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Brenda Seefeldt Amodea is in her 35th year of ministry—all of it with youth. She loves youth—and that…

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Brenda Seefeldt Amodea is in her 35th year of ministry—all of it with youth. She loves youth—and that role in ministry is not ending. The topic of bravery has been a consistent message she has taught over those 35 years. Brenda has many stories she loves to share—and not stories from 35 years ago. They are current stories as she continues to live bravely.

Tis the Season We Eat Beautiful Food
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Tis the Season We Eat Beautiful Food

Do you realize that Jesus was always eating? Then there is this profoundly beautiful thought wrapped up in food: “At the Last Supper Jesus tells his disciples to eat in remembrance of him. Of all the things he could’ve chosen to be done ‘in remembrance’ of him, Jesus chose a meal. He could have asked […]

“That’s what I get for praying.”
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“That’s what I get for praying.”

A punch in the mouth. A bloody lip. At least that’s what George Bailey got. Isn’t this why we don’t pray too? Why do it? What good is it going to do? God’s going to do what he (or she) wants anyway. And when we do get our courage up to pray, our mind fills […]

Hope in a Self-Protection World
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Hope in a Self-Protection World

I’ve been having an email conversation with my son, Terrill, lately. I have lots of these but this one has taken an interesting turn. He has issues of trust. He has not trusted us. He is currently finishing up his longest prison sentence yet so he has a lot of biding time to do. He […]

We’ll Always Be a Mix of Fear and Faith (This is a brave truth)
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We’ll Always Be a Mix of Fear and Faith (This is a brave truth)

“I know one thing I want,” Meg sighed. “I don’t want to be afraid anymore. But I’ve been afraid for so long, It’s in the air I breathe. I just don’t know how to get rid of my fears, Katherine. And I need to get rid of my fears so I can follow Jesus.” Katherine […]

A Flutter of Presence and Suddenly a Prayer is Answered
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A Flutter of Presence and Suddenly a Prayer is Answered

Last week I read these oft-quoted verses again. They are beautiful yet again. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we […]

Praying the Truth of My Soul (Which is Not in Complete Sentences)
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Praying the Truth of My Soul (Which is Not in Complete Sentences)

I still struggle to know what a life of prayer looks like. I don’t think I pray all that well. It’s clumsy. It’s me-centered. It’s a list. I ramble. I get sidetracked. I get so sidetracked that I forget that I was actually in prayer. It all feels so unholy. Yet the teens in my […]

It’s Not Just Yes, No, or Wait
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It’s Not Just Yes, No, or Wait

Have you ever wrestled with the idea of prayer? Does God really care about my prayers? Does God intervene in this life because of my prayers? If you ever voiced this thought out loud you probably at least once have received this answer in return. God answers prayer in three ways: yes, no, or wait. […]

The Dirt Our Lives Grow Through
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The Dirt Our Lives Grow Through

The ugliness of our past is buried in that dirt. The hurt. The anger. The loss of innocence. The rejection. The fear of inadequacy. The shame. The regrets. The dreams lost to “what if…” But if we don’t do the painful work of digging those things up and go through an intentional “death” experience of […]

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