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.

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. […]

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 […]


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 […]

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