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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 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 […]

Keeping Your World Small Is a Coping Mechanism. Sigh.
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Keeping Your World Small Is a Coping Mechanism. Sigh.

I have raised four wonderful boys, now men. I had no idea what I was doing. They chose me. Noticing their attachment to me I heard God’s direction to say yes. I jumped in. And John married all of us. We were a group package on that wedding day. When it came to raising these […]

Feel Your Pain. Dance in the Rain.
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Feel Your Pain. Dance in the Rain.

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. –Bob Dylan I choose life. I choose the adventure that life is. That means I cannot control my outcome. Life has some turns and slides. Sometimes those are wild with big ups and big downs. Sometimes they are not. Life can also be slow and steady […]

May you be completely filled with joy and peace. What a brave blessing.
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May you be completely filled with joy and peace. What a brave blessing.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Romans 15:13. Someday I’ll do a whole blog series—or sermon series—on the salutations Paul closed his letters with. They always catch me because they feel so personal. Maybe because at times the Bible does […]

The More to Your Faith Despite Your Fears (Be Brave)
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The More to Your Faith Despite Your Fears (Be Brave)

“But things are different now, and doubt is a luxury we can’t afford any more, Sweetie. You have more power than you realize. Don’t think, and don’t worry. If the time comes, you’ll know what to do. It’s in your blood.” –Elastigirl Finally The Incredibles are returning to give us another story! We are seeing […]

Brave Shoes
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Brave Shoes

Do you remember your 8th grade year? Do you remember desiring to stand out or trying to do everything you can to fit in? For me it was trying to get that Farrah Fawcett hair to fit in. Yes, I certainly dated myself with that reference. I never came close to that look back then […]

When You Hustle for Your Perfect Life and Still Don’t Feel Like Enough
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When You Hustle for Your Perfect Life and Still Don’t Feel Like Enough

“Perfectionism says, ‘It’s not enough.’ Gratitude says, ‘It’s more than enough.’ “Perfectionism says, ‘I’m lacking.’ Gratitude says, ‘I’m living in abundance.’ “Perfectionism says, ‘God is holding out on me.’ Gratitude says, ‘God is good and gracious.’ “Perfectionism says, ‘I must try harder and go farther.’ Gratitude says, ‘I will be fully present in this moment.’” […]

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