How to Train the Next Generation for Jesus (and why it's important) | alyssajhoward.com

How to Train the Next Generation for Jesus (and why it’s important)

Throughout the Old Testament, God made it very clear: As parents, we are called to train the next generation to serve and love God. This was made evident in the fact that the Israelites were commanded to share the stories of all God had done for them in the past. They were told to re-read the Law so that the new generation would know exactly what was in it and why it was important to honor it. Parents were instructed to teach their children all they could about God and His love for them. The same is true today. It is up to us to make sure the next generation knows how much God loves them and desires to be in relationship with them.

Read More How to Train the Next Generation for Jesus (and why it’s important)

Welcome to the Family of God: What It Means to Be His Child

If you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have been born again into the family of God. So if no one has said it yet, welcome to the family! I have always found it interesting that God decided to use the term “family” to describe one aspect of who we are in Him. After all, He is God. He could have asked us to be servants or even slaves. But instead, He refers to us as His own children. I don’t know about you, but I am so forever grateful to be a child of the Creator of the universe!

Read More Welcome to the Family of God: What It Means to Be His Child

10 Bible Verses That Define Friendship in the Body of Christ

Relationships matter to God. When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus responded by telling them to love God and to love one another. In fact, six of the Ten Commandments are actually relational in nature and they concern how we treat one another (stealing, lying, committing adultery, etc.). We serve a relational God, and He designed us to be relational as well. We need each other in this life. And for this reason, friendship matters to God… especially when it comes to our relationships with each other as His children.

Read More 10 Bible Verses That Define Friendship in the Body of Christ

3 Ways to Share the Gospel Without Saying a Word

When it comes to ways to share the Gospel with others, I’ve learned many methods throughout my years as a Christ follower. I’ve learned the importance of preparing my own personal testimony. (After all, no one can argue with your story.) I’ve also learned the importance of knowing the Bible well enough to share it. (Be prepared in and out of season, right?) But what about those in our lives who don’t want to talk about Jesus? Are there ways to share the Gospel of Jesus without saying a word?

Read More 3 Ways to Share the Gospel Without Saying a Word
How to Rekindle Your Love for Your Spouse | alyssajhoward.com

How to Rekindle Your Love for Your Spouse

Let’s face it. Deep down you love your spouse. Even on their worst days, you care about them deeply. But if we’re being totally honest with ourselves… romance has a way of… coming and going. While we would do nearly anything for our significant others, sometimes we lose the “loving feeling” so to speak. So what do we do when the feelings aren’t there? When marriage feels more like work than romance? How do you rekindle your love?

Read More How to Rekindle Your Love for Your Spouse
How to Stand in Faith for Your Children | alyssajhoward.com

How to Stand in Faith for Your Children

The moment my little girls were born, I was overwhelmed. I never knew it was possible to feel so many different emotions all at once. But I found myself mesmerized by their innocence and purity. Sure, they cried a lot, but they were so incredibly… perfect and untainted. I wanted to protect them at all costs, but I didn’t know where to start. Our culture is far from perfect. My children are growing up in a world with reasons to fear at every corner and sin so readily available. I knew I needed to learn how to stand in faith for my girls.

Read More How to Stand in Faith for Your Children

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Church

We all have different methods of finding a local church to attend. Some of us go where we have the most friends. Others pick churches for their amazing worship team or inspiring sermons. Some of us like a more traditional feel, while others prefer a more contemporary vibe. Truth be told, many of us will attend several different churches throughout our lifetime. Our personal preferences change, we move to new cities, we get married, etc. We all have our reasons for attending a new church. So is there a “right” way to go about choosing a church to attend?

Read More 4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Church

3 Ways to Renew Your Mind and Better Your Marriage

Marriages are never easy. As compatible as you think you are with someone, at some point you will disagree. It’s at this point that most of us seek out a way to better our marriage. We try to fight less, have “date” nights, read marriage books, and look for advice from those who have been married longer than us. But when push comes to shove, many issues within our marriage could be solved if we would simply choose to renew our thinking.

Read More 3 Ways to Renew Your Mind and Better Your Marriage

3 Ways to Recover from a Parenting Failure

It happened one sunny day not too long ago. I lost it. And by “it,” I mean that I lost my temper. And when I say “one sunny day,” I mean today. (How’s that for transparency!) I have two little girls, and I love them more than anything. Seriously… they mean the world to me and I would do anything for them. But unfortunately, these tiny humans know how to push my buttons. They know how to get under my skin at the worst possible moments. It’s normal to have a parenting failure from time to time. We would all be lying to say it never happens to us. So how do we recover from the wreckage? 

Read More 3 Ways to Recover from a Parenting Failure
3 Ways to Protect Your Heart from Offense | alyssajhoward.com

3 Ways to Protect Your Heart from Offense

In our politically correct culture, offense is the name of the game. We get offended over every little thing. And I mean every. little. thing. But should offense be a part of the Christian life? The truth is that the Bible calls us to forgive the way Jesus forgave us. That means always and for everything. So if we’re being honest with ourselves, being offended is the exact opposite of that command.

Read More 3 Ways to Protect Your Heart from Offense