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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
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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 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 Good ! July 16, 2014
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Inspiring and refreshing this book gave me a wake up call. She provided thoughtful insights, scriptures, and funny personal stories as well. Good read !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! March 28, 2013
By Candace
I was so excited to have the opportunity to read this book written by Michelle Rayburn called Repurposed And Upcycled Life. Don't you love the cover and the title?? Me, too.

This book was the encouragement I've been needing for the past few weeks. The truths in this book, as well as the heart behind them, really resonated with where I'm at right now in life. I am so thankful that God doesn't ever finish working on us here on earth!! I'm so thankful that what He starts, He has promised to complete! (Phil. 1:6)

This book encourages us to remember that we are a work in not be disappointed in ourselves for not being perfect, to let go of the guilt that plagues our every mistake, to find hope in the God who promises to change us more and more into His image. I don't know about you, but I need to hear those truths time and time again.

It seems like God is doing a work in my heart lately...I mean, He is always at work, but sometimes in my humanness, I don't always catch on. I'm very aware that He is stretching me and growing me in the area of contentment. And because He is at work, this covers so much more than just the simple word "contentment." I want to be more content with where God has me - my personality, my home, my children, my church, etc. Because I want to be content, I want to spend we are learning how to be more frugal, to spend differently, to eat differently. Contentment encompasses so many things for me!

This book reminded me a lot of my chair that I painted recently. You may remember that I wrote more about it here.

One thing that this book ~ and God ~ have both been reminding me of is that God can take the messes and mistakes I have made and turn it into a message to the world that will bring Him glory.
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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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