Girlfriends in God Devotional

Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd March 2022

Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd March 2022

Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd March 2022

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Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd March 2022 Written By Mary Southerland

TOPIC: Tending the Hedge of Accountability

TODAY’S TRUTH

In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others

(Romans 12:5 NIV)

MESSAGE

Friend to Friend

A certain expert guide lived in the deserts of Arabia. He was known for his tracking skills and never lost his way. The secret of his success could be found in the fact that he carried with him a homing pigeon with a very fine cord attached to one of its legs.

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When he had doubts as to which path to take, he threw the bird into the air. The pigeon quickly strained at the cord to fly in the direction of home, leading the guide accurately to his goal. Because of this unique practice, he was known as “the dove man.”

We always need connections to those who will point us in the right direction. We will take the wrong path or make a wrong turn and there will be times when we have no idea which way to go or how to get home. But we must then turn to God and to those who hold us accountable.

Accountability is often seen as confining, a relationship straight jacket that limits freedom of expression and hinders those who march to the beat of a different drummer. Actually, the opposite is true. Accountability frees us to grow and change and is an important part of every relationship.

Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd March 2022

When I married into the Southerland family, I didn’t know that tent camping was part of the deal. I might have reconsidered. My first trip to Lake Greason in the foothills of the Ozarks was quite an experience. Each morning, Dan’s mom would prepare a huge breakfast. The kids then did dishes while mom changed into her swimsuit, donned her sunglasses, grabbed a towel, and headed for the lake. On the shore, she snatched an inner tube, positioned her towel in just the right spot over the tube, turned around and sat down. She would then float blissfully for hours.

Problem. Lake Greason had a current that carried mom down the lake, around the bend and into the path of ski boats. Someone would have to swim after her and pull her back to the safety of the shore, where she would profusely thank them and go right back to floating.

Finally, one of the kids came up with a great idea. We grabbed a ski rope, tied one end to mom’s inner tube and the other end to a wooden stake driven securely into the ground. She could then float until the rope ran out and someone “reeled her in.”

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What a perfect picture of accountability – giving someone who loves you the permission to “reel you in” when they see you headed in a dangerous direction. When we willingly make ourselves accountable to others, we are creating a hedge of protection that creates boundaries or behavioral lines that should not be crossed.

Honestly, most of us have experienced very little accountability in life because at the heart of being accountable to someone is the willingness to be submissive to them. We have abused the concept of submission. It was never intended to be demeaning.

Submission is protection and an intentional willingness to consider first the desires and wishes of another before our own. God places others in our lives to see things we cannot see, to encourage and build up, to correct, love and protect. Still, we tend to view accountability as a crutch and submission as a weakness. Submission is harnessed strength, a controlled strength that is born out of obedience to God’s command. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21 NIV).

Jesus submitted Himself to the will of His father. He willingly laid down His desires and dreams, His plans and hopes in total submission. Out of that total surrender came the most powerful life ever lived. When we willingly submit ourselves to God and choose to make ourselves accountable to others, we will experience a new freedom and power.

Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd March 2022

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You today, submitting myself to You. Thank You for the protection, direction and power that comes from that submission. Forgive me when I have stood silent while someone I loved made dangerous decisions. Thank You for Your love that never condemns but always stands ready to keep me from making mistakes.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Who is your accountability partner? If you do not have one, I encourage you to ask God to send you a friend who loves you enough to protect you by holding you accountable.

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Let’s pray together today. Meet us in the comments section to share your heart and pray for one another.

Thanks for reading Girlfriends in God 22 March 2022 Devotional Message

© 2022 by Mary Southerland. All rights reserved.

Girlfriends in God Daily Devotional for Women is a popular daily Bible devotional for women. GiG Devotionals for Women offer wisdom and insight for applying Biblical truths to the ups and downs of everyday life. Their mission is to encourage, equip and empower women to walk in courage and confidence as they grasp their true identity as a child of God and a co-heir with Christ. A non-denominational ministry that spans generational and racial boundaries to bring the Body of Christ together as believers. Just as God sent Ruth to Naomi and Mary to Elizabeth, God continues to use women to encourage and equip other women in their spiritual journey. We are doing life together!

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