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Accounting Daily Blessings

Posted on January 07, 2013

We have all received one blessing after another. God’s grace is not limited. – John 1:16

            Most mornings, way, way too early I watch what I have dubbed “News Lite.” 

            These are mostly the overnight and early morning reports out of Denver, Salt Lake City and Albuquerque.  There is also one national lite news show called “The Daily Buzz” that I will pause at during my flipping between the reports from the different cities.

            I call them lite news shows because they mix police reports, politics and other “important” stories with constant updates of weather, sports, traffic reports, and personal interest stories.  There is a lot of laughing and bantering.  It’s the news but usually not too serious at 5:18 in the morning.

            Last week, The Daily Buzz (TDB) gave me a great idea.  One of the hosts read a report about a twist on the Christmas Jar idea.

            As most of you know, “The Christmas Jar” is collecting your spare change in a jar throughout the year, and at Christmas, making a gift of the money collected to a family, individual or group. 

            Co-host Lisa Spooner of TDB told of an idea of taking a jar and filling it daily with a short note about a blessing you identified every day this year, and then pulling them out next Christmas season and reading them.

            I think this is a swell idea. Here is what I am going to do.

            For each day of 2013 I will print out a scripture verse on “blessings” and then write down the blessing I identify for that day.  I will slip the sheet into my “Blessing Jar.”  Then next Advent, beginning on December 1, I will begin pulling the blessings out and reading them a few at a time.

            Let me know, if you would like me to make you a set of blessing sheets as well.

            I expect some of the blessings to be profound.  I expect many to touch my heart.  I expect most to be simple and maybe even silly.  I also expect that I will miss days, and do make-up days.  I will be consistent sometimes and inconsistent about doing it at other times.  I just want to concentrate on blessings and the grace we receive from the Lord God in Jesus Christ this year.

            So, in 2013, I will have three jars sitting on my kitchen counter: A jar in which I will throw a quarter for my boys every time I use a word I would not use in the pulpit (trying again to cure “Ole Potty Mouth Steve”), My “Christmas Jar” where I will collect change and my “Blessings Jar” where I will recount the grace of God.

We have all received one blessing after another. God’s grace is not limited. – John 1:16



Steve Nofel

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