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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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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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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How to Put on the Garment of Praise When Your Spirit Is Weak | alyssajhoward.com

How to Put on the Garment of Praise When Your Spirit Is Weak

The Bible speaks often of God’s strength in our weaknesses. As Christians, we know that it’s crucial to lean on Him in times of heartache, unrest, and uncertainty. As we approach the holiday season, I have been pondering Isaiah 61:3. This verse reminds us that God gives us a garment of praise in exchange for our “faint spirit.” But what does praise have to do with finding strength?

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A Practical Guide to Standing on the Word of God | alyssajhoward.com

A Practical Guide to Standing on the Word of God

We’ve all been there. Face to face with something we can’t handle on our own. Caught between a rock and a hard place with nowhere to look but up. To say that I’ve been there would be a serious understatement. And I’ve been told many times by trusted (and wise) individuals to stand on the truth of God’s Word… even when my circumstances were less than ideal. But how does standing on the word of God change things? And where do I begin exactly?

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How to Cope When Your To Do List Takes Over Your Life | alyssajhoward.com

How to Cope When Your To Do List Takes Over Your Life

If you’re anything like me, you make lists. Lots of lists. I currently have several on my phone, some on my laptop, and sticky notes wherever I can find space. Yes, I’m addicted to lists! But when your to do list takes over your life, how do you handle it? I, for one, struggle with this on a daily basis. Especially recently. You see, my life was thrown a bit off course. In every area of my life – health, family, homemaking, finances – you name it, I was thrown some curve balls! Needless to say, my to do lists suffered. Everything I had intended to accomplish during the months of August and September needed to be set aside. And I had to learn to be okay with it. It was during this time, however, that God taught me an important lesson. We can make to do lists all day long. But when your life is driven by them, you have a problem.

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