About the Author

ALIZA LATTA is a writer, artist, and pastor who is a huge fan of telling stories. She creates content for Canada’s largest youth conference, Change Conference, and is a church planter in Ontario, Canada. Her artwork and writing have been featured in publications for LifeWay, Dayspring, and (in)courage. She is...

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  1. Trying to get our German Shepherd back in the house last night he was 10 feet away just staring at me when I spoke his name & said “C’mon let’s go to bed”. He remained at the door off the porch like I wasn’t there or was speaking Greek but when I whistled as I do when he’s beyond our lights, it was as if he had been shot out of a cannon to come thru the backdoor. A grace & speed fur bullet in from the yard to on our bed in a flash. Now with a look of ‘where ya been Mom, we’ve been waiting for you’. Nothing to do but laugh!

  2. Jesus has kept me and my family through this Pandemic. I’m alive and well to give him Praise.

  3. Thank you for sharing this sweet message this morning. I am smiling and thinking of my own three daughters, Valerie, Victoria and Vanessa. I am a mother who enjoys hearing my girls laugh. It makes my day.

    God knew we would be revived when we learned to embrace laughter.

    Everyone needs to think of embracing joyfulness. We all need to wake up with hope for a good day. Our future is in the Hands of our Creator. But we get to believe His Words by Faith that we can do whatever is needed to survive one day at a time.

    I have learned to embrace a slower pace and I enjoy watching cartoons and coloring even more. I get to help my daughter with transportation until her vehicle is repaired. So I get to see First Graders play outside and run around the playground without a care at all. How refreshing and rewarding for a grownup like me to be reminded that I was once a First Grader too.

    God bless you all. Have a great Super Bowl weekend. Be safe!

  4. I recently took my 6 year old granddaughter sledding for her very first time. At age 65 I felt like a kid again racing down that hill with her over and over. We laughed and squealed and it felt wonderful! I am still thanking God about the wonderful opportunity!

  5. Oh Aliza, I knew it was your writing author even reading your name! Thankful for these beautiful words!

    It reminds me of Eric Liddell’s famous quote, “when I run, I feel His pleasure.” I find that when I hear my young children’s innocent laughter (definitely zooming down a toboggan hill causes this!), I feel His pleasure, and it reminds me to smile and laugh too.

  6. Oh Aliza, I knew it was your writing even without reading your name! Thank you for these beautiful words!

    It reminds me of Eric Liddell’s famous quote, “when I run, I feel His pleasure.” I find that when I hear my young children’s innocent laughter (definitely zooming down a toboggan hill causes this!), I feel His pleasure, and it reminds me to smile and laugh too.

  7. My little min pin – 14 pounds of personality. The way she entertains herself and everyone else, tossing her ball around, racing around the house and pushing her ball into the kitchen when Daddy’s got breakfast ready, racing through the door when it’s cold outside or around the field when we can go for a walk, climbing in my lap and in my face when she wants outside, and just laying contentedly beside me because I’m her person. Such a blessing this little rescue dog has been for us.

  8. This was an sweet and lovely reminder to laugh as Aliza wrote, “especially” now. Her writing skills are superb in engaging the reader in a visual memory of happier times. My one question is why when so much of this “story” related to Jesus was not a single Scripture used in reference or at least to set off the theme? I can recall many that would have emphasized Aliza’s point, such as Psalms 100:1 and 118:24, Proverbs 17:22, Romans 12:15, Philippians4:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, and so many more. As good an (in)couragement as this was, it just didn’t seem “right” without a Scripture.

  9. Aliza,

    Life gets hard & we lose our joy. It can seem hard to laugh about anything. I remember about 10 years of trials dealing with my aging parents. No joy in mudville for me. Even now it can seem hard to find much to make you happy. Sometimes we have to make our own happiness. A simple sledding down the hill in snow, pillow fight with hubby or simply admiring God’s handiwork in sunrises. Now more than ever we need laughter to lighten the mood & keep us from going plain crazy. Go out there play in the snow, walk in the rain, dance in your living room. Do whatever makes you happy.

    Blessings :)0

  10. My husband went away to be with the Lord a few months ago. We laughed all the time before he was sick and I miss that!
    But since then, my daughter has come to live with me and she has brought laughter back in my soul.
    Proverbs 17:22 says A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
    Laughter IS good for the soul. I know.
    As much as I miss my husband, when I think of him and look at the photos of him( with his BIG smile) I laugh and smile!

  11. My 14 year old son – he has kept us all laughing as we are all quarantined together. Thankful for this extra time with my 2 teenagers over the past few months.

  12. Hi Aliza,
    Such a fun post! I feel the laughter through your words which made me smile. I also, can be too serious at times so this was a good reminder to remember that Jesus wants us to laugh, smile and enjoy the life we’ve been given. If Jesus wasn’t fun, the children wouldn’t have been drawn to Him so I’m sure as you said that he laughs along with us.

    Now I wish I had a sled or toboggan to go sliding down a hill! 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    Shalom, Sandy

  13. I loved reading this. There are times when my daughter and I start laughing and can’t stop. It’s like the more we try the more we laugh. It feels kinda like when it rains, the outdoors feels so fresh and renewed. The old saying – laughter is good for the soul is true!! There is joy in just being in the moment. Thank you for the reminder.

    • I too spend a lot of time alone. Sometimes I laugh out loud when watching tv if I find something amusing. I also try to make my friend laugh when we are texting as she is also alone much of the time. It can be difficult but I encourage you to be your own best friend.

  14. This made me imagine Jesus having fun and laughing as a child Himself! Thanks for creating this image in my mind and especially for the reminder to have fun like a child. Adulting does get too serious sometimes and I know I need to lighten up. Blessings to all!

  15. I have three children. My two sons are in there late 20’s and my daughter is 16. We call her our beautiful surprise. With her I have learned not to sweat the small stuff, that she will make mistakes and that’s alright. But the biggest thing I have learned is the day to day mundane things will always be there. Being with her, talking with her, sharing with her and most fun of all laughing with her are the best things I can do with her. God blessed me with three beautiful children and laughter has filled my house, because as this year has taught us, life is very unpredictable and too short to sweat the small stuff.

  16. Aliza,
    What a breath of fresh air this is! My husband has a quick wit and a great sense of humor. He said something funny the other day and I broke into one of those fits of laughter – the ones where you simply can’t stop yourself from laughing. I was practically in tears by the time I regained control of myself. But, if felt soooooo good to laugh. It really is the best medicine. Now, more than ever, we need to go out of our way to read, watch, engage in something funny. Thank you for bringing a big smile to my day!
    Bev xx

  17. Walking and seeing beauty in nature.foggy but glimpses of LIght in the river or sun breaking through cloud.

    But still I’m bored tonight like you say lockdown and furlough 2!!

    We trust in god and his provision but not always easy to be positive

    Thankyou for your hope post . It’s 330 am here Sunday and tomorrow or later today is a new day and church online

    God bless you and your writing and your ministry

    Where is god leading us

    Much love Vicki uk