Good Morning, Girls: a Look into Bible Accountability

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GMG example (click to enlarge)

A little over two years ago, a friend asked if anyone was interested in joining a bible accountability group via Facebook. I immediately signed up. I already had an accountability partner, where we would email each other everyday with a simple “check” signifying that we had picked up our Bible and spent some time reading it. I assumed this wouldn’t be that different, other than there being another dozen or so people checking in, but it became more than I could have asked or imagined. The group was called Good Morning, Girls (GMG), and the goal was for each woman to check in on the group page after having their quiet time. Whoever was first to check in, would post the date and what she had read (or a simple “check”). The rest of the ladies would then continue the thread for that day by checking in with a comment or sharing something specific from their reading.

A typical checking in might look like one of these:
Jan 23rd: Check
Jan 23rd: Romans 8
Jan 23rd: Romans 8. I loved this verse: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

The group that I was a part of was made up of mostly strangers to me. Though, it didn’t take long for it to evolve into a group of prayer partners, accountability buddies and dear friends. I saw Hebrews 10:24 occurring everyday through this group of women: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

We maintained accountability by coming along side our sisters in Christ and encouraging them in the discipline of reading God’s word daily. If one of the ladies hadn’t checked in with their reading in awhile, another would gently ask them how they are doing. Those kind of confrontations have always been showered in grace and never viewed as offensive. In fact, it’s encouraging knowing we’ve surrounded ourselves with women that want to see us grow in God’s word and this specific discipline.

I found myself growing not only in reading God’s word, but also in living out what I was reading. The Lord was using the women from GMG to teach me Romans 12:15:Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep“. When someone would share a struggle, I saw Hebrews 3:13 in the most tangible way as women would share verses and prayers to encourage their sister: But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

Our Heavenly Father also used this group to reveal sin in my heart. When I started to enjoy being the first to check in from my group, our Heavenly Father showed me how I had lost track of reading for his glory and turned it into a competition. I needed to train myself to read the word in an honorable way that would serve the Lord and bring glory to Him alone as we see in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “…or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” I began to fall in love with reading God’s word again. It wasn’t about completing a reading plan or maintain a reputation with the group, it was my daily bread and I couldn’t go without it. And if I was in a season of life that seemed too busy or difficult for daily readings (I’ve had two children since joining my GMG group!) the group was there to remind me that I needed the word for spiritual nourishment as Matthew 4:4 teaches: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

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GMG example (click to enlarge)

Two years later, I am still encouraged and challenged daily by the GMG group.That’s why at the beginning of the year, I began to ask other women the same question that was presented to me, “Would anyone be interested in joining a Bible accountability group?” I wanted other women to see how Proverbs 27:17 (Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another) could occur daily in their life. The response was overwhelming! Instead of starting up another group of a dozen ladies or so, we ended up creating TWO new groups with 15 or more women each. Those groups, though only a few weeks in, have already started to blossom and grow to the glory of God. Women from all over the area (and some even out of state or international) and from different church families, are waking up to God’s word and sharing it with their sisters in Christ.

It is my hope that anyone reading this will begin to hunger for God’s word and seek out accountability from other believers. If you are interested in joining a GMG group, please let us know! We’d love to add you to one or help you start your own. Make every morning rich with God’s word. Make every morning a Good Morning.

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)

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