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. Continue Reading

What We Learn About Jealousy, Fear, and Love in the Life of David | alyssajhoward.com

What We Learn About Jealousy, Fear, and Love in the Life of David

The life of David was both exciting and complex. He was a man after God’s own heart, yet he dealt with his fair share of ups and downs. An artist at heart, he wrote poetry and songs to God pouring out his heart in an intimate way. But David was far from perfect. He dealt with sin, struggles, jealousy, pride, and hatred… both within himself as well as with the people around him. But through it all, God never left his side. In fact, it would be through David’s bloodline that Jesus would be born. Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses that Proclaim Your Freedom in Jesus | alyssajhoward.com

10 Bible Verses that Proclaim Your Freedom in Jesus

Do you ever feel stuck or trapped in your circumstances? We all crave freedom in our lives. In fact, it was the desire for freedom that inspired the beginnings of our great nation. But freedom goes beyond our rights to worship and free speech. Jesus died to set us free from sin, death, and the corruption of this world. And when you surrender your heart to Him, your freedom in Jesus is secure for all eternity. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Set Your Mind on Things Above

Set your mind on things above… Growing up in the church, this was something I commonly heard. But what does it mean to think about things above? Are we called to think about God? Or heaven? Our future in Him? Or is there more to it than that? Continue Reading

David and Goliath: When You Feel Insignificant in World Full of Giants

Do you ever feel insignificant in this world? Do you wonder about your place in it all? There are many things in this world that can overwhelm us… relationships, finances, careers, health issues… it’s easy to feel small sometimes in the midst of it all. Many of us know the story of David and Goliath. In this story, David didn’t just feel small… he WAS small. He faced a giant that was very apparently bigger than him. It was a battle he should have lost, but God gave him the victory.

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Taking Life One Day at a Time When You’re Emotionally Drained

Stress. Anxiety. Fear. We all experience it. And when it happens, it has a way of draining us both emotionally and physically. A while back, I wrote a post called 10 Bible Verses for When You’re Emotionally Drained. This post has received more traffic than any other blog post I have written by far. We obviously have a problem in this area as a culture. (And on a side note, I am glad to see that we’re seeking God’s Word for help!) The truth is that Jesus had a lot to say about worry and anxiety. He cautioned His followers to take one day at a time and not worry about the cares of tomorrow. But what does this look like in action? Continue Reading

Samuel and the Call of God: Paving the Way to the Messiah | alyssajhoward.com

Samuel and the Call of God: Paving the Way to the Messiah

Samuel is one of the most well-known prophets in the Bible. And while there is no written record of him prophesying a future Messiah, Peter describes him as being the first prophet to speak of the days when a Messiah would come. (Acts 3:24) He was the last of the judges in Israel and would anoint its first two kings – Saul and David. God used Samuel in many ways to lead the nation of Israel during a time of transition. And his life would also foreshadow the biggest transition of all for God’s people… the beginning of the Kingdom of God. Continue Reading

4 Ways We Can Take Back This Country for God | alyssajhoward.com

4 Ways We Can Take Back This Country for God

As I look around at this country of ours, one thing is clear. Christians have become discouraged. On almost a daily basis, I hear someone say or read an article that declares just how far this nation has come from the truth of God. And news channels don’t help. If anything, their job is to make us even more afraid. After all, fear motivates and sells better than anything else. And you can expect that if something happens that would cause fear, it will be shared on the news. So where do we go from here? Do we simply throw in the towel and give up on our nation? Or do we fight and take back this country for God? Is it even possible? Continue Reading

Lessons from the Faith of Rahab, an Unlikely Hero | alyssajhoward.com

Lessons from the Faith of Rahab, an Unlikely Hero

Rahab was a prostitute. She worshipped false gods and was a liar. Her nation was also doomed to destruction. Yet, her name is known to this day. To say that she was an unlikely hero is an incredible understatement. But the faith of Rahab changed the course of her life forever, and God used her in a mighty way. Continue Reading

What Do the Ten Commandments Have to Do with Jesus? | alyssajhoward.com

What Do the Ten Commandments Have to Do with Jesus?

One of the most well-known stories in the entire Bible centers around Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. It’s one of those elements of Scripture that nearly everyone knows about… even if they haven’t read the Bible. Some Christians post these commandments on the walls of their homes, and they serve as a basic moral law for many. But where did the Ten Commandments come from exactly? What was their purpose? And most importantly, what do they have to do with Jesus? Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why You Should Live in the Moment | alyssajhoward.com

3 Reasons Why You Should Live in the Moment

As Christians, we are often taught to be eternity minded. Colossians 3 tells us to set our minds “on the things above” rather than the things of earth. And Paul often reminded the early believers of the future that awaited them to inspire them and give them hope during their difficult circumstances. But I wonder if in our attempts to be “eternity minded,” we’ve become entirely “future-minded” instead. While it’s a good thing to have hope for our future, we certainly don’t want to miss out on what God has for us in the present. We need to live in the moment and embrace each day as an opportunity to grow and live out the call of God on our lives. Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses That Declare the Joy of the Lord!

When times are tough, it can be hard to declare that the joy of the Lord is your strength. Trust me. I’ve been there. When facing sorrow, struggle, or tragedy… the last thing you naturally feel is joy. But Paul reminded us in his letter to the Philippians to “rejoice in the Lord always.” Not sometimes. Not when we feel like it or when things are going our way. Always. But the one things we must remember about God-given joy is that it truly is just that… God-given. His joy transcends our circumstances and allows our hearts to experience His peace beyond all earthly understanding. Continue Reading

The Difference Between Truth and Theology (and why it matters)

Growing up, I learned a lot about God’s truth. I also learned that the Bible is filled with His truth and can be trusted fully. In my mind, “truth” was anything pertaining to my faith in God. Then I went to seminary to study theology, and what I learned was a bit life-shaking. Some of the biblical “truths” I had come to rely on weren’t as firmly planted in Scripture as I thought. Now before I get ahead of myself, I should make one thing clear. The Bible is fully true. I believe that with all of my heart.

But just because something is fully true… doesn’t necessarily mean we fully understand it. Continue Reading

Let My People Go: Victory, the Cross, and Freedom in Jesus

Let my people go! I’m sure we can all imagine Moses shouting this phrase to Pharaoh with his fist raised high demanding freedom for the children of Israel. Ten plagues later, they were finally free to go. (Well, sort of… Pharaoh decided to go after them, God parted the waters of the Red Sea… you know the rest of the story.)

Interestingly enough, Moses didn’t demand their freedom simply for freedom’s sake. He wasn’t claiming injustice… although he certainly could have considering they were overworked and mistreated as slaves. When speaking to Pharaoh he simply proclaimed, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.‘” Continue Reading

4 Reasons Why the Wisdom of God is Superior to the Wisdom of Man

Do you ever struggle to make decisions in your life? Do you find yourself going back and forth wondering if you made the right choice? What about regrets? Have you made choices in your life that you wished you could take back? If you answered yes to any of these questions, know that you are not alone. I think it’s safe to say we all experience moments of indecision… times when we crave wisdom in our lives.

As Believers, we have the Holy Spirit living within us. And the Bible makes one thing abundantly clear… God’s wisdom is far superior to any and all earthly wisdom. Continue Reading