The Ministry of Lisa Copen

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

What Really Matters on the 4th of July?

American Flag in Sun at Florida National Cemetery

In just a few minutes it will be the 4th of July here in the USA. The biggest news in San Diego is that you are not allowed to drink beer or any alcoholic beverages on the beach, but you can float in the ocean water and drink. I asked my husband, “So what does that mean? All the drinking dads will say, ‘Sure, hon, I’ll watch the kids swim’ and then there will be a bunch of drinking out on the water by people who can’t even swim?” A lifeguard’s nightmare for sure.

I tried to think of what ministries or highlights I could share with you that may be of interest on this important day. Here are some I think you may find an interest in. Don’t miss the video at the end. It’s about 5-minutes but wonderful.

Unite the USA is a ministry of Carrie Beth and Stacie Stoelting, sisters who are dear friends of mine who have an amazing amount of energy for all the ministries they have, including Bright Light Ministry.

The Western center for Law & Policy is the nonprofit organization by one of our best friends, Dean Broyles. (We’re actually spending the 4th with him and his wife and kids.) You may be interested in their monthly newsletter that describe the religious rights cases he is fighting (and winning!). Last month Dean received national press attention when a case of a pastor being told by San Diego county that he needed a permit to have small group Bible studies in his home became national news. (The county dropped the case.)

Christian Military Fellowship is an association of believers who are committed to encouraging Men and Women in the United States Armed Forces, and their families, to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are an indigenous ministry serving all elements of that society including all military services, all ranks, family members, civilian employees, all Christian denominations and traditions. Within the military society, our members, staff and constituents work to introduce people to Jesus Christ and help Christians to grow in faith.

Christian Military Wife Central is also a great site for women who can support one another during these difficult times.

Call 2 Fall is an effort to remind Christians of the scripture, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7:14). They are asking Christians all over the country to fall on their knees and kneel at least 3 to 5 minutes before the Lord wherever they may gather that day. Find out why our nation needs to fall to our knees.

In God We Trust Free Patriotic Christian Flash Movie
We’ve all heard how our founding fathers had a deep belief in Christ, but have you actually read some of their quotations lately? This video is a wonderful, goose-bumpy-feeling reminder of why the USA is blessed and why we should fall to our knees.


Happy 4th of July. I know many of you may be at home alone today and may not feel very “happy” but we do have much to be grateful for. I never like to comfort myself by thinking there is someone worse off than myself, but do remember today, that even if you are mad about your health insurance, frustrated with the government, or annoyed with your pastor, you have been give the gift of freedom to speak out about it and not end up in prison because of it. We have much to be grateful for.



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