Yesterday I had the pleasure of experiencing the Priscilla Shirer simulcast. I was able to worship Jesus along with over a hundred other women. We worshiped through song, teaching and eating tacos. Did you know you can worship Jesus while eating tacos? You totally can! It’s delicious, physically and spiritually satisfying. We ate Jesus cake and my palate said it is well with my soul, can I get an amen!
It does not take very long to realize I enjoy social media. I love having the ability to connect with people all over the world. On Saturday I had the opportunity to connect with not only the women at my simulcast location, but with the other women all around the world. I talked with women from Haiti, Chicago, Texas, Ohio, Canada and many other places.
The conversation was happening all over various social media platforms. You would have found traces of it on Facebook, but the real conversation was happening on Instagram and Twitter. I’m sure there was some happening on SnapChat as the generation mostly using that platform was represented as well. Since I wanted to be able to pay attention to what the Lord was saying to me as well as connecting with other women I engaged on Twitter the most.
How did I find the conversation? The event had created a #pslive17 hashtag, I typed it in my search bar on both Twitter and Instagram and was able to like, retweet, quote tweet and reply back to posts. The fun moments for me is when I begin to private message the people I have been talking with all day. We follow each other to talk back and forth after the event. I talked with the LifeWay Company who was one of the big sponsors of the event as well as the publisher of not only Priscilla Shirers books but also Beth Moore and many other power house women who have discovered their mission and are utilizing it for God’s glory.
Another reason I enjoy following Twitter feeds during an event is sometimes a speaker will say a bunch line and I cannot write fast enough for my brain to remember the words. The chances of someone sharing it in a tweet is pretty good and I am able to write it down in my notes. It’s almost like a note taking app within a engaging app.
When I first hopped on Twitter I felt like I was a small town gal in a big city. The tweet traffic was moving so quickly I had no idea which way was one-way street from the two lane or four lane streets. The best advice I can give you is to be patient with yourself. Look for one or two people to engage with and then watch for notifications as you interact with them. You can also use tweet deck which will help you sort out the conversation.
Instagram was another big platform being used and it is a bit more like calmly driving down the interstate with only a few cars to pass. Sometimes the conversation does not happen as fast or as frequently so you miss some of the chatting going on, but if you are more comfortable on it, then go ahead and engage that way.
I love the ways the Lord has allowed the women in this time of the world to connect with one another. May use it wisely to God’s glory to be his voice and his hands. May we use our words to encourage and build one another up. I know I was sure encouraged and energized to continue in obedience the work the Lord has put before me.