Marriage 101

The back-to-school ads are out, and despite the fact that summer actually ends in mid-September, summer break ends soon for most of the kids in our lives. Whether your kids are in public or private school, or you homeschool or unschool, we all have to agree that this whole ‘learning’ thing never really ends. From elementary school to college, and from job training to workshops, if you really want to ‘master’ anything, you need to study and continue learning.

It is the same way in our marriages. We can’t expect that once we say, “I do” we automatically know how to be a great husband or a great wife. So, let’s go back to school and take a look at a “beginner’s” course on marriage.

Welcome to Marriage 101! While I will be your facilitator for this course, the syllabus is flexible. Choose your own instructors and textbooks, but make sure you complete the assignments for a good grade.

Course Description: Take the Marriage Mission Statement that you have created to find resources that will guide you in building a healthy marriage.


I’m a blog contributor at Next Level Mama. To read the remainder of THIS POST, head over to this awesome new site!

Do you have a mentor couple in your life? What books have you read that have been helpful to growing your marriage? Complete the assignments, and come back here to let us know how it went.

– Joyce


Studying the Bible {for little learners}

That lovely spring day, as I was sitting in the lecture hall, the professor was saying something about COGS (that’s Cost of Goods Sold to you non-finance majors), income statements, cash flow statements, equity, and all that fun stuff. So while the professor lectured, I, of course, was looking around the classroom, checking the time, doodling on the margin of my notebook, anything but taking in the words that he spoke. It wasn’t that I was bored with the subject (what can be more fun than studying finance!), but I was not and am still not much of an auditory learner! (I did pass the class, and go on to get my business degree.) I can’t even listen to audiobooks. Once I got home, and I read through the chapter, it made more sense to me. There were charts and numbers to look at on the pages.

Kids are exactly the same way when it comes to learning. Some learn better through reading, and others by doing. Although there are serious topics that we can discuss about in the Bible, we also have to make it fun and interesting for kids (and adults) to want to learn it.

As a former Child Development student (yes, I almost also was on my way to getting this degree), we were taught about all the different learning styles. There are even combinations of the learning styles too.

Today, I want to share with you 3 learning styles, and a few resources that are available for those types of learners. Check out my guest post over at Do Not Depart.

What resources have you found useful in teaching kids about the Bible?

Not a Runner (Part 2)

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But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)

So, how are we all doing with the #stepitup challenge? Whether you are a runner or not a runner, I hope you been able to jump right into the challenge. For those of you who are not runners, like me, I want to encourage you. I am definitely inspired by my running friends, and we can all still cheer one another on, but we’ll just be a few (or more) paces behind. 😉

How to start walking

  1. Set a goal. Do I want to walk a certain number of miles each month? Do I want to walk a certain number of steps each day?
  2. Track it. Use an app, a pedometer, or calculate the miles on Google maps and write it down.
  3. Find a buddy or two or three. You could use your daily walk time as a quiet time for worship or listening to an audiobook, but it’s also nice to chat with friends or your kids while walking.

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To read more about how I do my personal daily walk, where to walk, and benefits of my daily walks, visit to read the remainder of THIS POST.

Where do you like to go walking (or running)? What have you found to be some benefits to walking (or running)?

Not A Runner

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But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)

Anyone else feel like you are surrounded by runners? I do. My brother-in-law runs marathons. My brother, who also runs, works for a company that makes energy gel for runners and other athletes. I have neighbors who run. Ladies in my moms’ group run. My Facebook and Twitter friends run. I know people who run to raise money for causes, and others who run for fun.

I wanted to be a runner!!

I mean, I did come in 2nd place out of all the girls in the one-mile fitness test in 5th grade. And I also run after kids all day long. I got this! I downloaded the C25K app onto my phone. I emailed people asking for running tips. And…that was all I did. I had excuses for not finding the time, or the weather wasn’t that great, and there were other real excuses, like I have a bad knee, and I didn’t have any running clothes, and getting some would require shopping, and I hate shopping.

So, what did I do?

To find out what I did, visit to read the remainder of THIS POST.

How and when did you discover that you’re more of a walker than a runner?

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Top 10 Fitness Apps on my Smartphone

I am not a fitness person (I want to be but I’m just not), but I want to share some of the fitness apps I use on my Android. When I say top 10, I mean the ONLY 10 fitness apps on my phone. I don’t use them all the time, but these are the ones that stuck around.

The main two I use are Workout Trainer and Runkeeper, although my favorite is Daily Ab Workout. Who knew you could feel the burn after working out for 5 minutes? Or maybe I’m just not all that fit.

Anyhooos, here they are in no particular order.

1. Workout Trainer
Workout TrainerI love that there’s a “coach” to help you through the exercises. There are step-by-step instructions and photos to show you what to do. The countdown helps you to know that another exercise is coming up. I also love the “rest” periods. They are important and needed, but sometimes we just want to keep going and push ourselves too hard.

2. Women’s Health Workouts Lite
Women's Health Workouts LiteI haven’t used this one in awhile, but you can choose workouts according to the parts you are targeting. The photo instructions are very detailed to help you get the best out of your workout. I like the training log feature.
Head over to the HelloMornings blog to read about the rest of the apps I use.

Top 10 Android Apps for Spiritual Growth

I think this is the first official guest post I have ever written. Katie over at Do Not Depart asked me to write about some Android apps that have been useful for spiritual growth. If this is not your first time on our little blog, you have already heard about Do Not Depart from my posts about Hiding His Word. Her site has been a great source of encouragement and guidance in doing Bible study and Scripture memorization. You can read a snippet of my post below:

Heather’s “Top 10 iPhone Apps for Spiritual Growth” post was great, but I am an Android user. (I did send it to all my iPhone-owning family members and friends who found the post useful though.)

So, below you will find some Droid apps that I have found to be helpful for my spiritual growth. (Some are the same as on iPhone, but links are to Android apps.)

Best Bible Study Apps

Christian Droid AppsChristian Droid Apps1. YouVersion Bible (FREE)
*Read/listen to the Bible with over 150 Bible versions and almost 200 Bible reading plans to help you read the Bible and track your progress.
*Easily search the Bible for either a reference or a keyword.
*Connect Twitter and Facebook accounts to easily share Bible verses.
*Bookmark your favorite Bible verses and sync them with
*Make public or private notes on your bible reading.

Scripture Memory Apps

Christian Droid AppsChristian Android Apps5. RememberMe Bible Verses Memory (FREE)
*Listen to verses
*Study flashcards and play word puzzles
*Obfuscate a passage and fills in the gaps
*First letter and placeholder methods
*Line by line practice
*Daily reminders
*Flashcard widget for your home screen
*Numerous Bible translations
*More than 100 verses preloaded

Best Prayer Apps

Christian Droid AppsChristian Android Apps7. Prayer Journal ($0.99)
*Keep a running list of topics that you are praying about
*Share entries or the entire journal with friends (email/text messaging)
*Set notifications to remind you to pray for the topic.
*Upload journal to Google Docs.
*When you feel you have reached an answer to your prayer topic(s), mark them as answered and keep them available for later viewing, to remind yourself of God’s goodness to you in those requests.

Which apps for spiritual growth would you add to the list?

To read the remainder of the post, head over to Do Not Depart.

– Joyce