Be Brave

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.

Happy Father’s Day to Me

On Father’s Day I was privileged to preach to our church family. Part of what I shared is about my infertility which led to the best Father’s Day sermon subtitle ever, “How I Made John a Father.” I shared with our church family the very short version of how John and I became parents. I […]

Light and Darkness Are Not Equal

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” Genesis 1:3-5. Thus we have light and darkness like these are simply opposite of each other. This is not […]

Please remember to recognize the darkness and be a light.

It is brave decision upon brave decision upon brave decision. Even the little ones when those decisions make you feel anxious and nervous and you would rather shut down in front of Netflix. It is in those brave decisions that you become light. Light to you and a light to others.         […]

My Proclamation of Faith (When My Life Does Not Make Sense)

This is not my statement of faith which I believe as an ordained minister. This is what I proclaim when my life no longer makes sense. This is what I have learned from being at the door of the Father’s heart. I learned this back in the early 1980s and it has sustained me through […]

The Lament for Grief

Grief is unique. Unlike emotions that don’t necessarily take you anywhere and can also keep you stuck, grief is a forward motion. It hurts like hell and that is where it starts to move you forward to denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Pain is your beginning. Grief means I am getting ready for what […]

Safe People Lead You Into a Life of Forgiveness

There are people in your life—or you can get people in your life—to help you live bravely into a life of forgiveness. These are the same people who are living brave as whole people with boundaries willing to get their hearts broken and still be brave who speak words that heal you. Because of how […]

Wedding Pictures!!!!!!

Note from Brenda:  Just had to share the happy day. Emily and Zane will figure out I did this in about a week.  Enjoy! Dear brave single person. Emily has bravely shared her story here. I was there with her when her parents marriage broke up. I was there with her when she became the […]

The Bravery That is a Life of Forgiveness

A life of forgiveness sounds like a brave life. Like the bravest of all lives. And it sounds unattainable to you. I must mention my life quote again, “The brokenhearted are indeed the bravest among us—they dared to love, and they dared to forgive.” as quoted Dr. Brene Brown in Rising Strong. This is a […]

Lead Your Brain (You Do Have the God-Given Authority)

Cruelty is easy, cheap, and rampant. You have a choice of what to do with those words. Do you believe them to be true—because your mom or someone you love in your life said so? Or do you choose to treat those words like trash that must be taken out? You have the power to […]

These Are the People You Want in Your Brave Life

A beloved person in my life heard these words spoken over her: “Now that you’ve slimmed down, you can wear things like this…” “I deserve more than the gift you gave me for Christmas…” “You are hard to love…. No man will ever love you.” These words came from her mother. That person in one’s […]

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