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In this season, God is restoring new life to the places where you have experienced loss and devastation. A healthy community is being highlighted, and authenticity and vulnerability are coming together to deepen your relationships and make room for new ones. Truth is being revealed to those who are hungry enough to seek it out and find it, though it may not come through the vessels they would have expected. Watch as the pieces of the puzzle that is your life – your calling and purpose – come together. Revelation is being released that will make it feel like God is connecting the dots.
"See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
And streams in the wasteland."
(Isaiah 43:19 NIV)
God is bringing new life to that which has been devastated. God is reviving the life that was once in your heart, in your body, and in your land. In the face of grief, loss and pain, He is bringing new life, restoration, and a fresh word to your heart. He is prophesying to you in the place of your pain. This new life will be noticeable because of the contrast between it and the devastation and loss. Others will notice the change because it will be undeniable; this word from the Lord will propel you through this season. The new life within you will look very different than before.
In the past, when someone died, his or her family members would wear black to mark their grieving season. Even in the Bible, grieving required physical acts like tearing clothes, wearing ashes, and was sometimes marked by a certain length of time. These physical acts brought spiritual release. These days, grief is often ignored, suppressed, and frequently misunderstood. Many of us do not know how to grieve in a healthy way.
As you prepare to enter into this season of new life, allow yourself to grieve what is gone. Give yourself the time that you need, but when it is over, let it be over, so that you may fully walk into the fresh life and vitality that God is offering you. Make room in your heart for the new life that God is bringing. Open your eyes to see the growth and freshness that God is inviting into your life.
A Healthy Community
"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." (Romans 12:15)
Everyone on the planet longs to be known and loved for who they are. Maybe you have a solid community that makes you feel known, or maybe you're one of many who is longing to have a healthy community around you but haven't found it yet. What does it look like?
In a healthy community, vulnerability is present; sharing your real self whether you feel you're put-together or not. It's about sharing your life in a way that makes room for input, and allows others to speak into your life. Intentionality is present – choosing and making time for one another reciprocally. A healthy community celebrates the milestones and victories and is with you in the hard times. We make room for deeper relationships when we allow others to go through dark times with us.
Are you pursuing deeper relationships that cause you to grow and examine yourself in a healthy way? Choose wisely who you surround yourself with, as you will become like those you spend time with. Ask yourself this month, are you going in the same direction as those you're in relationship with? Do you share the same values? Do they inspire you? Sometimes new growth, new life, and inspiration come with pruning that which isn't working anymore. What you invest into your community is what you will get out of your community.
Evaluate with God the community you currently have, and process with Him any pruning that is needed. God created, established, and designed healthy community beginning in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and the Bible outlines what it looks like. Watch as God charges us to do what He designed for us to do – to be the community that models His love for us by loving one another well.
"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings." (Proverbs 25:2 NIV)
Truth is being revealed to those who are hungry enough to seek it out and find it. God is releasing truth through willing vessels to those who are searching and are hungry. Many of the ones who will be revealing truth will be well known figures, those in the media, or rising influencers.
In the story of the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21-28), Jesus reveals that He came to give the Good News to the Jews first, but when pressed, He was moved by the Canaanite woman's faith and ultimately healed her daughter. Her faith demonstrated she was willing to take whatever He would give to her (even crumbs), and even though she wasn't Jewish by birth, she was able to receive His blessing by faith.
The truth and information that is being released has the power to change many lives, and the status of the world. As you hear this truth, you will have peace and hope, feeling the presence of God as a confirmation. The vessels that God has chosen to bring this truth into the world have been chosen for a reason. Honor the fact that God has chosen them (despite what you may think of His choice) and you will be blessed.
Connecting the Dots
"Since ancient times no one has heard,
No ear has perceived,
No eye has seen any God besides You,
Who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him."
(Isaiah 64:4 NIV)
Expect to see some of the pieces of the puzzle, that is your life calling and purpose, come together. Revelation is being released that will make it feel like God is connecting some of the dots. You will have clarity on how God is working on your behalf and many will have "ah-ha!" moments about prophetic words you have received or parts of your past. You may be gently reminded of a time in your life when you did something (worked a job, developed a skill, participated in a certain relationship, or met someone), and from there God will speak to you about the purpose that past experience will play in your future, and even how it equipped you for where you are headed. He has been giving you clues along the way about your calling and purpose, and now is the time when they are beginning to make more sense.
This is a revelatory time for your calling and purpose. Take note of the words and experiences God reminds you of, as God is revealing a part of your future. God is showing His hand. Even though His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9), He loves us enough to show us what He's doing while we stand in faith waiting for our promises.
1. God is restoring what I have lost.
2. I am cultivating a healthy community.
3. Those who hunger for God will be fed.
4. God's truth is being revealed.
5. God is releasing keys about my calling and purpose.
The Crowning Jewels
Texas born, Anne Ballard worked as a nurse for seventeen years before fully embracing her creative nature. Having grown up believing that God only spoke through the Bible, her life was transformed with the personal knowledge that He still speaks today. As she experienced a revelation of God's love for her and the power of words to transform and heal, she began designing jewelry, partnering with Holy Spirit to create a tangible way to bring Heaven to Earth. This is where her prophetic jewelry company, The Crowning Jewels, was birthed. Many people recognize her company as a business-ministry hybrid. She is known as a prophetic visionary with the drive to accomplish her dreams. Her mandate is to champion others as they discover their God-given identity and fulfill their divine purpose. She currently resides in Redding, CA.