Life Repurposed with host Michelle Rayburn helps you on your quest for inspiration, practical guidance, and a renewed purpose as you navigate the evolving chapters of life, including questions about faith and uncertainty about what lies ahead. Join other resilient midlife explorers who approach their past, present, and future armed with a sense of humor and a willingness to find hope in the "trashy stuff" of life. Laughter and faith are our trusted companions on the path to discovering life's unexpected treasures.

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Valentine’s Day is More a State of Mind Than a Holiday

Phil and I have been married for 22 years and it took us a few years to figure out that certain holidays were more stressful than they were enjoyable. Valentine’s Day used to be one of those. We learned that expectations could cause a lot of conflict, thus overruling the whole point of the holiday. It became nothing more than him trying to figure out what I wanted, and me expecting him to just know what I wanted. What we learned from too many years of expectations and let-downs is that gift-giving out of obligation dictated by the calendar isn’t […]

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Do We Use “God is In Control” to Cover Up Our Neglect?

Today, I’m adding a new feature to the blog. I thought I’d tackle a hot topic (or maybe it’s more of a hot-button issue) to get you thinking. I’ll be bringing up some topics for thought on Thursdays in the future too. I hear the phrase “God is in control” often, but sometimes, it seems as though we use it to cover up our own lack of prayer and planning. For example, let’s say I procrastinate a project that’s as big as Mount Rushmore, and then the night before it’s due, I sit down and try to extract an idea […]

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Get Creative: Free Printable Cards & More

If you’re looking for something cute and creative, but you’re fresh out of ideas, How Does She has some really fun printable projects. Just subscribe to the newsletter (see the pink box at the bottom of her blog page) and you’ll receive the password for the downloads. At the top of the list, you’ll find some back to school printables. If you’re like me, you take pictures on the first day of school. Just print the appropriate sign for your child’s grade and have him or her hold it in the picture. Here is an example from How Does She: […]

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To The Parents of the Class of 2011

We have one more graduation party to attend today, so I thought I’d share with you the thoughts I posted in my monthly column in Wisconsin Christian News last month:  My oldest son graduates this year and right now, our house is all graduation talk. Photos. Invitations. Parties. Cleaning for our open house. He’s trying to decide what to say in his speech. I’m trying to decide if we should have punch or lemonade. It’s a big event in his life and also my own. In each of his firsts, I’ve experienced my own first. Now, for the first time, […]

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Guests on the show are mostly by invitation or through a referral from a mutual connection. Unsolicited pitches for guest appearances need to demonstrate an understanding of the show's format and target audience and have a tie-in to the idea of how God repurposes hardships, disappointments, and struggles for his glory. Books recommended on the show are vetted carefully via reviews.

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