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.

We Got a Dog

We are dog people. Mostly because my one of my best friends is (she’s a great influence on my life) and probably even more so because John is allergic to cats. In August 2014 our beloved Lucie died of old age. She was a rescued maltese we got just after my rescued lhasa apso died. […]

We Don’t Trust God

Ask. Seek. Knock. This comes from Matthew 7:7-11 – “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will […]

Numbed Prayer–Do You Do It?

I’m on my second year reading a yearly daily prayer book.  It’s Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith. Prayer is not one of my strengths so I like written prayers. I like these prayers in this book, which is why I’m reading it again this year. Today’s prayer is “A Prayer About Burden-Bearing Love.” It listed these […]

Scarcity

Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter are full of people who live in scarcity. Most people will say that Facebook is full of people who are narcissists. People who have to post every little thing about their lives seem like narcissists. But the reality is this is not narcissism but scarcity. All these posts of their […]

Living in Vulnerability—This is Basic (Yet So Scary)

I’ve got another Max Lucado quote for you. “Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves. Do you ever see the two together? Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? Clear thinking and afraid? Confident and afraid? Merciful and afraid? No. Fear is the […]

Fear Does Not Protect You

I was counseling a young man about his pending marriage. His reasons for marriage were all based on fear. He was threatened often that he would lose his daughter if he didn’t marry her. He knew he didn’t love her but he didn’t want his daughter growing up without him. In my counsel for him […]

We Are Born Where?

This is such a crazy and wonderful thought. My mind is whirling at the application of it. ‘We are born between feces and urine.’ – Saint Augustine Click To Tweet “The glory of the human condition is that we are made in the image of God. And yet in his ingenious and bewildering design, God […]

My God is Breath

Our description of God comes in a variety of adjectives. We need a variety of adjectives for any attempt to use words to wrap around God who is bigger than words. God is our rock. God is our strength. Emmanuel, God is with us. God is our refuge. God is our place of safety. I […]

The Stages of Transition

It’s official and public. I have resigned from my church where I have served for 25 years. Twenty. Five. Years. I’m going through some transition right now. I’ve got that holy tension going on which has all sorts of discomfort. I am facing this discomfort willingly. My desire is to embrace each stage of this […]

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