Sunday, January 19, 2014

How to be Accountable (accountability partnerships - part 2)

In my last post, I shared some info about how to be a great accountability partner. My awesome Proverbs 31 Ministries Facebook small group (shout out to Group 28 - what what!) is starting a study of Lysa TerKeurst's phenomenal book Made to Crave and we decided to partner up within our group to offer each other support, encouragement and accountability.

In this post, I want to share my thoughts on how to be accountable.

To be accountable to someone else, you need to be:

ON

That's it.

Just two letters, representing two concepts.

O : open - be open to the idea of having someone in your life. A friend, a partner, who will be there to lift you up in prayer, support you on your bad days and encourage you on your good days. Yes, she will also call you out on occasion, but in a spirit of love and a genuine desire to see you move forward. In that same spirit, you need to be honest about your life with your accountability partner. These partnerships are set up in a spirit of love (remember our COOL acronym??)

N : natural - in other words, be yourself! You're beautiful just the way you are, God created you uniquely and He knows your unique skills, as well as your unique struggles. Attempting to hide them from your accountability partner will result in frustration for both partners and will create barriers and obstacles that will prevent you from moving forward.

My prayer for all of us is that we'll be able to be good partners during the next weeks of our study - we'll keep COOL and we'll stay ON throughout the lengths of our partnerships!!!

Wishing you lots of love, peace and health!

Hugs from Holland!

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