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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. Just as we must choose joy, we must choose REST as you described: resting in the “goodness and grace and perfection of the main thing that matters.” Free us, Lord, from all that does not matter, for we get so consumed. Thank you so much, Tsh!

    • Choosing to rest: I love that. Yesterday my 5-year-old asked me to play a game, and I had to mentally run through my to-do list before I realized, wait—I can do that. I have time to play with him. It was just what my soul needed.

  2. Tsh,

    BTW, I love the history behind the hymns and the Christmas carols too. When my first round of kids were homeschooled, we studied this as part of music history. I still like to look back. Your blog post hit me not in the Christmas sense, but in my daily life sense. We’ve been struggling with our boys, and I’ve been immersed by all of the ways God is speaking to address this, my heart attitudes, my own helplessness to change; it has to be in the Holy Spirit and prayer, and won’t work in my effort and my wanting things to have some semblance of control. But yet it is in the sovereignty of God Himself to allow, and to teach all of us. And your statement hit me “I can rather it not be this way, but I can rest in the goodness, and the grace, and perfection of the main thing that matters, during Christmas, (and our lives) Christ, and ultimately His love and Him crucified. Living in the Spirit, listening to the still small voice, and instead of fighting what happens, asking, “How Lord?” and accepting and obeying….Yes, I can identify with kids bickering the whole of looking at lights, Oh yes I can, but does it really matter as you pointed out? Thank you Tsh, I know you intended this for Christmas, but this hit home of just where I am in my parenting and walk with Jesus. Be blessed in Christ, and Merry Christmas right where you are, Joanne

    • Oh, I’m so glad it “hit you” wherever you needed it, Joanne. That’s often the case with whatever I end up writing…. I need it just as much as anyone else, if not more. 😉 Happy holidays to you!

  3. What a beautiful story behind “Silent Night” of how brokenness led to beauty. Parallels my own list of imperfections made perfect by God’s grace. Thank you, Tsh, for the beautiful history lesson. : )