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.

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 […]

Sticky Notes of Truth

The sticky note—what a wonderful invention. I can write that important “thing” on this little note and stick it in view so I won’t forget. Sticky notes make the perfect bookmark, even letting me know which line I stopped reading at. I can stick that note right on the next line to read. I can […]

Does the Pain Ever Feel Like Its In the Past?

I sincerely ask that question with an answer I don’t have for you. Today I was doing my volunteer duties as a part of juvenile probation. (I do love teenagers, even those who thankfully have these resources to change their direction.) I was just chatting up my favorite probation officer when he randomly started telling […]

In the Midst of Our Nation’s Pain, Look for the Helpers and Become Softer

The past couple of days I’ve been overwhelmingly grieved. First was the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My immediate thought was, “Not again?!” The video was grievous. Then the shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. I grew up in Minnesota. I know where Falcon Heights is. I drove through there […]

The True Measure of Time is Called Hope. How?

Pope Francis has said something profound to ponder. I know. He generally does this all the time. That’s why he’s beloved by so many. In a letter to prisoners in Velletri, Italy, he wrote: “Inmates are living an experience in which time seems both to be stopped, and to never end. The true measure of […]

How Can I Live Bravely with Safety?

The title may sound like an oxymoron. And some first reactions may be, “Forsake safety!” “I laugh in the face of safety.” These are the same people who pulverize a collarbone (the x-ray tech said that) when they ride a BMX bike without a helmet. (Says the wife of a husband of such an adventure.) […]

Follow the Heartbreak

“The brokenhearted are indeed the bravest among us—they dared to love, and they dared to forgive.” –Dr. Brene Brown This quote just gets me. I keep going back to it again and again and again. I must be the bravest mom out there because I sure am broken-hearted. And I’m still daring to love and […]

When Guilt is Really Sadness

I have a lovely 20something friend who is the daughter of two sucky parents. I am making this judgment after watching their behavior towards her for the past two plus years and hearing her stories from growing up. These parents are selfish, wounded, and don’t know how to even be grateful for their lovely daughter. […]

God Always Works in Cycles

I grew up in Minnesota. I know winter. Minnesota does have some of the most beautiful summers possible, especially with all of the lakes to enjoy those summer days on. I know summer in Minnesota too. But winter is what Minnesota is known for. Minnesotans get the very good and the very bad of weather. […]

Trusting the Promiser

After 19 years of marriage John is remembering to take out the garbage every week. I can take out my own garbage. I lived single for 15 years. But when I got married there were three chores I couldn’t wait to pass on to someone else: taking out the garbage, filling my car with gas, […]

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