Faith and Inspiration

Importance of Making Time for Me, Guilt-Free

In this issue: Learn why repurposing is just a way of appreciating the story in broken things, be inspired to make self-care a regular part of your life with no guilt, and learn more about a new book that’s coming out that helps you discover God in the midst of everyday life. This post marks the beginning of a new format for my blog! The new magazine-style format will include three elements in each issue: 1) a practical real-life article to inspire you to repurpose your own struggles or challenges into growth opportunities, 2) a fun repurposed or before-and-after idea, […]

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I’m So Sorry for Your Loss…

Have you ever wondered what to say when someone has just experienced the death of a loved one? I’m not even sure what I would want someone to say to me, but here are some well-worn lines that often come to mind when words elude me: I’m holding you in my thoughts and prayers. We’re praying for you at this time of great sadness. I’m so sorry for your loss. Worn out phrases, but heartfelt, I promise! That leads me to wonder; just how do the ones left behind express their experience to others? How can they begin to capture […]

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Room Makeover and Reflections on Empty Nesting

Last summer, our nest officially emptied when our youngest son got married and moved out of our home. He wasn’t terribly amused that I required him to remove his belongings from his room when he left. I was not going to be one of those mothers who would someday put my grandchildren to bed for sleepovers in their father’s untouched childhood room. If you’re one of those mothers, please pardon my frankness. No insult is intended toward whatever choice you make. This loft bed stood in this corner for more than a decade. The paneling-covered walls AND ceiling was tolerable decor […]

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From Biker Gang to Beloved

Love. We all crave it. More importantly we all need it. Without it, we end up in life-or-death situations or in a string of horrible relationships. I would like to introduce you to a book that just came out: Love’s Bullet. I had the opportunity to be one of the editors for this book and Maureen’s story is engaging. Here is a little more from the description: Love’s Bullet chronicles Maureen Hager‘s rise from an emotionless, dysfunctional family to finding the love she sought. But first she endured years of heartache and pain. Numerous failed relationships sent her deeper into a world […]

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Life in the Silence

My guest blogger today shares a story that some of my readers can relate to. Others haven’t been through the heartbreaking loss that she has experienced, but they can imagine the pain. There is purpose, even if a life lived only inside the womb. I hope you’ll take a moment to read how Kristine has found blessings in her pain. And remember Infant Loss Awareness Month in October! Life in the Silence Infant Loss Awareness Month by Kristine Zimmer Orkin Jacob entered the world silently. There was no collaborative gasp of joy with the final push that announced his arrival. […]

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Walking in Your Own Shoes: Finding Purpose, Passion and Power

  My guest blogger today is Kolleen Lucariello. I remember borrowing shoes from a friend or my mother, and they never felt right on my feet. Thank you, Kolleen, for the reminder to say yes to my own purpose, passion and power! Walking in Your Own Shoes By Kolleen Lucariello Here in my home state of New York, October ushers in the fun of pumpkins, apple picking and salmon fishing season. There’s also the beauty of leaves peaking, apple cider and cozy sweaters. Among the many things October has to offer, it has also been designated as Women Walking in […]

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7 Tips for Handling Anxiety

I’m wrapping up my September guest posts with guest blogger, Michelle Bengston. Here Michelle shares some biblical wisdom for handling anxiety.   7 Tips for Handling Anxiety by Dr. Michelle Bengtson   Worry, fear, and anxiety are epidemic. Anxiety disorders are the most common class of mental health disorders.[i] It started in Genesis, when Adam and Eve developed an unhealthy fear of God, prompting them to hide in the garden after realizing their nakedness. God commands us not to worry or fear over 300 times, because He knew we would. Scripture Gives 7 Tips for Handling Anxiety: Recognize it exists. […]

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One Proposal for an Improved Marriage

Today’s guest blogger is Lori Lipsky. She shares how she and her husband have had some great conversations about books. She also figured out a solution for when their tastes differ. Love this! Mr. Repurposed and Upcycled Life doesn’t love books like I do. In fact, he would rank books at the bottom of his list of loves. But, we have had some wonderful discussions over audio books that we have listened to together. It isn’t always a picture-perfect experience, but we flex.   One Proposal for An Improved Marriage by Lori Lipsky For the first time in our marriage, we […]

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Set a Goal for Improving Yourself this Fall

Today’s guest blogger is Gail Goolsby who wants to help us kick off fall with excellent plans for self-improvement. Today is the official start of fall. What will you do to improve yourself? Kick Off Fall with September Self-Improvement Month by Gail Goolsby   Goodbye to lazy days of summer and vacation leisure. Hello to set schedules for kids and adults. Time for school and daily routines. Fall is here. Freshly sharpened pencils. New clothes and unscuffed shoes. Sports teams with unblemished records. Blank report cards ready to register best grades ever. Fall presents new opportunities. Make the most of […]

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Sweet in the Middle: She Loves Her Sandwich-Cookie Life

Today’s guest blogger is Robin Steinweg. I love how she has found sweetness in the midst of her life experience as a caregiver and then after losing her parents. She shares some helpful tips if you feel stuck in the middle. Stuck Sweet in the Middle by Robin Steinweg Do you ever feel you’re in that awkward, in-between stage? I sure do! I recently spent years stuck in a crushing middle. Round and round I turned from the growing needs of aging parents to those of growing sons to those of work. I’d carve hours from sleepless nights to write, compose, […]

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