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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. Hi! As long as it isn’t a romance, I look forward to reading your novel! I’m always glad to see your name as I open the latest Incourage blog post! I know that wasn’t the point of your post, but wanted to tell you…

  2. Aliza,

    Thank you for following God’s lead in your life. “When you think you have a plan for your life, I’ll bet God has a better one.” It is so easy to think we should be here or there at this point in life. In reality God knows best for us. This reminds me of Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declare the Lord”. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you”. God also knows what others need and how we can satisfy that need. It is important to follow those promptings from God.

    Blessings 🙂

    • I do love that verse, and I’m learning not to forget the part that comes before it… when God tells his people that they’re going to be waiting in captivity for awhile, and yet he still has SUCH good plans for them. Thanks so much, Beth.

      • Yes I love verse 10….even in the midst of adversity our Father tells us we are not forgotten and makes His intentions and plans for us known. I am encouraged by the devotional to trust that God has a better plan for life than I could ever have. Please pray that I will live out His truths as I await medical reports.

  3. Deeply touched. God’s grace comes down when we desperately need it, but often times we don’t even think about it while being too busy for other things which seemingly quite significant for my life. Important thing is, however, I think whether or not we always open to such an unexpected surprise He gives to me.
    From Kyoto, Japan

  4. Oh boy, God’s timing. Your post was right on time for me. I’m in this exact struggle right now. Trying hard to trust God when I’m so confused about what he wants me to do, and what I want to do 🙂
    So thankful for this reminder to trust Him when things don’t make sense.

  5. Aliza, what a beautiful post! Years ago, I had a gal I’d met a few times call me up and say she felt the Lord wanted us to be friends. What followed was a deepening of our relationship for a season. It was amazing to me that the Lord would place that on her heart, and that she was brave enough to call me and share that with me. 🙂

    I love what you said. I’m going through a bit of a struggle with something as well. It hasn’t panned out in the timing I expected it to. I’m learning to lean in and wait on the Lord. When I received a No earlier this year, God showed me that there was work He needed to do in me. He’s led a couple people into my life who have been helping me. I’m truly grateful He knows what I need before I do. Like you, I’m learning to trust God’s plan.

  6. Amen , I still struggle with the timing and what I want!! Asking for a very loud whisper from GOD

  7. So very relatable for us all Aliza…missing God’s very best right in front of us while looking for what He has for us! Thank you for the reminder and helping us gals recognize that it really is trusting to release the “what else” and embrace the “right now”. Solid words!
    ~Jen

  8. These words are so stinkin’ true! There was a time in my life that I was so discouraged because everything I thought I wanted was slipping away. It wasn’t until I finally gave up control and put my full trust in my Father’s plan that I realized “Oh! Now I get it!” I can’t imagine what would have happened if I would have happened if I continued down the path I thought would lead me to happiness! Thank God for His ultimate plan and sovereign love!

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  9. Thank you for your post today. I have always had my life figured out. God has always changed it. Right now I am in a spot where I know what I want and God is working on me for his better plan. I feel like I am trying to hang on to the first trapeze (what I want) while trying to grasp the other one (God’s best) without letting go of the first. He is not smiling about that. Asking prayers for the let go and the flight to God’s Best. You incourage me that you survived.

  10. That’s the kind of wisdom I wish I had when I was younger. He’s always on time, and I know He wants Christian writers to prosper.

  11. Great perspective! I’ve found myself trying to rush through life at times only to have God move at what feels like a snails pace. It’s always good to look back on the blessings you would have missed if your “plan” was put into action in your timing!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing, really touched my heart. A beautiful reminder to trust God and His perfect timing. God bless you and your beautiful friendship. Xoxo

  13. It’s funny how God knows us better than we know ourselves; and how he knows what we really need. I am so glad you listened to him and are now one more friend wiser and blessed. Thanks for the reminder that listening to him brings us much more happiness than going our own way.

  14. This post reminds me what I have struggled with for 9 whole years. Since then I have learnt to trust and love and serve those around me without holding/clinging and trying to keep only what the Lord will allow me to keep.i can say now my confidence and strength and my total reliance is on the Lord and my relationship with Him. This relationship sometimes comes at a cost to keep and nuture.the cost involves hearing those near to you calling you foolish, or moving from friends circles because you have grown to depend on them without realizing it. Every season involves change.
    However at the end of it, it’s life content and accomplished

  15. Such a well-written reminder of how the people He places in our lives trump everything. They are there for a reads and a season, and He always knows best.