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Brenda Seefeldt Amodea is in her 35th year of ministry—all of it with youth. She loves youth—and that…

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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.

When You Hustle for Your Perfect Life and Still Don’t Feel Like Enough
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When You Hustle for Your Perfect Life and Still Don’t Feel Like Enough

“Perfectionism says, ‘It’s not enough.’ Gratitude says, ‘It’s more than enough.’ “Perfectionism says, ‘I’m lacking.’ Gratitude says, ‘I’m living in abundance.’ “Perfectionism says, ‘God is holding out on me.’ Gratitude says, ‘God is good and gracious.’ “Perfectionism says, ‘I must try harder and go farther.’ Gratitude says, ‘I will be fully present in this moment.’” […]

Forgiveness Puts Boundaries on Relationships
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Forgiveness Puts Boundaries on Relationships

I know so many people struggle extending forgiveness to those who have wounded them for this one reason: they believe that forgiving someone let’s them off the hook and fear then that they are free to do the bad behavior again. Nothing about forgiveness says you are to put yourself in harm’s way to be […]

Words I Wish I Could Say
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Words I Wish I Could Say

I miss you. I have missed you since you were in 9th grade. So many life landmarks I’ve missed of yours, and I wanted to be there. I really enjoyed lunch with you last week. It was good to see you. But I didn’t feel comfortable saying that to you, because our walls are up […]

You Are Worthy of Good Things Happening to You
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You Are Worthy of Good Things Happening to You

There are two stories that follow each other in Luke chapter 5 that I discovered have a unique Bravester connection to each other. The first story is one of the disciples first experiences with Jesus: One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him […]

The Joy of Easter Scars
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The Joy of Easter Scars

As I’ve said in this series, I’m a Matthew version of Holy Week person. In my church we are doing a deep deep dive on Holy Week from Mark’s version. But in my daily Bible reading I ended up in Luke for Holy Week. And this part of Luke gave me a giggle: But very […]

The Five Crucifixion Scars – Pierced to the Heart
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The Five Crucifixion Scars – Pierced to the Heart

The crucifixion continues. As the body fatigues, cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless pain. With the cramps come the inability to push upward. Air can be drawn into the lungs but cannot be exhaled. Carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs. Hours pass of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, […]

The Five Crucifixion Scars – The Legs Carry the Weight
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The Five Crucifixion Scars – The Legs Carry the Weight

The crucifixion continues. Now Jesus’ two legs are nailed together onto the cross with one even larger spike which will equal two scars. All of Jesus’ body weight is now on the nails nailed above his ankles causing excruciating pain which shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain. All […]

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