3 Reasons Why the Sabbath Is Important in the Life of Today's Believer | alyssajhoward.com

3 Reasons Why the Sabbath Is Important in the Life of Today’s Believer

When God created the world, He rested on the seventh day. The Sabbath day was established in the beginning… before sin and death would enter the world. Fast forward to the days of Moses. In the 10 Commandments, the people of Israel were commanded to never forget the Sabbath day and to keep it holy. Now fast forward once again to the New Testament where Jesus speaks often of the Sabbath and we are told that a Sabbath rest still remains for God’s people (Hebrews 4:9) To say that the Sabbath is important to God is an understatement. Why do you suppose that is? Does God really care about us religiously abstaining from work one day a week? Or is there more to it than that?

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Royalty in Christ: Finding Rest in Who God Created You to Be | alyssajhoward.com

Royalty in Christ: Finding Rest in Who God Created You to Be

Nearly every little girl dreams of being a princess. We long to feel special, wear gorgeous gowns, walk with authority, and be treated as if we were the most important person in the room. I see this truth in my own two daughters. We have a dress-up trunk full of pretty dresses, tiaras, and tutus. And this desire wasn’t taught… they were born with it. From an early age, my girls loved feeling “pretty.” To be honest, I’m not entirely sure this longing ever truly goes away. Even as adults, we enjoy being pampered and feeling special from time to time. I have to wonder if this is a God-given desire. After all, the Bible does speak of our royalty in Christ…

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Abiding in God's Peace When You’re at War with the Enemy | alyssajhoward.com

Abiding in God’s Peace When You’re at War with the Enemy

The Bible is clear. There is an enemy, and he has his mind set on destroying your ability to be who God created you to be. He whispers lies, distorts the truth, and attempts to steal your joy and peace any chance he can get. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that we’re never NOT at war with the enemy. But truth be told, some battles are more difficult than others. I say this from personal experience… some battles are rough. As children of God, we are called to abide in God’s peace no matter what the circumstance. But how do we abide in peace in the middle of a war?

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How to Trade Your Stress for God's Peace | alyssajhoward.com

How to Trade Your Stress for God’s Peace

Pressure. Tension. Strain. We’ve all been there… when either the demands of others or the demands we place on ourselves cause stress in our lives. In previous posts from this series, we’ve dealt with finding God’s peace in the chaos of life and when you’re emotionally exhausted. But stress… stress is different. When I was in college, we were required to take a course on stress management. My main takeaway was that stress is inevitable. It’s a part of life. And in the end, it’s what we do with stress that matters most. 

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3 Ways to Fight Fear and Rest in the Peace of God

Fear is something that most of us consider to be a normal part of being human. It’s a natural emotion, one that we often can’t control. From birth, we instinctively feel fear in various situations. Yet, most of us also know that fear can be unhealthy and that some fears need to be dealt with head-on. Take, for example, a young child who’s afraid to go to school for the first time. It’s only natural for that child to be nervous or afraid, but at some point, they will need to face that fear in order to learn and grow. So how do we fight fear? And how do we know which fears are good for us and which fears will harm us in the long run?

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Encountering God’s Peace When You’re Emotionally Tired

I have to admit something… I am emotionally tired. As I sit here to write today’s post in our 31 days series on God’s peace, I feel like I’m speaking to myself more than anything. It’s hard to cope sometimes when all you want to do is curl up on the couch and sleep. Not from physical exhaustion, but from emotional exhaustion. It’s hard to always keep up with life’s demands. We have children to raise, houses to clean, jobs to go to, and through it all, we have to maintain healthy relationships with our spouses, family, and friends. And as much as I love writing, the demands of blogging are far more than I could have ever imagined. (Don’t worry… I love it too much to go anywhere!) So what are we to do when we are too emotionally tired to get the stuff done that needs to be done? 

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How to Experience Peace When the World is Falling Apart | alyssajhoward.com

How to Experience Peace When the World is Falling Apart

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! If you’re anything like me, this is exactly how you feel after watching the news. Our world seems to be utterly broken with little to no hope. And as a young woman living in a small town, I feel completely small and helpless. If there isn’t a natural disaster, there’s a terrorist attack. If there isn’t a terrorist attack, there’s a mass shooting. And if there isn’t a mass shooting, there’s a political scandal. What do we do when the world is falling apart?

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How to Keep Peace on Social Media (and why it's essential to your faith) | alyssajhoward.com

How to Keep Peace on Social Media (and why it’s essential to your faith)

Since I began this series on God’s peace beyond understanding, I have both anticipated and dreaded this particular post. If I’m being honest, it was social media that first inspired this series. Our culture is most certainly at war… one that is readily seen online. We fight battles each and every day from the comfort of our own homes and often anonymously. Is it even possible to keep peace on social media? I wish I could say that I only saw this sort of thing from those who don’t claim Christianity. But unfortunately, I can’t. In fact, some of the cruelest things I’ve seen online come from those who subscribe to a faith that is supposed to be based on God’s love… a faith that should be known for its morals and integrity.

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Finding Peace in the Chaos (when life is crazy busy) | alyssajhoward.com

Finding Peace in the Chaos (when life is crazy busy)

When your life is crazy busy, how do you cope? How do you survive? No really. I want to know. Chaotic lives seem to be the norm these days. We are a culture on the go. Everything needs to be handed to us in less than five minutes. Why? Because time is valuable. And none of us seem to have enough of it. When did it get this bad? Take moms for example. We are no longer allowed to be just good and caring moms who love and raise our children well. We have to excel at planning activities, packing extravagant school lunches, coordinating insane schedules, cooking like a gourmet chef, and planning themed birthday parties that are over the top and ultra creative. How do we find time to be moms (or decent wives) in the midst of all this coordinating and planning?

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4 Ways to Experience Peace in the Workplace

Jobs come and go. If we’re lucky, we will end up in a career we love. For the rest of us, our jobs simply provide a source of income. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, our jobs matter. We give a huge portion of our time to them. Even if we hate our jobs, they still matter. Why? Because our jobs do far more than put food on the table. We build careers, learn new skills, and form relationships. And truth be told, peace in the workplace is essential because our jobs are such a huge part of our lives and our personal ministries.

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