply To The Believer? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’” (John 5:6). We hear a l ... Read on »
Finding Refreshment When The Stress of Illness Frustrates You by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31b). Do you ever feel like a teapot shrilling with built-up steam? Managing a chronic di ... Read on »
God Fights For Us When We Can’t Do It Ourselves by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as He promised” (Joshua 23:10). Recently I had a doctor’s appointment preparing me f ... Read on »
When Illness Feels Like Roaring Hurricanes by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Before very long, a wind of hurricane force called the Northeaster, swept down from the island, the ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; s ... Read on »
Why Are You So Sad? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, ‘Why ... Read on »
How Are You Facing The Detours Through Illness? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand” (Psalm 16:11). Life produces many ... Read on »
Is the Joy of the Lord Your Strength? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). During my most recent bout with depression I pondered what the joy of the Lord actually is. I read a serm ... Read on »
Do You Find it Hard to Maintain a Steadfast Spirit? by Lisa C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). What a prayer this is . . . what a brave prayer. I’m focused today ... Read on »