Sometimes it takes us a long time to learn things from God. Sometimes, it only takes a second or two. Today, it was one of those "second or two" times.

I won't/can't go into details, but let's just say that today, I did not get something that is usually so readily available to me. It's something that I am accustomed to having daily, and that I need daily, and it has never been denied to me whenever I have needed it. But today, it was not available to me for several reasons.

And, at first, I was so upset about it. Like I said, I am accustomed to having it daily, and now I am at the point where I will not be able to reap benefits from this said thing. It's weird. And it made me very, very upset...upset to the point of many tears.

Mat was at work (which, praise God for His provision of a great job for Mat), so I called my precious mum, who is always willing to lend an ear. I told her about my situation, and she was so understanding and kind. Mum listened to me as I tried to utter out words through my tears. She spoke words of encouragement and positivity into my life, and for that, I am thankful. She even offered to help me out, but I refused, for various reasons that I will leave unsaid.

I hung up the phone, ate my dinner, and headed out the door to Seminary Wives Institute. It was there, on my walk to Norton Hall, that the Lord revealed something to me...one little word, actually.

Sanctification. All of this is for your sanctification.

And with that being said, I felt relief. I felt peace. And I felt safer.

Sometimes I have no idea why things happen the way they do. Sometimes I have no idea why bad things happen. Sometimes I have no idea why good things happen. But, sometimes, in the midst of bad things happening, like they did today, I am reminded by a loving, sovereign God that things happen for a reason...and today, that reason was for my sanctification.

I don't know when I will get to again be in my routine of having this said thing back into my life. But, I do know this: God is using this time for my sanctification, and for that, I am grateful.

Sanctification. It's all for my sanctification to the glory of our great God.


  1. Thought provoking! Sanctification is painful a lot of times. Whatever your situation, I wish you the best with it. Jan W.

  2. I don't know if you remember Mrs. Jean Harrison from
    DWBC, but she adopted Galatians 2:20 as her life verse. The verse about dying with Christ and living through Christ ( I think that is it ). She had/has a husband and five children. She did a lot of dying to self, I'm sure. Just some thoughts....

  3. Things have bee so crazy...and I was without internet at the house last week...so I'm just now getting a chance to actually pull up your newly designed site. LOVE LOVE LOVE, Whitney! It's really so cute!

    Can't even begin to tell you what these thoughts on sanctification did to my heart this morning. Lifting you up today, sweet friend.