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2012

The Sisterhood of Twitter

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the sisterhood of twitter

It’s true, I’m always late to the party.  So, I was a late adopter to Twitter.  I just didn’t understand the purpose behind the seemingly random statements made throughout the day.  It seemed to be nothing more than an opportunity for folks to drop names and brag on themselves. And, for some, that is exactly how it works.

Yet, I have discovered that it is much more.

I am a trucker’s daughter – you will just have to go with me here for a moment.

I passed a semi-truck and he was talking on his CB radio. I’m sure everyone knows how it works, but every trucker has a handle and that is how they are known across the radio waves.  (Random info: My dad’s handle was Mr. Clean, my brother was Southpaw and I was Little Bit.)  I always thought of the CB as just great fun. Now, I realize that it was a way for one trucker to say to another, I hear you out there.  You’re not alone.

They would warn each other about road conditions, weather issues or speed traps.  They kept each other awake on those long overnight trips.  There is a bonding that takes place between folks who are traveling the same road.

Twitter is just a modern version of the CB radio.  Whether I’m up all night weathering a storm, oooing and ahhing over someone‘s new baby or just interacting with a new friend (Hey, @TalysaM!), it’s a way for folks walking the same sod to interact and encourage each other.  It’s one mama saying to another, I hear you up in the middle of the night with that sick baby and you’re not alone.  It’s one person saying to another, I know that thing you’re going through is hard.  I’ve been there and I’m going to pray you through.

It is one woman caring enough about another to say, Oh my word.  Have you seen these Nutella cupcakes?

No, seriously.  Have you seen them?  You need to do so now.  I will wait…

Twitter is new, but the idea behind it is not.  It is people craving community.  It is the way we were created. God did not make us to live in isolation.

I’ll be honest, for an introvert like myself, the idea of community is difficult.  But God is stretching me.  He is reminding me that we are all members of a larger body and everyone must interact and do their part.

In the same way we who are many are one body in Christ…  – Romans 12:5

So, let’s talk.  Let’s pray.  Let’s tweet.  Let’s lift each other up.

…Pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.  – Ecclesiastes 4:10

Stacy Edwards

Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.

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  2. Really good post Stacy! I actually have some twitter friends that I have never actually met and they have become close, Kingdom minded friendship!

  3. Marci says:

    I tried to explain the sisterhood of twitter to my husband. Lot’s of moms feel alone in their house tending to their children, their home and their spouse. They need support from someone who is going through the same thing or even been there, done that. The problem is that they don’t have time to meet a friend for coffee and they know that if they even get near the phone, everyone in the house will need them immediately. Twitter is a fast way to put a shout out to other moms and get fast response without anyone seeing your messy house or knowing you haven’t put your make up on yet or hearing the yells and screams of your precious darlings. You are right. It is community. Just in a different, more time efficient way!

  4. So true. So good. I’m thinkin’ I need a more creative ‘handle.’ :)

  5. Kim says:

    Hello, fellow late adopter! I have been quite ambivalent about Twitter, but after reading your post, I am taking a fresh look at how to better use it to joyfully connect. Thank you, Stacy for changing my perspective from one of an irksome chore to one of playful possibilities!

  6. Stacy says:

    Ah, Kim! A new Twitter friend! Welcome!

  7. Wendy says:

    “There is a bonding that takes place between folks who are traveling the same road.”
    Oh how true this is! Loved reading your heart on community in this post. That we all long for it. That we were created to long for it. With each other and with Him. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Blessings!

  8. Stacy says:

    Marci – you are so right! It is a way to connect with others who feel your pain! And don’t we all need that?

    Rachel – I’m sure we can come up with something snazzy. :)

    Wendy – I’m so glad you can relate. I have grown to love the Twitter community! Have a great day!