Meet Cathy

Cathy Chung is a speaker, writer, Bible teacher, and seminary student. She has taught the Bible to adults and teens for more than 15 years and began preaching and speaking at women’s events in 2017. God has shown her grace, filled her heart with joy and given her life purpose. Cathy wants everyone to experience this amazing love and acceptance. She believes spending regular time in God’s Word, developing a personal relationship through prayer, and following His guiding voice will lead to a meaningful life beyond our expectations. Cathy is a married empty nester who is pursuing her Masters of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She lives near Boston.

What makes me tick?

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Married Life

My husband, George, and I met in college and started dating as each of us launched engineering careers in the Boston area. We recently celebrated 30 years with a trip to the Greek islands. 

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Student & Teacher

I love learning. When my nest emptied, I faced my fear of not measuring up and followed a dream. Now I’m slowly pursuing a Masters of Divinity. I want to absorb as much as possible and share it immediately. If I’m cramming, I’m doing it wrong.

Napper

Part of my self-care is a daily nap.

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My People

We have 3 adult children. Steph, the oldest, lives in the Middle East and is a CrossFit coach and competitor. Corey, is a mechanical engineer and lives nearby. Addison, is a student gymnast at the University of Iowa.

Rob and Steph

We welcomed Steph’s new husband, Rob, into our family in October 2018. 

Lunch Lady

One of my favorite things is serving lunch to my friends at a women’s shelter in Boston. I miss them, but celebrate when they leave the shelter for permanent housing.

Brown Sugar Girl

Chocolate’s not bad, but I prefer caramel, toffee and pralines. As for ice cream, coffee is my favorite.

Foodie

I love tasty food, interesting sauces, cheese, roasted vegetables, picatta & marsala anything, Chinese, pad tai, YUM! 

Church Lady

I never dreamed I’d be the church lady. Serve, teach, blog, read, tweet and post!! My focus is God.

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Florida native who belongs in New England

I love the seasons, particularly the fall. My ‘little slice of heaven’ is lakefront near forested mountain hiking trails. 

Platelet Donor

I call it my spa treatment. Watch a movie from a chaise lounge under warm blankets while giving life to a cancer patient. It’s a win-win.

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Gardener

I call it dirt therapy. Just give me time in my garden and my soul is refreshed. In the quiet, I process life and listen for God’s inspiration. I feel the same way about shoveling snow.

Faith Journey

I’ve been a believer my whole life, but haven’t always known God. I attended a Christian school and loved church. I could tell Bible stories, recite key verses, and be a good Christian. But I didn’t know God’s love. 

I feared God. Rather, I feared hell so I worked hard to earn a ticket to heaven. Following rules wasn’t very rewarding and life in the fast lane looked like fun, so I turned away from God. After a decade of poor choices I came back to church and worked even harder at being a good Christian. But how much was enough to please God and make up for those years? I was never quite sure.

I rediscovered church when I was newly married and my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I needed some answers and I pleaded with God to heal her. Tears streamed down my cheeks every time I closed my eyes for prayer and I promised God I’d be a better Christian.

My mother, who never talked about her faith but modeled it daily, encouraged me to take a Bible study. I loved studying and enjoyed piecing the familiar Sunday school stories together into a larger narrative. But it became more than a story. It was transformational.

The daily reading and prayer became personal as I sought the heart of God. I began looking beyond the information in His words in order to hear the message. I saw His faithfulness to fulfill His promises and His willingness to use crazy, messed up people like me. 

I began to trust Him and believe that He could still love me. It was a slow process, but when I finally accepted His forgiveness, I felt free, exactly as the Bible describes. It was as if a huge weight had been lifted away. He erased my guilt and shame. The only response is to follow Him. I am His.

I’m increasingly filled with joy and purpose as I learn to hear His voice and follow His plan for my life. He has stretched me beyond my safe, comfortable religion into a fulfilling life with purpose. His purpose. 

I have a passion for others to discover the heart of Jesus and experience the truly meaningful life He offers. God reveals Himself to us through Scripture and through the life of Jesus. His Words have a relevant message for each of us.

I have taught Sunday school, adult Bible study and confirmation classes for more than 15 years and am pursuing a Masters in Divinity so I can minister with greater understanding. My deepest desire is to be used by Him to help others discover this joyful, fulfilling life.

Why Seeds?

Why is the blog named Seeds of Scripture? 

Both seeds and scripture provide hints about who I am. I love to garden and often call it ‘dirt therapy’. It’s my time to process life and talk to God. It’s good for my soul. I’m also pretty excited about scripture and believe God continues to speak to us through the Bible. I think we’d all benefit from daily quiet time with God but finding that space in our busy lives isn’t easy. And so Seeds of Scripture was conceived.

Seeds are small and Seeds of Scripture posts are brief. Each post is a short, meaningful, scriptural devotion to ponder throughout the day - a seed with potential for growth. And when seeds are planted this way and tended regularly, they grow strong, deep roots and become healthy, beautiful plants. 

Since our busy schedules also make being regular in our time with God challenging, reminders are helpful. Signing up to receive Seeds provides a gentle nudge in your inbox that prompts you to nurture your heart for God by planting a new Seed.

My mission is to scatter Seeds of Scripture and encourage regular planting, but it is God who makes things grow. I trust that He will use these Seeds to grow His glorious kingdom.

How did Seeds get started?

God’s hand has been all over Seeds of Scripture. He prepared and guided me every step of the way, something I was only able to see in hindsight. 

After taking my first Bible study led by my Associate Pastor, she invited me to co-lead a small group saying “I see a leader in you.” I would have preferred to make cookies, but overcame my fear, sweaty palms and racing heart, to co-lead and pray out loud.

The next year, several of the women I had been encouraging in faith wanted to take their first Bible study. I heard a voice within me say “How could you bring them this far and leave them hanging?” That was the start of more than 15 years leading Bible studies. 

I’m living my dream, the dream God placed in my heart. As a young girl, I always wanted to be a teacher and often played school using my chalkboard and dolls. As I approached college, I planned to study math or English, but my parents told me “a gal can’t live on a teacher’s salary” and insisted I choose a different path. 

I laugh. After being an engineer for 10 years and a stay-at-home mom for almost 10 more, God brought me back to teaching. As a volunteer teacher of God’s Word, I am compensated with the ‘ah-ha’ moments of sudden understanding and the privilege of seeing faith grow. 

Leading study has helped me stay connected to God. Consistent quiet time and reflection on Scripture have been essential in developing my intimate relationship with God. He has revealed Himself in the Bible. I dig deep for the message, rest in it, listen for His voice, and make it personal – all of these draw me closer to Him.

One of my small groups consisted of busy young mothers. They laughed at the word ‘quiet’ in daily quiet time. But since they were often on their handheld devices, I began emailing them a small bit of scripture and a thought to reflect on. It was convenient to read as they waited for practice to finish or before the bus dropped their children at home.

They loved it. Since I was writing daily, I invited other friends to join my email list. Then friends-of-friends and family-of-friends requested these daily devotions and my low-tech list grew. I wrote and emailed devotions for 3 years. They loved it and I loved it. Looking back, I can see God’s hand preparing me. Years of Bible study equipped me to share and explain scripture, but as a child God gave me a love for learning, writing and teaching. God laughs. We can make our plans but His purpose will prevail. 

At my church’s annual women’s retreat in 2013, our guest speaker mentioned her writer’s retreat. It’s hard to describe, but I was physically overwhelmed with an inner knowledge that I needed to attend. Yes, I believe it was God. I fought the feeling but it wouldn’t go away. I didn’t consider myself a writer. I just encouraged some friends. But the retreat leaders wanted to equip newbies, so obedient to what I felt was God’s call, I signed up.

Six months later the workshops were announced. I should have expected that God would arrange a blogging seminar. Even better, the instructor guided the newbies step-by-step through the process of designing a web page and creating the first post. Seeds of Scripture was born in October of 2013.

At first it was scary to write publicly, but recognizing God’s hand in the creation of this ministry reminded me that this is His work and not mine. God continues to bless me with new opportunities to teach, speak and write. It is a privilege to serve Him and I am excited to share His Word with you. I pray that your relationship with our amazing God will grow stronger by planting these Seeds of Scripture in your heart.

Looking for a seed to plant?

Who is He?

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What is God like? Who is this man Jesus?
How can we understand the Holy Spirit?

He Knows You

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God's love is unconditional. He knows our hearts and continually invites us into relationship.

The Visible God

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God is present and active in our lives, often working through people and 'coincidences'. Thank and praise Him!

Making it Practical

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Following Jesus in today's world can be challenging. But living according to Jesus' teaching is incredibly worthwhile. Call it life-changing.

Ah-Ha!

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Learning about the culture and language of Bible times can reveal new meaning in familiar scriptures. Let's call them ah-ha moments.

I pray that you’ll hear God’s voice as He speaks to you through His Word. Thanks for spending time with Seeds of Scripture. I hope you’ll come back often.