Why Accountability Helps You Thrive with God | KellyRBaker.com | Our greatest treasure trove can be our relationship with God. A vault guards money the same way accountability guards consistency in our walk with God.

Why Accountability Helps You Thrive with God

Imagine for a moment what is valuable to you. We all have people we hold dear, items we cherish, and precious experiences and memories.

What is your most valuable treasure? If you’re not sure, ponder for a moment what your heart runs after.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 ESV

I love my perfect-for-me husband and spending happy moments with my kids. I enjoy creating in tranquil blocks of time and worshipping with my church family.

But my greatest treasure trove is my relationship with God.

I delight in the gems I find in His Word. His promises are like gold. That Daily Time spent with Him is like a life raft alone in a vast ocean. God’s voice is like a precious pearl—a whole string of them. The wisdom He provides is a chest overflowing with diamonds, emeralds, and rubies. And His tangible presence at times during worship is matchless.

I have stars in my eyes as I think about it all. I must be dreaming, but nothing could be more real.

That same treasure can be found of anyone who seeks after Him with their whole heart.

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NASB

But do you want to know how I have kept mine? It wasn’t always this way, you know. I used to lose valuable insight. I let it get kind of dusty in the past.

A New Challenge

Several years ago, one of my Twitter friends was tweeting about a new challenge she had joined. I followed the link and watched a lady I’d never heard of share her story—except it was mine. She gave an honest confession of struggling to keep up with three important necessities. She’d wake up to one of her kids at her bedside asking for breakfast in the late morning, and would give them a grumpy greeting. She realized if she would wake up early, spend time with God, exercise, and plan her day, it could be a game changer. That’s when she (Kat Lee) started the HelloMornings Challenge.

I knew I needed that, but I hesitated at first. People were going to find out that I had that problem, too. If I joined this challenge, others were going to read my mail. Between the fear of missing out, and the fear of God I decided to join.

I was put into a group that was going through a Bible study together online. I realized others were up against the same struggles: Fluctuations in our fervency for God happen. Various circumstances arise. Seasons of life change. After all, we are humans living on earth.

The Truth about Accountability

I learned a powerful truth during those months of participation: every treasure needs a guard. We put our valuables in a safe, and money in the bank. A vault guards money the same way accountability guards consistency in our walk with God. It is the guard of our treasure.

Now I know we tend to evade the word accountability. I used to cringe at the thought of it. There were times when I didn’t like being answerable to another human being, but it was what I needed.

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It works. God spoke through an influential person’s 40 days with God devotional I read as a teenager. I was fangirlin’, but she was the one that acted as an encourager through her book. I was able to build a Daily Time with God habit.

As a young adult, I desired to rebuild the habit I had lost. My mentor supplied me with another 40 days with God devotional. After that, my mentor suggested I read the “daily Proverbs” when I wanted to be consistent with my God time.

Accountability helped me thrive in my walk with God during those times. I wanted that again, so when I heard about HelloMornings I embraced the whole package—including the “checking in.”

9 Positive Aspects of Accountability

  • The expectancy of your presence
  • Someone cares and checks on you
  • Sharing of insights
  • A group and/or person prays for you
  • Building of community
  • Questions about what is being studied are answered
  • Regular encouragement and cheering on
  • “Iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17)
  • We form friendships

Ways to Find Accountability

Online groups. Tons of online groups exist. Plug in with HelloMornings or the First 5 app, to name a couple. Or you could start your own. What other groups do you know of?

Face-to-face. Some wonderful mentoring can occur in real life. It’s biblical (Titus 2:3-5), and it’s where I found my greatest growth spurts in my walk with God. I highly recommend this, besides regular church attendance. Ask God to show you someone, or ask your pastor to suggest someone.

Coming soon right here. I’m working behind the scenes on some encouragement to stay nourished daily. I would love your prayers over the next few weeks as I am putting together what God has been laying on my heart.

The thought of being answerable to another person might make us evade accountability altogether. It takes humility.

But if we need it, then we need it!

I can remember a few distinct seasons in which I needed to build the habit of spending time with God on a daily basis. I couldn’t have done it on my own.

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What other ways can we find accountability? Has it worked for you in the past?


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A Simple Plan to Establish Daily Devotions Right Now | KellyRBaker.com | 4 Decisions to Solidify a God Time Habit | Without a God Time plan in place, good intentions can fall apart.

A Simple Plan to Establish Daily Devotions Right Now

My alarm softly sings a wake up song before the sun’s rays have yet to poke their arms up over the dark sky. A couple more minutes of waking up, and I remember it’s time to meet God. I gather my laptop, Bible study, and journal in the inky darkness, being quiet so I don’t wake my husband. Tiptoeing down the stairs, I let out a breath at the bottom. I didn’t realize I was holding in air. I don’t want to make a sound and wake up Little Miss. The moments of meeting with God are precious, and I don’t want an interruption.

I brew my tea and spread my blanket over my lap, thankful I chose to wear a fashion scarf on this chilly morning. Sipping my hot tea sweetened with just the right amount of raw honey, I sit wrapped in warmth, ready to meet the Lord. What daily bread does He have for me today? I can’t keep the corners of my mouth from tipping up. I’m not alone; He’s with me.

Has it always been so easy to wake up before the break of day? Am I always so eager? Well, no. Building the habit of this spiritual discipline has taken a long time. There are days when crucifying my fleshly desires is easier than others, but I want to highlight the joy that comes from my relationship with God.

No, I haven’t always felt the need or desire to crack my Bible open for study on a regular basis, but after I understood selfless love for the first time, a new hunger drove me to seeking Him. Since then I have had my hunger filled, and I want to stay clinging to the vine.

Abide in me, and I in you. John 15:4a ESV

Abide in Me, and I in you. John 15:4a ESV | A Simple Plan to Establish Daily Devotions Right Now | KellyRBaker.com | 4 Decisions to Solidify a God Time Habit | Without a God Time plan in place, good intentions can fall apart.We thrive when we stay close to the vine. Do you want to thrive? If so, you need a plan. Without a plan, good intentions can fall apart. The good news is, setting up the following will create triggers to cause your brain to respond that it’s time to spend time with God, and they’ll help your habit stick.

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4 Decisions to Solidify a God Time Habit

1 – Materials

The grocery store has food, but we need to grab the groceries we need and take them home. If not, then we will still be lacking. In the same way, decide what materials you need for your Daily Time with God. A few suggestions: Bible. Journal and pen. Maybe a cup of tea or coffee. Probably a Bible study. And sometimes fun CrayolaⓇ Twistables to highlight or create Bible art. It’s a thing. Also, you will definitely need a printed copy of the My Plan worksheet described below. Yes, definitely.

2 – Time

How many times have you missed an appointment to the doctor’s office or job interview? Probably not many. Why? Because an important meeting has a set time. Do that with God. He’s always going to be there. Will you show up? Making an early appointment might work best before other things in your day come up. I’ve missed some of those appointments, but I like to “reschedule” for later in the day. If you have to do that, God gives grace.

3 – Location

Matthew 14:23 says, “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” Like Jesus, an isolated place will help keep you from distractions. To help establish this daily meeting, it might be helpful to choose the same spot. Where is your meeting with God going to take place? Your desk? Your car? Your garage? Yes, even the garage could be a special space. At least you probably won’t fall asleep there.

4 – Frequency

I encourage you to meet with God every day to solidify your habit. Remember the acronym I talked about recently? Determining Again I Live Yielded. Today I’m Maintaining Evidence. The more consistent you are with keeping a Daily Time with God, the more you will regularly crave His matchless presence. What day is your appointment? I hope your answer is, “Daily.”

Some days the plan may need to be adjusted to fit your schedule. One caveat is that I have found it easy to slip into excuses when the need to adjust arises, and didn’t make my God Time priority. Yet God isn’t standing over us with a whip if we mess up. We are still righteous in His sight. Give yourself grace, and keep moving forward!

Insider Resource

I have created a Daily Time plan worksheet that includes an assessment with goals. You will find it in Insider Resources. Sign up to receive access.

What is your favorite time and place to meet with God (outside of a church service)? What materials do you like to use? What Bible study are you going through? Share and encourage others! 

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3 God Time Lies | God desires to pour His love on and through the body of Christ. The enemy tries to stop that process. The enemy whispers lies in an attempt that we won't spend time with God through daily devotions.

3 God Time Lies

God wants us to thrive. Why? We are part of the body of Christ. That means we are His hands and feet on the earth. We have souls to win; we have people to touch, to help, to heal.

If we are God’s, then we are also a target for the enemy who would like to hinder us from going forward—to keep us from thriving.

To thrive means to grow or develop well or vigorously. Spiritual growth is needed to be effective in the kingdom of God. We are a like trees planted by rivers of water to bring forth fruit in our season (Psalm 1:3), and God wants us to thrive spiritually as well as any natural tree should. He wants to pour His love on us and through us—a love that can’t be measured. Friends, He desires to empower us for His glory!

No plant will thrive if it’s being choked by weeds. The weeds will suck up the nutrients and water in the soil that the plant needs to survive. A plant can survive among weeds, but it won’t thrive as the strong plant it is intended to be. Simply surviving is not thriving.

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I learned this as a young Christian when I realized I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know how. I knew I needed to meet with God and find out. I was also eager for Him to reveal what He wanted me to do to help others. I desired to become and remain a strong follower of Jesus—that was my new resolve.

And don’t you know that whenever you resolve to seek God in earnest the devil shows up with lies. He hopes we will believe his lies because he doesn’t want us to spend time with God everyday.

Developing a habit of having a daily time with God will bring us to a place of thriving.

He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30 ESV

3 Lies about God Time We Can Trash Right Now

Lie #1: I don’t need to do this.

First, let’s dispose of the lie that says, “I don’t need to do this.” Spiritually thriving isn’t only for your pastor. (No, he doesn’t just seek God therapeutically after tending rowdy sheep all day.) Moses as a leader had face time with God. (I would have stayed on that mountain away from those people, too.) Jesus was human and yet needed to keep a strong spirit by finding an isolated place to pray (Mark 6:46).

Lie #2: I don’t have time for this.

Second, let’s trash the lie that says, “I don’t have time for this.” Life is busy and brings interruptions. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? However, everybody has the same 24 hours; it’s how we schedule them that makes the difference. People don’t have time for something, they make time for something. We make time for what’s important to us. Is spending time with your Creator so His love will be poured onto You and overflow from your life to others important to you? THIS is why we are here!

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Lie #3: I won’t keep up with it, so why bother?

Third, let’s get rid of the lie that says, “I’ll never keep up with it, so why bother?” Building habits take time. In various research I’ve done, building a new habit can take a minimum of 21 days. In most cases it takes much longer. We are all different and have different circumstances and temperaments. The good news is, habits can be built. Just be patient. If our end goal doesn’t look anywhere near where we are today, we don’t have to be discouraged. God is still increasing in our lives as we continue to open our hearts to Him.

These lies can keep us from thriving. Let’s trash them right now!

3 God Time Lies | God wants to pour His love on and through you

If building a Daily Time habit seems challenging, you’re in the right spot. In my next post I’ll be talking about putting together an integral plan.

What lies could you add to this list?

If you want further encouragement and support in establishing a consistent time to meet with God every day, I’ll be providing something to help soon. Stay tuned!


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