Brian Kelley started this tender ballad with his songwriting buddies Jordan Schmidt and Ernest K. Smith back in January 2016. Kelley had invited them over with their wives for an informal writing vacation on St. John Island in the US Virgin Islands. They got the chorus going during that initial session and sent their demo to Kelly's FGL bandmate Tyler Hubbard, who was in vacation in Africa.
Kelley recalled to Billboard
: "We were both in, like, life-changing places, probably doing a little bit of soul-searching, also doing a lot of looking back. We sent it to Tyler and were like, 'Yeah, when we get back, we gotta finish this.'"
When Kelley got back to Nashville the following month, they gave Tom Douglas a call, and he came over to their tree house and helped them wrap most of the song up.
Kelley and Hubbard still felt "Blessings" needed fine-tuning so they tapped songwriter Jesse Frasure to do some extra work on the demo. He slowed down the tempo while keeping it simple, organic and raw.