A Call To Love | September Monthly Blog

Written By Anne Ballard | Aug 30, 2019
A Call To Love | September Monthly Blog

In the month of September, God is softening our hearts towards those who have felt alienated and judged, calling us to draw near in love and truth to those who are different than we are. He is inviting us into creation, and as we spend time with Him unplugged from distraction, He is meeting us with revelation and refreshing. Creativity is highlighted right now, and there is grace to try completely new things that you have never tried before. This month God is creating strategic opportunities in business and in other kinds of partnerships. As these opportunities present themselves, you will marvel at how divine these alliances seem. 

                       

A CALL TO LOVE

This month, it’s time to rally together around those that we may not have loved well: those who may feel alienated, ostracized, judged, or alone. Keep your eyes open to those who are experiencing this in varying degrees and in different settings. As the church, we must be careful to keep our hearts pure as we reach out to those who have been persecuted in some way.  

At times, almost all of us have fallen into judging someone else, but Jesus exhorts us to not judge in Luke 6.37.  Consider how Jesus spoke with the woman caught in adultery in the passage below.  


The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?’ This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’


But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.’” John‬ ‭8:3-7, 9-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

A modern day example could be this:  I recently heard a story about a man who had chosen a homosexual lifestyle. When he let his parents know his sexual orientation, his Dad said that he would not have any relationship with this man’s husband.  However, the Mom chose to come visit them every year, and though it was awkward for everyone, she intentionally chose to pursue her son and show love to him. The contrast in this situation between the choice to pursue and the choice to cast off is heartbreaking.  


God is softening a lot of believers’ hearts right now, because it takes humility and vulnerability to begin these conversations.  We must be able and willing to love the ones who have different values, perspectives, and beliefs than we do. We must let go of the tendency to only reach out to those that are like us, and instead recognize that we can show true kindness to all people.  By drawing near and embracing those with different worldviews, we are taking Jesus’ command to love and not judge to heart. He will honor our humility and vulnerability in making this choice. May we be safe places for those that have been judged, who feel unloved or alienated.  May we speak the truth to them in love. May they know that they can come as they are, and feel fully known for who they are. May Jesus be glorified through our choice to love in the same way He does.   

                       

REVEALED IN CREATION

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46.10 (NIV)


We are all busy, and life passes us by unless we are intentional with our time.  One thing that rejuvenates our soul as well as connects us to hear the voice of God is spending time in nature.  This month, make connecting with God in nature a priority and you will not regret it. Make time to watch the sun rise, go for a walk while talking to Him about your day, simply spending time outdoors to see His beauty.  September is a time for quiet listening, intentionally making time for Him, and enjoying His presence. Revelation and answers will come during this time. There is a special anointing that you will have access to simply by choosing to value and spend time in His creation with Him. At times when things weigh heavy, choose to not be distracted, but instead process it with God and He will meet you.  


It is so easy with all the technological advances that are happening right now to put ourselves on auto-pilot and coast through our life.  Our phones never leave our side, and we have everything available at a moment’s notice. Use this opportunity to unplug and watch what the break does for your spirit.  Leave your phone at home when you go for a walk, or inside when you go on the back porch. Technology does make our lives easier, but it’s good to take a break. In this time that you spend with God, He will meet you even if the time is short.  There is an opportunity for deep connection right now, almost as if you’re making up for lost time. This month watch as God brings revelation in your quiet moments with Him in nature, as He teaches all of us to slow down and meets us when we do.

                       

COMMITTED TO CREATE


So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1.27 (NIV)


So often we allow the pace of our lives to take over, and things like hobbies that we love and that bring us life and joy fall away because they don’t feel like a priority.  We’re so busy doing things that have more tangible outcomes:  our jobs, taking care of our children, spending time with friends, running errands, etc.  However, it’s important to remember that hobbies are a lifeline and are actually super-important to our wellbeing.  Although not every hobby is creative, most foster creativity at some level. Hobbies and creativity reduce stress and help us all to slow down and focus on something that we enjoy.  


Consider this month making a commitment to be creative regularly, making it a real part of  your life. We are all creative (as we are created by the Creator) but we may need different levels of exploration to figure that out for ourselves.  If you feel like you’re in a rut, try a different medium than you usually use to create. If you most often write, try painting. If you usually paint nature, try painting people.  There is grace this month to do new things!  God, the ultimate Creative, is assisting you in your creative journey.  He is present with you in your creative process and is defining it for each of us because we’re all unique and different.  He is calling you to a higher level of creativity and grace to try new things you’ve never done before! 

                      

STRATEGIC ALLIANCES

The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.” Deuteronomy 28.12 (NIV)


This month God is creating strategic opportunities in business and in other kinds of partnerships.  As these opportunities present themselves they will be exciting initially.  Don’t be surprised if, as you dive deeper, the questions start to erupt about timing, finances, viability etc. It may seem like now is not the best time. However, as you press in and move forward, if it IS something that God is breathing on, He will show up, revealing that it’s actually the perfect time and that He’s already made a way.  In business, watch as the finances line up just in time, and after the deal is final, the momentum of the new union will be impressive.  In relationships, watch as God brings just the right person to you at just the right time. You will marvel together at how divine your alliance seems. 


Before these partnerships and opportunities began to develop, some thought the end was coming.  They may not have seen a way out before this partnership was on the table, and the exciting result is that it will help both sides out.  Rejoice in the fact that it’s not the end, but instead it’s the beginning of something wonderful! This month God is divinely ordaining timing and opportunities.  He’s been bringing this together for a long time, and now it’s finally coming to fruition!  

                    

At The Crowning Jewels our desire and our mission is to bring encouragement, to build others up and to bring comfort to people’s lives (1 Corinthians 14.3).   As a team each month we ask the Lord what He’s doing in the coming month and for any words of encouragement he might have for people as a loving God.   We realize that with a corporate prophetic word not allwords are applicable to all people.    If it’s prophetic it also needs to be encouraging and edifying.   If our words bless you, please take hold of them and apply them in your own life. If it’s not specific to you, please pass it on to someone else who might be blessed. We do not sell prophecies; prophecy is a free gift from heaven.  As a prophetic business, our mission is to bring encouragement and edification to people; our product is simply jewelry.  

                    

DECLARATIONS

We at The Crowning Jewels believe in the absolute, transformational power of declarations.  We know that truth comes by hearing (Romans 10.17), and speaking truth is an active way for us to renew our minds (Romans 12.2). We also believe that in speaking forth these declarations, you will change your life.  We invite you to partner with what God is doing and say these declarations for the remainder of the month. We would love to hear what God does! Please email us your testimony at tellyourstory@thecrowningjewels.com.

  1. I am called to love.
  2. God meets me in the quiet places in His creation. 
  3. God reveals himself to me through what I create with Him.
  4. God is bringing just the right people to me at just the right time.  
  5. When I choose to unplug I can hear God more clearly.  

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With prophetic insight from Bethany Hess
Blog written by Anne E. Ballard

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