Saturday, February 28, 2015

Things I Learned in February

It's that time again...I apparently can't manage to put up any other kind of content on my blog, even a weekly gratitude list...but I will at least share some tidbits I learned this month, in conjunction with Chatting at the Sky:

1. Nashville's hockey team is pretty good, and when they win, I can get free coffee! 
A friend clued me in on this Dunkin' Donuts promotion, and I've taken advantage of it two or three times already. If you download the DD app and turn on location services, then when you're in the greater Nashville area, you get a coupon for a free medium coffee the day after a Predators win. Suddenly I am a hockey fan!

2. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th anniversary of our nation's birth, only five hours apart. 
This was my final piece of interesting trivia from the John Adams miniseries Steve and I have been watching. I had to look it up after the final episode because it seemed too ridiculously melodramatic--but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction! Sure enough, both our second and third presidents died on July 4, 1826.

3. The Voice of the Martyrs has an app to help you pray for the persecuted church.
OF COURSE there's an app for that. I've been connected to and more committed to caring for the persecuted church in the past, but I confess that over the last few years, I have been lacking in attention and compassion toward my suffering brothers and sisters. After a recent conversation in which I mentioned VOM's magazine to a friend, she gave me the heads-up on this app. I love that it gives you one simple prayer request each day--not at all overwhelming, as this sort of thing can easily be--and you can also click over to get basic information about the country.

4. You should always turn on "private browsing mode" when shopping for a plane ticket. 
When you search for a particular route more than once, the airfare may increase based on the cookies in your Internet browser--the website wants to scare you into booking before prices go up even more. Whoa! This link gives you instructions for how to search incognito, as well as several other tips for finding the cheapest possible flight for your next trip.

5. You can download audio versions of the entire Bible in several translations for FREE.
I know the YouVersion app provides streaming of audio Bibles, but when wifi isn't available, this is a great resource. I found out about it through Margaret Feinberg's website, where I also found a simple plan for going through the gospels during Lent. I have not listened to the Bible very much like this, so I'm using the ESV Audio Bible for this Lent plan.

How about you--what did you learn this month?


Unknown said...

I did not know that about the buying tickets! Thanks for sharing!

Briana Almengor said...

I'm going to check out the VOM app. I started following them via fb and receive occasional email prayer requests, but I like the thought of receiving something daily.

My hubby knew about the price hiking for searching for airfare but will be excited to learn there is a way around that. Can't wait to tell him about what you shared here.

Danielle said...

Thanks about the VOM app. I had no idea! I get their weekly prayer requests via email but will look up the app.

Yes, the Adams/Jefferson death is a really cool little detail about their interesting friendship. I really want to watch that mini-series!