If you haven’t washed your hair since Tuesday, and dry shampoo is your best friend, you might find a connection here. If your couch is covered in several loads of laundry, and you can’t find two socks that match, and if there are petrified French fries in your back seat, I think we could be best friends.

It’s a little easier now that my children have left the nest, but there was a time when my minivan had dried up milk under the car seats, and my living room floor was a minefield of Lego pieces.

Right now, there is dust on my television screen and 100 messages in my inbox, but I’m happy to kick back with an iced latte and a good book rather than work on either of those problems. And I would much rather be chalk-painting a yard-sale dresser than scrubbing my kitchen floor!

I hope you’ll connect here and tell your friends to stop by too. Together we can live life, repurposed!




Michelle Rayburn is a freelance writer and podcaster who appreciates how life’s difficulties can turn out to be opportunities learn and grow. She loves dark chocolate, iced coffee, and a breezy afternoon in the hammock with a good book. She’s the author of several Christian living books, including The Repurposed and Upcycled Life: When God Turns Trash to Treasure and the multi-award-winning Classic Marriage: Staying in Love as Your Odometer Climbs. She has also published articles and Bible studies in places such as Focus on the Family, Christian Communicator, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Today’s Christian Living, and ChristianBibleStudies.com.

Michelle has her MA in ministry leadership with a counseling emphasis. She has been married to her husband, Phil, for 32 years and they have successfully launched two sons into adulthood. With all that testosterone around, she has mastered the art of lighthearted sarcasm and dad jokes as a second language. But she’s delighted to have reinforcements on team estrogen with two wonderful daughters-in-love.


The Rest of the Story

 Michelle and Phil live in an unusual home that was formerly a little country church with a parsonage attached. The church half is over one 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 mom of two boys, Michelle’s hidden motive as a speaker for women’s events has always been the welcome escape from the testosterone zone to get a good dose of estrogen and female companionship.

Random Facts: 

  • Michelle once contributed to the family food supply by shooting a 6-point buck during rifle season.
  • As an avid reader, it isn’t unusual for her to read two books a week, mostly read by flashlight in bed during the wee hours of the morning.
  • She gave birth to her two sons on the same day within eleven minutes of the same time of day, but they aren’t twins. How? They were born two years apart.
  • When her boys were small, Michelle spent some evenings in her woodworking shop in the basement while her husband watched the boys. The “solitude” of the router, table saw, and hammer were a welcome break after a long day with youngsters.
  • Despite how much she may sound like a tomboy, she’s really quite girly. Hates bugs, avoids the outdoors, and can’t remember how to change a tire.

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Life, Repurposed Podcast | Joy in the struggles | Blogger | Speaker | Humor writer | Author | Christ

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