Welcome to Magnificent Strength of Heart, a place for tough minded Christians who are not easily shaken. Ones who navigate adversity and come out stronger on the other side.

I am Belinda McDanel. I like to think, write, and tell stories. And I have some fantastic stories to share. My missionary parents took me to Guatemala for the reconstruction from the 1976 earthquake. We lived in El Salvador during their civil war in 1977 to 1979. Even on a day when a machine gun was pointed at me, by the time my head hit the pillow at night, I was at peace. I practiced things like journaling, mindfulness and contemplative prayer although I didn’t think of it in those terms.

In this blog, I will explore what it means to have strength of heart in three areas: change, resilience, and reformation. As a person of faith, I’m frustrated with easy answers that gloss over pain and refuse to wrestle. I’m not interested in the same answers the church has given for the last 100 years. We are on the verge of a reformation of faith.

If you are hanging on to an Orthodox or Evangelical worldview with white knuckled determination, this is not the place for you.

I want to explore this new thing God is doing and hold my assumptions lightly, which explains my tag line:

Explore  |  Question  |  Wrestle  |  Repeat


Topics you will discover here:

  • Change and the Church – We will explore change in the church and how to be teachable, so we can be open to where God is moving next.
  • Stories of Resilience – We need to hear stories that build resilience, mine, yours and other’s.
  • Reformation – We look to the future and explore new ways to approach Christianity and how our identity shifts.



The theme behind it all is transformation. How do we navigate a changing world? I don’t have all the answers, I’m observing and exploring.

The essence of my philosophy is this:ideasample

  1. Change takes you to a place you have never been before.
  2. Assume what you know may not serve you in the new place.
  3. Being humble and teachable is the only way to explore the new.
  4. If you don’t become pliable, you might miss the new move of God.

Do you feel something stirring in your spirit and if you don’t get it out, you will burst? That’s how I feel about this blog. This blog is about developing into a person with Magnificent Strength of Heart. I post mid-week, either Wednesday or Thursday.

Thank you for reading. I don’t drink coffee, but you will find me hanging out at a coffeehouse thinking about becoming a tough-minded person.

About Blogger Belinda 

Hispanic Women with blue short hair smiling at a park table. In front of her is a computer, hat and journal.
Belinda McDanel 2017

I am Belinda Perez McDanel. I have a Psychology degree, seminary degree and am a certified Life Coach. Formerly, I was a pastor for 12 years. I worked in the nonprofit sector for 6 years in the areas of literacy and mentoring. Today, I live in California with my husband, Bruce. We work as facility managers which provides plenty of down time for me to write. We love our children, Briana, Ben — and adore Ben’s fiancée, Vickie.

©2017 Belinda McDanel