“Here’s your all access pass.” Such were the words from The Big Kahuna of Women of Faith, as she gave my friend, Liz, and me “All Access” passes to wear throughout an arena in Columbus, Ohio, this past August.  Whoa!

Women of Faith Stage 450

Are you kidding me?  You mean we can go backstage, we can enter thru’ any door, we can go anywhere?  You really trust us?  (Even better, we don’t have to stand in line for the bathroom???)

I was already a tad giddy from dining with the speakers for that weekend. Look with me around our table: There sat Marilyn Meburg, Patsy Clairmont, Brenda Warner, Mark Lowry, Sandi Patty, Lisa Harper, Mandisa, and Amy Grant.

Not only did we eat dinner with them, we got to pray with them beforehand and ultimately hear from each of them during the two-day conference.  While I’m not a fan of the word “surreal”, that’s flat how it was.  Oh, and they seated us on the second row.  (Did I mention the bag of chocolates the speakers kept passing back and forth???  Slice of heaven!)

I’m sure the question now burning in your head is “Exactly HOW did you get to do this?” Just so happens my “friend named Liz”, who is truly a very dear, long-time friend and mentor of mine, is none other than Liz Curtis Higgs, author and speaker extraordinaire.

Liz would be joining Women of Faith the following weekend and wanted to go to the event as an attendee to get a feel for the program.  She invited me to go with her and well, really, who could refuse that?

Great speakers, meaningful teaching, over-the-top worship, staying up into the wee hours of the night talking, plus the road trip from Louisville to Columbus and back, made for a 100% blast-of-a-weekend.  Not to mention a favorite memory in our friendship journey!

While sporting our “All Access” passes, it occurred to me that each and every one of us, who believes in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, dying on the cross for each and every one of us, taking on our sins, and giving us His mercy and grace, has an “All Access” pass to the Kingdom, our Heavenly home.

John Stott, in his book Cross of Christ, said, “Until you see the cross as that which is done by you, you will never appreciate that it is done for you.”  Let that thought soak in for a minute…Stott also said, “The cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its sparks to fall on us.”   Getting near enough equals one thing:  all access.

All Access Pass

So while the “all access” passes made us feel pretty special, let’s not forget our final destination.  Eternal life:  far more important than simply attending a conference here on earth!  Romans 5:1-2 tells us “…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into the grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” Don’t miss this!

We are therefore able, as Hebrews 4:16 says, to “approach the throne of grace with confidence…”  ALL ACCESS.  Take your pass and run with it.


‘Til  next time!

(This October 14th,2012 entry is dedicated to a brave, new friend.  This inspirational guy received a call to the ministry while working in the corporate world.  He left  all of that behind, attended and graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary!!! After numerous meetings, hours upon hours of prayer, he and several others started a new church.  His name? Jay Roy.  His church?  Throne of Grace.  Kudos to Jay and Liz and  their two girls as well as to their new congregation, two members of which, happen to be some more brave soldiers:  our brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Marte Hoagland.  Please add Throne of Grace to your prayer list.  Check them out on Facebook:  Throne of Grace Community Church.)


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18 responses to “ALL ACCESS

  1. Nancy Aguiar

    GREAT and GLORIOUS GOD be praised both now and forever more! Love love love worshipping with words! Could you please consider writing daily? (Insert chuckle) Love how expressive and eternally-minded you are! Keep them coming! Love you in spirit and in truth, my sister! Blessed in His Presence!

  2. Ginny Crowe

    Love it – you made me feel like I was right there at the conference with you! But I better go eat some dark chocolate just to complete the experience:) Your blog is going to be SO fun!

    • Ha! You are so sweet…and coming from you, my younger-but-wiser friend who’s written Bible studies (yes, plural), I am humbled. Our lunch today @ the new Ghyslain in Westport Village was tres magnifique….Yep, still got a little French in me even after the more than memorable trip to Italy! Mamma Mia! =)

  3. Melody Malone

    Looking forward to your words of wisdom.. You are very blessed…

  4. Diane Kennedy

    Destinations, destinations! Congrats on your new blog launch and thank you for always pointing us toward our eternal destination! PTL! I look forward to following all of your posts…. Consider yourself with an “international following” 🇬🇧🇷🇺 (at least for two weeks!)
    Blessings and hugs,

    • Diane! So glad to know y’all are safe over the pond! Give Michael a hug for us. Soak in the European sights & bring back pics. Oooh lah lah =)

      See you soon! We’re praying for y’all!

  5. Lori McAtee

    I am so excited over your blog! I looked forward to your book club letters each month; first, I would skim them, get the gist of what was going on…then I would re-read them carefully to fully enjoy your writing. This will be even better! Blessings friend!

    • Thanks, Lori! Nothing short of a miracle!!! My new friend Kelly is the genius behind the computer stuff. She drives a computer so fast it makes my head spin. Stay tuned for a report or two from Italy along w/a picture or two!!!??? Hugs

  6. Shirley Garwood

    Enjoyed your blog. Glad to see one of your dreams coming true. You go girl!!

  7. Marte Hoagland

    Oh Elizabeth… So very blessed to witness the birth of Worship With Words.
    I began reading with a smile on my face and then ended with a lump in my throat. Thank you dear sister-in-law for following the Lords’ leading in your life to enrich others in Christ. Looking forward to the next posting!
    Marte Hoagland

  8. So excited to see your dream come true, Elizabeth. You have MUCH to share–from your heart, from the books you read, and from God’s Word. Write on, girlfriend!

    • Well you have certainly walked this road and lapped me a few thousand times!!! YOU have inspired ALL of us. Because of you and your “gentle” nudging, we can now say, “Ta da!!!” Hugs sweet friend =) And, if any of y’all are still reading, RUN, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and GRAB ANY of Liz’ 30 books. They’re all my favorites!!! Seriously!

  9. Nancy Tinnell

    How thrilling to be the first to view your new blog adventure! The people who read will indeed be blessed. Blessings on you, Elizabeth!

    • Well if it weren’t for God crossing our paths, none of this would have happened! Forever indebted. My favorite experience/memory EVER is co-teaching with you and Jane this summer, doing Liz’ “The Girl’s Still Got It–Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World”. Best Bible study on Ruth EVER =) Blessings sweet friend. =)