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Tsh Oxenreider is the author of Notes From a Blue Bike and the founder of The Art of Simple. She's host of The Simple Show, and her passion is to inspire people that 'living simply' means making room for more of the stuff that really matters, and that the right,...

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  1. Tsh,
    God has been calling me to something that is so outside my wheelhouse of expertise and comfort. If you would have told me five years ago that I would be starting a Christian School for orphans in the epicenter of evil in Pakistan, I would have told you, “You’re crazy!” But, guess where I am. God now has me pursuing filing for 501c3 status (I don’t speak legalese). Again, way outside my comfort zone. Like you said so beautifully…God is GOOD! It’s a big risk, but all we have to do is show up with our mustard seed of faith, abide in Him, and wait to see the wonders that He will perform. May my lack of faith in me…but all my faith in Him, enable me to not procrastinate, but to risk and step forward into Him.
    Blessings and best wishes on your deadline,
    Bev

  2. I’m beginning a scary new writing project and I so needed to hear this. One word, one step at a time. He is good…He is faithful. YES. Thank you for this reminder, Tsh. I pray your project is a daily experience in worship and gratitude as you humbly and beautifully submit to His work and guidance.

  3. Great post. It made me ask myself if I am running away from writing..this endeavor I still think He’s called me to but, like you, I can currently find more reasons to scrub the kitchen floor than write a blog post. It all seems so hard now, when it all used to seem so easy. Expectations; if we’re not careful, they creep in and steal the joy of the gift we’ve been given. Perhaps it seems harder because I too am recognizing God is so much bigger than He used to be 🙂 It all seems so weighty now, full of comparison and comments or lack thereof. Thanks for keeping it real and letting us know that even the gal writing a book finds it hard to sit down and just write, but you give the hope that it’s not all about you anyway- it’s about what you give to Him.

  4. Tsh, Oh, My, Yes. I have to do some things and speak with the area psychologist for our boys for school and have been procrastinating for many reasons. This is the incentive I need to just move and do it intimidated. It will turn out the way God intends whether I feel it is the way I want to see it. I don’t have to be intimidated. Joanne

  5. It’s easy to be misunderstood as a writer, people don’t always get it. For a long time I was discouraged by rejection, but I could not give up my passion. I did the 31Day Writers Challenge, writing about the Prince of Peace, for me, as much as anyone. Yes, He is good!

  6. Thanks for such a timely reminder that we all dodge important tasks!! I became a professional at this as a young girl and am even better at it as a 40 year old mom of 5!

  7. Thank you! Just what I needed this morning! Especially the reminder that God has never failed to show up! I can place my entire situation in His hands with complete faith in His goodness and enduring faithfulness to me.

  8. Tsh,
    Last year was a bit stressful and traumatic for my family. Moved aging dad into assisted living, he had multiple medical issues, my hubby almost lost his job–changed it 3 times (with same company), I dreaded my job. Last June I remember praying to God to allow me to quit my job and become a local missionary. Never did I dream it would come true! Through faith in Him it has happened. I now stay at home and do a lot of extra church work, visit my dad and others 3X week, pray more, and work at being a better Christian. All it took was mustard seed faith, and God’s hand at work!
    Blessings 🙂

    • Yes and yes. I think part of my procrastination is because it (seems like) a scary, hard task. And other times, procrastination is because of the vulnerability, blood-letting, soul scouring work it requires. Eek! Done feels really good though!

  9. Faith of a mustard seed can move mountains- I have heard this before and I love your message here. God loves to work wonders with whatever we bring, all we have to do is show up, have faith and give him the opportunity to do his good work through us. I always reflect on how I am not good enough for God He is so great why would he want me, there must be a mistake here…I just need to have faith and come to him.