Don’t you love opening a new book? I asked Tina Yeager to introduce her new release to you. Tina’s book Upcycled: Crafted for a Purpose helps readers discover how God reinvents shabby and “flawed folks like us into cherished masterpieces who glorify him daily.” Here’s Tina.
Shabby to the Utmost Chic
I adore television shows, antique malls, and all the shabby chic trending in the marketplace. The rescue of discarded junk and dated dwellings touches a deep need in my soul. Maybe these renovated items offer a ray of hope to all who feel damaged and worn.
The process begins with a nondescript dust-collector. The visionary sees beyond its current state and salvages the uninspired property. The artist pursues the unseen potential of his object until a new and amazing result shines forth to inspire the world.
I relate to these object lessons because my shabby heart needs renovation, too.
I spent years despairing over my drab and tattered spirit and lamented the purposeful glory others seemed to enjoy. Polished friends rose and stepped into the limelight of their purpose. The agape in my heart prompted me to draw near and cheer their success. But shame thoughts urged me to hide under the nearest dust cover. The glow of others’ achievements could highlight my blemishes. Chippy and cast-off girls like me didn’t seem to belong among those God could use for his glory.
I didn’t believe myself good enough. Sins discolored my past. Age and fear chipped away at tomorrow. My secret label, “Failure,” bled through the cheap varnishes I’d applied. Year. After. Year.
I’ve unwittingly joined Satan, the infamous accuser, in slander attacks against my identity using those half-truths. The shame-battering occurred after criticism, before starting a project, and at professional conferences. Unlike a physical assault, the bruises proved easy to mask from others. Hope bled from my soul unseen. I feared imposing upon others for spiritual first aid and believed I could heal in the shadows on my own.
Much like trashed and forgotten antiques, people cannot access their unseen potential without the intervention of a Great Upcycler.
Meet the Great Upcycler
My Redeemer spoke truth-salves into my splintered mind and heart. He sanded away the lies and buffed the jaggedness from my wounded perspective. Christ invited me to surrender my veneers and step into an authentic role.My Redeemer spoke truth-salves into my splintered mind and heart. He sanded away the lies and buffed the jaggedness from my wounded perspective. @TYeagerWrites Click To Tweet
I shared my testimony of struggle with shame. Instead of the battering from my long-term enemy, a community of other weathered souls gathered around me. Together, we arm ourselves with truth to expose and dispel the accuser’s sabotage attempts against our purpose. We each bring unique beauty and gifts to share as vital pieces in the Ultimate Artist’s boutique of treasures. Christ gilds our souls with layers of his character, each of us patterned in a different design. He delivers beautiful stories and life transformation through us to bless the world.
Join me in discovering the power of submitting ourselves, dust and rust and all, to the capable hands of our Salvager. Upcycled: Crafted for a Purpose guides us on a journey of spiritual transformation. Each chapter includes heartwork questions and a craft to illustrate the insights shared regarding how we can fulfill our Christ-centered potential. For an even more meaningful experience, a list of suggested charities or mission projects provide a way to donate the projects and share the message of hope with those who need it most. Videos for each craft appear on tinayeager.com and Tina Yeager’s YouTube channel. Download a free Upcycled inspirational flip book template at upcycledbook.com.
Award-winning author, speaker, Flourish-Meant podcast host, licensed counselor, and life coach, Tina encourages audiences to fulfill their potential. She hosts a Subdue Stress and Anxiety course featuring 15 expert presenters. (Use affiliate code WILS99 and save if you choose to order this course!) Check out Beautiful Warrior: Finding Victory Over the Lies Formed Against You and Upcycled: Crafted for a Purpose (Bold Vision, 2022). Connect with Tina at tinayeager.com or in the Upcycled Facebook group.
Other Resources & Opportunities
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