Mentions, retweets, and links, Oh my! (when social media leaves you lonely)......

I'm a naturally social person. Going to group events usually energizes me. I enjoy talking with people and learning from them.

I'm not without social awkwardness at times, though. Just like everyone else, I act busy on my phone or get that cup of coffee I don't really need until I can find a friendly face to talk to.

Which leads me to how I've been feeling on Twitter lately. When I created an account over 5 years ago (wow!) it was only to see what this whole tweeting thing was all about. I followed a couple famous people. I was ecstatic when I got my first Direct Message from one of my favorite singing groups.
Then I started connecting with some of my blogging friends around the country. Through Twitter parties, DM's, and "Good Morning, friends" tweets, I met some of my closest online friends. This was a perfect social media tool for the outgoing person in me.

Then something changed. It was almost as if someone turned up the Twitter volume. My home stream started moving faster and faster. It was filled with more and more links and fewer personal interactions.
Suddenly I felt as if I was standing in the corner of a crowded party, yelling at the top of my lungs for someone to pay attention to me!

Here's a link to my blog post!!!!!!!!!
What are you having for dinner????!!!!!!!
Hope you are having a great weekend!!!!!!!

The louder and more often I "tweeted," the more lonely I felt as a thousand other tweets passed me by.

Then I heard a still, small voice.
I love you! Learn of Me! I am meek and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your soul (Matthew 11:28).

All the retweets in the world will never truly satisfy my heart's desire for acceptance. I already have it through Christ! the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved....

Instead of tweeting more and more loudly, I'm choosing to 
....Be still and Know that He is God....

When social media is constantly changing and evolving - post 3 times a day, post in the morning, auto-schedule your posts, always post live, I'm focusing on
...Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever...

I still enjoy occasionally checking in on Twitter, but you won't find me glued to my home stream waiting for my next "mention". Instead I'm focusing my heart and my need for acceptance on the One who can fill that constant human need.

What about you? Have you been able to connect with any close friends through Twitter? Have you ever experienced loneliness in social media??