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 Lament for Grief

Grief is unique. Unlike emotions that don’t necessarily take you anywhere and can also keep you stuck, grief is a forward motion. It hurts like hell and that is where it starts to move you forward to denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Pain is your beginning. Grief means I am getting ready for what […]

Safe People Lead You Into a Life of Forgiveness

There are people in your life—or you can get people in your life—to help you live bravely into a life of forgiveness. These are the same people who are living brave as whole people with boundaries willing to get their hearts broken and still be brave who speak words that heal you. Because of how […]

Wedding Pictures!!!!!!

Note from Brenda:  Just had to share the happy day. Emily and Zane will figure out I did this in about a week.  Enjoy! Dear brave single person. Emily has bravely shared her story here. I was there with her when her parents marriage broke up. I was there with her when she became the […]

The Bravery That is a Life of Forgiveness

A life of forgiveness sounds like a brave life. Like the bravest of all lives. And it sounds unattainable to you. I must mention my life quote again, “The brokenhearted are indeed the bravest among us—they dared to love, and they dared to forgive.” as quoted Dr. Brene Brown in Rising Strong. This is a […]

Lead Your Brain (You Do Have the God-Given Authority)

Cruelty is easy, cheap, and rampant. You have a choice of what to do with those words. Do you believe them to be true—because your mom or someone you love in your life said so? Or do you choose to treat those words like trash that must be taken out? You have the power to […]

These Are the People You Want in Your Brave Life

A beloved person in my life heard these words spoken over her: “Now that you’ve slimmed down, you can wear things like this…” “I deserve more than the gift you gave me for Christmas…” “You are hard to love…. No man will ever love you.” These words came from her mother. That person in one’s […]

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 […]

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