4 Reasons for God's Sabbath Rest in the Old Testament | alyssajhoward.com

4 Reasons for God’s Sabbath Rest in the Old Testament

This is part 2 of a series I am working on about God’s Sabbath rest and what it means for believers today. Click here to read part 1… What Does It Mean to Honor the Sabbath Day?   If you’ve been around Christianity a while, then you’ve probably heard about how often Jesus spoke to the Pharisees regarding the Sabbath day. These religious leaders had taken what God had intended to be a holy day of rest, and transformed it into nothing but work, stress, and rule following. Essentially, they had missed the entire purpose behind the Sabbath.

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3 Ways Motherhood Made Me Crazy (and how God taught me to embrace it) | alyssajhoward.com

3 Ways Motherhood Made Me Crazy (and how God taught me to embrace it)

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of one day being a mom. I had no idea what that actually meant as a child, but I knew that I had it in me. And I didn’t just play with my baby dolls… I loved them and took care of them. It wasn’t until I officially entered motherhood that I realized the gravity of taking care of another human being. It’s a lot of work!

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8 Reasons to Trust God Even When Things Are Up in the Air | alyssajhoward.com

8 Reasons to Trust God Even When Things Are Up in the Air

I’m a worrier. I’ll admit it. When faced with a problem or uncertainty, I will keep myself awake at night analyzing every detail… especially when I have no control over the issue. Why do I do this to myself? Why can’t I just trust God like I’m supposed to?   My husband and I are in the process of selling our home and buying a new one. Everything… and I mean everything is up in the air and out of our control. We found a buyer and our “dream” home, but anything can fall through at a moment’s notice. That’s a scary place to be for a worrier like myself!

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What's in a Name {There is Power in the Name of Jesus} | alyssajhoward.com

What’s in a Name? {There is Power in the Name of Jesus}

I’ve heard it said that people don’t mind talking about God but the name of Jesus makes them uneasy. And honestly, I have found this to be true. Many claim to believe in a distant “God” or creator, but there’s a significant difference between believing in God and bowing the knee to Jesus. Time and time again, the New Testament tells us to place our trust in the name of Jesus. But why tell us to put our trust in His name? Why not just tell us to trust Jesus?

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How to Reconcile God's Law and the Grace of the Cross | alyssajhoward.com

How to Reconcile God’s Law and the Grace of the Cross

Many Christians today struggle with the concept of law vs grace; and in many ways, I used to be one of them. Some teach that we are “under grace” and no longer have to obey God’s Law. Unfortunately, this view leads many Christians to claim Jesus as Lord while still living lives filled with sin. But on the opposite side of the debate, we have those who teach that we are still called to obey the Law (apart from the animal sacrifices of course). However, this viewpoint can lead to religious obedience and rule-following rather than a personal, loving relationship with our heavenly Father. So which is it? Do we still have laws to obey even though we are now under grace?

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What's in a Name {How Our Names Shape Our Identity} | alyssajhoward.com

What’s in a Name? {How Our Names Shape Our Identity}

The moment I found out that I was pregnant, it began – the name game. It took a while for me and my husband to agree on names (for both our girls); but once we gave them their names, that was it. They became their names. We talked about them and to them by name before they were born. Even during labor, my midwife would call my daughters by their names. Names are important. If they weren’t, parents wouldn’t spend so much time agonizing over the perfect names for their children. They will be called by that name for their entire existence.

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God is Faithful in Pursuing Those Who Are His | alyssajhoward.com

God is Faithful in Pursuing Those Who Are His

In the midst of a trial, what sustains you? Are you able to stay calm in difficult circumstances? Are you able to give God your complete reliance? I will admit this is an area where I struggle. When I’m stressed out, nervous, or afraid, it’s easy to rely on my own strength or the strength of those around me. It’s hard to give the reigns completely over to God. It’s difficult for me to remember that God is faithful… even in the little things.

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