I initially found Rest Ministries when I was in some yahoogroups and people would sometimes post the encouraging daily devotions. They're special, because they're written by and for people w/ chronic illness and/or pain. But RM does so much else--they have a great site for support and information, a Sunroom to meet others, in-person local support groups called HopeKeeper's and an emphasis on invisible illness. It's really helpful for people to know they're not alone and that we're dealing w/ similar issues even when we don't have the same illnesses; and to be able to educate our families, employers, church members and the public about how everyone's illness is different and not to judge others w/ an illness or disability. It's hard for people to understand the variability of an illness among different people--and how even the same person can feel very different from day to day and just because they can something one day doesn't mean they can the next. Or why it's hard to plan ahead and commit, since we never know how we're going to feel. Or that we can try to do certain things, but we have to save up energy, pace ourselves, rest a long time afterward and really pay for these decisions we have to make about how we "spend" our energy. I'm so blessed that I don't have as much pain as a lot of other people and that I'm also still able to do as much as I can physically. Lisa Copen, the founder and director, is so very affected by her RA and fibromyalgia, but she has been able to do so much w/ this ministry and has been able to work through her pain and fatigue to keep this ministry going. She has such a strong heart for helping others and ministering to the hurting, whether that pain is physical, emotional or spiritual.
As a person with multiple chronic, incurable pain conditions, I was so glad to learn about Rest Ministries from one of my co-workers. I loved the term "Rest Ministries" because it reminded me of the 23rd Psalm: "He restoreth my soul." The daily devotionals were down-to-earth and relevant as I passed from being a full-time worker, to being hospitalized 5 days for severe depression, to realizing 2 weeks later that I had to quit my job for health reasons.(I even wrote a few devotionals myself!) For months we lived on just my husband's unemployment check - he was laid off - while I filed for disability. Rest Ministries kept me sane with its money-saving tips and professional advice on pertinent issues. There is always reassurance and hope there whenever I'm feeling awful or want to hear about new treatments. It's a win-win place to be!
Hi I would like everyone to know just how wonderful Rest Ministries is. I look forward to the daily devotional everyday. When you suffer with chronic pain & illness, its nice to know someone understands & is going thru the same thing as you. All of the devotionals are wonderful gifts from God. Its awesome how Rest Ministries is founded by someone who knows the Lord as their personal savior. Rest Ministries is one of the best things that has happened to me lately. thank you for providing an outlet for people who are struggling with their conditions, you are giving us hope & a way to the Lord.
Rest Ministries has been a lifeline for me in not only "surviving" but "thriving" through chronic illness. I've been blessed by this organization since first connecting with them online in the late 1990s and so appreciate the multiple options for online support (various email subscription options, message boards, website resources, etc.) as well as a great bookstore, local support group options, and reference articles on so many different aspects on daily life with sick.
I learned about Rest MInistries online a few years ago when dealing with chronic spine issues & severe pain, amongst other chronic & disabling conditions. I found that the founder, Lisa Copen, not only sold very helpful resources & books on her website, but she wrote some as well! Her website & devotionals have given me hope, encouragement & support on most days when I have very little support. Rest Ministries is the BEST non-profit I have ever been involved in (and I myself founded a health non-profit in the past so I speak from experience). Lisa is an amazing woman and the work she does is relevant, needed & paramount to the encouragement to those who suffer in our world today! God bless you Lisa!
Rest Ministries has given a voice to the millions of people with Invisible Diseases. Having an Invisible Disease can make life extremely difficult but most of all it makes you feel like you are the only one with your disease. I have found that I am not alone and meaningful help is freely given.
A friend told me about Rest Ministries more than ten years ago. At that time, I wrote two, maybe three devotionals which RM emailed out with their newsletter. Then, I drifted away into other projects. I can’t remember when I found them again, and it was so different! I have secondary-progressive Multiple Sclerosis and was searching for a Christian site … this was it! They have so many programs available, like the Sunroom where you can connect with others. It’s so important to find others who know, first hand, what you’re going through.
In 2000, I injured my back after numerous surgeries, I was left in chronic pain. Rest Ministries was a breath of fresh air! To find resources, encouragement, support and ideas from people who experience pain and illness–yet thrive, was a wonderful gift! Now I recommend this site to anyone who has pain or an illness and their friends and caregivers. Each one has found materials to help their specific situation. Rest Ministries provides hope! Rest Ministries is a good source of information presented with great compassion.
I discovered Rest Ministries about 8 years ago. it became a big source of support and information in my physical battles with Fibromyalgia, IBS, Depression and Anxiety. Lisa Copen has a heart of service to those within her organization. It provides a link to a world most of us would have no access to - the world of people just like us trying to live day to day. The research provided is vital to all of it's members as we learn to live and work with our various Invisible Illness. I have recommended Lisa Copen and Rest Ministries to many friends who need the support and information provided there.