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

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God is Able to Do Anything

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Rhonda is one of those gals that keep me going. Each week I get a precious home-made cart printed out with a personal note that tells me she is praying for me, for my family for the ministry. She has been going through a very difficult journey lately not only with her own illness but with that of her sister, who has been battling a brain tumor. I cannot even fathom how she faces each day with joy and still has left over joy to encourage other people.

She recently wrote me an email and I wrote back and said, “Can I print this? I know it will encourage others!”

She of course said yes and I asked if she wanted her sister’s name removed. She said, “On the blog you can list my sister’s name, we’d appreciate any prayers! My sister is home, but has a very long road ahead. She struggles to do any normal activities (just to sit up she needs help). We do talk on the phone, but even that is hard. Words come slowly and she doesn’t always use the right one (that makes it hard to know what she is talking about). But we are continuing to thank God for His goodness and for His healing touch.”

I know this is difficult to read, but I know you will also see Rhonda’s amazing faith in the Lord shine through the darkest clouds and I hope it helps you get through one more day. Please remember Rhonda and her whole family in your prayers.

Hi, Lisa,

I just wanted to update you on my sister’s progress. Lori had her second brain surgery on May 28th to remove cancer. The pathology report was wonderful: 1% non active cancer; the rest was radiation burn. Lori was moved to a Rehab Clinic about 2 weeks ago. This Thursday, June 25th she’ll be released with Home Care. My sister can’t walk, stand, or do much physically without a lot of help. Her speech fluctuates. She has memory loss both long and short term. We won’t know if all of this is permanent or she will heal as the brain heals.

My parents, and Lori’s husband, Otto along with friends will rotate the care of Lori. There needs to be tough love for Lori as she has to be made to do things whether it hurts or are difficult. It’s all part of the healing process.

Otto may have to sell their home and move to a one story home. The home they have now is split level with many steps. Humanly we know this is not the “right” time to sell a house. But God knows exactly what is needed and when. God taught my family a lesson when I was just out of the sixth grade.

We had taken Lori to college in PA and we were on our way back home to Florida. To make a long story short, my parents both got jobs in PA and we needed a house. We had to return to Florida, pack up our house and move to PA. Dad, Mom, and I stopped at a Realtor to see about getting a house. Dad said we needed the house within an day or two. The Realtor said that you’d need at least 60 days, maybe 30 to buy the house. Dad said, we have a God who can give us a house.

We walked out of the office and stopped at a 7/11 type store, bought a lunch and newspaper. Dad saw an auction and house for sale. Dad called and we met the family. After looking over the house, Dad offered to buy the house and the contents. The family was thrilled not having to go through the auction! That same day we signed the papers. God had given us a house (and the contents!) in ONE day!

Through the years, when we need something that seems impossible, we say “if God gave us a house (and contents) in ONE day. . .He can do. . . .whatever.” And it’s true. So, if Otto needs to move to a house without steps, God can supply not only the new place, but a buyer for the old place. I have to continually remind myself not to limit God. He is able to do above and beyond which we can think. He has no limits. He can take care of whatever. . . .God can do anything!!

So, all that said. Please continue to ask God for the following: Healing for Lori, wisdom for Otto, Mom, and Dad; strength for each of them, and wisdom about the house. If Otto is to sell it, what needs to be done and how to get it done. Finding the new house and all the details in buying it and moving.

We appreciate your prayers for the family. Thank you!

Create a positive day!
Rhonda

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The Folding of the Shroud. Important?

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Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? Someone recently sent me this and though I had read it before, it was a nice reminder just how intentional all of Jesus’ actions were.

Many times in the Bible were are told of the “mysteries of Christ” such as Colossians 2:2 says, “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.”

As we read the Word mysteries unfold to us and are revealed that we may have not understood previously. This is one I thought I would share with you. It was forwarded to me by Ginny. I do not know the original author.

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly
folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the
tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple
out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen
wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head
was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!

Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe
his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that
napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the
wadded napkin meant, ‘I’m done’.

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid
it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table,
because. . . The folded napkin meant, ‘I’m coming back!’

He is Coming Back!

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