What An iLuminating Thought!

The other day, my hubby asked me, “Are you still writing your blog?”  Valid question.  It’s been a while.  Sorry about that.  I wish I had a good excuse…I’ve been too busy have mani/pedi’s every day.  Or maybe I’ve been too busy telling my personal chef & maids what to do.  Alas…it’s not that glamorous.  I’ve just been busy being a wife & mommy.  However, while not glamorous, it is an exciting life.

I want to share a great app with you today.  Developed by my little brother (enter shameless plug here)…it’s really cool app…definitely different from any other that he’s done before.  The app is for an online Christian magazine called iLuminate by KAIO Publications, Inc.  Here is the link to it in the App Store and here’s the link for Android users.  

It’s a free app with an in-app subscription.  Let’s talk logistics first.  When you download the app, you will be able to view the most recent issue for free.  If you like what you see, then you can subscribe to the magazine.  For a one time charge of $9.99, you get a year’s subscription (6 issues) of the magazine.  You have the ability to view the interactive magazine anytime you have internet connection.  If you are going to find yourself away from the internet (i.e. on a plane or at my house where signal goes to die), you can download the magazine in PDF format.  My brother also told me a lot of stuff that I didn’t 100% get, but I believe you can enter info in at the time of subscription and it will allow you to view the magazine on any of your devices or on your computer.

Joe Wells is the face behind iLuminate Magazine.  He is a minister from Jacksonville, Florida and has assembled a fantastic team of writers for his publication.  While the magazine is geared for teens, I believe it would be a great thing for parents and youth workers to check out as well.  It is a great mixture of light hearted advice and Biblical knowledge.  In a world where most teen magazines talk about how to get a boy to notice you and focusing on looks and fashion, it is refreshing to see a magazine focus on what really matters…the spirituality of our teens.  My children are a few years away from the teen years, but if you have a teen in your house right now, have them download this app (you might as well download it too Mom & Dad!  Check out what your kids are reading!).

Have a wonderful weekend & stay warm!!!

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H”APP”y New Year!!

Ok…that title may be a bit of a stretch, but I do want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  I hope your party last night was as exciting as mine.  Kiddos were in bed at 8-ish.  Hubby was asleep by 10:30.  I watched the ball drop in NYC, listened to my neighbors shoot off their guns (which is what you do when you live in the country…) and stoked the wood stove before going to bed.  I know!  We’re party animals!

So, 2014 is here.  This time each year, people make “New Year’s Resolutions”.  Usually, my hubby resolves to make no New Year’s resolutions.  Of course, by resolving that, he’s already broken his resolution…but I digress.

Most of the ones you hear are to exercise more…lose weight…etc.  One I heard last night on the Fox News NYC party…a girl resolved to “uh, like eat less Cheese-Its”.  Amazing.  That’s a tough one.  Of course, with good intentions, we go at our resolutions full force for a few months weeks days and then they become a distant memory.  If only there was something to help us keep a resolution.  If only there was an app for that.

Well, it’s your lucky day!  I happen to know an amazing app developer (my brother) who has developed an app to help keep your resolution, if your resolution is to read the Bible everyday.  Last year, he developed an app called “5 Minutes With God“.  It was originally developed for a congregation to guide it’s members to read the Bible every day of 2013.  It was wildly popular, so that prompted my brother to develop “5 More Minutes With God”.

5MWG takes you through the Gospel accounts in a year, with a devotional thought at the end of each reading.  5 More Minutes With God finishes up the rest of the New Testament, starting in Acts and going through Revelation.

When you download the app, no matter if you download it today (which I highly recommend) or if you download it in July, you will start on Day 1.

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The nice thing about the app is you can set it to remind you to have your 5 minutes with God.  If you have a set devotional time everyday, you can set it for then.  If you’re like me & are a little bit forgetful, this work out nicely.

This app is available here from the iTunes store and here for Android users.

So, why not download this FREE app today and get started on one New Year’s Resolution that you can keep and one that will truly make a difference in your life!