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.

God’s Intentions Towards Us

I get it.  It is hard to trust God.  If it were easy, we’d have a world full of trusting Christians who would then look more like Jesus so the world would truly be a better place.  Instead we get this broken world of scarcity and invulnerability of people trying and trying and trying to […]

Seeking God from Overwhelmed Land

I own land in Overwhelmed Land.  I’m doing my best to keep it as a vacation home though.  A “vacation” I try not to take too often.  This is when life gets to be “too much” and I don’t know how to function day-to-day.  This is where my 37 years as a Christian and 34 […]

Sometime someone hurts you so bad, it stops hurting at all.

Sometime someone hurts you so bad, it stops hurting at all. Until something makes you feel again And then it all comes back Every word Every hurt Every moment How could you ever understand where I come from Even if you ask, even if you listen You do not really hear, see or feel You […]

What Lies Have You Been Telling Yourself to Avoid Facing the Truth?

Years ago when our kids graduated high school John and I took them on a rite of passage weekend. Part of the weekend was shark fishing—which ended with only one nibble and a whole lot of seasickness for Jamon. Quite a miserable memory yet one told fondly. We also arranged for personal time with members […]

We Are Cracked (But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out)

I believe everyone’s faith grows from memory to memory. It’s not the powerful sermons that mark our faith journey (yes, even my powerful sermons which are the best ever given do not serve as spiritual markers) or the worship music or the Bible study. We mark our faith from memory to memory—whether those memories are […]

We Leak. But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out

Part 1. This reminds me of a sermon illustration I “borrowed” way back in the early 1980s. It was a short story about a guy who came forward to the alter call week after week. Each week this guy would wail before God asking for mercy. One week one of the pew sitters who was […]

About Your Trying and Trying and Trying

My first message I ever gave was in 1981 on 1 Timothy 4:8-9. I was 18 years old. And it was a good one. I have used it over and over and over again. I cleverly created a spiritual workout which included things like “sit ups” as in sit up in church and “lift weights” […]

A Prayer About Pain-Generated Compassion

This is not the first time I’ve mentioned this book of written prayers, nor will it be the last. This book is the biggest part of my daily quiet time routine. This book is ….drumroll…Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith. The prayer for April 12 (which I also read last year on April 12) just stunned […]

More Than the “Least of These”

I never intended for prison to become part of my life. I actually hate that it is part of my life. I never intended on becoming a mom either. I felt God tell me when I was 18 that I would never have children. I was 31 when the doctor told me why. (I was […]

What Comes Next?

On Saturday a near 20-month old girl’s short life was celebrated.  It was a different sort of funeral. She was the daughter of friends of ours. She lovingly belonged to parents who now don’t have a daughter. The parents found out over a year ago that she had Krabbe which is a certain early death […]

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