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.

Joy – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

“The joy doesn’t replace the heartache; rather, they tensely coexist each day, fighting for our undivided attention.” –Lesa Brackbill This quote comes from a friend of mine who lost her baby to the horrible disease Krabbe. She wrote it in the midst of the long suffering death of her baby girl. (Read their story here.) […]

Love – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

As C. S. Lewis famously said, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung out and possibly broken.” Some months ago “along the way” of life (mentioned here first), a big “firework thought” went off in my head. Every one of the fruits of the spirit requires […]

Healed by the Father’s Heart – Is This Really Possible…For Me?

Yes, the Father’s heart is all about healing. The best Biblical story about that is a story we hear again and again and again—the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). It’s a beautiful parable of a father on the lookout waiting and waiting for the prodigal one to turns towards home. Then the father […]

You Are Walking Down Another Street! There is No Greater Joy

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it. I walk down another street. (Read the rest of this poem here.) This is the end of the poem and the hope for your journey out of the hole. Falling into the hole time after time takes a […]

You’re in a Big Hole…Again!!!!! #*%)#w@(#!!!!!!

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I’m in the same place, But, it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out. (Read the rest of this poem here.) For this […]

You’re in a Big Hole and It’s Not Your Fault. Or is It?

I walk down the street, There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost…I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. (Read the rest of this poem here.)  For this week we stop here. There are holes in sidewalks everywhere, some large and […]

A Poem of Growth – Where Are You With This Hole in Your Life?

We’ve been at this Bravester living conversation for over a year now. How are you doing? What progress have you made? Thank you for staying with me as I continue to provoke your vulnerability.  I’m provoking you into a brave life. How is your growth? Where do you fall in this poem today as you […]

You Are Worthy of God Breathing Into You

Our description of God comes in a variety of adjectives. We need a variety of adjectives for any attempt to use words to wrap around God who is bigger than words. God is our rock. God is our strength. Emmanuel, God is with us. God is our refuge. God is our place of safety. I […]

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