4 Ways That the Suffering of Job Points Us to Jesus | alyssajhoward.com

4 Ways That the Suffering of Job Points Us to Jesus

The book of Job tells the story of a man who lost everything. And in the midst of his suffering, he never gave up his faith in God. It’s a story that most of us have at least heard bits and pieces of… even outside of the church. At first glance, it can seem like a dark and intense book of poetry. But the suffering of Job has a lot to say to us as Believers today. In fact, it points to Christ in some very interesting ways. Continue Reading

How God Brought Us from the Tower of Babel to the Day of Pentecost | alyssajhoward.com

How God Brought Us from the Tower of Babel to the Day of Pentecost

As a child, I remember hearing the Old Testament story about the Tower of Babel. But to be honest, it often baffled me. On the surface, it seemed like a simple story of how God scattered people across the whole earth and gave them different languages. But when I actually took the time to think about it, I simply couldn’t relate. Did these men really think they could build a tower to God?

Fast forward to the Day of Pentecost. In Acts 2, we are told that the gift of the Holy Spirit had arrived causing the people to speak each other’s languages. And while these stories may seem unrelated, the issue of language strangely connects them. In one story, language separates the people. And in the other… it connects them. Continue Reading

Defining What It Means to be Obedient to God | alyssajhoward.com

Defining What It Means to be Obedient to God

What does it mean to be obedient to God? To some, this may seem like a simple question with an even simpler answer. We are obedient to God when we obey Him and His Word. But if someone were to ask you to explain this in further detail or to make it more practical, what would you say?

Perhaps you would tell them to obey the Bible. But what about the Old Testament laws? Where do they fit in with all of this? And if we’re not required to obey all of the Old Testament laws, which rules of the Bible are we supposed to obey and what makes them different from the rest? Truth be told, depending on your denominational views as well as personal beliefs and experiences, your view of what obedience to God looks like may be different from your fellow Christian neighbor.

So what does it really mean to be obedient to God? Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses That Define the Grace of God | alyssajhoward.com

10 Bible Verses That Define the Grace of God

How do you define the grace of God? Is it His mercy? His blessing or favor in your life? His gift of salvation? As Christians, we hear about God’s grace on a regular basis. But do we fully understand its meaning and purpose? Is it possible that there’s more to it than we realize? Continue Reading

How to Embrace the Power of No in Your Life | alyssajhoward.com

How to Embrace the Power of No in Your Life

“No” is such a simple word. So simple, in fact, that it often becomes one of a child’s firsts words. I speak from experience when I say that most toddlers love saying the word… almost as much as they hate hearing it! But all joking aside, the power of no is something we learn at a very young age. And while the concept is simple as a child, “no” has a way of becoming a complicated word as we mature into adults. But what would happen if we chose to embrace the power of no as adults the same way we did as a child? Continue Reading

Noah: 3 Truths About His Story That May Surprise You | alyssajhoward.com

Noah: 3 Truths About His Story That May Surprise You

Most of us have heard of a man named Noah. He was a righteous man of God at a time when the world was at its worst. In fact, the world was so evil that God saw it fitting to start over. He was saddened by His creation so much so that He sent a world-wide flood to destroy it. Only Noah and His family were spared. Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses for When You Need the Peace of God | alyssajhoward.com

10 Bible Verses for When You Need the Peace of God

We all crave peace in our lives. No one enjoys chaos and unrest. So we attempt to find it any way we can. We try to make some alone time for ourselves, take warm bubble baths, minimize our schedules, take vacations, etc. But in the end, do we really feel any more at peace? And what happens when life throws us a curve ball? Everything we do to try to find peace in our lives only lasts for so long. Sooner or later, that “peace” runs out and we are off trying to find peace some other way. The truth is that we need the peace of God in our lives. Only His peace surpasses all understanding. And only in Him can we be at peace even in the midst of trying times.

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4 Reasons Why Studying the Old Testament is Crucial to Our Faith

I love the stories found in the Old Testament. Growing up, I remember learning all about Noah and the flood, Jonah and the whale, David and Goliath, and Daniel in the lions’ den. But while the pages of the Old Testament are filled with courageous stories that inspire us to trust God in all things, there are also some difficult aspects to consider. The Old Testament contains the Law of Moses, biblical prophecy, and many difficult (and often controversial) passages. So as a child, my Bible studies skipped over a lot of these elements. I studied the individual stories, but the controversial pieces were kept to a minimum.

The problem with studying the Old Testament the way I did as a child is that it feels very disconnected. How do these men and women relate to one another? How do they relate to God’s Law and covenants? And most importantly, how do they relate to Jesus and our salvation? Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why You May Be Lacking Contentment in Your Life | alyssajhoward.com

3 Reasons Why You May Be Lacking Contentment in Your Life

If only I had a better paying job, I would feel better about my finances. If only my children would learn to listen more, I could be a better mom. And if only my spouse would pitch in more with the day-to-day chores, I would feel less overwhelmed. There are many reasons why some of us may be lacking contentment in our lives, but the truth is that most of them aren’t valid. We have a tendency to blame everything (or everyone) around us for the fact that we simply don’t have it.

But truth be told, a lack of contentment has nothing to do with the people around us or our circumstances. Continue Reading

What to Do When You're Feeling Stressed About Finances | alyssajhoward.com

What to Do When You’re Feeling Stressed About Finances

Money isn’t generally something we talk about, yet it’s safe to say we all think about it on a regular basis. It’s a part of our lives, whether we like it or not. And being stressed about finances happens to every single one of us at some point. We know the basics… saving money is good. Overspending is bad. But what if you’re just trying to make ends meet? How do we cope with the stress of simply trying to make everything happen financially that needs to happen? Continue Reading

Let There Be Light: The Day Darkness Lost the War | alyssajhoward.com

Let There Be Light: The Day Darkness Lost the War

Let there be light… When creating the world, God spoke light into this world. But in one moment, everything changed. Man ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and as a result, death and darkness would reign. But God had a plan… one that He put into motion in the Garden of Eden. He would restore the light through His promised Messiah. And everything that happened as result of sin, would be overturned. Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses About the Love of God

The love of God is… How would you finish that sentence? Perhaps you would quote a Scripture verse from the Bible or maybe you would describe it as amazing or endless. But if you’re anything like me, you probably need to be reminded from time to time just how awesome God’s love truly is. We know it in our heads, but we often fail to let it impact our hearts on a day-to-day basis.

When it comes to verses about the love of God, the Bible is full of them. Because in the end, He IS love. It is the essence of who He is and all He has done on this earth for mankind. Continue Reading

In the Beginning... What Was the Result of Our Sin? | alyssajhoward.com

In the Beginning… What Was the Result of Our Sin?

In the beginning… God created the world and everything in it. He placed Adam and Eve in a spectacularly perfect garden and gave them one simple rule. Don’t eat from the forbidden tree. Most of us know the story well. The serpent arrives on the scene and challenges Eve to question God. In those infamous moments, the first two humans make a decision that would change everything for all of mankind. The result of our sin on that fateful day would have dire consequences… consequences that only a Savior could fix. Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses for When You Need a New Beginning | alyssajhoward.com

10 Bible Verses for When You Need a New Beginning

It’s a new year, and the time has come for new year resolutions! To be honest, I love this time of year. There’s something truly inspiring about starting a brand new year. And I’m not just talking about your “normal” new year’s resolutions like eating healthier and exercising. God is in the business of giving us new beginnings. So do you need a new beginning in your life? If so, today is the day! Continue Reading