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.

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 […]

Merry Christmas from Bravester and a Message of Hope in Raw Pain

This is our hope for you.  Even as we live broken-heartedly. (Please also read: When Broken-Hearted Love Becomes Beautiful) You may be wondering where Missionary Momma has been since she’s been home on furlough–meaning she’s actually been in time zones we recognize.  Just a little over a month ago her daddy became seriously ill, after […]

Tis the Season to be in Vulnerability

Recently I had to put myself in a vulnerable position with a person I know who doesn’t like me. I still had to expose myself to the vulnerability. There was a much bigger picture involved. The bigger picture was well worth it. It was hard. I got battered. I survived. Not unscathed, but I survived. […]

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. […]

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