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The Repurposed and Upcycled Life: When God Turns Trash to Treasure Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0578110423
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Faith Creativity Life Books (January 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JRQJ6TO
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Michelle wants to help you connect the dots between faith, creativity, and everyday life and discover the joy of finding God in the most unexpected places. Years ago, she left her career as a registered nurse to raise her family, and along the way, she discovered her true passion for writing, speaking, and singing.

Along that path of discovery, she tried many side ventures, including: a wedding coordinator, rubber stamp demonstrator, custom painter and decorator, craft instructor, craft seller, and web designer. Pile on her hobbies as a quilter, scrapbooker, and avid reader, and that's a lot of dots to connect! For the sake of sanity, she has exchanged most of those roles for the thrill of putting words on paper.

Michelle lives in an unusual home that was formerly a little country church with a parsonage attached. The church half of it is a hundred years old, and the rest is gradually coming out of the dreadful 50s and 70s decor with ongoing updates and renovation. She loves trash-to-treasure decorating and has filled her home with creative makeovers of "junk."

As a wife and a mom of two boys, Michelle's hidden motive as a speaker for women's events is the welcome escape from the testosterone zone to get a good dose of estrogen and female companionship.

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We've all taken a garment out of the closet that looks fine—until we put it on. Then the color makes us look sallow, the waistband is too tight or too loose or it or it just isn’t us anymore? We should toss it, yet we put it back on the shelf to play the same scene over and over.

Humor is the spoon Michelle Rayburn uses to dish out funny, inspirational and applicable personal stories that inspire us to clean our spiritual and emotional houses, give up the guilt, and to embrace the positive aspects of our current lives. Her experienced guidance helps to examine 11 negative types of baggage, to peel away the trash and look for the treasure in every area– all those things we kid ourselves into thinking no one else knows about.

Emotional garbage, guilt and bitterness out – healing and changed attitudes and perspectives in. Each chapter is short enough to finish in a 10-15 minute devotional time, but has enough depth to keep you pondering – and asking yourself if this (action, habit, emotion, reaction) will build up your life – or not. If not, Rayburn empowers the reader to “carry out the trash,” and keep only what builds you up so you can turn and build up others.

Well written, engaging and practical, this little book is a treasure you will want to glean from time and again
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I was surprised to learn that this book is Michelle Rayburn's first. High-quality content, this work is humorous with tremendous practical application for Christian living. Based on her reflective happenings in the past, Rayburn has a talent to engross the reader in the moment with nuggets of hope from areas often discounted as calamities. "God takes the shabby stuff that we'd rather toss out of our history and makes it chic when he shows us that not every bad thing we experience is junk. Sometimes some of life's greatest disappointments can be precious treasures from God. "

The offer will indeed recycle the "junkpile quote of your life and present it with a new image that will spring forth hope for the soul. "Re-purposed" and "upcycled" will be new terms too many and will be the catalyst for change. If you struggle with any of these areas this is a resource for you:
– Weight loss
– Lack of joy and a sense of hopelessness
– Fear of failure
– Perfectionism/pride
– Juggling family responsibilities
– Comparison traps

Each chapter centers on a different theme relevant to every day issues women face. This book could be used in a small group setting to elaborate on issues and generate healthy exchanges among woman. I found Rayburn's work to be very encouraging, helping to unpack painful pieces of emotional baggage. Each area is backed up with biblical remedies. Be challenged to study God's word and still yourself before Him.

Michelle Rayburn holds a master's degree in Christian leadership and serves as a speaker and worship leader at women's events. She also is a monthly Columnist for Wisconsin Christian News called "Simply Faith".
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One quick look into Michelle Rayburn's book and you find yourself wondering where this friend has been all those years!
There are no other words to describe the warm feeling you get as you discover her witty and very refreshing writing, she comes through clearly as the sort of woman each of us would like to call Friend!

Michelle's jocular approach to sharing personal experiences and the resulting wisdom gives you the opportunity to see the extra emotional baggage we each carry. If we are honest and we must be as she was with herself, there are many areas in our lives we could improve upon. Unlike other testimonies and devotionals The Repurposed and Upcycled Life is filled with the joys of discovering what treasures we can become in the eyes of God.

Women especially appreciate the need to feel special and in order to do it, we must learn to accept ourselves, deal with past mistakes, change our perspective on those circumstances we cannot change and let go of regrets. Ah, regrets...Not an easy one!
But best of all, Michelle's arguments will help each of us to build stronger relationships, dream big and live with purpose!

With hilarious chapters titles such as 'Dust bunnies and bad hare hair days' and 'Chicken Coop for the Soul' Michelle's brand of humour leaves us with a comforting dose of care and support.
This is one book every woman should read if we are to retain our sanity in this often crazy world and learn to love ourselves as God loves us!
Following each chapter, a segment about Faith, Creativity, Everyday Life reveals God's unexpected gifts, all part of the many lessons you will learn here.
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“What if we were real: What if we were as honest about our failures as we are about our successes?” (p. 2)

Michelle Rayburn explores this question from every possible angle throughout her book, The Repurposed & Upcycled Life. She walks the reader through a myriad of situations, some from personal experience, some from the experience of others. Michelle takes the Scripture and teaches transforming truths about successfully navigating life in a fallen world. She uses her unique talent of repurposing “junk” and applies the practical truths of the Bible to each step of a transformational journey. She wants everyone to walk in the freedom and purpose of God’s plan for their lives, and her book equips folks to do this!

Each chapter packed with things you will want to remember, so please read with your highlighter at the ready! At the end of the chapter Michelle offers a section called Getting Personal. Here you will find a section entitled Faith where she asks purpose-filled questions of self-examination. She follows this with a section entitled Creativity where she offers ideas of creative activities that give your situation a concrete re-purposing. The last section is entitled Everyday Life gives practical ways to put what you’ve learned into action.

This is a book that will bring healing and hope to many people in a variety of situations. Don’t rush through this. Take time to absorb what God has for you in these pages. This book has been a love note from God in my life!! How I praise Him for Michelle Rayburn’s ministry!
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