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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. Thank you for this beautiful post! I too can relate with this Aliza, wanting to do it on my own. This is something he is certainly teaching me, not to make me stronger and stronger, but weaker and weaker! The scripture, “ not to think we are sufficient in ourselves but our sufficiency comes from God.” 2 Corth. 3:5. This has been a verse that comes to me often. Learning to depend and lean into Jesus, as He is ALL we need! Lord help us as we surrender to you today to be reminded of your power made perfect in our weakness! Thank you Jesus for your faithfulness as you are always there to help in our time of need.

  2. Needed this. Been having nerve pain in my legs, and now I have covid which puts me out of running track for a little while. (College student). I’m just an average runner on the team, but very good, but I love to run. He has been showing me my weakness.

  3. Well each morning I am reminded of my weakness as the bones creak and the muscles ache. But on the upside, I know I am alive! And now, with the words you shared this morning, I can look at my weakness as a way to focus on God. This can be my daily reminder that I cannot do it alone.

  4. “There’s no need for greatness at the foot of the cross. It’s not about us anyway. Instead, we can come exactly as we are, knowing all the glory belongs to Jesus.” Oh, friend, Yes. This is what it all comes down to. Thank you. xoxo

  5. I’ve never thought of it before, but maybe this is because of my weakness…
    Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
    Specifically, my wonderful Christian mom has dementia and how exactly is dementia working for the GOOD OF MY MOM? She doesn’t even remember much of what she knows of God anymore. How is this working for HER good?
    Maybe this is a weakness in my trust of God.
    Maybe my faith is weak…

    • This is not something I have what I think is a satisfactory answer to, and this may sound cliched/trite and if it does, I apologize because that is 100% not my intention. But after a decade of debilitating chronic illness (and its accompanying “uselessness”), I have been having my eye caught in the Bible by more of the pieces where God pulls good things out of occurrences that are baffling to people, or that took a lot of pain, or took a long wait (waiting in exile; waiting for the Messiah; the entire story of Job, which has brought encouragement to several millennia of people at this point; everyone Jesus and the apostles healed, most of whom had been in their pain for years or decades). Every once in a while, we get to see bits of the glorious things God brings out of terrible things either historically or now – but that’s only every once in a while, and in our own lives, it’s usually only after a chunk of time has passed (either because that’s how long it takes for our previous pain to become useful, or because that’s how long it takes for us to learn about the other story that we couldn’t see but that was going along beside ours).

      (all of that is in my interpretative context of reading the Bible as saying “God does not *make* most of the unpleasant things in the world happen – most of them happen because the world and the people in it are broken and because Satan is having a field day – but God *allows* them to happen and God brings good out of everything he allows us to suffer” – if you believed God directly and personally sent your mom’s dementia, then that would be a lot harder.)(I also believe that some highly unpleasant things are directly sent by God as a course-correction or a wake-up call, but more of those are group-based rather than individual, and when they are individual, the person knows why [i.e. Nebuchadnezzar is told why he is being humbled], so I would assume this isn’t one of those.)

      (Also, God can deal with us yelling sometimes, if that is encouraging. There is a lot of being upset in the Psalms: how long? why me? heeeeelp! Hang on to what you already have; God can haul you through and out to the other side, and God can haul your mother through and out to the other side.)

      I’m sorry you and your mom are going through this. *hugs* to you!

      • I know you mean well, but I am talking about this verse in particular, and God has clearly promised (at least that is what it says) something FOR MY MOM (“all things work together for good to those who love the Lord”) and dementia will NEVER work for MY MOM’s good.
        No, I have never thought God sent dementia, but this verse is speaking about something else entirely.
        The only way I can come to grips with this verse is that either God is lying when he says it, or we are misinterpreting God’s meaning in this verse.

        • I have assumed that for the good of those who love him isn’t limited to within our lifespan – that if, when we die and finally get to see all the connections, we are delighted with the ripple effects of how God has allowed other peoples’ lives to be touched through our suffering, then that is for our good. But it’s hard to imagine some things ever being worth it; but our imagination is smaller than God is; so I don’t know.

          (I learned a lot of valuable things when an older friend of mine was walking her mom through dementia some years ago; she was generous enough to talk about the journey with me, and… yeah. That is most emphatically very much not a path I would want to be on, on either side! But some of those truths sank deep because I *knew* – in that inescapable, can’t-weasel-around-it, gut way – that she knew what she was talking about.)(although I also feel like the things she taught me were not at all “worth” the pain my friend and her mother had been through. But my standards for what I’m worth and for what lessons are worth are askew, so there is that.)

  6. I was a substitute teacher for over 8 years. I got sassy and got knocked down so many times. I’m an intervention reading aide now. I’m more careful now but still bite off more than I can handle some days. This post will definitely get saved in my bookmarks. God’s got me.

  7. AMEN, Aliza! “God can do a lot with ordinary and finite and weak.” Your post includes a number of wise nuggets like this one–worthy to pray back to God as we surrender ourselves to Him, that we might be used by Him in the ways HE chooses. Thank you!

  8. There’s so much I love about this, Aliza, but maybe most is the reminder that God can use anything in our lives to point us to our need for Him! A literal fall or anything that reveals a weakness or imperfection. Well told story, friend, relatable and encouraging! xoxo

  9. Aliza,

    This post reminds me of the song “Give Thanks”. Chorus: “And now let the weak say I am strong. Let the poor say I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us.” Yes we are rich & strong, but not in our own strength. It is by God’s design. He wants us to come just as we are to the foot of the cross & allow Him to do a mighty work in us. Then when we go out into the world & do His bidding He will get the glory.

    Blessings 🙂