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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 Everyday-ness of a Brave Life
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The Everyday-ness of a Brave Life

I loved the holy tension work of finding my two core values. It sparked life. I saw me again. Because January has not been kind to me. It could simply just be winter blahs. I am susceptible to them. I know it is partly because prison has not been good lately for both of my […]

What are Your Two Core Values that Define Who You Are?
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What are Your Two Core Values that Define Who You Are?

When you make the decisions to let bravery define you, knowing your values will guide you in the making of those many decisions. Do you know your values? I’m sure you can randomly guess at them and generalize them but what I’m asking is different. And worth the work that I’m challenging you to do. […]

What are the Two Great Days of Your Life that Define Who You Are?
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What are the Two Great Days of Your Life that Define Who You Are?

This is an oft-repeated quote that is quite Bravestery: There are two great days in a person’s life–the day we are born and the day we discover why. –anonymous In the book this quote was attributed to Mark Twain. If you go to Google it is attributed to some more men I have never  heard […]

Seeing Our Own Gifts
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Seeing Our Own Gifts

Actual conversation from a brave friend’s Facebook page. It started with this post from her: “I wonder why it’s so easy to see other people’s gifts and not our own…” Two women responded with “Good question” and “Very good question.” Then a woman replied: “Not to brag or anything but, I’ve been through some pretty […]

To All of the Women…May the Truth Help You Be Braver
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To All of the Women…May the Truth Help You Be Braver

I’ve been a woman in ministry since 1981. It started with wanting to date a guy who owned a Corvette who was also a Christian who attended this other church. Somehow someway leadership saw something in me (that guy did too, at least for a couple of months!) and gave me responsibilities which it turns […]

More on Leading Your Brain (with more science)
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More on Leading Your Brain (with more science)

This blog from May 8, 2017, is a popular one plus it is one I have sent to people I am counseling again and again and again. To me it is foundational to help people make a change of direction in their lives. And it’s full of truth! Such as you area not what your […]

Happy New Year, Brave Travelers on This Broken Road of Faith
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Happy New Year, Brave Travelers on This Broken Road of Faith

I’m reading Dr. Brene’ Brown’s newest book, Dare to Lead. Duh that I am. I am a big fan. In the introduction Dr. Brown lays it out for us: If you choose courage, you will absolutely know failure, disappointment, setback and even heartbreak. …That’s why it’s so rare. –Dr. Brene’ Brown, Dare to Lead, p. […]

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 […]

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