5 Ways to Treat (And Cure) the "I'll Be Happy When..." Syndrome | alyssajhoward.com

5 Ways to Treat (And Cure) the “I’ll Be Happy When…” Syndrome

We all do it to some extent. We set goals for ourselves. We plan and prepare for the future. And we work towards new and exciting things in our lives. It’s never a bad thing to have dreams and aspirations. I truly believe that God wants us to dream big dreams because, in Him, anything is possible! But what happens when we allow these dreams to become idols? We come down with a case of the “I’ll be happy when…” syndrome. This disease is like a cancer that invades, spreads into every aspect of our lives, and steals our joy. We become discontent with the place God has us for the moment. Continue Reading

The Search for True Happiness: 4 Truths About the Joy of the Lord

Follow your heart. Do what makes you happy. Make your dreams come true. For many of us, the search for true happiness begins at an early age. My preschool daughters are already bombarded with these cultural messages on a daily basis. But what does true happiness look like? Is it prince charming? The happily ever after? The perfect career or ideal family? These things can certainly make you feel happy for a moment, but what happens when the “feeling” fades? Does happiness go away when imperfection comes? Continue Reading

Health, Wealth, and Happiness: An Honest Look at the Prosperity Message | alyssajhoward.com

Health, Wealth, and Happiness: An Honest Look at the Prosperity Message

Did Jesus die for our health, wealth, and happiness? Some would say no. They would say that Jesus died for our sins, but He never promised us an easy life. If you were to ask someone who believed in the prosperity message, however, they would say yes. Jesus did in fact die for our sins, but He also died so that we could find healing, prosperity, and true happiness in this life (not just in eternity). So which view is right? Continue Reading

Happily Ever After: When Jesus is Your Prince Charming | alyssajhoward.com

Happily Ever After: When Jesus is Your Prince Charming

Once upon a time there was a beautiful girl who dreamed of becoming a princess. She had a good heart and was kind to all. As fate would have it, she unexpectedly discovered a handsome prince. Upon meeting, they fell in love and lived happily ever after. The end.

I am the mother of two beautiful little girls. Needless to say, our home is filled with all things princess. And on the surface, the fairy tales seem pretty innocent. They can even be empowering. They teach young girls that kindness and love pay off in the end, that true beauty comes from within, and that every girl can indeed become a princess. These are all good things – right? Continue Reading

How to Discover True Happiness (according to the Bible)

I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t have the desire to find true happiness and contentment in their life. Truth be told, we all search for it in different ways. We focus on our careers, our families, helping others, our faith, etc. all in the hope of finding true joy.

A famous author once said that in order to be truly happy in this life we all need “someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” Biblically speaking, he was right… Continue Reading