The Missing Miracle (reflection)

This weekend I sat in a service and heard a woman share her testimony. She celebrated one year of life AFTER brain surgery to remove a tumor. I witnessed a part of her early healing process. She could not do small things like bow her head down or blow her nose because it would reverse the surgery and cause major problems. 

And the revelation of the missing miracle hit me. 

While we petitioned God for His intervention in personal crises, He gave us front row seats to the trial of others and brought them through for all of us to come up in faith. But we missed the miracle of increased faith while we kept praying

Consider Dorcas. She was a disciple in the new church, “abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did” (Acts 9:36 NASB). She fell sick and died. Her body



was prepared and it was the time of her viewing in an upper room. The disciples called for Apostle Peter and when he arrived

…all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them. (Acts 9:39 NASB)

Peter cleared the room, spoke two words, and Dorcas responded in life. She sat up. Then he gave her his hand and raised her up (not the focus here, but preach that to yourself!). 

…and calling all the saints and widows, he presented her alive. It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. (Acts 9:41-42 NASB)

Yet, this section of Acts 9 (vv. 32-43) has headings like Peter’s Ministry (NASB) or Aenas and Dorcas (KJV, NIV) when the whole point was that many believed in the Lord. 

So what, you ask?

Well, Peter did not call in heathens and unbelievers to present Dorcas alive. He called in saints and widows. He called in people who received the Lord’s love, care and grace. He called in believers who needed a shot in their faith. 

While I stood and wept before this lady after service and shared this thought with her (minus the Dorcas story, that came to me later), I considered one more thing. 


Wow, right?! 

The exhortation, then, Dear Ones, is to literally look and live. Look around you at the suffering within your reach. Gaze on the grace working through them, and be lifted in faith. Your belief may be used to raise them up. Or, your renewed faith may strengthen you to persevere a bit more. 

Whatever the Lord’s purpose, do not miss the miracle that is your faith.

Selah, and love to all. 

YIELD (reflection)

Good day, Royal Ones.

A few thoughts rolled around this week and I want to share with you.pull-over

  1. Confession — I am flexible, therefore I am not bent out of shape.
  2. stubborn — (adj) mulish (unreasonably unyielding) or resolute (justifiably unyielding); difficult to handle; lasting (merriam-webster online)
  3. unyielding — (adj) not soft or flexible; having firmness or determination (merriam-webster online)

In meditation and reflection a prayer came up from my spirit. You know, it’s the opposite of one of those prayers that come from the mind. This prayer is not our idea. When we utter it, we are surprised at what we hear. And my prayer was, 

Lord, I don’t want to be the one in Your way of release in my life. 

Maybe this is not the case where you live, but where I live Christians talk a lot about awareness — of enemies, of devils and the demonic, of those who cannot be trusted or from whom we must separate. 

This is an exhortation to self-awareness in the presence of distraction outside of us. Disciples of Jesus learn to master INlook as well as OUTlook. 

I know we heard a word. I know we had a dream. I know we saw the vision…and we remain in pursuit of them all. BUT, let’s not be so dug in, so stubborn, so unyielding that we lack the flexibility to move. Let’s not act like some necessary separations did not hurt, or force us to slow down and think. Let’s stop pretending we are an affected when the last couple of moves took us back a bit. 

My pastor said it this way, “Don’t miss what God is saying because you’re stuck on what God said.” 

It is like God to test our love and obedience. (We do it too, but for different reasons.) It is like Him to show us how much we can handle. And in this time where manifestation of promises is so tangible we can smell it, hear it, taste it, feel it…we cannot be the obstacle in our own way. 


Image: clipart

Please consider yielding….not in faith, not to temptation, but to the living word of God in your ear. YIELD. Surrender. Bear. Bring forth. Produce, produce, produce…don’t try to deliver what is not in you. Many of us are wasting time and expectation. Let’s align with the Father. Let’s agree with Him, and the He’ll make the darkness light before us. He will open up our eyes and enlighten our souls to know His way. 

Selah, and love to all. 

Arrested by a Sunset

Royal Ones, 

A few days ago I left work to go to campus and study. Afterwards, I loaded my car to go and as I turned around this was my view. 


Photo taken by Shaunta Scroggins.

Wow, right?! I could not move. I leaned against my car and slowly, two songs came to mind and heart, and it was offering time at the evening sacrifice. 

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

(Retrieved from google search)

As I watched I saw a few planes fly through the center of this frame, as if the opening was an entrance into something greater. It was breathtaking. It was a moment made to stop me…for a bigger moment with God. I could not move. Then with tears flowing, I sang the chorus of a song from the movie Prince of Egypt that still comes from my heart on occasion. 

You know better than I
You know the way
I’ve let go the need to know why
For You know better than I

(Retrieved from

I pray in the press God grants you moments of relief and release like these. I pray He arrests you by His glory in a sunset, or some other glory of His creation that forces you to pay attention. And then when you do, I pray He has your attention and you give Him clearance to speak to you heart. And when He speaks peace, I pray you receive it. Honor it. Remember it…and brand the moment on heart, mind, and speech. I pray you allow Him to move you from trying to fight your battle in a weary faith, and transfer all your energy to love Him. I pray you let Him renew you and cover you and strengthen and instruct you. 

Don’t give up or burn out because you don’t pay attention when He tries to stop you. Let the glory enchant you, draw you in to Him. So you can continue in earnest obedience toward His promise. 

Be well, Royal Ones. He is doing the necessary work in us and despite the gross misquoting of the scripture….He meant a good outcome all along. Selah, and love to all.