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 Are Cracked (But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out)

I believe everyone’s faith grows from memory to memory. It’s not the powerful sermons that mark our faith journey (yes, even my powerful sermons which are the best ever given do not serve as spiritual markers) or the worship music or the Bible study. We mark our faith from memory to memory—whether those memories are […]

We Leak. But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out

Part 1. This reminds me of a sermon illustration I “borrowed” way back in the early 1980s. It was a short story about a guy who came forward to the alter call week after week. Each week this guy would wail before God asking for mercy. One week one of the pew sitters who was […]

About Your Trying and Trying and Trying

My first message I ever gave was in 1981 on 1 Timothy 4:8-9. I was 18 years old. And it was a good one. I have used it over and over and over again. I cleverly created a spiritual workout which included things like “sit ups” as in sit up in church and “lift weights” […]

A Prayer About Pain-Generated Compassion

This is not the first time I’ve mentioned this book of written prayers, nor will it be the last. This book is the biggest part of my daily quiet time routine. This book is ….drumroll…Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith. The prayer for April 12 (which I also read last year on April 12) just stunned […]

More Than the “Least of These”

I never intended for prison to become part of my life. I actually hate that it is part of my life. I never intended on becoming a mom either. I felt God tell me when I was 18 that I would never have children. I was 31 when the doctor told me why. (I was […]

What Comes Next?

On Saturday a near 20-month old girl’s short life was celebrated.  It was a different sort of funeral. She was the daughter of friends of ours. She lovingly belonged to parents who now don’t have a daughter. The parents found out over a year ago that she had Krabbe which is a certain early death […]

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 […]

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