The Ministry of Lisa Copen

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

Welcome

I am honored that out of the millions of web sites online, you are here! I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 24 in 1993, and . . . I’ve not been healed. (“Eek! Then how can you minister to others?” some people have dared to ask.)

Well, because God is so good! One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 119:50, “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” –He preserves it, refreshes it, rejuvenates it. And He wants to do the same for you, despite whatever kind of pain you are in!

I have been blessed beyond measure as I have had the opportunity to start a Christian ministry, Rest Ministries, for people who live with any kind of chronic illness or pain (like back pain). Did you know nearly 1 in 2 people in the United States have a chronic condition?

Many of our symptoms and our pain may be invisible to those around us, but they are not invisible to God. He not only sees your pain but He captures each tear as it falls.

This is one of those “author/speaker” web sites that always feel a little bit self-indulgent, because it’s about . . . well, me. But it’s purpose is to help you quickly locate information about the topics I speak about, books I’ve written, and organizations I am a part of, so that I may walk beside you in this journey (and you can consider me “credible.”)

More than anything, I hope this personal web site will connect us on a deeper level as you visit the Rest Ministries web site and find out more about how your illness may be more than a thorn — even an asset!

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33 Comments»

  Sandra Aadland wrote @

You are an inspiration. I have a friend with your same illness and wonder the kind of pain you experience.
My mind focuses on pain so much, it’s all I talk about or think about. My pain is from a car accident and, attempts to “fix” has left me having two surgeries to correct two and another to correct one. I find you an inspiration, but I struggle w:finding peace you have.
Fear, now, because the surgeon really butchered my insides. Can you help me put my focus on healing and positive? I am so blessed w/family and friends, but, I don’t want my greatest pleasure – grandchildren to see me at my worst. Pride is an awful thing.
Blessings and gratefulness to you.

  Sherry Asberry wrote @

I was diagnosed in 1980 @ 17 with rheumatoid arthritis. I have had over 50 surgeries including multiple joint replacements and my entire cervical spine fused. I have a lot of secondary problems because of long term medications and compromised immune system. I also suffer from depression because of the pain and days of isolation and loneliness. I have never blamed God or asked “why me?” I have asked “when will it slow down?” The past several years it’s been back to back surgeries with no break in between. I’ve been angry with God because it feels like it’s too much!! I would love to connect with others who understand what I go through and how I feel. Also, I need people that won’t shame me for getting mad at God. I think he’s strong enough to take my anger 😉

  video wrote @

Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely
long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and
say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger
but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any points for newbie blog writers?
I’d really appreciate it.

  Pam Roberts wrote @

I’m 51 yrs old & I have fibro, failed neck surg., (plate & 2 screws) cfs, stage 4 patella femoral syndrome(lt knee) , ddd, spinal stenosis, multi bulging disks, torn disk @ L5/S1, mild scoliosis, recent lt foot surg ( displaced JOHNSONS FRACTURE with plate & screws)fracture healed OK, but during surg., my perineal nerve was damaged & now I have neuropathy, extreme swelling with discoloration,) & a torn meniscus lt knee that will need surg.! I also typically get no more than 4 hrs sleep a night bc of intense pain & I hurt every position I try to sleep in. When I wake up in am, I am so stiff & in so much pain I almost could use help getting out of bed, and I’m like that for approx 1 1/2-2 hrs.! I have been off work since my foot surg in the summer bc I can’t PHYSICALLY work & have become some what disabled. I’m also helping to raise a grandchild with another one due anytime. We all live with my elderly Mother. My life is stressed out to the max in every single area & most days I’m exhausted & totally over whelmed! Thank you so much for listening! “God Bless You”! =)


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