Happy 2024 and Welcome to a most Fruitful New Season!
I pray you are very well and pursuing each new day with the zeal of The LORD. I’m so excited to be back in touch!
Today I’m offering more of a newsletter since we have some catching up to do. (PLUS, I will be sharing a dream The LORD gave me the night of December 31, 2023.)
Thank you for being such good friends and bearing with me through the past season. I apologize for my unintentional kind of disappearing act.
I’m forgiving myself for not doing a better job of communicating, and I am focusing on what lies ahead. I would love for you to share in the comments section and let me know what’s new with you. I’ll go first…
My New Life
Retirement from my professional work in education is in full swing. While I have been doing some substituting as both teacher and principal, I am feeling refreshed for a completely new season.
I’ve been resetting my pace, pursuing new interests, enjoying our parents, keeping up with our grown children, our nine grandchildren (ten in May!) and taking time to relish the simple things.
Treasured time together with loved ones is the sweetest gift.
I am so thankful I’ve been more available to enjoy these. I’m also pretty busy learning to move to a new rhythm.
Not having my day set by a traditional work schedule is both thrilling and tricky, but I’m getting the hang of it!
Thank you again for sticking around while my work life required so much time and energy. I am excited to revive the blog and be in touch with my GodSip Community.
The Holy Spirit continues to speak strongly to me. What a faithful God we have who meets us right where we are.
I journal daily by Communion with The Holy Spirit and focus where He directs my attention.
This 2024 GodSip Revival is tightly woven with the much broader time of revival many individuals, groups, and regions are experiencing.
My view on revival is not the commercial, ‘let’s get a brand name celebrity and a band’ to manufacture a revival feeling (often resulting in an experience of emotionalism) but more simply, let’s bring ourselves individually into a time of deeper intimacy with The LORD and He will overwhelm us with His presence and breathe life back into us.
The overflow of our individual spirits will spread to a lifestyle of community revival and we will begin to find true UNITY IN CHRIST.
Most Fruitful Season Yet
In June, as I was closing out my final school year, The Holy Spirit spoke these Words deep in my spirit, “I AM bringing you into your most fruitful season yet!”
My heart skipped a beat with surprise and then anticipation of His full meaning.
I wasn’t pursuing The LORD in prayer, or asking for anything at all. But our good and faithful Papa God was offering me His enthusiasm for my next steps.
It was like He was bursting with excitement to tell me, THIS is going to be GOOD!
With all gratitude to Him for it, I also began to receive encouragement from many others to return to blogging, work on the books I’m writing, and to pursue other creative adventures.
I am humbled and pleased to spend this ‘most fruitful season yet’ with you.
My early pursuits in blogging (2014) were Holy Spirit prompted and a simple offering of what Holy Spirit was saying to my heart at a given time.
If you were with me you may recall that changed (around 2016 – 2020) with the Trump words, prophecies, and dreams.
You may also recall my surprise at what The LORD was showing me. You’ll remember my hearing and seeing by the Spirit before this time was in no way involved with politics or government.
Those years became a difficult season for me, and while I accepted the responsibility to share what I received, I was relieved when it seemed to be over.
It was not an easy thing to share what became controversial and even divisive information even though it was exactly what I heard from The LORD.
Not everyone understands this and I have had to be okay with just doing what I’m drawn by the Spirit to do, while leaving the results to Papa.
At that time, I pulled back so far I all but disappeared from the blog scene and returning was tough.
Right or wrong, that’s where I was; low and drawn back to watch and pray.
The LORD continued to speak to me on a purely personal level and when I received a corporate word, I was hesitant to share. It simply became easier not to speak.
This season of doubt and caution turned into a ‘cave experience’ and I share it now only briefly as it may help someone else.
We go through many seasons in life. Some times are discouraging and difficult, or times we become overwhelmed with busyness and distractions.
Many combinations of life circumstances can leave us in a puddle on the floor. We have got to be honest about where we are in order to move forward.
We must remind ourselves God is with us in and through it all. One emotion leads to another when we give over to emotion alone.
Even in these grieving, whining, climbing, falling, hiding human times, Papa is there. The ‘one step forward, two steps back’ times neither shock nor disappoint Him.
The Good Father helps us up and through. GET UP and KEEP GOING!
Going forward, I have received some specific things I will be sharing. Entering this most fruitful season will require greater trust and confidence in The LORD.
I will share what I am given to share and I will wait on The LORD to be certain I’m aligned with Him. Let’s pray together on these things, always.
Family, schools, Church, and government are all arenas of which I am hearing The LORD. I hope to share regularly as I feel The LORD developing a communion and unity theme throughout all of these.
It is the premise of the book I’m developing and I will share pieces of it here on the blog. Thanks for your feedback always!
Because of the Trump prophecies, many continue to ask what I might be hearing on the matter.
People get so completely out of their minds both for and against President Trump, I have been happy to answer the truth is, I haven’t heard anything new.
Of course, just as I have been staying quietly grateful that Papa God had not mentioned even a word about politics to me for the longest time, that exact Word suddenly dropped in to my spirit for closer examination.
“Politics” a few months ago I heard it. Wait. What?
Then more came, “The politics of Education, the politics of Religion…”
I heard these and knew The LORD was leading me on one of our little word hunts.
According to multiple dictionary sources, the origin of the word POLITICS is from Latin for the words ‘city’ and ‘citizen’, and a summary of the more general definitions from Merriam Webster online defines Politics as the “activities associated with the governance of a country or other area” and “the assumption or principles relating to or inherent in a sphere, theory, or thing, especially when concerned with power and status in a society.”
Particularly the second definition strikes me by the terms of power and status in a society.
While many say we shouldn’t or they don’t want to talk about politics, I say we need to learn how to communicate about these things which are inherent in our lives and how people operate in every type of society.
It is not only about government, but the very principles we live by. In all of the areas of society, ‘politics’ by its definition is the basis of the entire structure and how we approach our daily lives.
I feel like by speaking this to me, The LORD was giving me insight into the importance of every person understanding government in order to be part of a healthy society. These things really do matter to us all. Be aware.
So…that leads me to “The Second MAGA” — The Holy Spirit has been reminding me for weeks what He told me in 2020 about The Second MAGA being HIS.
He said this time it will be “Make America God’s Again!” and I have long considered all it may mean. (See archived post: “The Second MAGA“).
I’m good with whatever God is doing. That’s all I can offer by way of apology or commentary. HE IS GOD, KING of KINGS, LORD of LORDS. And Truth says, He will do what He wants.
We don’t need to like it, understand it, or even believe it. God will do what HE does!
What I’m hoping we can do is pass the test of UNITY in the BODY through it all. If we can keep unity at the forefront, maybe we can pass the other tests TOGETHER with bright flying colors.
Knowing God’s ways are always so high above my own, I wait and watch and pray. As He is my Teacher and Guide into all truth, I know He wants me to continue asking Him for more understanding on what He has spoken or shown me.
Three Questions for You
I am going to leave three questions with my thoughts for you to consider. Please take a moment and leave your thoughts and prayers in the comment section. I LOVE when you comment.
(1) What exactly does this Second MAGA look like?
When I first received the Word, I was quick to take the leap that President Trump would be re-elected and serve a second term.
I still have some thought on that I’ll leave out of this post. I now understand that regardless of this acronym being associated with Trump, The Second MAGA is The LORD’s and He is definitely making our nation HIS again.
He may be doing it by allowing people to feel the fear of things bring crazy out of control and people being overcome with evil so that people will see their need for Him. But I do believe this beginning of a greater revival is The Second MAGA.
(2) Could it be that we are already in The Second MAGA?
Personally, I think we are in the beginning of The Second MAGA because of the extreme difficult circumstances in our country.
People have moved geographically at a greater rate than I don’t know when.
People have seen some very dark times since the pandemic and all that was connected to the last few years.
(3) What will it take to actually Make America God’s Again?
People make up a nation — and people individually are turning and returning to The LORD in our nation.
One specific idea on this The LORD spoke to me in 2019 about a ‘new Jesus movement – not like the Jesus movement of the 70s (with only one generation affected) but this NEW JESUS MOVEMENT will be a multi-generational Jesus Movement.
I believe the need for spiritual parents and families has never been greater as our family units have been under such great attack.
God is indeed bringing together the generations in a NEW Jesus Movement with the passion of that in the 70s, but beyond this with intergenerational structure where the very young children all the way to aging children of God will come together in Him and live together IN HIM, abiding in His love, living the life of love we were always intended to live.
With Love and Belief,
~ Jill Steele
Jill Steele. Truly, it’s not ‘About Me’, but has always been about Him. I am a grateful, willing vessel, broken to be used.
My passion comes alive in writing, offering encouragement, sharing perspective on life, and pointing others in the direction of the Heavenly Father.
You may also follow Jill on her blog: SteeleFaith.com and GODsip.net