The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Can a woman with a chronic illness still seek Proverbs 31?

It’s January 7th already! I’ve been up all night for the past two nights due to various pain levels, meds, etc. and the last of my company (my sis) leaves in the morning to start a new job in Phoenix. I hope to be back on a regular writing schedule soon as I recover and make my priority list (The magazine is coming out soon! I am talking with the designer tomorrow to get a date!)

In my middle-of-the-night reading online I found this wonderful blog and entry and wanted to share it with you. It has a part 1 and 2 so I encourage you to keep reading and click the link at the end.

Happy 2008, my friends. I pray it has many blessed moments.



REPRINTED from Joyfully Serving God Still

I know that we women who suffer from chronic illness and pain often fret because we want with all our hearts to be like the Proverbs 31 woman. Yet no matter how hard we try, we feel we cannot be like her. We then either give up completely, or sink into a deep depression…

Sometimes we are far too hard on ourselves, even demanding more of ourselves than God does. After all, He understands us- He knows our frame and remembers we are but dust. We need to have compassion on ourselves.

Another thing that we tend to do is to take man’s standard of being a good wife, mother and homemaker and we, on finding we cannot keep up with our healthier Sisters, wilt under the strain. This is a shame because Jesus says to come to Him all who are weary and He will give us rest. His yoke is light. But the perfectionism of man isn’t.

Wouldn’t it be sad for us to constantly feel false guilt because we can’t keep up our homes like Martha Stewart? But here is some good news: we may very well find out after looking into the scriptures that we are closer to being a Proverbs 31 woman than we think….

Firstly, we must remember that the Word of God is the first and last authority in our lives. What exactly does God say about the godly woman in Proverbs 31:10-31?

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Is your heart yearning to be a virtuous woman? Are you seeking to serve God despite your pain? If you are, then your price is far above rubies!

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Don’t forget to read part 2!

1 Comment»

  Sheryl Smith wrote @

Excellent article, Lisa. Thanks for posting it!
Sheryl (Splashes)

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