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I signed up for a Twitter account on Dec. 29, 2008. I was invited to it by a former pastor. I was thinking, “What is Twitter?” but I signed up and hardly ever ‘tweeted for a while. Then more friends began getting on Twitter and I began using it more.

I’m not sure exactly when it started really ‘taking off’ but all of a sudden, it seemed like EVERYONE was ‘tweeting’. Then ‘famous’ people started tweeting. At first I didn’t ‘follow’ them but started finding some that I thought might be interesting to follow so I did. That has turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

By following ‘famous’ people, I feel that God has taught me several things. First and foremost is that they are just ‘regular’ people, like me. Where once I tended to think of them as people that ‘have it all together’, it is much easier to realize that they go through struggles and hard times just as I do.

Another reason I decided to follow some of them is that they encourage me in my walk with the Lord. Yes, most of the ones I follow are Christians and I can’t tell you how many times they have posted a scripture or a quote or even shared a struggle they’re dealing with that has helped me just when I needed it. I have even met a wonderful friend by following Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure). In one of her tweets, she was speaking to someone she knows and what she said really touched me. I decided to check out the person she was talking to and am I ever glad I did. Because of that, I came to know a beautiful, delightful, young Christian lady, Mandy Young (@Mandy_Young). I went to her website, www.mandyyoung.com, and read her story and laughed and cried and knew this was someone I wanted to get to know, if possible. So, I followed her on Twitter and then added her as a friend on Facebook. I was so glad that I got to meet her at the EWomen Conference in Birmingham last year – she was a fellow volunteer. Her smile is so full of Jesus – I’m telling ya, He just oozes out of her and she doesn’t even have to say a word! If you’ve never heard of her, I strongly suggest that you check out her website and read her story. You WILL be inspired and touched, I guarantee it. If you’re not, you might want to check your pulse and be sure you’re still alive.  LOL

Tammy Trent (@tammytrent) is another one that encourages me. She and her best friend/ministry coordinator, Anita Rundell (@anitarundell) make me laugh a LOT but they also seem to post scriptures or insights just when I need that, too.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much Mandisa (@mandisaofficial) inspires me. Talk about someone that is genuine, honest and REAL – she is that and more! As most of you probably know, she struggles with her weight just like a lot of us do. But she not only shares her ‘good’ days, she shares her ‘not-so-good’ days as well. Just today, in fact, she told us how instead of getting her exercise in, she was “veggin all day” – just keepin’ it real with us, she said. It is so wonderful to see someone in her position being so open and honest. She is going to be one of Lysa TerKeurst’s guests on the Made to Crave live webcasts and I am so looking forward to that one!

By following Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM), I learned about the SSMT. What is SSMT, you ask. I’d be glad and honored to tell you – Siesta Scripture Memory Team. This is a group – a HUGE group – of ladies that have committed to memorizing two scriptures per month. You can go to Beth’s blog at http://blog.lproof.org/ and get all the information about it. Maybe you will even decide to join us. This is my first time to ever attempt to memorize scripture and I am excited about it.

There are many others that touch my heart, too, but I will give you a list (along with their Twitter profile names) at the end of the blog (or see if there is a way that I can attach a list). That way, if you have a Twitter account and you don’t already follow them, you can find and follow them soon.

Some that I follow, I met because of volunteering at the EWomen Conferences. One very special lady, Beth Cleveland (@bethclev) is actually no longer with EWomen because God has moved her on to another chapter in her life. But I count it a huge privilege that He introduced her to me before moving her on. She loves the Lord with all her heart and you can tell it when you’re around her. Thanks to the EWomen Conferences, I have also been honored to meet Lindsay Fitz (@lindsaymfitz) and Mary Snyder (@MaryRSnyder). (More about Mary later)

Something that has me rather baffled, though, is some of the people who have ‘followed’ me. First of all, I wonder, “I don’t know this person. Why in the world would they be interested in following me?” Then I go check them out and find that they are a Sister in Christ and follow some of the people I do, so I figure that’s why they started following me. The thing that puzzles me about some of them is that, as I begin reading their tweets, I find that several of them have their own websites and are what I consider to be ‘true’ bloggers and, in some cases, even more. Leading me to ponder why God is putting me in touch with so many different women in that area. Mary Snyder (mentioned earlier) is just one such lady that I speak of. When I first came to know about Mary, I thought she simply did the blog for the EWomen Conferences. I could not have been more wrong! Through being her friend on facebook and following her on Twitter, I have learned that she seems to wear many hats and writes several different blogs. (Side note – she is also about to start writing a book!) When I think of all that she does it makes me wonder why I can’t even seem to write a simple little blog once a month or so. Oh and Mary is also going to be one of Lysa’s guests on her live webcast, on the January 31 episode – or should I say ‘webisode’?  I’m looking forward to that one, also.

As I said, I don’t know why God has put so many of these women in my path but I’m sure He will reveal the reason in His time, if I am to know. Maybe it’s just simply to pray for others. There are a lot of prayer requests that get posted and the most recent that comes to mind is for Joanne Heim. A lady I’d never heard of until I started seeing several posts requesting prayer for her. She had a stroke on her treadmill (if I’m remembering correctly on Jan. 11). I posted a prayer for her and through that I received yet another follower. Yes, another lady, Michelle Bentham (@michellebentham), that has her own website. And, in fact, just two hours ago (8:20 p.m. CST on Sunday, 01-16-11) posted on Twitter that, due to all the prayer that’s been tweeted this week, she has created another website devoted to scripture and prayer, www.scriptureandprayer.com. WOW! It just blows me away to think of all the women that God is putting me in contact with.

So, there you have it – just a small number of reasons on why I follow the ‘famous’ people – I don’t even really think of them as famous. Would I like to meet them all in person one day? (The ones I haven’t already met) Sure, but not for the reasons that many of you may think. I would love to be able to meet them and talk about what the Lord has done in their life and my life and find out that we actually have a lot in common – HIS BLESSINGS! You see, we are all on the same ‘playing field’ in His eyes. There is not one that is more important than another. We just all have different things that He wants to accomplish through each of us and He has us exactly where we need to be in order to get His work done.

It thrills and amazes me to see some of the work He is doing through those that most of us think of as ‘unapproachable’. As I said at the beginning, we are all just people and I love that His true followers recognize that.

I know this was a long one so, if you hung in there and read it all, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I had a lot more I wanted to share because so many have touched my life with the words they have spoken (or tweeted, I guess I should say) but it would probably fill a book! And since I’m definitely NOT a writer, I just don’t even need to go there – LOL

I pray you enjoyed it and even that it touched YOUR heart in some way. May He bring you a blessing from it – even if that blessing is just that you will go learn about some of the people I mentioned. They will truly make an impact in your life and your thinking, in a positive way.

Please leave a comment here and let me know you visited – I’d love to see if anyone actually read it or not 🙂  Attached below is a list of some of the people you may want to look up on Twitter.

PEOPLE YOU MIGHT LIKE TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER


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