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

Michelle Rayburn
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Book Description

Life is frustrating sometimes. It can be hard and ugly. Hurt, frustration and regret can make everything seem hopeless. But, God has a plan for everything in our lives. He offers unconditional love and grace, despite our imperfections. He offers hope where we see only despair.

Discover the repurposed and upcycled life. This is a life where no experience is wasted. Like the best trash–to–treasure decorating project, it's a life where God repurposes our junky experiences. It's where he upcycles—turns hopeless situations into something so much better than we ever imagined—when we let him work with the trash. When we surrender to his leading, God demonstrates his creativity in revealing how our greatest disappointments, mistakes, and painful experiences can be priceless treasures.

Through humor and stories, Michelle Rayburn addresses how to unpack emotional baggage and let go of the past. Readers will learn how to confront perfectionism and negative attitudes, change perspective on circumstances, and let go of regret and shame. It's an opportunity to learn how to build positive healthy relationships, and dream big and live with purpose. Through inspiration from God's Word and examples from everyday life, readers will discover the joy–filled, hope–rich way of viewing their past, present, and future.

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  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Faith Creativity Life Books (January 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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[Mrs. Stanish posting] This is such an awesome book. You'll laugh (out loud!) and cry (keep some tissue handy) and you will be so amazed and inspired at how God can take what we think is a hopeless mess and turn it into a treasure that glorifies Him. Buy this for every woman in your life who has ever questioned her worth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One Book You Need to Read This Year. July 31, 2014
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The title of this came at just the right time. We were going through things in our house to see what we could get rid of and what we could recycle or repurpose. This book does the same thing with events in our life. The whole gist of this is that when you look at your life and things you are holding onto you need to ask yourself if you need to continue to hold on to it. Is it important? Chances are it is not. Can you use it to change things in your life to improve things? I have always seen myself as a fairly positive person. However, there are areas in my life that when I bring them back up, turn into something very negative. I had to ask myself if it was doing good or harm in my life? I had to give myself permission to let go of it. It definitely was not something God wanted me to hold on to. It is like holding on to a grudge. God has so much more for us. This book is full of ways to help you do just that. If there is one book you need to read this year it is this book. I will recommend it to all of my readers and my family and friends. I need to understand that sometimes sharing the way God has helped me with something I've always seen as trash in my life can often be a form of treasure for others. We don't know how sharing will often help someone else who is or has gone through the same thing. They feel alone and need to see that God can take any trash in our life and turn it into treasure.

I received a copy of this book to help facilitate my review. I received no compensation. The opinions are my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring! July 11, 2014
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I’m working through The Repurposed and Upcycled Life chapter by chapter and trying to apply the lessons to my life. This book has really started to change the way I think about things and instead of seeing the flaws in everything I do, I am trying to see more of the positives. If you’re looking for a new outlook, I recommend The Repurposed and Upcycled Life by Michelle Rayburn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent devotional June 27, 2014
Excellent devotional. Michelle Rayburn uses examples of her life as a mom and wife to illustrate Godly principles. She shares from her heart situations that most women can relate to - from the stress of being a stay-at-home mom, having a visitor at the most inopportune time, the pity parties we can give ourselves when life becomes tough. Her stories are told with humor and made me laugh at times. I enjoyed how she brought God into the mix. Some of her faith reflections and suggestions for applying the teaching did not appeal to me - if a mom was that harried and challenged, some of the projects, for example cutting out before and after images of things, would just add more stress and challenges to an already crowded life. Still I appreciated her constant suggestion that we need to honestly share our challenges with others so we learn we are not alone. The most useful for me was the chapter called friend or fiend. I've knows some fiends in my life that I thought were friends. I recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars feels like this book was written for me! June 22, 2014
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Can I give more than 5 stars? I can relate to almost every aspect of this book. This has given me a fresh perspective. Thank you so much Michelle Rayburn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very easy read March 7, 2014
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we all have "junk" in our lives-God will forgive us, restore us & make us new again in Him-Praise God
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5.0 out of 5 stars repurpose your life with michelle rayburn July 19, 2014
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this is a really goof read! love it! read my full review here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great encouragement! July 25, 2014
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Inspirational true to life personal stories that will lift up and encourage the down-hearted. Buy it! Read it! Then share it with a friend! Pastor Ken
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More About the Author

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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