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Cathy Boyd Byrd invites others to join her in considering topics of interest to those on the Christian spiritual journey…..discipleship, spirituality, mental health, Christian growth, and Bible study. Cathy enjoys working with others as they transition from emotional emergency and brokenness to spiritual emergence and abundant living! Many of the topics about which Cathy writes are interrelated as experienced in her own life and in the lives of those with whom she works in counseling, teaching, and case management, and in friendships. She believes that sharing our journey of Christian growth and spirituality helps us know God and ourselves better and connects us with others!

Cathy is a Christian Educator and Life Recovery Counselor, and an ordained deacon through Christian Leaders Institute. She serves as Community Outreach MInister at Lynn Haven United Methodist Church. She is a student (disciple) of the Holy Spirit and shares with her students (disciples) the things the Lord teaches her through Bible study and contemplation, incorporating experiences interpreted through the Word, cherished traditions of her faith, and reasoning that comes from seeking the mind of Christ in accountable community. She was widowed in August 2020 after 48 years of marriage to Bill Byrd, is mother of 2 and grandmother of 5. Her journey of faith has been lifelong and continues to be an adventure with the trailblazer and guide, Jesus Christ!

Cathy is the founder and program manager for a Christian women’s residential life recovery program, Titus 2 Partnership, Inc.(www.titus2.life) in Panama City, Florida.

Choose How You Live

CHOOSE HOW TO LIVE From 1/12/2017 "So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.When you arise...

Double-Mindedness

This is why Titus 2's curriculum and my approach to counseling includes values self-assessment and clarification, emotional literacy discussions, and biblical relationship principles Self-discovery under the illuminating light of the Holy Spirit is a potentially life changing adventure: What the Bible calls "double-mindedness" cognitive dissonancethe state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. "In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance occurs when a person holds two or more contradictory beliefs,...

Christian Nationalism or Christian Patriotism?

From October 26,2023: The Trinity Forum has an excellent podcast you can listen to on The Challenge Of Christian Nationalism. Good discussion on the difference between Christian Patriotism and Christian Nationalism. Search on You Tube. It's worth a listen if you have given much thought to issues of policalization of religion or attempts at limiting freedom of religion by government. From September 27,2023: I am a Christian and a Patriot, in that order. I am not a Nationalist Christian. Two Christian theologians discuss the difference (from The Trinity Forum. ttf.org) The podcast is worth a...

From Disappointment to Peace

Disappointment in some situations……that's what's on my mind. In my Friday afternoon Wesleyan band meeting, a band member spoke into my situation ….. that I was "rejecting my gift" ……. I knew exactly what she was saying. But when emotions run ahead of my capacity to process unexpected information that is quite contrary to my understanding, based on previously known facts as they had been presented to me, it takes my reeling mind a little time to figure out how I could have been so blind and how I'm going to respond. I fear that if I had Christ's ability to see and know the hearts of people,...

In Christ

My words for 2024 are "incarnation" and "calm." The Titus 2 ladies and I are using E. Stanley Jones' devotional work entitled "In Christ" this year, exploring what it means to BE "IN CHRIST.". Incarnation has captured my attention through many references during the Advent and Christmastide season that just ended on January 6.Josh Leroi writing in the book "Protagonist" that we used this year for our Advent season devotional, references a lofty "otherly" view of God that many hold. I have referred to that as a "transcendent" view of God that places Him...

New Respect For A Bumble Bee

During a month of prayer and fasting we have been focusing on the theme “Preparing the Way”.  It suggests an active endeavor on our parts.  And certainly there is a lot of activity underway in preparation for our move to our new church facility. And just as certainly, it is the consensus of our church that God has done the calling in this move.  Therefore, we can rest assured that He is leading, preparing the way for us and guiding us as we explore the means and methods for accomplishing it.  But today I want us...

How Beatitudes Reflect Fulfillment of Isaiah 61

God spoke words of comfort and hope to me over 20 years ago through the Beatitudes of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. In them He revealed a rich and beautiful path for moving from my brokenness ("poverty of spirit" Matt. 5:3) and reliance on things of the flesh to the joy of an abundant state of experiencing and loving life in the Spirit (comforted, meek, righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, at peace in peacemaking, persevering, and obtaining the "great reward" that is received through steadfast obedience that reflects that of the prophets…. willing and...

Linda Vickers: Goodbye To Our Friend

Service of Celebration      Linda Vickers      11/13/23 Good morning and welcome to this celebration of the life of Linda Vickers whose membership in this congregation of Christ's church has been transferred to her new place of fellowship and worship in the Church Triumphant in Christ and with Christ forever.  I'm Cathy, one of the care ministers here and I had the privilege of journeying with our friend Linda during recent months.  We watched Hallmark movies and favorite old TV series, read morning devotionals, talked about...

Harry Giles: Eulogy For A Friend

One rarely sees good in any day in which a loved one is surrendered to death.  Some people find it difficult to find good in most any day at all.  Harry Giles was not such a person.  How does one become a person who can see good in almost every day or, even harder in nearly every person?  For some it is undoubtedly the result of an innate positive-focused personality, of being able to generally see a glass as half-full instead of half-empty. For others it may be the blessing of generally having had favorable life experiences. Then there are those for whom a positive...

In Christ for the World

I dreamed all night about the difference between being "in the world for Christ" and "In Christ for the world"..... I can't remember specifics ......I just know that paradigm shift was setting up in me like freshly poured concrete. It reminded me, too, of our call to be in the world but not of the world: John describes the “world” as “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” (1 Jn. 2:16.) “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the...

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