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Aliza Latta is a Canadian writer, artist, and author, who is a huge fan of telling stories. Her artwork and writing has been featured in publications for LifeWay, Dayspring, and (in)courage. She is always searching for the goodness of God, even when she has to squint to see it.

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  1. What a tremendous comfort Jesus with us really is. I easily take it for granted & have to confess my sin but the awe & wonder of His presence is amazing especially in our spiraled journey! Bless you sweet sister for your courage & encouragement.

  2. God is still speaking to us in modern-day words and voices. God knew the exact words I needed to hear this morning for encouragement to keep moving forward from my spot on my spiral path.
    I’ve not suffered sexual abuse but I have suffered betrayal and infidelity and now multiple episodes of physical pain-as I move forward in my call to be an ordained minister. I don’t know where you are in this universe but thank you for the courage to write about your journey. You have been a blessing to me this morning. I’m going to share your story and words in an upcoming sermon if you don’t mind. Thank you and all of the blessings to you as you continue to write and encourage others.

  3. This is such a blessing this morning. October is Breast Health Awareness Month. Many have struggled with disease, disorders and disability and I happen to be a member of this Club. No initiation needed, just have breath in your body. See we live in a broken society which does not focus on matters that can take away a person’s smile and agility. The truth is somewhat disguised most days. For example, you look nice in that color, your hair is very attractive, your family must be very proud of your accomplishments and where are you going to college. These statements are not bad they are good comments. But just in case you don’t have the right answer one day, then what?

    No one ever told me that life can be a very hard and seemingly unfair journey. I don’t recall being taught that even when you are in pain, you are learning something and someone else is watching you and they are learning something also. Healing can take a lifetime? I never even thought of healing that way. If we are Believers, we are Children of the Most High God. We have a great inheritance and reward being prepared for us because of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So, I will have to look at being healed from disease, disorders, disability, carnality, jealousy, envy, strife, lies, emotional pain and abusive and toxic relationships.

    What a Journey, you know what, that’s why Jesus walks this journey with us every day and every step of the way. I am really learning so much this morning. I know it’s new to me and I need a new perspective because that can assist me in walking a better path and embracing all my opportunities of blessings and encouragement along with kindness.

    God is so wise. He even conceals matters that we are not ready to believe.

    Thank You Lord for teaching me to be a better student of Your Grace and Mercy. Amen

    Brenda

  4. This is beautifully written and I will use the illustration with others that you’ve shared here. I’m a visual person and the journey of healing moving along like a spiral is just perfect. May I even add that a trip down a spiral can bring dizziness and confusion and feel scary because you don’t know what feelings or emotions can come around each new turn. Thank goodness God not only travels the road of healing with us, but He knows that we need to keep moving through it-a spiral won’t let you stall for long. Thank you for this!
    Kellie

  5. Aliza thanks you for sharing your story again. I love you for being so honest. I don’t know if anything happened to me when I was only at toddler. Not 50. But every now and then it used to come to mind. Did this happen or not. Was just in my mind. But my Husband said something must have happened. For it to keep coming up to your mind. Then I shared my story of how I feel with our Salvation Army Offer. She was so good to me. I told her what keep coming to my mind. I don’t know if it just me I told her or did it happen. My Salvation Army Offer said. She believed it something could have happened. Or it would not keep coming into my mind. So a good few years ago I can’t remember how many. She came out to our home. Prayed with me. Said no matter if it happened or not. Your going to have to Forgive the person. Even if it just in your mind. Or it did happen you are telling what God has put in your mind. To get you healed from it. So I did what my Salvation Army Offer said. I prayed for God to help me forgive the person. Even if it happened or didn’t happen. So I remember feeling so much better after that. It felt this weight lift of my shoulders. My Salvation Army Offer said. Dawn you not forget what is in your mind about this. Even if happened or didn’t. But you be glad you have forgiven the person. You will with God help be able to heal. I think it could be the reason I never wanted kids. Now married 28 past in June this year to a brilliant man. Who lovee for who I am. I know God put us together. He said if you don’t want kids that is ok. We both got either that is all that matters. I was so touched at him saying this. Since my Salvation Army Offer prayed with me and talked to me about it. Plus had me forgive the person. Even as I said if happened or it didn’t. It just was something in my head. I have healed well. I don’t think about it at all. Or it doesn’t come into my head anymore. But I never forget the things that I think happened that came into my head. I am very grateful for my Salvation Army Offer. For being there and Praying for me. Telling me what I needed to do. To get the healing I needed. I am better person for it. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. As God helped me heal. Thank you again for sharing your story. Keeping you all incourage in my prayers. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  6. It is hard knowing my healing won’t be complete until I leave this earth since I lost my soulmate over nine years ago. And grief is a spiral but learning that joy and grief can coexist in the same heart really helped me! Thanks for sharing and bless you.

  7. Dear Aliza, well said and well lived (it sounds like)! So glad you heard the right words when you needed them most. May you be richly blessed as you “spiral” forward!

  8. Hi Aliza,
    Beautiful post. I love your image of “linking arms with Jesus,” just as we might with a really close friend, because, He wants to be close to us as our friend!

    Praying for you as you continue to heal.

    Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving next weekend.
    Sandy

  9. I love the spiral concept. And it is very true healing is a path of ups and downs and some times we wish we had never started the process. It is like opening Pandora’s box at times. I think facing reality and allowing ourselves to experience our feelings in a health way is what brings about healing and personal growth. It leads us to God’s path for us.

  10. Beautiful encouragement! Thank you for pointing us to the Saviour as we are weak and wounded. For He is our strength and healing.

  11. I wish I’d known about the spiral metaphor years ago as I wondered also, “Why do I keep getting sucked back into the emotional pain? What is wrong with me that can’t just put this behind me and move on?” Such wisdom your counselor shared with you. For most of us healing IS a journey, not a moment. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Aliza.

  12. Aliza,

    Great post. Filled with life/hope giving information. Thanks for writing.

    Heard a preacher say this: ‘Often God is more concerned about the battle He wants to win in us than the battle that we want Him to win for us.” Maybe healing is taking time because God is working in & through the pain. I think God is trying to heal your whole body-heart, mind, soul as well as the disease or other affliction. There may be lessons to learn like patience, perseverance & trust. Know this God is with you every step of your journey. He understands your pain & walks along side you. He feels your sadness, anger, frustration. Your complete healing is a miracle. Jesus will do it with you & for you in His perfect timing.

    Blessings 🙂

  13. Wow I really wanted to hear this.am really struggling to heal from the loss of my mother,but now I understand it’s a spiral journey, each day at a time.

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