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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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

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

The True Definition of What It Means to be Free | alyssajhoward.com

The True Definition of What It Means to be Free

As an American, you live in the land of the free and home of the brave. But what does it really mean to be free? One look at the media, and it’s clear that our culture has a warped view of the term. Freedom once meant that you were no longer a slave to some form of bondage, but now it means that you are “free” to do whatever you like without restriction or consequence. You can say what you please, do as you wish, and be whoever you want to be… you seek your own happiness at any cost. But this is not what it means to be free. 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 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

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

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

Born of the Spirit: What It Means to Be Adopted by God | alyssajhoward.com

Born of the Spirit: What It Means to Be Adopted by God

Adoption is a beautiful thing. As a parent, you are able to experience the joy of bringing a new family member home for the first time. As a child, you are adopted into a forever family. No longer on your own, you have a family you can rely on who loves you. Some children come from difficult circumstances; and for these kids in particular, adoption means new life. It’s a chance to start fresh and never again face abuse or neglect. Continue Reading