Good morning! What a beautiful time of year. I do pray that Fall sticks around for a while instead of turning into Winter right away. *smiles*
This Thankful Thursday I want to share with you how thankful I am for accountability partners. We've all heard that it's easier to diet when you have a friend dieting with you. That way you can encourage each other. And it's the same with exercise...it's much easier to exercise when you have a partner. I know that one is right...Jenifer & I have been doing Zumba (try it...it's fantastic fun and great exercise) for a while now and on days when she doesn't want to do it, I encourage her along as does she when I'm not in the mood.
Almost 2 years ago, during a Bible Study Group I was a part of, something was brought up about accountability. I've heard about having an accountability partner many times in my 30 odd years as a Christian. I've never really put a lot of effort into finding an accountability partner. After all, I have my friends whom I bounce stuff off all the time. Aren't they considered my accountability partners? Yes and no.
We [the Bible study girls - those that wanted to be a part] started a group called Morning Reflections. It's not a group where we get together or anything. It is simply a little 'email' group. One of the best things aboutan 'email group' is that it only takes a few minutes of time to compose an email. After our individual 'quiet time' with the Lord each morning, we simply email the other ladies in the group with the passage of Scripture we read for the day and just a sentence or two telling what the passage was about. If we have prayer requests or other thoughts, we can include those in the Morning Reflections email, too. It's a simple, private thing. But, what this little group has done for me is huge.
I have always read my Bible and had my quiet time with God but, not necessarily every day like I should. Once we started this group and I made the commitment to be a part of it, I felt obligated to send my email...everyday! Now, whether or not it started out as obligation to fulfill a commitment makes no difference. What this has done for me is get me to read the Word and pray...everyday! Now my quiet time with the Lord is daily, not sporadic. I know that I have several ladies waiting to read my email and I don't want to disappoint them. There have been a few times when the 'Morning Reflection' turned into an 'Afternoon Reflection,' but at least it was there. On the rare occasions when I've been out of town and unable to send a reflection from my computer, I've sent it from my phone in the form of a text message.