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.

24 Years of Disappointment with God

When I was called into full-time ministry I was given a gift. I had a growing heart for ministry, though I hadn’t acknowledged that yet. I was just happily busy serving at my church while living my life with a job, a cute house I was renting, and a steady beau. (Ah…the simple days, the […]

From a Calloused Broken Heart

Two years ago the longest 22 days of my life came to an end. At least that is how it felt. It all began with our grown son canceling a breakfast with my husband and then us receiving a phone call the next morning from a detective looking for him. Our beloved son—whom we could […]

The Broken Beautiful in Orange Jumpsuits

To our delight our one son is still awaiting transfer from the local jail to the state prison system. It should have happened a year ago. It sounds like it is not going to happen for another year. We have no idea why. We would like to think that he is such a wonderful offender […]

Joy and Hope are Vulnerable and Work Together to Change Your Brain

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 Since I’ve stumbled onto the truth of what hope is (I have chosen to set goals, my tenacity […]

What Happened to the Other Nine? What Happened to You?

We’ve got this story in the book of Luke. As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to […]

Yellow!

As Charlie Peacock sang, “Yellow Is A Happy Color.” Be Brave has had a lot of “heavy” blogs lately. We have been lamenting together. Pain is real. No one is exempt from pain. I identify with the pain you are walking through. Pain is your beginning. I am hoping you are choosing to let bravery […]

At Times We Do Get More Than We Can Handle

Pain is your beginning. Not your end. Even though it feels like it is your end. Even though it must be your end because this is more than you can handle. If you have been a Christian for longer than a month, then I’m sure you have heard someone say, “God won’t give you more […]

To the One Who Can’t Get Out of Bed This Morning…

Good morning. I know…the morning doesn’t feel good. You feel too much actually. You certainly feel too much dread. So much dread that you don’t believe you have the strength to get out of bed. Just doing that is too much. You feel the responsibilities you have to do today. Those responsibilities just add to […]

Happy Father’s Day to Me

On Father’s Day I was privileged to preach to our church family. Part of what I shared is about my infertility which led to the best Father’s Day sermon subtitle ever, “How I Made John a Father.” I shared with our church family the very short version of how John and I became parents. I […]

Light and Darkness Are Not Equal

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” Genesis 1:3-5. Thus we have light and darkness like these are simply opposite of each other. This is not […]

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