4 Reasons to Start a Christian Blog (and 3 reasons not to) | alyssajhoward.com

4 Reasons to Start a Christian Blog (and 3 reasons not to)

In March of 2014, I began a journey I was in no way prepared for… I decided to start a Christian blog. At the time, it wrongly assumed it would be easy. I would simply write a post every now and then, and people would come to my website and read what I wrote. Little did I know all that I would encounter during the next few years. Starting a blog was so much more involved than I had anticipated… but it would also prove to be more rewarding than I could ever have imagined.

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Cutting Ties with Your Past When the Enemy Won't Let You Forget | alyssajhoward.com

Cutting Ties with Your Past When the Enemy Won’t Let You Forget

Cutting ties with your past is often easier said than done. Yet the truth is that your life before Christ was actually not life at all. Now, this doesn’t mean your past is useless. God will often use our pasts in some way for His glory. But the Bible tells us that we have become alive in Christ and our old selves were crucified with Him. So what happens when the enemy tries to remind us of our past? What do we do when he’s trying to use our past to keep us from growing and moving forward in Christ?

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10 Bible Verses That Will Strengthen Your Faith | alyssajhoward.com

10 Bible Verses That Will Strengthen Your Faith

So much of our Christian faith is just that… faith. And let’s be honest, trusting God in a culture that believes nothing to be true that can’t be studied or examined using our five senses can be difficult. Some may think we are crazy for praying to an “invisible” God and believing that Jesus is King of kings. But those of us who know the truth, know it because God has revealed Himself to us in some way. He has proven Himself to be real and true in our lives.

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Are You Working Too Hard? How to Know If Your Work Is in Vain

Do you ever feel like you’re working too hard? Don’t get me wrong, hard work is usually a good thing. But then there are times when you are so overworked that you are consumed by it. Honestly, I think we’ve all been there at some point in our lives. Even as a high school student, I remember staying up all night studying for finals. And college was even worse… Now as an adult, I have to find ways to balance my career, my work as a wife and mom, and finding time to relax and enjoy my family. Is this what God intended for our lives?

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When God Does the Impossible and Shocks the World

How does the world respond when God does the impossible? More importantly, how do you respond? We live in a culture that emphasizes science and believing only in what you can experience with your five senses. When the miraculous occurs, we try to find a logical or scientific way to explain it. And when we can’t? We call it coincidence, fate, or destiny. But throughout history, God has done the impossible. He has performed miracles that can’t be explained with science… things so shocking that they couldn’t possibly be a coincidence.

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4 Things Freedom is Not: What It Means to be Free

This week we celebrate the birth of our grand nation and the freedom we enjoy because of the many men and women who fought and sacrificed to win that freedom for us. May we never forget the fact that their sacrifices paid for many of the freedoms we enjoy (and often take for granted) today. But for some, the definition of “freedom” has evolved since the early days of this country. And a distorted view of freedom will shape the way you see yourself, the way you live your life, and the way you treat others. It can also distort the way you view your freedom in Christ…

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4 Keys to Enjoying Your Life the Way God Intended

Are you enjoying your life? Do you have fun and live in the moment of each beautiful day? Perhaps the daily struggles of life keep you from finding true contentment. Or maybe you’re enduring a difficult season that has you feeling anything but joyful. The truth is that God intended for us to enjoy our lives. Yes, suffering is a part of life… the Bible says so. But that doesn’t mean our Father intended for us to be miserable. It is how we respond to the trials of life that make or break us. And His Word offers an abundance of wisdom regarding the discovery of joy and peace in this life.

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Praying for Wisdom: Truth from the Life of King Solomon | alyssajhoward.com

Praying for Wisdom: Truth from the Life of King Solomon

Do you ever find yourself praying for wisdom? Making major life changes and decisions can be tough. And it’s often in these moments that we come to God for His wisdom. But what about wisdom in our every day lives? Do we pray for wisdom when it comes to how we interact with our children? Do we rely on His wisdom when having simple day-to-day conversations with friends and loved ones? If you’re anything like me, you’ve gone to God for wisdom when facing big, life-altering decisions. But the truth is that He longs for us to walk in His wisdom in every life circumstance… big and small.

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Coping with Anxiety When It Happens (and trust me... it will!) | alyssajhoward.com

Coping with Anxiety When It Happens (and trust me… it will!)

I was required to take a course in college on stress management, and it changed the way I thought about stress. Things WILL happen in our lives that cause stress. It’s how we deal with these “stressors” that make or break us. This class gave us many practical tools to cope, but it left out one crucial element. As Believers, we have access to the most powerful stress relieving tool of all. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, coping with anxiety is entirely possible.

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