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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. I was in a gift shop this weekend & they have these statues of a pile of stones with words such as “gather good” “scatter kindness”. It made me think of the stones of Ebeneezer, except these replicas a) have easy sayings & b) the replicas are lightweight. I’ve always pictured the building of those stones of Ebeneezer to be hefty rocks manhandled by men to maneuver them on top of each other to be a lasting reminder of God’s kept promises to His people. The works of God aren’t easy platitudes but a real, tangible, presence in the midst of our fears & behind the scenes all for our good & His glory. When in doubt about the present or future, rehearsing His trustworthiness in the past brings peace & comfort in the unknown. The gift shop designers are tapping into that truth but they are missing the Person of our God! May we never miss opportunities to accept His invitation to trust Him. Thank you for sharing, Aliza! Blessings!

  2. This, I am sure resonates with all of us at some level. Thanks for putting it out there this morning.
    I too get caught up in the “fear” trap and put myself on high alert. Thinking I have to swing into action to solve every problem that looms in life. Some days I feel like a mighty warrior. And you are so correct….many of the fears have already been answered in prayer. Sit calmly and trust.

  3. How wonderful to be able to read this. Many thanks. Yes I have faith but it is the trust I need to work on.

  4. I needed this. I loved this part: What struck me suddenly was that everything I was stressed over had once been an answer to prayer. My jobs, my relationships, my friendships, my church – each and every one of them had been something I’d asked God for.

    What a perspective shift this is for me. Even now, as I am newly engaged and planning a wedding but looking past that and figuring out logistics of relocating, new job, apartment searching, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and anxious. BUT, this is an answer to one of the longest prayers for my heart, and I know I can trust and have confidence in God’s character…he is good, kind, faithful, sovereign and so much more!

  5. WOW! I feel, what’s the word… I want to say targeted… but it’s probably convicted! Back in June, the wall were closing in on me. Stress, anxiety and overwhelm. Those were the words I finally came up. My career, my relationship, etc. ALL things I had prayed for! ugh… I didn’t have the sense to sit down and pray. One day it all just came crashing down. Because I did not trust God. I was seeking security from my partner. I didn’t realize until much later that my security comes from God. He is the one who sustains.

  6. Aliza, thank you so much for sharing! I struggled with fear for most of my life! I still do sometimes! A few verses really bring me peace when I start feeling overwhelmed or fearful.. “There is no fear in love but God’s perfect love casts out all of our fear.” – 1 John 4:18 and John 10:10, The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus has come that we may have life and have life to the full (life abundant)!

    I hope these verses bring you some peace as they do for me. Sending love ❤️❤️

  7. So good! Reminds me of something Ken Davis said, something like if you try to pull yourself up by your bootstraps all you’ll get is broken bootstraps. 🙂

  8. Good Morning Aliza,
    Very timely post, with all that’s been happening in the last, almost, 3 years. Most of us struggle to completely hand everything over to Jesus and, not take it back. 🙂
    When we’re finally exhausted, we pray more truthfully, from our hearts, then, as you experienced, we start to feel that peace that Jesus promised us.
    May our trust in Jesus continue to grow.

    Shalom, Sandy

  9. Thanks, Aliza! I often have these same reactions to fear. But you have offered a better way. Lord, help me choose it. Every time.

  10. Wow! I’m saving this one because I can relate to it so much it’s not even funny! Thanks for the encouragement!