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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.

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 […]

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 […]

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