Joy in the Journey

Christmas is in the air. The tree is decorated, the twinkle lights brighten the dark days, the hot chocolate warms our cold fingers, and we’re ready to be out of school and enjoying sleeping-in during break! As Christmas is approaching, I think a lot about the story of Jesus’ birth and how it affected the different characters’ lives. Today, I want to talk about Mary, Jesus’ mother. History tells us she was a young woman, maybe 13-15 years old. Of course, in her culture, it was…

Motivation

As most of you know, we just finished the Prodigal God study here at Baxter, and I wanted to share something that stood out to me.  The main word that comes to mind when I think about this study is motivation. What is my motivation for what I do? Is it so that people can see how good of a person I am? Is it for some sort of fictional brownie points with God? In this study, we looked at the Parable of the Prodigal Son…

As Family We Go

Awhile back I posted a video from one of my favorite bands, Rend Collective. They have since come out with another album and the story behind it is great too, so I decided to share it. The name of this album is 'As Family We Go' and I love it already. One of the things that Gareth says in this video really connected with me.  "Ever since Adam and Eve left the garden, the whole story of scripture has been about a family on the move. A…

My Story

So this week, I wanted y'all to get to know me a little bit better and decided to talk a little bit about my story. I don’t know about you guys, but it can be hard to share your story with people if you don't think that it’s crazy enough to be interesting. But one of the amazing things about the gospel is, that when it grabs ahold of your life, and transforms it, your story automatically becomes interesting. It becomes worth telling.   Just to…

Tastes Like Chicken

When I was younger, my family and I had a favorite Chinese buffet that we sometimes went to after church. Lets just say this now, I am a oriental food junkie! I was not one of those children that would go through the buffet line, and randomly end up with chicken nuggets, and a slice of pizza on my plate. One Sunday we went to lunch at this restaurant with some family friends. We were all eating happily, when my friend's dad looked over at me…

The Art of Celebration

I don't know if anyone reading this has heard of a band called Rend Collective. I love thier music, and the message they portray. I stumbled upon this video while looking up some songs on youtube awhile back, and it really stuck with me. In our Girls Small Group, we have been talking about some of the characteristics of God that we see in Psalm 91. The characterisic they talk about in this video isn't one we talked about in our study, but I think that…

The Problem with Perfect

I’m know I’m not the first person to think that there are some crazy perfectionists out there. People who map things out and plan to the point of ridiculousness. The zany people who cry if things aren’t going just so, and blame their control freakishness on OCD or some other thing that's going in their lives. Yeah, thats me to a certain degree. It’s a problem. Here’s what I mean… Today I had some things to do. I had to finish some work, go to the…

Identity

2 Peter 1:3-8 Confirm Your Calling and Election His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your…