Daily Blessings Blog Feature

Do you, like me, sometimes fail to recognize God’s blessings within and upon your life? I know and confess that I am quick to complain—much quicker to complain than I am to acknowledge God’s blessings and praise him. And I want this to change. Because of this, I have started a section of this blog called Daily Blessings. It’s in the main menu on the left, right below Home and About Me. What you’ll see if you click on that is a list of options. The first option, a page titled Blessings Beyond Measure, explains in more detail what I intend(ed) to do with that part of the site. (I also bare my soul a bit more than I am comfortable with, but that is part of the challenge of this blog: be real, be vulnerable, encourage others in God through it all.)

Yellow flowers with quote blessings beyond measure are God’s greatest treasure

Beyond the first option is a list of dates. If you enjoy reading my weekly posts and want more, then you may want to check out Daily Blessings on a regular basis. As you’ll see, I’ve been writing daily (lately, as the busy-ness of the semester sets in, every-other-daily) about a God-given blessing I have recognized and tried to acknowledge in my life. I intended for these to be short, quick, this is a blessing, thank you God pages, but lately they’ve taken on a life of their own and are almost blog posts in and of themselves.

There is one thing missing from this part of the blog, and that is you. When I began it, I envisioned it as a section not only to acknowledge blessings in my life, but also to hear about blessings in yours. Would you share your own blessings? Comment about what God has been doing in your life, to encourage me and others? Let’s acknowledge God’s blessings together, and in so doing honor and praise him.

Aside: What do you think? Keep the dates or title them by a word that names the blessing? Or date + blessing together?

Writing Life: Faith, Failings, & Grace

Faith, failings, and grace. In my life, each one is a blessing in abundance, a part of life that is new every morning. My goal for this blog is simply to share—share my faith, share my failings, share grace. I’m sharing in the hope that God can use what I write to encourage others—maybe even you.

Blessings in abundance: Faith, failings, and grace. But do failings belong in a list of blessings? Faith, yes. Grace, yes. But failings? Yes. Because without failings, there would be no need for grace.

By definition, grace is unmerited. It’s a state of being that is freely granted to people who don’t deserve it: the big word here is sanctified, but that’s beyond the scope of this blog for the moment. I’ll simplify it by using what my uncle, who was a Baptist minister, taught me long ago: grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense. Undeserved blessings. My failings—which occur daily and are often spectacular—help me to recognize God’s grace and my need for it. Without a need for grace, there would be no need for faith.

Wow. Not exactly where I planned to go when I began this blog post, but I felt compelled to explain why I was writing before I started writing. I am a person whose private motto has always been, I can do it myself. But the reality is, I can’t. I try and I try, but I fail and I fail. And that is why I need God. Because he can. God says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9, NIV). The simple truth is that I am a sinner in need of a Savior, and Jesus paid the price to make my salvation possible. That’s what I’ll be writing about in this blog: my faith, my failings, God’s grace, and how it all plays out and intersects in my life. I’m praying that God will use what I write as a blessing in others’ lives—maybe even yours.