How to Cope When Your To Do List Takes Over Your Life | alyssajhoward.com

How to Cope When Your To Do List Takes Over Your Life

If you’re anything like me, you make lists. Lots of lists. I currently have several on my phone, some on my laptop, and sticky notes wherever I can find space. Yes, I’m addicted to lists! But when your to do list takes over your life, how do you handle it? I, for one, struggle with this on a daily basis. Especially recently. You see, my life was thrown a bit off course. In every area of my life – health, family, homemaking, finances – you name it, I was thrown some curve balls! Needless to say, my to do lists suffered. Everything I had intended to accomplish during the months of August and September needed to be set aside. And I had to learn to be okay with it.

It was during this time, however, that God taught me an important lesson. We can make to do lists all day long. But when your life is driven by them, you have a problem. Continue Reading

5 Ways to Treat (And Cure) the "I'll Be Happy When..." Syndrome | alyssajhoward.com

5 Ways to Treat (And Cure) the “I’ll Be Happy When…” Syndrome

We all do it to some extent. We set goals for ourselves. We plan and prepare for the future. And we work towards new and exciting things in our lives. It’s never a bad thing to have dreams and aspirations. I truly believe that God wants us to dream big dreams because, in Him, anything is possible! But what happens when we allow these dreams to become idols? We come down with a case of the “I’ll be happy when…” syndrome. This disease is like a cancer that invades, spreads into every aspect of our lives, and steals our joy. We become discontent with the place God has us for the moment. Continue Reading

7 Ways That Jesus Meets All of Our Needs | alyssajhoward.com

7 Ways That Jesus Meets All of Our Needs

Have you ever found yourself in need of a shoulder to cry on? What about guidance for an upcoming decision? Or perhaps you’ve needed help overcoming a difficult situation. When you are in need, Jesus is there. As cliché as that may sound, it’s the truth. I can’t tell you how many times in my life that I’ve tried to handle things on my own when God desperately wanted to be there for me. And He longs to be there for you too. Will you allow Him to be your strength?

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How to Live Your Life as an Overcomer | alyssajhoward.com

How to Live Your Life as an Overcomer

Defeated. Overwhelmed. Disenheartened. We’ve all been there. Life has a way of throwing us curve balls when we least expect them. Jesus told us that in this life we would have troubles. So trials and obstacles are simply a part of life. But the Bible also teaches us that we have victory in Christ. God destined us to be overcomers… not to be overcome by life’s struggles. But what does life really look like as an overcomer? Continue Reading

The REAL Reason Why God Allows You to Be Tested | alyssajhoward.com

The REAL Reason Why God Allows You to Be Tested

I recently read the story of Abraham to my daughters. You know, the one where God asks Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son on an altar only to stop him in the process (much to Isaac’s relief!) I’ve heard this story so many times throughout my lifetime. But as an adult, and especially as a mom, I understand it much differently. Why would God ask such a thing? How could Abraham even fathom doing as God had asked? Continue Reading

Never Be Shaken: Is Your Life Defined by Courage or Fear?

A couple of years ago, a major windstorm came through my home town. The one thing I remember most about that night was sitting on our couch looking out our big front window at the enormous pine trees in our neighborhood. They swayed back and forth in a way that made everyone a bit uneasy. We knew that at any moment, one of them could fall and destroy everything in its path. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of that night was not which trees fell, but rather which trees didn’t. Some of the most fragile looking trees were still standing the next morning. What made these trees stronger than the others? Continue Reading

Dare to Pray Big: The Power of Prayer in the Unseen Realm | alyssajhoward.com

Dare to Pray Big: The Power of Prayer in the Unseen Realm

I’ve been wrestling about writing this post for some time now. It’s not something I would normally write (or share) on the blog. But with all of the fear people are experiencing these days with the North Korea crisis and many other issues, the Lord really pressed upon my heart to share a dream I recently had. As the Body of Christ, we don’t have to sit idly by and just hope that God will intervene on our behalf. We have been given authority as the church of Jesus Christ to make a difference and to CHANGE the world around us.

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Unmistakably His: A Story of Confidence and Grace

Today, I am honored to feature guest writer Kate Schwab!

 

A few weekends ago I attended a faith-based writers conference. I had never been to one, and I
have to say – it was awesome! The huge throng of people who showed up, (mostly women) the
excitement in the air, the publishers that attended; looking for new talent and fresh voices, and
best of all the Holy Spirit moving with us throughout the day. It was incredible. Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why Your Identity Matters in Spiritual Warfare | alyssajhoward.com

3 Reasons Why Your Identity Matters in Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual warfare is something that we all face, even when we don’t realize it. On a daily basis, we fight the lies of the enemy. When he tells you that you’re not worth it, makes you wonder if God will ever accomplish what He has for your life, or causes you to question how you could possibly be worthy of love with all of the mistakes you’ve made… We all must know how to handle thoughts like these because they will come at some point. Continue Reading

When Things Don't Go as Planned: How to Recover from Disappointment | alyssajhoward.com

When Things Don’t Go as Planned: How to Recover from Disappointment

Nearly six years ago, I had a job interview for what I felt was my “dream job.” I prepared for weeks, the timing felt right, and I seriously believed this was it for me. The interview went well, but they ended up choosing someone else for the position. At first, I was really disappointed. But after about six months, I realized why God had allowed this to happen in my life. I not only learned a lesson in how to recover from disappointment, but my career plans took a turn when God put a desire in my heart to write. Continue Reading

Why You Should Study the History of the Christian Faith

I loved history when I was in school. So naturally, church history was one of my favorite courses in college. But I never could have imagined that studying the history of the church would be so impactful to my theology and worship. My thinking changed, and I developed a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be a Christian. Continue Reading

How to Study the Bible Like a Theologian | alyssajhoward.com

How to Study the Bible Like a Theologian

I have studied the Bible my whole life. I grew up in a Christian home and attended a Christian school for most of my childhood. So when God put it on my heart to attend seminary, I assumed I knew what to expect. Obviously, I would study the Bible more thoroughly than ever before, but nothing could have prepared me for how I would be challenged both mentally and spiritually. I would learn how to study the Bible in a whole new way… Continue Reading

How to Rekindle Your Love for Your Spouse | alyssajhoward.com

How to Rekindle Your Love for Your Spouse

Let’s face it. Deep down you love your spouse. Even on their worst days, you care about them deeply. But if we’re being totally honest with ourselves… romance has a way of… coming and going. While we would do nearly anything for our significant others, sometimes we lose the “loving feeling” so to speak. So what do we do when the feelings aren’t there? When marriage feels more like work than romance? How do you rekindle your love? Continue Reading

How to Stand in Faith for Your Children | alyssajhoward.com

How to Stand in Faith for Your Children

The moment my little girls were born, I was overwhelmed. I never knew it was possible to feel so many different emotions all at once. But I found myself mesmerized by their innocence and purity. Sure, they cried a lot, but they were so incredibly… perfect and untainted. I wanted to protect them at all costs, but I didn’t know where to start. Our culture is far from perfect. My children are growing up in a world with reasons to fear at every corner and sin so readily available. I knew I needed to learn how to stand in faith for my girls. Continue Reading

What to Do When God Calls You out of Your Comfort Zone | alyssajhoward.com

What to Do When God Calls You out of Your Comfort Zone

Has God ever called you to something completely out of your comfort zone? Something that stretched you so much that you questioned if it was even God? Why would He ask you to do the impossible? How could He expect you to step forward when common sense says you shouldn’t? But the truth is that this is often how God works in our lives. Why? Because He’s the God of the impossible. What better way to prove Himself than to miraculously bring about the impossible in our own lives? Continue Reading