Hey, there! My name is Charis Bauman, and I am a chosen, adopted child of the Most High God! I re-wrote that first sentence a few times… Isn’t it crazy hard writing a bio intro can be? How do I define myself? Hi, I’m Charis and I’m an… 8th grade science teacher? Coffee enthusiast? Youth leader? Dog mom? Ahhh… pressure. We live in a culture that loves to define us by what we do, but in this space (and everywhere for that matter) let’s not focus on what we do and remember WHO WE ARE. Ephesians 1 tells us “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world… in love He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ… to the praise of His glorious grace.”
Now that we have discussed our identity, let me share some of the simple joys and passions God has given me! Some of the words used to describe me are: wife, teacher, daughter, sister, youth leader, student, counselor, friend, and expert chocolate chip cookie baker. You can usually find me sipping on some coffee, talking incoherently to my dog, hanging out with teenagers, flipping furniture/working on a house project, taking a long walk to chat with Jesus, or cooking up some good food. Recently, God has opened the door for me to start my journey as a counselor. After five years of working in public education, He has led me to pursue an Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling and my certification in Biblical Counseling. My prayer is that He will equip me with tools that help bring His healing and love to others!
I am blessed to be married to an awesome man who encourages me daily to follow the passions and desires God has given me. Joel and I have the cutest Bernese Mountain dog ever named Nova. We are so blessed by our local church community and both serve as youth leaders. We take food SERIOUSLY and love trying little hole in the wall places that are packed with personality and flavor! I am honored that we can journey alongside each other in life and am excited to see how God uses our time together for His kingdom.
Posts of Interest
Studies I have read:
November 11, 2021
This is the study that inspired my poem “the Pursuit” as seen under my “Poems” page. A wonderful read!
I was late. REALLY late. I was supposed to pick up the kids I nannied at 3, but I had been stuck in traffic (and maybe spent a little too much time at Goodwill hunting for treasures). Only back roads stood between me and the daycare. As any good, country-raised Southern girl knows, back roads’…
How to grow a thankful heart
Scripture: Psalm 7:17; Psalm 8: 3-9; Psalm 9:1; Psalm 95: 1-3; Psalm 100: 4-5; Romans 8:1-2, 37-39; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 2:1-2a, 4 and 8; Ephesians 5:18-20; Philippians 2:14; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 2:6-7; Colossians 3:15-17; 2 Corinthians 5:7-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:6-7, Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 12: 28-29 A flock of geese careened into Captain Sullenberger’s plane rendering…
How to fight comparison: A biblical perspective
Scripture: Genesis 3, Psalm 139: 13-16, Philippians 2:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12: 14-26, 2 Corinthians 5:2, Galatians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:4 I sent out a survey to the girls in my youth group with the question, “What is the hardest thing about being a teenage girl in this culture?” Overwhelmingly, the girls responded with “comparison”, “body…