Show notes from podcasts, articles about resources, practical real-life tips to inspire you to repurpose your own struggles or challenges into growth opportunities, stories about repurposed life, and fun before-and-after ideas.

Michelle loves books, all things trash-to-treasure, and helping women discover hope - something she hopes you enjoy in every episode!




Reclaiming Christmas: Ways to Make the Holidays Special in a Pandemic

This episode is packed with ideas for fun and creative things you can do with friends and family from a distance. If your pandemic holiday needs something a lot more interesting than a video chat, you’ll want to check it out. Plus, an Advent resource from author Jane Rubietta, and a secret discount offer on one of my books hidden in the episode. It’s a must-listen episode!

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Tips to Prepare Your Mindset and Home for a Pandemic Christmas

Author Stephenie Hovland returns this week to talk about how she changed her mindset about Christmas from “If you can’t do it all, do more” to a more balanced approach. We also discussed how we can prepare now for the necessary celebration changes in a pandemic. There’s a giveaway this week and some great resources.

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My Story: From Pharisee to Empathy

This is my story of pursuing biblical truth but getting sidetracked by legalism and pride along the way. Discover how God revealed my heart condition to me and began his process of transforming me into a more compassionate and graceful human.

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How Do We Move Forward?

How do we move forward in a culture where we disagree, where we are deeply discouraged, and where tension is off the charts? We have choice in how we contribute to conversations and in how we adjust our own attitudes. Also, you don’t want to miss this week’s resource that asks the question: what if Jesus was serious in what he taught?

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We were introduced to Rick Marks's RelateWell marriage content earlier this year. The power and impact of an “Us” vs “I” paradigm is central to this program. In addition to working with couples, Dr. Rick trains therapists and counselors using the RelateWell process to aid them and empower couples with the emotional and relational skills needed for a loving and thriving marriage. We're honored to receive his endorsement for our book!

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Back when we were in high school, Phil and I heard Greg Speck at a youth event. How fun to come full circle and have him endorse our book!

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Would you be willing to test out the form on my website to see if you receive the discussion questions for my book Classic Marriage? It seems there is a technical glitch that I can't figure out. Not all subscribers receive the file.

Step 1: Sign up on the form on the page linked below. See the area marked "Free Downloadable Tune-Up Time Discussion Questions."

Step 2: Watch your inbox for a confirmation email from Life, Repurposed with Michelle Rayburn

Step 3: You should receive an email within a few minutes of confirming that will contain your download link.

Step 4: Comment on this post to let me know you received it.

Thank you for helping me troubleshoot and for signing up for my list (you can always unsubscribe).
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This week on my podcast, author Stephenie Hovland talks about how she changed her mindset about Christmas from “If you can’t do it all, do more” to a more balanced approach. We also discussed how we can prepare now for the necessary celebration changes in a pandemic.

Stephenie is giving away a copy of her Advent devotional booklet “Hark the Herald Angels Sing: Daily Prayers for Advent,” which is inspired by “It’s a Wonderful Life.” To enter, comment below with the title of your favorite Christmas movie. Share the post to your page to get a second entry.

I’ll draw one name randomly at 8 pm CT on Monday, Nov. 23 so you can get your booklet in time for Advent.

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I hung part of my great-grandfather's crib on the wall to use to display photos of our family. But I'm trying to decide on what to do with the top part.

Option A: Create a pendant garland from paper.
Option B: Create a wood slice garland with chalkboard paint on each slice.

Bonus question: What should I put on the garland for a phrase? (One letter on each pendant or wood slice, so it has to be short)
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My family has a strong Dutch heritage, so my dad rewired the lamp that once stood on the dresser in my childhood bedroom, and I gave it a new shade from Target. Sometimes an update doesn't have to be dramatic. ... See MoreSee Less

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