I Choose to be a Blessing

I Choose to be a Blessing

Ted, Shelly, Edison and Watson. Edison at 4 yrs old loves to share!

I choose to be a blessing. Did you know it’s a choice?

Everyday we have opportunity to bless someone else. So what is a blessing; how do we define it? I turned to my trusty Webster’s dictionary to find out the answer.

Webster defines a blessing in 3 different ways…

  1. the act or words of one that blesses; approval, encouragement
  2. a thing conducive to happiness or welfare
  3. grace said at a meal

Looking this list over I can pretty confidently say that I have definition #3 wrapped up with no problem. Showing approval and encouragement by my words and my deeds;  that I have a tendency to struggle with quite a bit more!

I Choose to be a Blessing

My sweet Tim sharing with Watson.

Being a blessing to others, in my opinion and according to Webster, takes an act on our part; it doesn’t just happen. A kind word, a smile, helping a neighbor when they need it…all these things are conducive to happiness. Not my neighbor’s happiness mind you, though they do reap the benefit; it is my own happiness here that is directly affected.

When I choose to be a blessing, I am in actuality blessing myself.  It is true what God says and a principle we can bank on…
Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back-given with bonus and blessing. Giving not getting is the way. Generosity begets generosity. ~ Luke 6:38  

Spotlight Thursday

I Choose to be a Blessing I choose to be a blessing is a wonderful segue into today’s spotlight blog…A Mother’s Shadow by Carrie Groneman.

I was first introduced to A Mother’s Shadow and Carrie through another fellow blogger in May of this year. I was immediately struck by her genuine spirit, kindness and her desire to give. A living breathing example of what a blessing should look like!

I Choose to be a Blessing

Food Creates Family Bonds: A Mother’s Shadow

I went to  A Mother’s Shadow to find out a little more of what made Carrie tick. I was not surprised to find how Carrie chose to describe herself. and her philosophy on life. 

“To me, prac­ti­cal life skills, being self-reliant and serv­ing oth­ers are vital com­po­nents for a peace-filled and joy­ful life. I know that every little bit of good put into action adds up to a full glass. All our efforts to be a positive influence will pay off. ~ Carrie Groneman

I Choose to be a Blessing

1 Year Anniversary: A Mothers Shadow

Carrie’s blog is filled with many examples of this philosophy. She is clearly someone who puts action to her words. One has only to browse through her “Featured Family” segment or pop over to her Family Time Section to see that it’s so.

I Choose to be a Blessing

Irish Soda Bread: A Mothers Shadow

Thank you Carrie for being my friend. Already in the short time I have known you, I have been blessed with your friendship, giving spirit, and encouragement. 

I Choose to be a Blessing

Lasagna Rolls: A Mothers Shadow

I hope you all will head over to A Mother’s Shadow. I know you will immediately be taken with Carrie; a blessing in every sense of the word!

I Choose to be a Blessing

White chocolate Lemon cookies: A Mothers Shadow

A Mother’s Shadow


I Choose to be  a Blessing shared with:

Happy & Blessed Home: Family Fun Friday 

Calm Healthy Sexy: Let’s Get Real

The Cookie Puzzle: Party in Your PJ’S

Coffee With Us 3: Pretty Pintastic Party

Natasha in Oz: Say G’day Saturday Link Party

My Pinterventures: Merry Monday Linky Party 

Create With Joy: Inspire Me Monday

Creative K Kids: Bloggers Brag

Yesterfood: Treasure Box Tuesday

Lou Lou Girls: Lou Lou Girls

 Nap time Creations: Create Link Inspire

3GLOL: Teach Me Tuesday

Crafty Spices: Wordless Wednesday

Oh My Heartsie Girl: Wordless Wednesday

Mrs Tee Love Life and Laughter: Wordless Wednesday

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”




  1. says

    This post touched me today because we do have a choice in what we do or how we act. Thank you for reminding me what choices I need to make.

    Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I’ve pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board
    Tammy recently posted…Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party for June 23My Profile

    • says

      Thanks Tammy. It is so easy to get caught up in what I am doing and forget that it’s not about me. I’m learning… one day at a time.

  2. says

    This is so very true! I think it is a choice to bless the lives of t=others. I often get so caught up in my busy-ness that I am glad you sent out this reminder to choose to be a blessing to others…. Have a lovely week!!! :)
    XoXoX Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  3. says

    Carrie has been a great blogging friend to me, and I’m so happy that you are featuring her blog. Isn’t that picture of her gorgeous?! I love her tagline – Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today. It’s such a good reminder to me every time I read it.

    Also, thanks for sharing with the Let’s Get Real Party. Have a great weekend.
    Gaye @CalmHealthySexy recently posted…Welcome to the Let’s Get Real Party #43My Profile

    • says

      Carrie is a doll and I appreciate the heart she does everything with. Thanks for the opportunity to join in the party at Let’s Get Real. Always a good time!

    • says

      We have something special and I am grateful for the support and encouragement each and every one of you bring. So glad to call you friend!

  4. says


    This post really touched me. We all have a choice everyday to choose to be a blessing. When we bless others, we are blessed in so many ways. It is all about the heart. God looks at the reasons we are trying to bless others. If we do it out of love, we will definitely be blessed.

    I truly feel the same way about Carrie at A Mother’s Shadow. She has a heart for God and a spirit of JOY! She is truly a good friend. Not to mention a great writer and a wonderful cook.

    • says

      I am thankful you listened to God’s leading Diane when you brought us together. Not sure how I got figured into the mix but I am so grateful I was included. You have been an incredible blessing. Thank you so much for all you do!

  5. says

    Oh Shari, how incredibly sweet and generous! Thank you Shari for this beautiful feature. I’m very blessed to be ‘bloggy’ friends. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

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