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When My VIP Pass Becomes My Last Ditch Effort

A VIP Pass.... with guest blogger Abby MacDonald

It’s so good to welcome Abby McDonald to the blog today. Abby was literally the first blogger to welcome me with open arms to the faith-based blogging community, over two years ago, and she holds a special place of inspiration in my heart, although I’m sure I haven’t told her that enough. Her blog has been a place of motivating thoughts and scriptural goodness and I pray her words today provide His presence in your life in such an honest and easy way.
Welcome to the blog, Abby!

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My brother had VIP access at the concert, and he didn’t even pay for it.

After waiting in line for an hour to speak to his favorite Christian musician, he held nothing back. His questions, compliments and everything in-between poured out like water from a fire hydrant. Crowder didn’t rush him, but gave him his undivided attention until one of the event staff brought the God-ordained time to an end.

As I listened to my sibling describe the experience over the phone, I was filled with awe. And a little envy, of course. But it also made me realize how often we lose sight of the fact that we have that same VIP status every day.

We have unlimited access to the God who spoke the planets into orbit, but we usually don’t take advantage of it. Click To Tweet

We have unlimited access to the same God who spoke the planets into orbit, but we usually don’t take advantage of it.

We love our independence, and live in a world of smart phones where we can simply speak directions into a microphone to access directions to the airport, ratings on the new restaurant, and step-by-step instructions on how to install tile. Being able to do something on our own brings a sense of satisfaction, and sometimes we don’t ask for help even though we know we need it.

After all, if Siri can’t fix it, who can?

But is our pride really so important to us? Or do I think by asking for help we are burdening our friends, neighbours, or most of all, God?

I will be the first to raise my hand and say yes, I am guilty. Not of just one of these misconceptions, but all of them. And it is even more difficult for me to bring the same request to God repeatedly when I know He heard me the first time. My mind goes to that place of, “God, aren’t you tired of hearing this already? You know what I need so why do I have to say it again?”

Of course he heard it before. He hears each and every time we come before Him in Jesus’ name and never tires of our requests.

But do you know what He says to me in those quiet moments when I lay down my pride and repeat myself another time?

It’s not about the words, my dear. It’s about the humility that comes from asking.”

 It’s about the relationship, and knowing He has my best interests at heart. Once I reach a place of realizing I can’t do it on my own, I am exactly where God wants me.

His work begins when I relinquish my need for control to the One who is in control.

 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV

His work begins when I relinquish my need for control to the One who is in control. Click To Tweet

Friends, when we come before the throne of grace we should have the same attitude my brother did when he reached his favorite musician: joy and relentlessness. He will listen with far more patience than any human artist could muster.

He is the Ultimate Artist, worth more of our time than anyone who tops the music charts and far more able to give us the peace we seek.

No matter where you are today, remember you have unlimited access to the One who knows your name. Don’t use your pass as a last resort or ditch effort when everything else fails.

 Come to Him first, and watch Him put his unending love and majesty on display.

Blogger Abby MacDonald

Abby McDonald is a mom, wife & southern girl who fell in love with writing at a young age. She started Fearfully Made Mom because she felt God gently pushing her to share her writing with others who may be struggling to find their identity in Christ. Her desire is to show women that they are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who will relentlessly pursue them.

When she’s not chasing her two little boys around, Abby enjoys photography, reading, and consuming copious amounts of coffee with friends.

Abby would love to connect with you on her blogTwitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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31 Comments

  1. Christine, thanks for featuring our friend Abby today!

    Abby, what a great story about your brother. Amazing to remember that we have VIP passes straight to the throne room. Thanks for encouraging me to use that free pass today.

    • Christine Duncan

      March 22, 2016 at 11:40 AM

      So glad that you stopped by Betsy… I’ll let Abby jump in here, but her words today were exactly what I needed for the rest of my week coming!

    • It’s a reminder I need often. I sometimes think about how many blessings have yet to be unlocked because I hold back or trick myself into thinking I can do it myself. Thanks for your encouragement today, friend. xoxo

  2. What a unfathomable truth. Always ready, waiting, willing. What a generous God He is. So thankful for Him. Great post, Abby. Thanks for sharing, and thank you, Christine, for sharing Abby with us today. ((xoxo))

    • Christine Duncan

      March 22, 2016 at 12:32 PM

      So glad to share Abby and her beautiful words, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time! Thanks so much for visiting Brenda, and your generous comment! Have a fabulous day!

    • It is! I think we shy away from it because we will never fully comprehend it on this earth. Grateful for his grace and patience. Thanks for stopping by today, Brenda!

  3. Love your work Abby. So true.
    xoxo

  4. I love this, Abby. We really should have the same excitement and desire for the ONE who is here for us 24/7. Unlimited access. Thank you for this inspiring reminder. Have a blessed week and a joy-filled Easter, Abby and Christine!

    • Christine Duncan

      March 22, 2016 at 2:11 PM

      Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, Trudy! Grateful for you. Have a Happy Easter, He is Risen!!!

    • Yes, it’s crazy for me to wrap my mind around it. I mean, how do we not take more advantage of this privilege? Have a wonderful Easter too, friend. Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. I’m so guilty of wanting Siri-fast results in life! Thank you for reminding me that Gods patience never ends, even when mine seems minuscule. I’ve never thought of having VIP status, that’s fun:) awesome team up today ladies!!

  6. Love seeing Abby here, Christine. She was the first faith blogger to welcome me into the community too and I love you bunches!

    Such great words, Abby – we too often forget we have the undivided attention of God, and more so that He is worthy of our undivided attention. Seeking Him with that relentlessness is such a great joy!

    • Yes, I noticed you and I went in similar directions with our posts this week and thought, “Hmmm…God is up to something.” Love that! And love you both bunches too. xoxo

  7. Abby,
    So true…we have our own VIP, 24/7, All Access pass to God and yet we (I) hold onto it striving to do life in my own strength, in my own way. What a privilege to be able to go before our Lord and Savior at any time. He died and rose again to make that possible. Thanks for the timely reminder that I have direct access to Him!! Have a joyous Easter!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  8. “It’s about the humility that comes from asking.” That is spot on!

  9. Dear Christine and Abby, It is such a blessing to meet both of you today! Your words ring so true, Abby. How often we make prayer our last resort, instead of our first resource. “Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh, what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.” So true! It is a blessed privilege to have that open invitation to come boldly to the throne of grace AND to come unto Jesus when we are heavy-ladened and weary. Thank you for this gentle reminder, and I am so grateful for your visit to my blog and the sweet comments you left behind. Again, it is so wonderful to meet you both! God bless both of you and your families with a wonderful Easter!! 🙂

    • Christine Duncan

      March 23, 2016 at 1:19 PM

      One of my all-time favourite hymns, Cheryl! My grandma used to sing it all the time… I can hear her little Scottish voice now. Awesome to connect with you, I know Abby will jump in here to to say how good it is to read your lovely comment!

    • I love meeting new bloggers, Cheryl! Thanks for stopping by and I am so glad to hear you were encouraged. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

  10. I love this idea of the VIP pass, Abby! Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for having full access to God, and to use that free gift more often. <3

  11. Oh, yes, it’s all about relationship – and the kind that for some reason gives us that VIP attention you talk about! What a beautiful, warm, encouraging hug you’ve given us all today!

    • Christine Duncan

      March 23, 2016 at 1:16 PM

      As His heirs, we now lack for nothing in His presence! Isn’t that great news? Love having you stop by! Thanks!

  12. “It’s not about the words, my dear. It’s about the humility that comes from asking.” Thank you so much for that sentence. I have often thought that God must surely get sick of hearing me ask the same thing over and over. That line has totally shifted my perspective onto where it should be! May you be blessed!

  13. Love this thought. So often forgotten when we are blinded by our earthly jealously and envy. Look forward to reading more.

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