Monthly Archives: March 2014

“FATHER, FORGIVE THEM…”

“FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY ARE DOING.” Luke 23:34

WOW!!!  Take a look around, folks.  What is going on?  I will tell you what is going on… “WE ARE DESTROYING OURSELVES”!!!  WHY???  FOR WHAT???

THE BEST IS YET TO COME, folks!!!  IF… you “BELIEVE” AND, IF… you have “SAVING FAITH”!!!

It, truly, saddens me…to observe what is happening around this world.  “P.H.P.,” folks.  People Helping People.  GIVE THE BEST OF YOURSELF FOR “JUST” TODAY…”EVERY” DAY!!!

SEEK TO “HELP” BY SHARING THE WORD!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

COLD…TO FREEZING…”SHOWERS”…

AS DEMOLITION CONTINUES AT THE ALLEN HOUSEHOLD!!!

GO TEAM ALLEN!!!  GO TEAM “MR. ROOTER PLUMBING” from Jacksonville, FL!!!  With company specialist from Orlando, FL here to “LEAD” us all to VICTORY!!! (As the crowd “cheers” 🙂

“CHOOSING… to be positive.  CHOOSING… to be happy!!!”  OMG, folks!  “Choosing…” is a post “just” added to this blog on March 8, 2014!!!  I CANNOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP!!!  Anyways… “WE,” at the ALLEN household, are choosing to be “positive” …and… “happy” as  demolition continues!!!

COLD SHOWERS began Mon. evening.  “LIFE” got in the way of…dealing with “LIFE” ( our hot water problems at home)…so it was late Tues. afternoon before we “remembered” the problem waiting for us at home!!!  Mr. Rooter Plumbing from Jacksonville, FL sent a wonderful young man, STEVEN AMAN (“Amen” if said with Jamaican accent 😉 to “diagnose” the problem on Wednesday.  BIG PROBLEM(S)!!!

Funny how we had “forgotten” all of the minor “leaks” previously doctored, independently, over the years!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA!!!  HA!!!  Yep, we covered those minor problems with “bandaids”!!!  WELL… THE BANDAIDS ARE NO LONGER WORKING!!!  This is so, so FUNNY, folks… OR WE’D BE CRYING right now!!!

SO ANYWAYS… we have taped audio/video, compliments of Danielle’s I-phone, of my son, Chase… “cheering” himself on to survive Wednesday’s, colder than Tuesday’s, evening shower!!!  This was “DAY…”3” of cold showers at the Allen household!!!  Here was the “pep rally” he gave himself…behind that “monkey” shower curtain:  “AIN’T NUTTIN’ FOR CHAAASE!!!  CHASE GOT THIS!!!  AIN’T NUTTIN” FOR CHAAASE!!!  OWE (high-pitched screech)!!!”  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA!!!  HA!!!  We ALL “died,” listening to this from our living room!  Yep, so-so FUNNY!!!  AND WE’VE GOT RECORDED PROOF!!!  🙂

DAY “4” …of cold showers at the Allen household.  Thursday evening…  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my husband???  HE IS THE BEST!!!  This is so, so funny, folks!!!  My poor husband is being “beat-up” by his “J-O-B”!!!  He got home today, run-down, tired, and half-sick.  He just wanted a nice, WARM shower…  🙂  Do not ask me how “this” worked-out, but…my husband… heated a big pan of water on the stove and went behind that “monkey” shower curtain ( we can only shower in the kids’ bathroom)… READY FOR BATTLE!!!  And “HOW” did that work-out for ya…huh, Chris???  Well, Mr. “FIX-IT” DAD must have felt triumphant because he encouraged the rest of us to seek his advice for…”surviving those rigid freezing shower temps” at the Allen household!!!  I am not kidding, folks.  I could not make this stuff up!!!

Boy, you just gotta love “LIFE”!!!  “ROLL” …with those punches!!!  LAUGH … instead of CRY!!!  ENJOY THE RIDE!!!  Life is short and we are trying to enjoy “ALL” of it!!!  🙂

GO TEAM ALLEN!!!  GO TEAM “MR. ROOTER PLUMBING” (Jacksonville, FL)!!!  WE ARE, TRULY, ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

“Gliding”…

Yep, I am gliding along with the chaos in our household as holes are being “cut out” of walls…ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!  Serious, folks.  Garage,  bathrooms, bedrooms, closets, kitchen…WOW!!!  Major project!!!

“CHA-CHING, CHA-CHING!!!”  $$$…I, somehow, think this “project” will get pretty expensive before it’s finished!!!  That’s okay, though.  I’m “GLIDING” quite nicely, folks!!!

Friendly, professional, and hard-working fellas are currently here…from Orlando,FL…doing the demolition of our house!!!  (ssshhh…I think they’re having fun tearing our house apart!  🙂 So, so relieved that we will, at least, enjoy having these guys around for a couple of days!!!

I am “ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES,” folks and using this opportunity to meet and enjoy some fellow teammates who go out there every day and give the best of themselves while simply seeking to survive this thing called “LIFE”.

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

ANOTHER COINCIDENCE???

OR…could it be “something” else?

WOW!!!  DOUBLE WOW!!! WOW!!!

You, SIMPLY… WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS, FOLKS.  Or perhaps you will…now that you know me a bit better…

NO HOT WATER… at the ALLEN residence!!!  Cold showers Tues. evening.  ENTER… Mr. Steven Aman (“Amen” in Jamaican accent!) with  “Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Jacksonville” (Jacksonville, FL)!!!  God is EVERYWHERE, folks.  I AM NOT KIDDING!!!

Steve Aman…(Amen)…is absolutely AMAZING, folks.  He is also…Following Jesus…right to school in order to become a Minister!!!  Our meeting today was NOT a coincidence.  God places the right people in your life at just the right time!  According to His plan.  Not yours!!!  Amen!!!

So, we are now looking at some major house repairs.  Re-piping,  kitchen/bathroom repairs…and whatever “else” comes up.  WOW!!!  Things are, hhhmmm… “CRAZY”  in our household!!!  And you can “feel” the excitement too, can’t you!?!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

MY CHAOTIC “CALMNESS”…

Stay with me, folks.  “CHAOTIC”… “CALMNESS”???  Those two words may not go together very well, BUT…”IT ALL MAKES SENSE”… in “JILL’S WORLD”.  🙂  Come along for another ride…

Folks, I am truly “LOVING” the “changes” occurring within’ me.  Both spiritually…and physically.  Sound “CRAZY”?  ABSOLUTELY!!!  This is “MY WORLD,” folks.  Now, let me try to explain my “crazy” self…First, let’s examine those changes individually, okay?

1)  Spiritual changes:  Oh, I BELIEVE… and my FAITH is growing… DAILY!!!  Now, this is something you can only gain by actually seeking God through Jesus.  I cannot explain this process.  It is AMAZING.  “AMAZING GRACE.”  Your Faith grows as you spend time, daily, reading the Bible, praying, and just “thinking” softly to yourself about Him and the word.  Perhaps listening to Christian music…whatever you choose to partake in.  You will NOT believe the changes that occur within your VERY heart and soul.  You can actually “FEEL” God’s immense love for you.  It is… AMAZING!!!  “AMAZING GRACE!!!”  Now, these spiritual changes that occur are gradual, and they are dependent upon the amount of time and attention given to the development of this relationship.  YOU choose!!!

Now, the amount of “PEACE” I have gained due to my spiritual growth is immeasurable.  Yep, I still “run” around lost, dazed, and confused… ALOT!!!  BUT…I feel a sense of “peace and calmness” during this “chaos” that enables me to smile and just “glide” along, knowing that EVERYTHING is in God’s control.  And I can then share my calm “chaos” with you all via this blog!  🙂

2)  Physical changes.  Now, bear with me… AGAIN.  I kinda fear that you “may” NOT believe what I am about to say… BUT IT’S THE TRUTH!!!  My facial characteristics have been changing.  I AM NOT KIDDING, folks!!!  Can others “see” these changes?  I think so, but I am not sure!!!  Take, for example, my nose.  It “feels” smaller to me!!!  I am totally serious!!!  Now, is this somehow related to the Pinocchio story and his nose growing “bigger” with each lie?  Hhhmmm…my nose seems…”smaller”?  Is there a connection???

My cheeks also feel a bit narrower, perhaps “thinner”?  Losing weight?  Perhaps, but I am not sure.  I will not allow myself to fall into that “trap” of weighing myself daily, EVER AGAIN!!!  I have not, however, needed to purchase smaller jeans.  So, there you have it!!!  I have not lost substantial weight!!!

I am changing, folks.  Inside.  Outside.  Every “side” possible!!!  Sorry.  Yep, my mind is wandering… AGAIN!!!

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

 

 

HELP!!! IT’S ALIVE!!!

“Trafficswarm”!!!  I am not sure what this is, folks!!!  BUT…I JUST started up my own account!!!  I think…”I thought”…this (“trafficswarm”) would increase “traffic” to my blog at:  numberoneteam.net.  I am not real sure what I just “signed-up” for!!!

This “trafficswarm” site talks about “swarms” ( like swarms of bees) and “traffic” (visits to my blog)…increasing as the result of this trafficswarm account, somehow, directing more “traffic” to my site(numberoneteam.net)…I THINK!!!  Do YOU “GET IT”?  Because I DON’T “GET” IT!!!

???  Whatever…  ???

The funny thing is…I have no idea what this thing IS, what it DOES,or exactly HOW it does what it supposedly does, BUT…I THINK IT’S WORKING!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA!!! HA!!!

YES!!!  I THINK IT’S WORKING!!!

WELCOME TO MY WORLD, FOLKS!!!  🙂

A MEDICAL MIRACLE…

Yep, I am experiencing a medical miracle…right now!!!

Most of you do not know me, but those who do will have a better understanding, especially family/friends…back in OHIO.  Those  individuals who were there to witness much of what I endured post that car accident, Nov. 16, 1986.

My right arm has shown improvements, recently, that are just not scientifically, or physiologically possible.  Specifically,  muscle mass and tissue development, increased nourishment via blood supply, and reduced pain symptoms indicative of nerve damage, extending from my right  shoulder to the tips of my thumb, pointer, and middle fingers.  The pain has ALWAYS been there,  pin prickles and dull, “heavy” achiness…27+years.  This pain is now limited, however, to a small section of just my thumb!  THIS…is a miracle!!!

My arm currently displays increased strength, Range-of-motion, increased sensation, and improved coordination with use of my right hand for tasks such as writing. “This” arm even looks “normal” now.  I have recently begun hugging my husband with both arms extending behind his neck at the same time, independently!!!  I have not regained 100% use of my right arm, but the changes cannot be denied.  I do not have words to explain it fully, but this is truly a miracle!!!  My husband and I are both sure of this.

How “MUCH” better will my arm get?  Will I regain 100% use of it?  Who knows.  I  adjusted myself to the constant pain and limitations, however, I am loving these recent improvements, and I will continue to Thank God every day, for the rest of my life, REGARDLESS of how much functional use I regain.

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

THE CHANGE IS OCCURRING…

You can read it.  You can see it.  And you can “FEEL” it too, can’t you?  This journey…my “LIFE”… my JOURNEY OF FAITH has been evolving.  Each page.  Each post.  Keeps leading us closer and closer to GOD.

Pastor Walter West of Anastasia Baptist Church here in St. Augustine, FL has been so instrumental in this, MY JOURNEY OF FAITH.  I wasn’t real sure “WHY” I made that appointment to meet with him.  He did, however, make that “connection” between those ideas I had scribbled on sheets of paper, frantically, during the summer/fall of 2013 and…The Bible…the word…scripture.  WOW!!!

I like to review previous posts and I am amazed at the turns made in this blog.  EVERYTHING in LIFE…IS SO INTER-CONNECTED!!!  You do see that too, don’t you?  EVERYTHING AFFECTS EVERYTHING!!!

numberoneteam.net.  Involves ALL of those TEAMS to which each of us belong.  Team self and God.  Team husband/wife.  Team family.  Team community (including EVERYTHING you are involved with from work to church to leisure-time team involvement, etc.).  Team state.  Team country.  Team world.  THIS IS BIG, FOLKS!

My FAITH has grown so, so much.  I am living and learning DAILY.  Most importantly, I feel a need to identify the main and specific theme, or ingredient, that binds EVERYTHING together…

GOD is that ingredient.  He needs to be an integral part of EVERY team that you’re a member of.  Please quit racing around trying to achieve success or happiness.  Hurry.  Hurry.  Hurry-up and Go.  Go!  Go!!!  Who?  What?  When?  Where?  Why? Today’s chaotic pace of life is destroying ALL that is worth living for.  Look around.  People racing around to get somewhere… LATE!!!  Trying to do something quickly today that should have been done yesterday!  Ends don’t seem to “meet”.  STOP!

Please take a deep breath.  Close your eyes.  RELAX!!!  Open up your heart, let Jesus in, and… BEGIN “YOUR” JOURNEY.  HE…WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY.  So, to everyone along their Journey of Faith, “wherever” you may be… 

ENJOY THE RIDE…

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

MAY ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!  AMEN.

CHOOSING…

To be POSITIVE.  CHOOSING…to be HAPPY.  CHOOSING… to enjoy the “GOOD”.  CHOOSING…to learn from the “BAD”.  CHOOSING…”GOOD” over “BAD”.  CHOOSING…”RIGHT” over “WRONG”.  CHOOSING…to “HELP” not “HURT”.

CHOOSING…

CHOOSING…

CHOOSING…IS YOUR “CHOICE”.

MAKE YOUR CHOICES COUNT!!!  For you.  For your family.  For your community.  For your state.  FOR OUR COUNTRY.  FOR OUR WORLD!!!

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!  MAY GOD BLESS THE WORLD!!!

C.O.T.A. JILL / MRS. ALLEN

WOW!!!  THIS was so, so “ME”!!!  Yep, I have struggled my ENTIRE life…until 2007.  In younger years I’d have to call myself:  “STUDENT JILL/MISS GOBLE”.  I do hope you “get” what I mean.  I am, seriously, comparing myself to DR. JECKYLL/MR. HYDE.

No kidding, folks.  I am not laughing.  I wonder how many others are out there, struggling to survive daily life, JUST LIKE I DID:  wanting to be a friendly, loving and caring individual, but reacting to ridiculous situations with an uncontrollable rage.

My immediate personality change was ALWAYS triggered by  insecurities and an inability to “TRUST”.   These “issues,” however,  were buried so deep inside that I never knew “why” I reacted as I did to certain things.  Boy, I sure hated that about myself, but I could NEVER admit it.  Yep, I became pretty good at “shifting” blame.  And NOTHING was ever MY fault, of course!

Does this sound familiar to anyone out there?  About yourself, or someone you may know?  There is SOMETHING, SOMEWHERE… that explains this behavior.  SOMETHING.  SOMEWHERE.

Do not be afraid.  I always “KNEW” something was wrong.  Somewhere.  And I always felt certain that I could “FIX IT” … IF…I could just “FIND IT”!!!  I spent 20+ years “looking,” folks.  God revealed the truth to me, at age 42, when the time was right… according to HIS plan, NOT MINE.

I had been so very angry about all those years I had “LOST”.   I now realize that life could have been so much easier and more enjoyable had I simply been in a relationship with God.  He may not have revealed the “truth” any earlier, but I would have been more “stable” had I just been able to “TRUST” God sooner and to realize how very, very much He loved me… REGARDLESS.

LIFE, as we know it…is so, very, very short.  Please choose to live it to the fullest, enjoying a meaningful relationship with God while here on Earth, but knowing “THE BEST IS YET TO COME” if you so choose to accept His free gift of “Eternal Life”.

I will turn 50 on my birth date this year, folks.  I feel like such a new-born Christian at this point in my life.  And I simply love what is happening within me.  Please seek God and get “plugged-in” to a local Christian network.  You’ve got nothing to lose, right?  But EVERYTHING…TO GAIN!!!