A while back I asked if anyone in the Spokane area wanted to try an experiment with me. I had an idea and wanted to try it out in real life before offering the idea to others. I found a couple of gals to work with me and I’d like to share what is happening.
Two ladies and I meet weekly to encourage each other (if we draw another lady, we’ll break into two groups of two). We talk about our lives and what we sense God wants to do in our lives, ask each other accountability questions (of our own making) and pray with and for each other. We don’t give each other advice (unless asked for), but mostly just encourage each other to listen to God and do what He says. It’s still a very new thing and already I can see that this will challenge me in every way (including my marriage relationship).
Theoretically these very small groups could look any number of ways. What you want is to encourage each other to listen to God and do what He says. For some groups that might involve time in the Word. Some might like to go heavy on the prayer. Others might like to spend time just listening to God. Personally I like accountability questions because it keeps me focused where God seems to be focused in my life.
My accountability questions for this next week ~ (slightly dumbed down for the sake of privacy)
How am I doing …
with my devotional/study time with God?
in addressing certain fears?
with a struggling relationship with a friend?
with exercise and diet?
with email (I’m trying for a zero In box each day)
with my phone? (I am soooo bad about keeping my phone charged, sound up and somewhere I can hear it)
I encourage y’all to look around for one or two friends who will get together with you weekly to encourage each other. In person is the best, but phone or email would work. Take the time to listen to each other. Ask questions. Pray for and with each other.
Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul. George M. Adams
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
You Are Not Being Punished for Your Past Promiscuity from Intimacy in Marriage
The Marry Blogger’s 5 Must Read Marriage Books for Your Summer Reading List
What 39 Years Have Taught Me About Life and Marriage from Simple Marriage
Be generous! Lori <><