Finding Treasure in Africa, Amid the Challenges

My friend Kristy has a blog on Babble called Into Africa with Kristy Carlson and her stories are great demonstrations of making the most of a difficult circumstance.  I call Kristy a “friend” rather than an acquaintance because Kristy’s husband grew up in my home area, her parents are good friends of mine, and frankly, Kristy has a writing voice that makes me feel close to her. She is raw, and real, and so easy to connect with. Kristy and her husband Ben are living in Africa working to help the people of Burundi get a fair price for their […]

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Finding Forgiveness for Past Mistakes

This trash to treasure story comes from an anonymous reader. A big hug to a precious woman who was brave enough to be honest with her mistakes and sensitive to the truth that God’s love forgives and forgets when we own up to our sins. You Will be Forgiven Even in our very worst moments, God is there, answering the prayers we haven’t even sent to Him. He knows our every need before we do.My first husband and I were having marital difficulties even before our second child was born. By the time she was 18 months old there seemed […]

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The Question to Ask in the Middle of a Difficult Time

In a  blog post, Michael Hyatt shares about a time when he had every reason to ask, “Why me?” and a bunch of other similar questions. And then he shares how he learned to shift his perspective. Hyatt says:  At this point, I could have asked myself several questions: Why am I so clumsy? Why did I have both hands full? Why does this have to happen now? Why did I have to be in such a hurry? What did I do to deserve this? The problem with these questions is that they are completely unproductive and disempowering They are […]

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When God Turns Difficult Situations into Learning Experiences

As a means of simplifying my life a bit, I am merging my Repurposed and Upcycled blog with Faith Creativity Life, and creating a topical category for posts related to God’s repurposing of our difficult circumstances. This is a post I originally featured on Feb. 7, 2013.Repurposed and UpcycledBy: Robin Hakanson PaulsenRepurposed and upcycled are not two words that I thought should exist for me 10-20 years ago.Obligation and shame more accurately described how I felt.Growing up as the oldest of five in a Christian home, I was responsible and followed the rules. I tested those rules often during my […]

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