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 World Needs the Heartbreak You Risk

This is a video story I happened upon from my brother’s church. (The same one doing this coincidentally.) It is a beautifully gripping testimony of the pain of cancer and the pain of fatherlessness and the beauty that comes from both. So moving. Can you feel the holy tension in the questions raised? But most […]

Self Control – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

Control! Finally a fruit of the Spirit that is all about control!! All of the other ones—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and faithfulness–have challenged us to stop trying to control our lives and push our faith into vulnerable areas. Which then become memorable, faith-shaping times. But still so hard. Finally control. But it’s […]

Faithfulness-The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

Why are You listening so quietly, Jesus? Faithfulness is brave. Because faith is taking the first step even when you cannot see the whole staircase. The whole staircase is hidden mostly because of those silences coming from God. Why?!!!! It is one thing to be faithful when you can see God’s active hand in your […]

Gentleness – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

“When I see people stand fully in their truth, or when I see someone fall down, get back up, and say, “Damn. That really hurt, but this is important to me and I’m going in again”—my gut reaction is, “What a badass.” ― Brené Brown, Rising Strong I begin gentleness with this quote about being […]

Goodness – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

Leader: God is good all the time. Response: All the time God is good. We say this often. Sometimes with exuberance. Yet sometimes we don’t believe it. Some of us never believe it. Because how can God be good when my life hurts so much? How can there be any good in me because I […]

Kindness – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

People are going to break your heart. Recently I wrote this in a letter to my son who is in prison, “There is that stupid saying, “You only hurt the ones you love.” It is overused and misused. But the truth of it is you get hurt by the ones you love because you keep […]

Patience – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

God, give me patience!!!!!! What we are really saying when we pray this is or scream this (let’s be honest) is, “God remove me from this tension that I am in. I don’t like it.” Tension is uncomfortable. Tension is vulnerable. Patience creates tension. This is part 4 of our series on the vulnerability that […]

Peace – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

We continue on with these vulnerable fruits of the spirit. Peace is next. How can peace have vulnerability? It is peace, isn’t it? Can’t I simply have peace in my life? Love Joy Peace is a central promise of the Christian faith. One of the names of Jesus is the Prince of Peace after all. […]

Joy – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

“The joy doesn’t replace the heartache; rather, they tensely coexist each day, fighting for our undivided attention.” –Lesa Brackbill This quote comes from a friend of mine who lost her baby to the horrible disease Krabbe. She wrote it in the midst of the long suffering death of her baby girl. (Read their story here.) […]

Love – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

As C. S. Lewis famously said, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung out and possibly broken.” Some months ago “along the way” of life (mentioned here first), a big “firework thought” went off in my head. Every one of the fruits of the spirit requires […]

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