Accountability helps sets us free.
If we want to grow in life we will need accountability. I was reminded of this verse last week, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed” (James 5:16a, NASB).
Dear friend, I will tell you, that is one reason why coaching is so powerful and effective. A woman begins to voice the truth of what is within her. The sin filled areas can be, I am jealous, angry, bitter, full of comparing, and I am a downright critical woman.
And she also begins to voice, and maybe for the first time ever, what she really wants out of her life and what she senses God is calling her towards, I want to write, I want to start a faceting business, I want to help young girls grow in love with the Lord, I want to help children know they are loved, I want to paint and use my art work for the glory of God and to help others in their suffering. I want to create a retreat center. I want to be a NP. I want to change my careers and become a teacher.
How about you?
Are you accountable to anyone?
Do you need accountability?
What is accountability?Accountability is when someone holds you to the line. Webster Dictionary says it’s, “the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.”
Having accountability is a good healthy thing in our life. Especially in the area where we need to create some new ruts or ways of thinking and then living it out. Then, we can grow and go forward. I offer accountability to each of my clients. I hold them to their steps, that they state they will put into action. They each know I will ask them at the beginning of our coaching time, so how did you do with your steps?
I took a step in accountability. I needed to get more direct, determined, and diligent. And that was in my writing.
Since Jan. 2016, I have had a writing accountability partner. If you have been one of my readers for a bit, you know this is the buried treasure craft, so to speak, that I hid a long time ago since it was walloped by a naysayer. I internalized the lie, I could not write.
Yet, in my early 20’s while sitting in my very first, yes, very FIRST Christian Women’s retreat I about jumped out of my seat when I heard this teacher-speaker talk. I wanted to do what she was doing. And matter of fact this lady packed and traveled with her own curriculum. NOW that jazzed me!!! But then God sent me on a desert experience that lasted over 25 years. Now today I teach and coach women, to the truth of His Word, that NO MATTER what you face in life, the Lord will see you through.
Today, I want to introduce to you to my writing accountability partner, Cindy Huff. Cindy and I have never met face to face. We are a part of a national known writing group called Word Weavers. I read about Cindy in a monthly newsletter. She was in charge of connecting writers with an accountability partner.
I emailed her and said, “Yes, I need a partner, please match me up with someone.” Bingo, Cindy said, “It’ll be me.”
So every Friday before 8:00 a.m. in comes an email from Cindy or mine to her. (We race to see who gets their email out first.)
It is our weekly check up on our writing goals. She has heard my rants and my raves and my stops and my go’s and is showing up each week checking in on me to see if I did what I said I was going to do in my writing. It’s been so helpful for me. So I want to pitch out her first book to you, Secrets and Charades, a Historical Fiction. I devoured most of it in one weekend. I told Cindy her imagination amazes me. How can one author think of so many twist and turns? Good Job, Cindy, and thank you for checking in on me weekly.
Purchase her book on Amazon.