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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. So beautifully worded, Aliza! Talking to the Lord about our pain, no matter what “it” is, opens the door to comfort and His understanding empathy. Psalm 27:8 comes to mind. “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming’.”

  2. “For a long time, I’ve believed the lie that I need to somehow figure things out or sort through my emotions or muster up more faith before bringing my heart to Jesus.”
    Totally this. This is one of the key items I want to impress upon our kids or any young Christian. We don’t have to dress up before we bring our “fistful” of emotions to God. We can simply bring them. Thanks for sharing your heart and ache and relief.

  3. Thank you for this reminder. I have always wanted to be the one in control and I am slowly learning I need to surrender to Jesus. All my worrying has gotten me nowhere and the times that I find some peace is after remembering I am not alone and that God is listening and watching out for me. Like you, I have an ache that has become my companion the last 3 years, some days worse than other days. It feels reassuring that Jesus knows what’s in my heart without my having to utter the actual words.

  4. Aliza, I have also felt the ache and have had the same thoughts in my mind that “if only I was married and had babies, this ache would be less or go away.” It’s hard being single when you feel in your heart that you are meant for a godly marriage. But I am also realizing that our loving and kind God (His timing is perfect) is the only one who can fill the void in our hearts. I think we will always have a small ache in us on this side of Heaven because we long to be with our Jesus. No marriage, or children (even though these our good things and God’s blessings) can ever fill the void in our hearts but our Jesus can ❤️ With Jesus we are never alone. Thank you for sharing, sister. I needed this.

  5. Oh Aliza I really needed this message today. Thank you for sharing AND Thank you for reminding me…what I already know…He’s right beside me. He already knows. He knows what I need. He’s not leaving…

  6. Thank you for your story. I was at the hair salon and feeling rather ill when I read your story. Thank you fir sharing. I was diagnosed with lupus since 2007. And I have been having anxiety and fear occasionally but more frequently over the last couple of years as I feel more fatigued and more pain physically. I cry out to Jesus: “Jesus please help me.” whenever I feel I can’t cope and I keep repeating. I know He hears me and He is with me.

  7. I was in that same space a few days ago. I am in that space often. Life deals us all sorts of hurtful cards. It is such a comfort to know that we have a Friend in Jesus. He is not only a confidant but also our Redeemer and Savior. Thank you for the beautiful message.

  8. Wow! This is so comforting and reassuring to me. I feel this way often and am encouraged that it’s not just me. I really like how you say that Jesus doesn’t always take it away, but that he walks beside us in it. Thank you

  9. Aliza,

    Jesus is patiently waiting for us to come to Him. He wants us as we are warts & all. No need to clean up your act. Just come to Him with all your problems & emotions. He already knows & sees you intimately. Don’t be afraid of your feelings just gather them up & hand everything over to Him. He will walk with you each step of the way.

    Blessings 🙂