Episode 80

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In this special Mother’s Day 2022 Episode, I interview guests, Blythe Daniel and her Mother, Dr. Helen McIntosh. Blythe is an author, literary agent and marketer. She has written for Proverbs 31 Ministries, Focus on the Family, Ann Voskamp and Christian Retailing. She lives in Colorado with her husband and children. Dr. Helen Mcintosh is an author, counselor, speaker, educator. Her work has appeared in GuidePosts, ParentLife amd HomeLife magazines. She resides in Georgia with her husband and they have two children and five grandchildren. In our authentic conversation, Blythe and Helen share their God story of their relationship, Helen’s difficult relationship with her Mother that God helped her mend and words of encouragement to Mothers and Daughters who need healing in their relationship. They also share great relationship nuggets from their book, Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters and their new book: I Love You, Mom! ❤️

  • Blythe Daniel is an author, literary agent, marketer, and so much more. Dr. Helen is an author, counselor, speaker, and educator. 
  • Blythe has two girls and a son. She is so grateful that she has been able to see healthy relationships in her family that have affected her own parenting. She has a passion for writers and youth. 
  • Helen loves to address brokenness as a counselor and Christian. Her passion is to help the brokenhearted.
  • A mom as a blessing giver is one who passes down encouragement to a child and it can work the opposite way where a child blesses their mom.  Words of affirmation are so important for moms to hear.
  • As moms, we do set the tone for how conversations happen in the home. It is so important that we pass down words of blessing to our kids. 
  • It is a beautiful time for us to extend a legacy of love for those that are older than us and those that are younger. It is time for us to encourage one another, to build one another up in the care of the Lord, and repair the ruins that have occurred. 
  • It is important to share what God has done in our lives because it really is how other people grow. We learn so much from stories.
  • Blythe and Helen share their “Mended” God story. 
  • Helen had difficulties in her life but God found her and she knew she wanted to live differently and not repeat the pattern she had. 
  • In a normal trajectory as kids get older and start to leave the home there is some distance and some things to work through especially when they go off to college. The key was that they always came back and talked about things. 
  • They want to equip families to walk as closely as they can in this life on earth and prepare themselves for heaven. 
  • The relationship is much more important than differences in opinion. 
  • Each day is a new opportunity to trust God. We should go to God and pray for him to help us in our relationships. 
  • Relationships don’t fill us up, only God can fill that place in our hearts that is longing for more. The only person that will not disappoint us is God. 
  • Give and receive love and be quick to ask for forgiveness. We are modeling to our kids what it looks like to take responsibility. 
  • Choose to leave any regret at the foot of the cross. God really does want you to let go of regrets and learn from those times that we have not made the right decision. It is important that we take care of our own issues. That is truly what we have control over.
  • Be rebuilders and do a legacy of love. Be very intentional about loving and rebuilding. 

 

Links:

Blythe & Helen’s Website

Blythe on Facebook

Helen on Facebook

Blythe on Instagram

Psalm 92

Quotes:

  • “A mom as a blessing giver is one who passes down encouragement to a child and it can work the opposite way where a child blesses their mom.”   – Blythe Daniel
  • “As moms, we do set the tone for how conversations happen in the home. It is so important that we pass down words of blessing to our kids.”    – Blythe Daniel
  • “It is time for us to encourage one another, to build one another up in the care of the Lord, and repair the ruins that have occurred.”   – Helen McIntosh
  • “We want to equip families to walk as closely as they can in this life on earth and prepare themselves for heaven.”  – Blythe Daniel
  • “The relationship is much more important than differences in opinion.”   – Helen McIntosh