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.

Blessed Are the Content, For They Shall Stop the Chaos of Striving

When I say content, I don’t mean lukewarm, wishy-washy, apathetic, indifferent, impassive, or another other uninspiring word like this. I mean content as in deep peace that this (whatever this is) is enough. That I am enough. And this is good. When I say content, I don’t mean to not have goals or to not […]

A True Story 35 Years in the Making

I love teenagers. I love their vibe, their potential, their abilities, their hope. I am a youth pastor through-and-through and will always continue to be. This is why I’ve been one for 35 years. That means I was “doing” youth ministry in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and now and in the future. This also means […]

The Keeper of the Questions

While writing Slightly Braver, I began wandering through an old file filled with former writings.  This one sounded so very Bravester, yet it was written in 2002 for Wild Frontier, a youth ministry resource I led for 25 years.  I believe Bravester has always been in me. Anyway for nostalgic sake and because there is […]

Slightly Braver,

I received that closing from a 15-year old great young man after speaking at his summer Bible camp. He thanked me in the note but his close spoke right to my heart. He is now slightly braver. I am too. You may have noticed on here that I am not a finished project. Not much […]

How to Forgive

This has been an honest and reflective series. I hope you’ve been turned upside down on many of your thinking errors about forgiveness. Jesus asks you to forgive others and now you’ve learned how it is one of the bravest behaviors you can do. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is […]

Forgiveness and Correcting Wrong Are Two Different Things

Are any of these true for you: My life has been negatively impacted by someone who has had serious personal problems. I have had a willingness to work out/forgive, yet it has not done any good. The person who wronged me knew he/she was doing wrong, but persisted anyway. In spite of my attempts to […]

A Prayer for Broken Hearts and Crushed Spirits

From my favorite written prayer daily devotion book (which I’m on year two of using and have given away dozens).  From Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith: Dated August 17: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18 Dear Lord Jesus, there is no Saviour like you–none so kind, […]

Forgiveness is Not

Are you ready to forgive that awful awful awful person in your life? Probably not. This is hard. This is brave. But stay with me. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. First let’s breakdown what forgiveness is not: Letting go of healthy forms of anger. Allowing others to continue to disrespect your needs […]

Forgiving Others is One of the Bravest Things You Can Do

One of the bravest things we can ever do is to forgive someone. Why? Because it is so hard. It puts us back into vulnerability. It makes us feel again. And we’d rather not. Read Part 1 Here. We have our reasons—mostly very good reasons. Yet the challenge is we are to forgive. Jesus is […]

The Journey of Forgiveness

It was during the sentencing of our son that he read a statement before “God, the judge, and man.”  Isn’t that what happens when you testify in court?  In this statement was his first apology to John and I—before God, the judge, and man.  That plays out beautifully for a Hollywood drama but for us […]

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