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 Beauty Behind Prison Walls

Humans of New York is a blog that features people of New York and around New York. It began as a simple project but has grown to have over 8 million followers on social media. Maybe because people like to hear stories about real people. Real people have good stories. In February Humans of New […]

It is Possible That You Really Are God’s Masterpiece

You are God’s masterpiece. After all, You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:13-14. I know. You don’t feel like this at all. You know your flaws, […]

Morning Prayer of a Brave Soul

Good morning, God. Today I am going to feel. Today I am going to feel joy. And when I want to add a “but” or an “if” or feel like I’m unworthy to have joy, I’m going to stop and breath and say, “I am worthy of feeling joy.” Today I am going to feel […]

I Walk with a Limp

This is not a physical limp. Though at times my heart is smashed so much I am physically ill. This is a limp that says “I’ve wrestled with God and did not let go…and won.” Jacob is my favorite Bible character. Yes, he’s a lot of a swarmy character. From his birth he was known […]

What the Beautiful People Know

“In the meantime—let the pain be. It’s likely making you even more beautiful.” –Glennon Doyle Melton  Then I am beautiful. Because I sure do feel the pain. I am beautiful in that Velveteen Rabbit sort of way. You remember this beautiful classic children’s story by Margery Williams, right? “What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one […]

When Pain is the Beginning

Pain is the beginning of the transformation to healthy living.  Every time.  In every area of your life. Ugh. All of my ughs cannot change this truth.  Pain is the beginning of something.  Not the ending of something.  It is the beginning. Can you feel through the pain?  Not run away from the pain.  Not […]

Pain is Not a Mistake to Fix

I hurt. Recently we completed a painful part of the justice system. The trial of our son. As I’ve shared, we’ve been here before…so many times. We’ve got just a few months left of his time at the local jail before he gets transferred to the prison system. Jail and prison are very very different. […]

Big Ups to Middle School Teachers

I’m a middle school substitute teacher. It is one of my identities I wear with pride. I’ve lovingly been “Mrs. Seefeldt” for 25 years now. Yes—25 years as a substitute teacher. I just love handing out thick worksheet packets to students, the most-often lesson of choice left by teachers. Somehow I have become quite the […]

About Your Shame

That darn Genesis 3 Garden of Eden story. It is the beginning of shame and every diversionary trick shame pulls on us to keep us in hiding. Adam and Eve sinned. Once they realized they now had the knowledge of good and evil, they realized they had sinned and went into hiding. And we’ve been […]

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. […]

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