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.

When Broken-Hearted Love Becomes Beautiful

Ponder these beautiful and challenging words from Ann Voskamp’s The Broken Way. (I’m more than half way through the book!) This is what I know right then: the world is broken-hearted and full of suffering, and if you listen to what life needs instead of what you need from it, you could fill the brokenness […]

Brokeness is the Door to Our Father’s Heart

The very thing we are afraid of, our brokenness, is the door to our Father’s heart. –Paul Miller That is the opening line in the first chapter of Ann Voskamp’s new book, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life. Doesn’t this book sound like me?! I am pondering every bit of it. […]

Daring God

Daring here is not an adjective of God. Here it is a verb. Do you ever dare God? Would you ever dare God? Are you brave enough to dare God? I dare you to. I dare you to dare God. Click To Tweet Forrest Gump is a real person. His real name is Jimbo Meador. […]

A Certain Faith is Not Brave

The struggle of living a life of faith is real! Yes, I know my identity in Christ. I know the grace that is ever present in my life. This I have also learned–I must live in vulnerability to grow my faith. Yes, there is that word again. Vulnerability. I cannot repeat myself enough because I […]

I Pray When I Don’t Know What To Do

So I pray often. It was out of my broken-heart over our very real race problems back in August that I came up with this: I sent the sentences into jail to our son. I wanted his opinion on it since he has such a hard time being dependent on anything. Shame and scarcity have […]

ABCs of Gratitude

Abacos – The Abacos are a group of islands that surround the Abaco Sea which is a part of the Bahamas. It is not a tourist destination nor is it an easy destination but it is special. This is where John and I spent part of our honeymoon and it has become our favorite destination. […]

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 […]

Dress Rehearsing Tragedy So You Can Beat Vulnerability to the Punch

You are not the only one who receives good news but grimaces inside because you are waiting “for the other shoe to drop.” Or you start talking yourself down from enjoying something (like a chocolate peanut butter brownie) because you “just know” something terrible is going to happen next. Or you begin to enjoy the […]

Playing in the Rain

Summer camps are designed to make lasting memories. Faith grows from one memory to the next. Think about that in your own life. If you put your faith on a timeline it would follow memorable moments that would define your faith—with the truth also being some of those memorable moments are quite painful. Hence why […]

You are Something

You are beautiful and wonderfully created. I can’t repeat this truth enough. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:13-14. In love God stooped down and created […]

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