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.

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 […]

Living In Your Holy Tension

Jesus healed the woman with the disease that caused her to bleed. Not much is known about this woman. Not even a name. But what this woman did remained clear in people’s minds. Three of the four gospels have recorded what she did. They missed her name but they did not miss what she bravely […]

It is Dangerous to Hope

A sentence in my Facebook stream from a grown youth caught my attention—and stuck with me for hours. She posted “Quitting my job today actually felt like hope.” This is Janelle making a big and scary decision that is actually Plan B. She wrote a blog about this decision which I must share with you. […]

Hope Always Requires Vulnerability

To live with hope is hard. Mostly because you have to live in vulnerability to hope. The reality is you may be let down or worse yet—crushed because of hope. Being crushed is something you never forget, never forget to feel. So to risk being crushed again makes hope evasive. It is safer not to […]

A Window Into the Joy of Being Broken-Hearted

Please watch this video below. Also read the back story.  I probably resonate with this story so much because it is similar to how I got my family. We didn’t adopt because their parents didn’t abandon our boys but we do have this forever family with them. This couple became broken-hearted over this abandoned girl. […]

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