Why It's Important for Your Children to Witness Your Marriage | alyssajhoward.com

Why It’s Important for Your Children to Witness Your Marriage

And they lived happily ever after… From an early age, these are often the words our children first learn about marriage. After all, nearly every princess fairy tale ends in a wedding gown. Most don’t dive into the inner workings of a marriage. We never see Cinderella and Prince Charming in the middle of a heated argument. We only see the dress, the fairy tale, and the happy ending. This is why it is so important for your children to witness your marriage… They need to see what happily ever after actually looks like in the real world. Continue Reading

Ruth: Grace, Destiny, and Purpose in the Midst of Sorrow

Do you ever feel under qualified, inadequate, or too broken to be used by God? The enemy likes to make us believe that we aren’t good enough to accomplish God’s best for our lives. But unfortunately for him, the Bible is filled with stories about people who by worldly standards weren’t adequate enough for the task at hand… but God chose to give them an amazing destiny in Him. Continue Reading

How to Rid Your Mind of Stress: Trusting God with the Day-to-Day | alyssajhoward.com

How to Rid Your Mind of Stress: Trusting God with the Day-to-Day

When I was a freshman in college, I was required to take a class called “stress management.” I learned one important truth: if you desire to rid your mind of stress… good luck! Instead, I was taught how to manage my stress because truth be told, stress is a part of life. The sooner I accepted that fact, the better off I would be in managing it. There was just one problem with this particular class… God wasn’t a part of the equation. The Bible tells us that stress, fear, anxiety, and worry are all a part of our lives before Christ.

Perfect love casts out all fear… and Jesus is the very definition of perfect love. Continue Reading

How to Teach Your Child about Heaven

My family recently experienced the death of a loved one. As I told my young daughters, I was met with a billion and one questions. What does it mean to die? Where do we go? What is heaven like? I truly believe it is important to teach your child about heaven. For Christians, heaven isn’t a far away place in the distant future. It is our home. In fact, the Bible tells us to make it our focus. Continue Reading

How to Be Intimate with God: Relationships Are a Two-Way Street | alyssajhoward.com

How to Be Intimate with God: Relationships Are a Two-Way Street

The entire purpose of Christianity is for God to be intimate with His creation. I know that may seem like a bold claim, but it’s true. In the Garden of Eden, God walked with Adam and Eve. They had a relationship unlike any other. They were intimate with God. But when sin entered the world, all that changed. Ever since that infamous day in the Garden, God has been at work making all things new. He’s restoring what once was… all so that He could walk with us once again. Continue Reading

How to be Good at Both Offense and Defense in Spiritual Battle | alyssajhoward.com

How to be Good at Both Offense and Defense in Spiritual Battle

An army has two essential functions… offense and defense. Militaries are called to defend when an attacking army is trying to take ground. (I don’t know about you, but I am so incredibly thankful that we have our troops to defend us if threatened!) Yet there have been times throughout history when a military’s offense played a key role. When the Israelites entered the Promised land, they were certainly on the offensive side of war. God went before them into battle as they conquered the land He had given them… one city at a time. Continue Reading

When Your Spouse Doesn't Have Time for You | alyssajhoward.com

When Your Spouse Doesn’t Have Time for You

Marriage can be one of the most rewarding relationships in our lives, but it can also be one of the most difficult. When you’re young and in love, you think to yourself, “This is it. I can’t imagine anything better. I couldn’t be happier!” But as the years pass, you begin to realize that there’s a reason most fairy tales end with the wedding… (and they lived happily ever after right?) After the wedding, life goes back to normal. Careers, children, and everyday chores can get the best of us if we let them. And when there’s not enough time in the day to finish your mile long to-do list, it’s easy for your marriage to take a back seat. Continue Reading

Gideon: A Lesson in the Courage and Strength Only God Can Provide | alyssajhoward.com

Gideon: A Lesson in the Courage and Strength Only God Can Provide

Have you ever been asked to do something crazy? Throughout the Bible, God called His people to carry out seemingly impossible (and often ridiculous) tasks. For example, God called Moses to go before Pharoah and demand that he allow millions of his slaves to go free. And let’s not forget Joshua. God asked him to take his men into a battle that involved nothing more than marching around the city walls for seven days. Then there was Gideon…. Continue Reading

It’s Okay to Grieve: A Biblical Look at Losing a Loved One | alyssajhoward.com

It’s Okay to Grieve: A Biblical Look at Losing a Loved One

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was at a concert with friends when I received the call that my grandpa had died. It wasn’t a total surprise. My parents were actually there visiting him in the hospital because we knew his time was short. But none of that mattered. It was still just as hard. It was difficult finding out in front of my friends. I didn’t feel like I could grieve his loss. It wasn’t until later that I was able to let my guard down and cry. Continue Reading

What to Do When Your Child Struggles with Nightmares | alyssajhoward.com

What to Do When Your Child Struggles with Nightmares

A few weeks ago, it happened. My daughter had her first real nightmare. It actually caught me off guard. Up until this point, neither of my daughters have suffered from nightmares. Interestingly enough, she didn’t wake up with it; rather, she told me about it the next day. I won’t go into specifics over the details, but it was very vivid. And as her mom, I felt deeply sad for her. I honestly didn’t know what to do for her… so I prayed. Continue Reading

Jesus, What Should I Do? 5 Ways to Know You’re in the Will of God

Have you ever come face to face with a dilemma and you had no idea how to proceed? There are certain areas of life where understanding the will of God is easy. We know it’s His will that we share the Gospel with the world, and we know that it’s His will for us to walk in obedience. But what about the “grey” areas? What about the choices we make on a daily basis that aren’t outlined in Scripture? What then? Continue Reading

When You Face the Impossible: Faith is Worth the Risk | alyssajhoward.com

When You Face the Impossible: Faith is Worth the Risk

No one likes bad news. I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly enjoy hearing about something negative on the horizon. But the truth is that we all face the impossible at some point in our lives. Maybe it’s a job situation or a financial struggle. Or perhaps you’re facing an illness of some kind. Regardless of the situation, we’ve all felt like David facing Goliath… a seemingly hopeless battle. Continue Reading

Are You Walking in the Victory Jesus Gained on the Cross? | alyssajhoward.com

Are You Walking in the Victory Jesus Gained on the Cross?

There have been many times in my life when I have felt defeated. Beat up. Broken down. Overcome with pain or grief. These feelings come with the territory when it comes to being human. We all know what it’s like to feel like you’ve lost. But there’s a difference between feeling defeated and actually being defeated. Looking back at my own life, I’ve certainly experienced feelings that weren’t an accurate depiction of the truth.  On the surface, Jesus may have seemed defeated on the cross. But what appeared to the world to be Jesus’ ultimate defeat was truthfully His greatest victory. Continue Reading

The Search for True Happiness: 4 Truths About the Joy of the Lord | alyssajhoward.com

The Search for True Happiness: 4 Truths About the Joy of the Lord

Follow your heart. Do what makes you happy. Make your dreams come true. For many of us, the search for true happiness begins at an early age. My preschool daughters are already bombarded with these cultural messages on a daily basis. But what does true happiness look like? Is it prince charming? The happily ever after? The perfect career or ideal family? These things can certainly make you feel happy for a moment, but what happens when the “feeling” fades? Does happiness go away when imperfection comes? Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why the Holy Spirit is More Than a Still Small Voice | alyssajhoward.com

5 Reasons Why the Holy Spirit is More Than a Still Small Voice

The many roles of the Holy Spirit have long caused confusion and disagreements in the church. It’s for this reason that He is often an avoided topic. We have no problem acknowledging that He guides us and helps us to discern the truth, but anything more than that becomes controversial. Unfortunately, this controversy has led to many believing that He is nothing more than a still small voice who gently speaks to us from time to time. But the truth is that He is so much more than that! Continue Reading