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How do young girls find friendships in today’s ever-changing world? Join in our lovely conversation full of wisdom and faith in Episode 5 “Beauty in Friendship” with mother and daughter writing team Calyn and Blythe Daniel.
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“I started journaling about what was wrong with the world of like finding friends and stuff and how I wanted to change that.” – Calyn Daniel #friendship #tweens #beautyTweet
Episode 5: Beauty in Friendship with Calyn and Blythe Daniel
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“It’s first important to get to know God and be a part of His kingdom so that you can have the very best friends that He would have for you. If we go out and find friends on our own, we might end up with friends that aren’t God’s best for us. Once we know who God is and what it looks like to be a part of His family, and developing our relationship with God, it’s really going to help us make good choices for friends.” -Blythe DanielTweet
Blythe and Calyn discussed their book “Let’s Be Friends” with host Deborah. The book focuses on navigating and developing beautiful friendships, particularly for girls, in the current culture. God is our number-one go-to when it comes to friendships.
Friendship Challenges in Current Culture
Calyn and Blythe discussed their book titled “Let’s Be Friends”. They shared their experiences on navigating friendships, particularly for girls, in the current culture. They highlighted the challenges posed by social media and the pressure to conform to certain expectations. The book aims to prepare the next generation for strong and lasting friendships. They also addressed the importance of maintaining one’s identity in Christ amidst these challenges.
Friendship Journey: Writing and Sharing
Calyn shared her experience of making new friends in middle school by actively reaching out and connecting with classmates. Calyn and Blythe also reflected on how writing their book, “Let’s Be Friends,” helped them improve as friends, especially in managing difficult relationships and pursuing friendships. They concluded that the book serves as a helpful guide for anyone navigating friendships, regardless of age.
Embracing Individuality: Shining Your Light
They encouraged the group to shine their light and stand out, rather than trying to blend in. There was also a focus on rejecting societal pressures and embracing individuality. They emphasized that God’s opinion is the only one that truly matters.
Friendship Rejection Discussion
Deborah, Blythe, and Calyn discussed rejection within friendships. They highlighted that rejection is a normal part of life and that friends can change over time. They pointed to Jesus’ experience of rejection as an example of how to navigate such situations. Deborah also raised a question about how to treat a friend who is rude, leading to a discussion about the importance of treating others with compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience.
Princess Diaries: Confidence and Identity
Calyn shared her experience of watching the movie “Princess Diaries” and how it influenced her confidence. The group also explored the concept of being God’s masterpiece, as mentioned in Ephesians 2:10, and how this understanding can give individuals confidence in their identity and relationships. They concluded that focusing on God’s perspective of individuals as masterpieces, rather than external opinions, can foster confidence and strong relationships.
Friendship and Body Positivity
Calyn, Blythe, and Deborah discussed the importance of confidence and body positivity in forming good friendships. They highlighted the value of embracing differences and not feeling embarrassed by them. They also talked about using body confidence as a way to test the quality of potential friends, indicating that those who appreciate and value differences are likely to be good friends.
Honesty in Friendships
Calyn, Blythe, and Deborah discussed the importance of honesty and truthfulness in friendships, emphasizing that good friends will draw you closer to Christ. They acknowledged the challenges of navigating relationships, particularly in mixed environments of believers and non-believers, and the need for discernment in choosing friends. They also highlighted the importance of being able to recognize when a friendship is unhealthy and needs to end. The consensus was that it’s crucial to be open and honest with friends about the reasons for distance and that it’s okay to step back from a friendship if it’s no longer beneficial. They concluded by emphasizing the importance of developing the skill of being open and honest with others.
Respectful Friendships: A Guide from Jesus
The discussion centered around how Jesus’ treatment of others can guide us in building respectful friendships, particularly with those who are different from us. They emphasized the importance of listening to others, understanding their perspectives, and respecting their values, even if we don’t agree with them. Diversity in friendships enriches the group and respecting others’ choices can help maintain healthy relationships. The importance of knowing one’s values and not compromising them in the pursuit of friendship was also highlighted. Towards the end, the conversation touched on the role of faith in building strong relationships, using the metaphor of a cookie recipe to illustrate the importance of a firm foundation.
Authenticity and Faith in Friendships
Calyn, Blythe, and Deborah discussed the importance of authentic relationships in life and the role of faith in strengthening them. They emphasized the need for a strong foundation of faith in friendships, which helps navigate through the ups and downs. They also addressed the question of standing up for one’s faith when questioned by a friend. Calyn suggested asking the friend about their own perception of their faith and values and asserted the right to find a different friend if they don’t share the same beliefs or if they are toxic.
Sharing Faith: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom.
They emphasized the significance and fulfillment of contributing to God’s kingdom by sharing their faith with others.
Faith Warriors Book Discussion
The discussion centered around the concept of girls being warriors in their faith. The conversation concluded with a mention of their book and plans for potential future developments, including an online group for further discussion and exploration of the book’s themes.
Mothers and Daughters Friendship Book
Calyn and Blythe discussed their book aimed at encouraging mothers and daughters to navigate friendship struggles. They emphasized the importance of understanding one’s place as a friend and God’s design for us. The duo expressed their hope that the book would help readers feel less alone and lead them to Christ. They also mentioned their social media presence where they would love to connect with readers.
Book Giveaways –
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Daughter and mother writing team Calyn and Blythe are doing fantastic work to help prepare this generation for friendships that will last their entire lives. Blythe is a mom who remembers what it was like to be a tween, and Calyn is one, so she gets her readers.
This book is about friendship, but what is so beautiful about this book is that it also shows that to have good friendships, we first need a relationship with God. The book is a beautiful devotional filled with action steps, conversation starters, and Scripture, and it provides places throughout the book for the reader to write their thoughts and prayers. Also in the book are some of Calyn’s favorite recipes.
This giveaway runs from November 14 to November 22, 2023.
Due to shipping constraints, this giveaway is for US Residents only.
Two will be randomly drawn and receive “Let’s Be Friends.”
Names drawn will be announced on November 20, 2023.
Thank you for being a part of our Giveaway!
Favorite quotes from our conversation with Calyn & Blythe –
With technology girls have more access to social media and having the ability to look at other girls online and see how they are compared to their friends. They just see how everybody, because on social media, most people glamorize their lives and just make it seem like their life is perfect.Calyn Daniel
God sees you as a beautiful creation. You know there’s so many billions of stars in the sky, but each one of those stars is named. And God knows those stars and the billions of galaxies that are out there.Blythe Daniel
We don’t always have to try to fit in with other people. We want to be those people that stand out. Sometimes fitting in doesn’t always look like us trying to fit into someone else’s situation or someone else’s friendship circle. It means let’s stand out and let’s invite people into where we are and not try to just fit in with where other people are.Blythe Daniel
Just ask God how, just honestly ask Him. And I think He would respond with, “You are exactly who I made you to be. I made you for a purpose. You are not just somebody I forgot about because God never forgets about His children.
He treats you like royalty. He treats you like even greater than anybody else in this world,Calyn Daniel
I’ve realized how I was seeing myself versus how God was seeing me. I knew that He saw me as a person who could reach out to people and was really caring about people. So I just tried to grow in that type of way, and I saw how much I gained out of that experience.Calyn Daniel
It’s really turning around our thoughts towards what are the things that God has said about us? And He says that he’s made us a masterpiece and that He loves us unconditionally.Blythe Daniel
I think it comes down to how do we, how do we show respect as Jesus did, but how do we also know the best path that we’re supposed to take and how to treat people well, even if we don’t agree with them a hundred percent.Blythe Daniel
It just feels like a really good feeling because I know that God just got a new warrior in His kingdom and that person is now going to start defending the kingdom.Calyn Daniel
Girls should be warriors. We love heroes. We love the people that fight battles and come out with victory. The reason that we need to be warriors is because God has given us the ability to live this life with Him. If we don’t embrace what He has given us as a warrior, we’re going to find ourselves not knowing who we are or knowing where our place is.Blythe Daniel
I’ve gotten a little bit more humble about things because of the hard things that I went through.Calyn Daniel
We want to continue to pray and encourage moms and daughters who are walking through some difficult friendship struggles that you are not alone and that there are ways that God can show you more about yourself and you as a friend than sometimes we might expect.
God has such a good plan for you as a friend and how He’s going to grow you. Perhaps you are going to be the one that’s going to lead other girls to Christ. A friend group that you’re going to lead that would not have happened had you not really understood your place as a friend and the way that God’s designed you and how much He loves you.Blythe Daniel
Colossians 3:12 NIV: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Warrior – Jeremiah
MEET THE AUTHORS CALYN & BLYTHE DANIEL
Blythe is a coauthor of Mended and I Love You, Mom!, which she wrote with her mother, Dr. Helen McIntosh. She worked for Harper Collins Christian Publishing in marketing and publicity and now enjoys her work as a literary agent. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three teenagers.
Calyn is a middle schooler and loves spending time with her friends and family, including her older sister, Maris, and twin brother, William, who is also an author. She is a competitive gymnast and enjoys cooking. Calyn believes girls need to know who they are in Christ, how to navigate friend groups – especially when they change – and how to not lose sight of who God has made them to be.
Check out the “Let’s Be Friends” website HERE with endorsers (Sissy Goff, Lisa-Jo Baker, and others!) You can connect with Blythe and Calyn in the Facebook group HERE or follow them on social media: Facebook: Blythe and Calyn, Instagram: Blythe and Calyn.
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