Monday, March 26, 2012

Friends with Benefits

My "Circle of Sharing" has so enriched my life.

Just recently, Veronica made another Shtick depicting her and I as we are coming to know each other. Seeing Veronica's visual brought me to tears.

Original creation by Veronica Anderson   www.theshticks.com
Photo by: Travis Isaacs

Isn't Veronica's Shtick so apropos of what blogging is all about - how it connects hearts and lives? Through keyboards and monitors, we get to "reach out and touch someone" that we would never in our lifetimes have an opportunity to actually meet.

We rejoice with those who rejoice. We cry with those who are crying. We lift each other up in prayer. We learn from each other, and adorn each other's lives. It's a sisterhood/brotherhood (we're not exclusive to women, men!). In a dark, dog-eat-dog world we live in, the encouragement and positive affirmations of our blogging community is like an oasis where we can rest and be rejuvenated.

So, if you are one of those out there who trying to decide if you should blog or not, I encourage you to do it!  Don't worry about your writing skills - you will grow as a writer.

If you are one of those out there who reads blogs, but doesn't actively participate in frequent commenting, I encourage you to do so. There is a whole world (and I mean world) out there needing to be supported, encouraged, and cared about.  You never know what your one comment will do for someone's day; for someone's life. As you dare to "reach out and touch someone"*, you will grow as a human being.

And you will make new friends - friends with awesome benefits! (I mean that in the purest of ways).

* For our Filipino friend, Lolita: "Reach out and touch someone" was the tag line in a commercial for our phone company many years ago.


Come on! Reach out and touch someone, today!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

21 comments:

Lolita said...

"We rejoice with those who rejoice. We cry with those who are crying. We lift each other up in prayer. We learn from each other, and adorn each other's lives. It's a sisterhood/brotherhood (we're not exclusive to women, men!). In a dark, dog-eat-dog world we live in, the encouragement and positive affirmations of our blogging community is like an oasis where we can rest and be rejuvenated."

I love to quote all of the above, I am gonna save this in my "The clay" page. Thank you, Diane.

I love how V depicted this image of our blogging circle. I am so touched, it expresses something words could not perfectly say. We connect with each other through the net. That was what I said to Martha a few days ago... I said I thank God for this thing called WWW, it has its benefits too.

So expressed timely and a hole-in-one shot.

Diane Ronzino said...

Yes, this Shtick truly expresses what words cannot.
Veronica is so gifted and has blessed us in so many ways!

Amen to thanking God for this thing called WWW. LOL...I love it.

Pam said...

Once again we are on the same wavelength :) I just sent a story on this subject in to a publisher... It's so true. :)

Betty said...

Through the years and over the miles we have traveled, living in two different countries and the US God has always brougth along side of me wise hearted women. Women gifted in areas I am not, women whose hearts burn to know Him in what ever circumstances they find themselves. Today I am extremly thankful for my blog friends...you are a safe haven to share my ups and downs with.

This move first from Papua New Guinea to Ky then to California has been exceptionally hard on me (us) physcially, emotionally and spiritually. It would not have mattered "where" we had moved, it just that we moved...again. Our last year in Papua New Guinea was hard to the max and we came home in Sept very weary in every ares. I have cried rivers of tears for myself, my husband, for our prodigal son, my 85 year old Mom in nursing home and God is restoring my peace daily. You ladies are one of the tools He is using. Thank you for your prayers and friendshp. We are connected by that eternal blood line flowing through the www as Lolita puts it. Blessing.

Veronica Shticks said...

Awww! This is beautiful! I'm so lucky to be here with you!

Diane Ronzino said...

How cool, Pam! Wahoo! I pray it gets published!

Diane Ronzino said...

Betty, as a mother of a missionary, to observe what the front-liners go through, causes me to run to Jesus. I have, too, on your behalf. And I will continue to do so. God brought us together for a time such as this.

In our "Circle of Sharing" there are intercessors, who will along with your others, will be praying for you and Ace. We love you and hold your arms up, like Aaron did for Moses.

I love your line: We are connected by that eternal blood line flowing through the www as Lolita puts it.
Amen to that!

Diane Ronzino said...

WE are all the "lucky" ones, V! I can't imagine my blog without your Shticks anymore...Your creations are a part of my soul.

And you are too! NO TEARS! LOL...

A Joyful Noise said...

Thank you for your post on Tell me a Story. It was beautiful and spoke to me. It was in Preview mode and I was not able to make a comment. So am sending one now.

Diane Ronzino said...

Oh, sorry about that Hazel. I'll have to check into it. Thanks for stoppy by!

Martha Herden said...

Diane-
This blog summed up the "Circle of Friends" in such a loving way! Who would have thought we could sit in front of a computer, type out our feelings and the darkness of Pain-filled days we go through and then know- "Heh, My Circle is out there listening to me, and blessing me with their Prayers!" I have met amazing women, Judi, Lolita, Betty, Vernonica, and the list goes on.


My husband breezed through my office about an hour ago-as he knew this is one of my wicked Pain days and could sense the tension surrounding me. I had just begun to open the "Blogging Door" as he said "You know, I can tell you want to spend some time here at your computer-Something always changes in you after you have "talked" with all your friends out there! So don't worry about trying to do something outside, You are exactly where you need to be!"

Its not often I find myself speechless, but this one of them. I just looked up at him and he gave me this gentle pat on my shoulder-filled with so much love.

Thank you for this precious post Diane. As we say here in Texas,
"You just knocked it out of the ball park!"

God is smiling today on you!

Love, Martha

Diane Ronzino said...

And on you...

In tears AGAIN!!! Gosh!!!! You guys really know how to get me to weepin'!

Martha Herden said...

Diane-
Tears of Love-You putting your heart out there for all of us to be nourished!

Blessings are flowing all over you!

Love, Martha

Betty said...

Martha, my husband just bought a desk chair so I could be comfortable as I gleam from this new "circle of friend.

While I am on prayer, could you ladies please pray for a young couple home from Papua New Guinea. Four sweet boys under the age of 8. She has colon cancer...as I type she is seeing a doctor about surgery near where we live. Mason and Kim Lockwood.

Blessings are flowing.

Lolita said...

I like Betty's "Jesus bloodline" interconnection.

I like to add, this is a bit of the Jeremiah 33:3 promise. God has sent His flock of call center agents in our "CIS" aka Circle of Sharing.

Wow, connect us Lord! From your very feet down and around us.

There should also be a host of His angels happily extending their arms and wings to connect us all!

Lolita said...

Martha,
Just feel our hands holding yours in a warm and firm grip. Feeling what you feel each day and happy to give you a little bit of our own strength, which may, in God's healing grace, ease up some pain off your body. I cry out to Him for healing and restoration everyday.

And, ohh, how I thank Him for giving you such a kind-hearted loving husband, so perfect for you. He is supplying Matt everything needed to love you and share your life with.

Just know that I am thinking of you moment by moment as I know all the others in our "COF" are doing too.

Sorry, everyone. That up there should have read "COS" as in Circle of Sharing.

Saleslady371 said...

This is so true of bloggers. I've made friends all over the world and it opens your mind so much!

Crown of Beauty said...

Once in a while, a blog comment on somebody's comment box catches my attention... as yours did a few minutes ago. And here I am on your blog!

I love the picture you posted. Been blogging for four years now, and loving every minute of it. It opens up divine connections, really.

Glad I found you today.

Blessings,
Lidia (from the Philippines)

Diane Ronzino said...

Lidia, welcome!!! I'm so glad you found me also! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment..

Four years?...wow...I'm a newbie compared to you. I must get ready for Bible study this morning. But, I will visit your blog when I'm home this afternoon.

God bless you and I hope you will return!

Diane Ronzino said...

Saleslady, I've only met two in other countries so far. Both from the Philipines. One just today.

I've loved coming to know Lolita and her country. It's better than any geography lesson.

I hope The LORD will bring others from other nations as I intercede for the nations.

Veronica Shticks said...

Yay! I came over just to see that it's still here. I panicked! Heheheh. Hugging you!!!