Category Archives: Be Brave

Pain is Not a Mistake to Fix

I hurt. Recently we completed a painful part of the justice system. The trial of our son. As I’ve shared, we’ve been here before…so many times. We’ve got just a few months left of his time at the local jail before he gets transferred to the prison system. Jail and prison are very very different. […]

Big Ups to Middle School Teachers

I’m a middle school substitute teacher. It is one of my identities I wear with pride. I’ve lovingly been “Mrs. Seefeldt” for 25 years now. Yes—25 years as a substitute teacher. I just love handing out thick worksheet packets to students, the most-often lesson of choice left by teachers. Somehow I have become quite the […]

About Your Shame

That darn Genesis 3 Garden of Eden story. It is the beginning of shame and every diversionary trick shame pulls on us to keep us in hiding. Adam and Eve sinned. Once they realized they now had the knowledge of good and evil, they realized they had sinned and went into hiding. And we’ve been […]

We Got a Dog

We are dog people. Mostly because my one of my best friends is (she’s a great influence on my life) and probably even more so because John is allergic to cats. In August 2014 our beloved Lucie died of old age. She was a rescued maltese we got just after my rescued lhasa apso died. […]

We Don’t Trust God

Ask. Seek. Knock. This comes from Matthew 7:7-11 – “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will […]

Numbed Prayer–Do You Do It?

I’m on my second year reading a yearly daily prayer book.  It’s Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith. Prayer is not one of my strengths so I like written prayers. I like these prayers in this book, which is why I’m reading it again this year. Today’s prayer is “A Prayer About Burden-Bearing Love.” It listed these […]


Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter are full of people who live in scarcity. Most people will say that Facebook is full of people who are narcissists. People who have to post every little thing about their lives seem like narcissists. But the reality is this is not narcissism but scarcity. All these posts of their […]

Living in Vulnerability—This is Basic (Yet So Scary)

I’ve got another Max Lucado quote for you. “Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves. Do you ever see the two together? Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? Clear thinking and afraid? Confident and afraid? Merciful and afraid? No. Fear is the […]

Fear Does Not Protect You

I was counseling a young man about his pending marriage. His reasons for marriage were all based on fear. He was threatened often that he would lose his daughter if he didn’t marry her. He knew he didn’t love her but he didn’t want his daughter growing up without him. In my counsel for him […]

We Are Born Where?

This is such a crazy and wonderful thought. My mind is whirling at the application of it. ‘We are born between feces and urine.’ – Saint Augustine Click To Tweet “The glory of the human condition is that we are made in the image of God. And yet in his ingenious and bewildering design, God […]

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