Day 6 ~ Top Ten!

Scripture Reading: Romans 11:33–36

Robertson McQuilkin, former president of Columbia International University, tells of a time when, following his wife’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s and the death of his eldest son, he retreated alone to a mountain hideaway, trying to reorient his heart and recapture a love for God that had slowly evaporated in the heat of personal, tragic loss.

After a day devoted to prayer and fasting, he began writing God a love letter, enumerating the gifts he had received from the Lord’s hand. He identified ten particular blessings from God that just absolutely exceeded his imagination, things he could hardly find words to express how invaluable they were, how impossible life would be without them.

I encourage you to flip back through the lists you’ve been making and choose a top ten— spiritual blessings that are so big, you could never generate enough gratitude to express what they mean to you and what they tell you about your Savior.

The next time your mind is troubled by sad or worrisome thoughts, pull out your top ten and consciously transfer your focus from whatever is weighing you down, and start giving thanks for the things on your list.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Lord Jesus, because of You, I have every spiritual blessing I need. Thank You for rescuing me from the domain of darkness, transferring me into Your Kingdom, redeeming me, and forgiving me. Even in the worst of times, what You have done for me is beyond comprehension! Thank You. 

Life Application:

The first time I started this challenge, (which was a couple months ago) I was really excited about this day 6 idea of making a list of top ten things God had done for me. As I thought about my list of top ten blessings, I began to write them down in a notebook, and before I knew it, I had filled a page worth of blessings from God. Since I had surpassed ten in a few minutes I was excited to see how many blessings from God I could think of before running out of ideas. I ended up spending about 30 minutes, and filled two pages of blessings from God and others. I still add things to the list when I think of them, and I'm so grateful for those lists that help me to see that everything in life is a gift from someone else!


  1. This is such an encouraging post! I have been wanting to start a "blessings book" in which I write all the wonderful things God does each day for me; now I should really start it! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. A blessings book sounds like a neat idea Sarah! I'm glad you were inspired by my post:)

  2. What a wonderful idea. As soon as you start writing them down, a whole host of blessings flood your mind which you had not thought of before. I tried once, to write down every single blessing I had that wasn't necessary for survival; :) I gave up one I hit one hundred! I think there must had been over a thousand.

    1. That's so neat Christianna:) Yes! I agree with you, there are SO many blessings that we don't even think about that happen to us every day!