Updated: Apr 14, 2020
By Dr. Helen McIntosh and Blythe Daniel
God's Brave Women - Helen and Blythe's Story
There is a great song by Bethel Music titled, "You Make Me Brave" and its words are so powerful. It’s one of our very favorites, and it has hit home with me (Helen). It's personal now. I need to choose "brave" every day, every hour, as a moment-by-moment choice. Underneath our showing or having courage is first our choosing to be brave.
That's our target. And guess what? It's something we can do--really. It's tangible. Not just pretty and fluffy words or positive thinking. I am accessing some news ways God is helping me to be brave, and I hope they will help you in the season you are in. My dear daughter Blythe is also being brave as she watches me wear brave.
Just days after Blythe and I began to take photos for our book, I found out I had stage 3 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The cancer is gone--can you picture us jubilant?! But the after effects of chemo and Parkinson’s combined have been so hard. I still walk only with assistance. Many other parts of me were altered, including my voice. I wake up needing to be very, very brave. This very week I have had some new challenges emerge. But I am already ready, and here is my strategy.
Remember the section in Joshua 1:3-9 where God said wherever His people put/set their feet they would be on land that He gave them? He gave them dominion, and He waits for us to walk in faith as well. It is a visual truth. I can choose to believe to move into His/my territory every minute.
Today I was extra weary as I exited the passenger seat of the car; but I said, "Lord, you have given me the authority and legal right and dominion over this space. Will you give me the physical strength?" And I did it! He is teaching me to push through and break through normal limits.
"Lord, you have given me the authority and legal right and dominion over this space. Will you give me the physical strength?" And I did it!"