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.

The True Measure of Time is Called Hope. How?

Pope Francis has said something profound to ponder. I know. He generally does this all the time. That’s why he’s beloved by so many. In a letter to prisoners in Velletri, Italy, he wrote: “Inmates are living an experience in which time seems both to be stopped, and to never end. The true measure of […]

How Can I Live Bravely with Safety?

The title may sound like an oxymoron. And some first reactions may be, “Forsake safety!” “I laugh in the face of safety.” These are the same people who pulverize a collarbone (the x-ray tech said that) when they ride a BMX bike without a helmet. (Says the wife of a husband of such an adventure.) […]

Follow the Heartbreak

“The brokenhearted are indeed the bravest among us—they dared to love, and they dared to forgive.” –Dr. Brene Brown This quote just gets me. I keep going back to it again and again and again. I must be the bravest mom out there because I sure am broken-hearted. And I’m still daring to love and […]

When Guilt is Really Sadness

I have a lovely 20something friend who is the daughter of two sucky parents. I am making this judgment after watching their behavior towards her for the past two plus years and hearing her stories from growing up. These parents are selfish, wounded, and don’t know how to even be grateful for their lovely daughter. […]

God Always Works in Cycles

I grew up in Minnesota. I know winter. Minnesota does have some of the most beautiful summers possible, especially with all of the lakes to enjoy those summer days on. I know summer in Minnesota too. But winter is what Minnesota is known for. Minnesotans get the very good and the very bad of weather. […]

Trusting the Promiser

After 19 years of marriage John is remembering to take out the garbage every week. I can take out my own garbage. I lived single for 15 years. But when I got married there were three chores I couldn’t wait to pass on to someone else: taking out the garbage, filling my car with gas, […]

God’s Intentions Towards Us

I get it.  It is hard to trust God.  If it were easy, we’d have a world full of trusting Christians who would then look more like Jesus so the world would truly be a better place.  Instead we get this broken world of scarcity and invulnerability of people trying and trying and trying to […]

Seeking God from Overwhelmed Land

I own land in Overwhelmed Land.  I’m doing my best to keep it as a vacation home though.  A “vacation” I try not to take too often.  This is when life gets to be “too much” and I don’t know how to function day-to-day.  This is where my 37 years as a Christian and 34 […]

Sometime someone hurts you so bad, it stops hurting at all.

Sometime someone hurts you so bad, it stops hurting at all. Until something makes you feel again And then it all comes back Every word Every hurt Every moment How could you ever understand where I come from Even if you ask, even if you listen You do not really hear, see or feel You […]

What Lies Have You Been Telling Yourself to Avoid Facing the Truth?

Years ago when our kids graduated high school John and I took them on a rite of passage weekend. Part of the weekend was shark fishing—which ended with only one nibble and a whole lot of seasickness for Jamon. Quite a miserable memory yet one told fondly. We also arranged for personal time with members […]

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