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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.

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 […]

Checklist of God’s Promise to You in This Brave Life
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Checklist of God’s Promise to You in This Brave Life

You will have noticed that I continually mention a relationship with God as part of a brave life. Because life is a broken road of faith. It is hard. With God you have a chance to know that you are loved therefore you are worthy and valuable. You were purposed before you understood you were […]

Checklist for Brave Living
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Checklist for Brave Living

You know deep in your soul that God is for you. No matter what the circumstances.   You believe vulnerability is necessary. You are willing to do something with no guarantees. You are willing to invest in a relationship that may or may not work out. You are willing to live broken-hearted realizing that the […]

I Love This God of Maybe
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I Love This God of Maybe

Do you have a relationship with God whom you love and God who breaks your heart? I bravely–not stupidly–do. I have bravely followed the beauty of this God of Maybe and in the process have become my own hero story. I know some people who believe I am stupid for this kind of faith. I […]

My In-God’s-Face Friendship with God
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My In-God’s-Face Friendship with God

This is not the trite “Jesus is my friend” shallow Christians like to talk about. Yes, I am making a judgment here. (It’s not my first time.) When I hear someone using that phrase to describe Jesus I can safely assume that 1. They are a new Christian; 2. They have a shallow faith that […]

Maybe Someday We Will Have a Real Dog
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Maybe Someday We Will Have a Real Dog

This is John’s and my dog Louie. I shared the story of his adoption. He was a very sad dog to adopt with a lot to overcome. He rarely barks. He does not play. We think Louie doesn’t even know how to play and have given up on that ever being learned. It took him […]

To Be Sung to the Tune “Doe of the Morning”
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To Be Sung to the Tune “Doe of the Morning”

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Thus begins Psalm 22. But we know those words better as one of the seven last words Jesus spoke from the cross. Of all of the seven, these are the second most haunting. The first is (my opinion) when Jesus died by declaring “It is finished.” […]

The Lie You Tell Yourself That God is Not Enough
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The Lie You Tell Yourself That God is Not Enough

I am so lucky to be leading this teen girls’ Bible study from my local church I serve we call Peace Girls. It’s all about “wasted time” to just talk so we can find peace in our lives. After 37 years of youth ministry, today’s teens struggle way more with anxiety than they do peer […]

The Numbing Lie of Crazy Busy
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The Numbing Lie of Crazy Busy

What a lot of us do is that we stay so busy, and so out in front of our life, that the truth of how we’re feeling and what we really need can’t catch up with us. Crazy busy is a numbing behavior. For you it is the schedule of your life. Being overextended on […]

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