Blessings: To Give and To Receive

Blessing is the Five Minute Friday word for this week. I often end my comments on blogs with a simple phrase, Blessings to you! It’s my way of showing that I care and carries a little more meaning than just saying Have a good day! I’m essentially asking God to bless them in whatever place they find themselves.

 

 

What Are Blessings?

 

I looked up the meaning of the word blessing on Rhymezone, and it had a variety of meanings. The first was basically asking God for protection. Another was like giving your approval on something. Still another which we are all familiar with is saying grace before a meal.

A Favorite Hymn

I am also reminded of a hymn we used to sing when I was young. The title is “Make Me A Blessing” and was written by Ira B. Wilson. All the verses are meaningful, and the music by George S. Schuler seems to fit very well. If you get a chance go to the link above to read all the words. Here is the refrain:

 

Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

A Blessing to Others

 

While singing that song I always hoped that God would use me to be a blessing to others. That is still my prayer, but so many times I fall short in it especially to those closest to me. The good thing is that when I fail, there is forgiveness and another chance. Also, it is not something I do on my own.

It is God who can take my life and make it a blessing to others.

 

 

What are some ways people have blessed you? How can we use our lives to bless others? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #FreshMarketFriday, #Glimpses, #MomentsofHope, #InspireMeMonday

16 thoughts on “Blessings: To Give and To Receive

  1. I love your hymn quote – isn’t that just our purpose in life? To leave the world better than we found it by being a blessing to others? Your FMF Neighbour #59

    1. Gayl,
      I remember singing the same song in church. I have always loved it 💖❗ Our friendship has been a blessing to me, Gayl❗It is so sweet that we share the love of our precious Granddaughter 🥰❗She is such a huge blessing to both our families ❗You can bless people with material gifts. Honestly, what blesses me the most is when people just show they care. A true heartfelt verbal affirmation or encouragement can make such a difference in someone’s day, and in their life. Encouraging words are such a blessing❗Thank you Gayl for all your encouraging words. You truly are a blessing 💖❗

      1. Thank you so much, Terry. I appreciate your sweet comments. Yes, you’re right about our precious granddaughter. I know how much we both love her.
        It’s cool that we both sang that song and love it! Thank you also for your encouragement to me. Blessings to you?

  2. Dear Gayl,
    Oh thank you for sharing this old hymn–I have not sung it in years. It was always one that I loved singing when I was young also! You are being used by God to bring blessings in so many ways, my friend, especially to me! May He bring those blessings back to you too! xoxo

    1. Dear Bettie,
      Why am I not surprised that you also love that hymn? 🙂 We really are kindred spirits. 🙂 I’m so glad to be a blessing to you, and you are definitely a blessing to me. 🙂

      May God bless you richly my dear, sweet friend! xoxo

  3. Oh, Gayl, you a definitely a blessing, Love! I just love your sweet heart. Keep being exactly who you are. You are a beautiful light. Keep shining bright, sweet Sister! GOD bless you! *HUGS* 🙂

    1. Tai, thank you so much for your loving encouragement! You, too, are a blessing!

      May God bless you and keep you! *HUGS* right back to you dear sister! 🙂 xo

  4. You bless me with your poetry and thoughts, Gayl :). I think authenticity blesses people more than they realize because we live in such a fake world.

    1. Thanks so much, Anita. I’m glad to be a blessing. I think you are right about authenticity. You are also a blessing. Your posts always inspire!

      May God bless you today!

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