Tsh Oxenreider
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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. I had never seen Chan’s video before, and, ummm…yeah…it blew my mind. I don’t know whether to bless you or curse you, Tsh, for scrambling my brain so early in the morning :). Amazing.

    The most spectacular piece of creation I’ve ever seen was each of my babies the moment after their birth. I don’t mean to sound trite but at the time I wanted to scream to anyone within hearing distance DO YOU SEE THIS MIRACLE????

    Snow-capped peaks of towering Alps…sun breaking over the ocean…the force and fury of a waterfall…gossamer threads of a spider’s web…the penitent hands of a praying mantis….

    I guess Creation is kinda like a bag of Lays Chips to me…it’s impossible for me to choose just ONE :).

    • I love that, Robin. At church yesterday, a woman said that every time she gives birth, she’s awe-fully aware of how she just partnered with God. I love that.

      And I agreeβ€”so many amazing things in creation, which is another one of its majesties… it never ends.

  2. As a scientist myself, the awe-inspiring nature of God’s creation is what got me into studying all that He has made. Romans 1:20 guides my study, and I LOVE being able to catch glimpses of his invisible qualities through my study of ecology. My best “awe” moment — flying at 23,000 feet right next to Denali on a clear day. Absolutely stunning.

    • Incredible! I’d love to visit Alaska one day.

      I remember being on a plane near the Afghanistan-Pakistan-China border, and seeing the Gobi desert out of one window (flat as a pancake) and K2 in the other (only the second highest mountain in the world). INCREDIBLE.

  3. That is pretty profound…watching the sunrise while your husband watched the sunset. I also see that as a bonding experience despite the miles. Truly awe inspiring. That little video clip just made my jaw drop. It is so jaw dropping. Thanks for sharing this…

  4. My pieces of creation are sunrises & sets over the Smoky Mountains. I love just sitting on my porch listening to & watching all of God’s animals as they hum, buzz & fly around. Neat to see a bat fly over now & then also.

    The most beautiful awe was seeing the Grand Canyon & hiking some of it! That just takes your breath away!@

  5. After an extremely stressful and busy two year period of time volunteering for my professional organization, my husband and I promised each other the trip of a lifetime as a reward for my hard work and the countless hours taken away from “us”. We joined two other couples and took a cruise to Alaska.

    The magnificence of God’s glory in creation was something I had never experienced in this magnitude. From the pure blue of the ocean and the various whales and sea creature to the glaciers and mountains, I felt such awe, respect and gratitude for the blessing of witnessing this in person. I don’t know a time in my life of having this type of indescribable feelings throughout my soul and senses. Even at midnight when the sun was just starting to contemplate setting for a couple of hours! The clean air, the richness of color, the unspoiled beauty, the earthiness and “real people”. Truly a gift!

  6. I always love making the flight between Seattle and my home in Eastern Washington. It’s a short flight, so the plane is only at cruising altitude for a little while, but on a clear day you can watch the state’s topography change before your very eyes. I spend most of the flight with my nose pressed against the window, watching the landscape transition from the sparkling waters of Puget Sound, to the snowcapped volcanic peaks of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade mountain range, to the quilted farmland spreading east towards the ponderosa pine-covered mountains of the Idaho panhandle. I always thank God for blessing me with such a beautiful state to call home πŸ™‚

    • Yes, the entire Pacific Northwest is pretty astounding, isn’t it? As a native Texan, my mind is regularly blown around each bend and corner. πŸ™‚

  7. On my first trip to Colorado Springs, never hardly ever having left Texas, I was dismayed as we arrived late dusk to not see the “Rockies” . My sister, Joy, promised a short wait. She said “just wait till morning” and they’ll show up.

    When I woke early the next morning, and walked in her back yard, “purple mountain majesty” in all His glory stood before me. I found tears came at how awesome is His majesty.

    But I’ve learned to slow down because while the “Rockies” are truly majestic – no place greater than I’ve found Him than in my precious 4 grandchildren, Abcde, Payton, Cutter and Hadley. The best reflections of Him I’ve found. Truly the greatest creations of all….

  8. My special moment was when I visited Montana for the first time. My husband and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary and we got in late at night to our cabin. About 3am I got up to go to the bathroom and looked out the window. The moon was shinning on the Yellow Stone River that was right outside a couple of yards. It looked like the childhood story about gold shinning in the water. (At this moment the tiltle eludes me) It was a full moon and very gorgeous. I thank the Lord for getting us there safely and for the beauty that was all around us. That moment has never left me.

  9. The most awe inspiring experience of my life was celebrated in reverent silence with a group of strangers as we saw a spectacular sun set over the majestic Grand Canyon. After about twenty watchful minutes of utter worship, unbidden tears came to my eyes as I heard my youngest daughter whisper, ” Do it again, Daddy. Do it again.”

  10. Everytime I see a storm coming in off Lake Michigan or at a grander scale the Pacific Ocean I feel, I see, I hear God’s greatness! As far as spectacular creation – hands down – creation of life – my 3 children and soon to be 9th Grandchild.

  11. Beautiful picture, Tsh πŸ™‚

    Yes, I remember watching this Chan video when my husband and I read Crazy Love….or was it Forgotten God? One of those! Such a great video. Louie Giglio has a video out called ‘Indescribable’….where he talks about the universe and such – it’s awesome.

    I hope you have a great…joy-filled week, Tsh!

    – Kate πŸ™‚

  12. Standing atop a mountain, whether in Israel or Ireland or North Carolina. I feel like God built them just to show me the world. And yes, to our babies being born… when they first opened their eyes and their mouths for me, a divine sight.

  13. That makes me think of the MIB movie that shows the aliens playing with marbles that are galaxies… God is AW-MAZING. I’m actually glad our brain cannot fathom his greatness.

  14. Oh, that gives me chills, Tsh. The sunset, not the video. Although, yes, the video too, but I’d watched it before. ANYWAY. I love this – I love remembering that this beauty I’m surrounded by every single day? It isn’t there to serve me. That’s, well, I don’t know. It’s hard to wrap my mind around. I guess it just makes me even more thankful that God shares His creation with me.

  15. So many things I am in awe over when it comes to God’s creation. I read Crazy Love about a year ago, and it definitely is a book that changes your perspective on life. One of God’s creation that gets quite a bit of awe from me is the human brain. I blogged about it recently…check out this post for just a glimpse of how amazing He created our brains…http://celestialprescriptions.blogspot.com/2012/07/addiction-may-be-stalking-closer-than.html

    Love your blog!
    Blessings to you!

  16. While my grilled cheese was cooking on the stove I walked over to the back screen door that leads to our deck. I was admiring all the pretty flowers my husband planted in their pots and suddenly a hummingbird flew up. I watched in awe as I said out loud Thank you Jesus as this amazing creature flew carefully around the flowers gently sticking it’s head in each of the flowers looking for something sweet. I couldn’t help but to keep saying awe out load and then all of a sudden he flew over to the sliding glass door in direct eye level as he was staring right at me. For a short moment the glass was the only thing separating us, it was as if Jesus was saying your welcome πŸ˜‰