Monthly Archives: April 2014

“CRABBY-PATTIES”…

“THIS”… is a true story, folks.  CRABBY-PATTIES…

I have so, so much fun at work with this, folks.  I have been that angry, confused, hurting…”patient” before who is NOT HAPPY AT ALL!!! (And confused, as well).  “I bit”… yes… “BIT” my Physical Therapist, with my teeth… HARD!!!  I was emerging from the coma, SLOWLY.  Very confused and in SERIOUS pain… ALL THE TIME!!!  She hurt me!  I bit her!  Simple, right?

I “understand” that anger.  The pain.  The depression.  All of it.  I’ve been there.  Done that.  3 long months in an acute care trauma center:  St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.   Another month in Greensprings Rehab. Center.  Out-patient therapy.  Drivers’ Education. Community Re-entry Vocational Rehab. College.  Then… “LIFE” …in the “REAL” world as the NEW “ME”!!!  Struggling for 20+ more years.  Looking for “SOMETHING” that I knew was “WRONG” with me… “SOMEWHERE”…

WOW!!!  That brings a tear to my eyes, folks.  I wandered again…sorry.  Back on topic:  “CRABBY PATTIES”… “THIS” is SO, SO FUNNY, folks.  I frequently tell patients (crabby patients) that I must go yell at our kitchen staff… AGAIN… for serving crabby patties for breakfast or lunch!!!  “THIS” usually gets a smile.  NOT ALWAYS, but usually!!!

I try, my best…EVERY DAY… to help patients and staff find something to smile about.  Mostly because I spent many, MANY years… depressed.  And ALONE.  God tried to get my attention.  Many times.  I now Thank God, EVERYDAY.  HE…NEVER GAVE UP ON ME!!!  And I try to share a sense of HOPE with people!!!  Yep, I too, have “BAD” days.  “Tomorrow”… is ALWAYS a new day, however.  And I have always… ALWAYS… known that “tomorrow” will probably be better whenever I’m having a “BAD” TODAY!!!

Please try to give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today,
EVERY” day!!!

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

“GOD’S NOT DEAD”

FINALLY!!!  My husband and I went to see the “RIGHT” movie today, Sunday, 4/27/14!!!  WHAT???  Yep, that’s right.  My husband and I went to EPIC Movie Theatres here in St. Augustine, FL last weekend, Easter Sunday, 4/20/14 and we ended up watching a wonderful movie, BUT… “IT” was not the movie we had gone there… SPECIFICALLY… to see!  Are you kidding me???  How can such a thing happen???   READY OR NOT,  HERE WE GO… on “ANOTHER” trip to “Jill’s World”…

Okay, I ADMIT IT!!!  I “AM” a bit “flighty”… MOST OF THE TIME!!!  My co-workers, Kathi and Jo, had seen a religious movie that they highly recommended.  “Religious,” you know…it was something about God or heaven.  Something like “THAT”.  There “IS” a movement going on right now, ya know.  GOD IS EVERYWHERE!!!  The “HOPE” is palpable:  H = Heaven; O = over- ; P = powering; E = Earth!!!  Hope.  HOPE.  H-O-P-E!!!

Chris, Danielle, Chase and I went to the contemporary church service at ABC on Easter Sunday, 4/20/14.  We stopped by a party at my co-worker’s house and visited for awhile, but soon announced that we were going to see “that” movie…”God Is Alive” or “God’s Not Dead”…something about… God.  It became a joke at this party.  “Oh yeah… God’s not dead.  He’s A-L-I-V-E!!!”  Yep, we were going to see “that” movie about…”God”.  You can feel the confusion also, can’t you?!?

All right then, we end up racing to the theatre, trying to get there 15 mins.  early.  My husband went up to buy the tickets and the MASS “CONFUSION”… BEGINS!!!  I heard my husband’s voice “perk” up as he questioned the “ticket lady”… anxiously… “IT STARTED ALREADY?”  I walked right inside the building…thinking we were…”LATE” and gestured my husband to HURRY and give our tickets to the ticket…”taker”.  Now, I “thought” I heard my husband say something about “Heaven”???  What?  God, Heaven…something about… Christianity.  We rushed in and took our seats.

God.  Heaven.  “THIS” was a movie about God…and…Heaven.  We enjoyed the movie, titled: “Heaven Is Real”.  Wonderful movie.  Very touching.  I “LET GO” of my confusion,  however, and simply assumed that we had seen the “right” movie.  You know, the movie my co-workers recommended.  HA!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!

I went to work Monday and, proudly, reported that we had seen the movie… “Heaven Is Real”.  Kathi and Jo laughed… “HYSTERICALLY”!!!  I am not kidding, folks.  “THIS”… is so “ME”!!!  “Confusion”…follows me…EVERYWHERE!!!  IT STALKS ME!!!

“GOD’S NOT DEAD” was the movie they recommended.  Not “HEAVEN IS REAL”!!!  God.  Heaven.  Dead or Alive?  You “GET” the confusion, right?  SO, SO FUNNY!!!  “THIS”… is SO, SO “ME” and my world… “Jill’s World”!!!  I am flighty, folks, but “JESUS LOVES ME”… just like I am!!!

So, we went and watched “God’s Not Dead” today, 4/27/14.   Yes, I JOINED THE MOVEMENT… by sharing and tweeting “God’s Not Dead” both on Facebook and Twitter!!!  I can feel a change coming, folks.  It’s growing… and GROWING …DAILY!!!  Please join “this” movement by texting, sharing, tweeting, etc.:  God’s Not Dead”. And please, also, join ANOTHER movement every Friday, 2:00 pm-ish ET by singing “God Bless America” wherever you are…

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

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

ALL GORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

A VERY BLESSED WEEKEND…

Day #2 of “Fresh Grounded Faith”…AMAZING!!!  AMAZING GRACE!!!  Great speakers.  Great music.  GREAT FUN!!!

Jennifer Rothschild refers to characters from the 100 Acre-wood…and Disney’s “Winnie The Pooh”… ALOT!!!  She does this so masterfully, folks.  Everyone… “EVERYONE”…   can relate!  I came to realize that I have become “Tigger-like” with a “Yes, can do” attitude.  WOW, folks!!!  “THIS” transformation is on-going and has taken MANY years to get where I am today… “THANKS” to my husband.  I  simply choose to be “TIGGER-like” in my endeavors.  “YES!!!”

WOW, folks.  Jennifer Rothschild and I are, somehow, connected.  WE HAVE GOT TO BE!!!  I FEEL IT!!!  I KNOW IT!!!  I BELIEVE IT!!!  Stick with me for a moment…I feel an “ache” in my heart…a good ache.  WOW!  It is just hitting me… FULL FORCE.  “The 100 acre-wood”…”Pooh-Bear”…”Tigger-Butt”…I, truly, feel an ache in my heart right now…as “THIS” connection is fully realized…BY “ME”.  My husband and children would “GET IT”…

Ya see, my daughter is 17.  My son, soon to be 15.  Danielle will, FOREVER, be “POOH-BEAR” ( I shortened my husband’s name for her from “POOKER-BEAR” to “POOH-BEAR”-it was easier AND…it stuck!!!)  Chase was ALWAYS  bouncing around, into EVERYTHING!!!  SO, SO FUNNY, folks.  You could tell him “No,” but that meant “GAME-ON” to him!!!  He’d give you that “LOOK,” do exactly what you told him NOT to do…AND… THE “CHASE” WAS ON… HA!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!  We laugh about it now, but it didn’t seem “funny” back then.  😉

WOW!!!  I have, literally, just connected these dots from Jennifer’s 100 acre-wood…to the Allens’ Pooh-Bear and Tigger-Butt!!!  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!   “I”…can FEEL the connection.  “YOU”… can SEE it too, can’t you???

Thank you Jennifer Rothschild, Stormie Omartian, and Michael O’brien.  This weekend was absolutely AMAZING!!!  AMAZING GRACE!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN!!!

 

“Fresh Grounded Faith”

WOW!!!  Jennifer Rothschild– Speaker, Best-selling Author and Bible Study Teacher– is AMAZING!!!  Stormie Omartian–Author, The Power of a Praying Woman–is AMAZING!!!  Michael O’Brien–Recording Artist, Worship Leader–is AMAZING!!!

“Fresh Grounded Faith” is an area-wide women’s event being held at Anastasia Baptist Church, April 25-26, 2014.  Tonight’s event was amazing, folks.  Can tomorrow’s be as good?  Perhaps…better than tonight’s???  I’m so excited!!!

A short video opened tonight’s program. Jennifer Rothschild then  began speaking to us ladies in the audience re: (YOU ARE NOT GONNA BELIEVE THIS)  She began speaking about… wait for it… SHE BEGAN SPEAKING ABOUT… “ISSUES”!!!  I AM NOT KIDDING, folks!!!  Jennifer Rothschild… began her opening segment about “ISSUES”!!!  I was immediately mesmerized!!!

And guess what?  My mind started wandering… AGAIN!!!  (This is what happened at that Orthopaedic Seminar at the hospital a few weekends ago, remember?)  OMG!!!  Could I possibly “picture” myself speaking to a large audience, such as… “THIS” one???  About Motivational Team Building???  Oh, how I wanted to get lost in “Jill’s World” imagining such a thing, however…I could NOT allow myself to drift –“Over There.  Over There.”(Aaahhh!!!  The Navy song… AGAIN!!! ) –or I might “MISS” part of this amazing program!!!  I kept myself in the “HERE-AND-NOW,” folks.  So, so glad I did.  The entire program was, you guessed it… “AMAZING”!!!  AMAZING GRACE.

I had to introduce myself to the Recording Artist, Michael O’Brien after conclusion of tonight’s program.  He will be turning… “50” this year!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!  ME TOO!!!  He announced his upcoming birthday as an intro. to a song he wrote about being… “50”!!!  So, So funny!!!

WOW!!!  What an amazing evening!!!  I just had to blog about it before going to bed tonight.  I will be at the church again, 8:00 am, tomorrow morning.  It is currently 11:15 pm Friday, 4/25/14.  I need to get to bed, folks.  Busy, busy day tomorrow…

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

MAY ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

DEFINING WHO YOU WANT TO BE…

Choosing from opposites = Positive or negative?  Happy or sad?  Glad or mad?  Good or bad?  You’re choosing how to present yourself  from completely “different” categories…Yes or no.  PLEASE STOP!!!

Why not choose from a similar” category?  Positive or neutral?  Happy or glad.  Good or okay?  Up or climbing.  Accept or tolerate.  WOW!!!  This could be a “GAME CHANGER,” couldn’t it?  Program yourself to only allow positive or neutral thought choices.  This is difficult… TO BEGIN WITH.  It does get easier with repeated practice.  Been there.  Still practicing that!!!

Please realize that your tendencies say a whole lot about “who” you are.  Do you respect others?  Do you trust others?  I encourage you to search for those answers within yourself.  Be honest.  Totally honest…with yourself.  It is easy to choose what you know is the “right” answer, but if you chose the “right” answer… IS IT THE CORRECT ANSWER …for “YOU”?  Pretty deep, huh?  We, of course, ALL want to treat others with respect, but do we?  We ALL want to trust others, but do we?

This is kind of “silly,” but I want to say that most people will be able to answer those questions correctly regarding people they know.  “OTHER PEOPLE”.  They will not, however be able to answer correctly regarding themselves.  We, as people, do not recognize our own shortcomings.  Repeating the same negative behaviors over and over yields the same negative results.  Positive responses will yield positive results…MOST OF THE TIME!!  😉

Life is difficult.  For EVERYBODY.  EVERYWHERE!!!  “Crap” gets added to our plates DAILY.  How you deal with “IT” will leave a distinct “odor” in everyone’s mind, representing their impression of you!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!  “THINK ABOUT IT!!!” ( a tribute to my brother, Bob)  🙂

GIVE THE BEST OF YOURSELF FOR “JUST” TODAY…”EVERY” DAY!!!

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

 

 

BACK TO THE BASICS…

“PLEASE”…and…”THANK-YOU”!!!  🙂

They’re called the “MAGIC WORDS,” right?  Hhhmmm.  “Do you believe in magic?” (that’s a song…from awhile ago 🙂  Okay, they may not be considered “magic” words, but I truly believe that:  KINDNESS IS CONTAGEOUS!!!  It really is, folks.

I’ve used this tactic… “SUCCESSFULLY”.  This is what I have referred to as:  “KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS”.  It really, Really, REALLY…WORKS!!!  I get such a thrill out of cheering up “crabby patties”.  These are those individuals who are a bit “grumpy” ALL THE TIME!!!  (Ssshhh…you’re already thinking of  someone specific, aren’t you?)  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!! 

LIFE is GOOD, folks.  And GOD is GREAT!!!  I, FINALLY, hitched a ride on the “FREEDOM TRAIN”!!!  OMG!!!  I am not kidding, folks.  I am currently in week #5 of a Bible Study course at church.  It is titled “Breaking Free” by Beth Moore.  Oh, yes!!!  I AM ON THAT FREEDOM TRAIN!!!  BREAKING FREE!!!”  AMEN, JESUS!!!  ( Yep, I am actually preaching…in my mind…with loud, passionate “thoughts” as I type this on the computer right now!!!)  HALLELUJAH!!!  Perhaps I will share more with you later about my personal experience in this Bible Study.  It’s been truly AMAZING, folks.  AMAZING GRACE!!!

I challenge each of us to go out there and try to give the best of ourselves for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day.  And try.  “JUST TRY” to “MAKE” a CRABBY PATTY smile today… EVERY day!!!

LIFE IS DIFFICULT…FOR EVERYONE.  EVERY DAY!!!

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

 

 

 

 

“Buffalo-Butt, Hippo-Hips, and Thunder-Thighs”…

WOW!!!  I was reminded of “THIS” as I wrote about “Mrs. Crabs and Miss Snobs” (me and Danielle).  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA,HA!!!  I have two sisters, folks:  Laura(the oldest) and Lynn(the “middle” sister).  I am the youngest  😉

It sure is nice how the “tables have turned”.  I hated being the youngest!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA,HA!!!  It’s kind of… “NICE” … NOW!!!  I am the only one still in my 40’s…  😉

Laura, Lynn, and I had these “CRAZY” (Aaahhh!!!  That’s my favorite word!!!) names for ourselves:  “Buffalo Butt, Hippo Hips, and Thunder Thighs!!!  I am NOT kidding!!!  I could NOT make this stuff up, folks!!!  I can’t, however, remember exactly “WHO”…was…”WHO”.  Hhhmmm.  THIS WAS FUNNY!!!  I think.  We ALL laughed, anyways!  Not real sure any of us wanted to be called “fat ,” though.

Boy… “MEMORIES”.  Good?  Bad?  Indifferent?  I’m not real sure.  I do know, however, EVERYTHING… helped to shape me into the person I am today.  I’m still a piece of “work in progress”…daily… giving the best of myself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!

I also have a brother, Bob.  The oldest.  He holds a special place in my heart.  I am not real sure, but perhaps the oldest and youngest siblings share a special bond.  It holds significant meaning in our family… “TO ME” … if nobody else.

MAY ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

GO TEAM (TEAM GOBLE)!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

 

 

CONTACT INFO…

I have tried, unsuccessfully, to contact individuals via e-mail.  Servers are not being found.  Mail delivery has been unsuccessful…EVERY time!!!  Please shoot me an e-mail at jdallen942@gmail.com for additional correspondence.  So sorry for the inconvenience.                    Sincerely, Jill D. Allen

MRS. CRABS and MISS SNOBS

I admit it!  I can be a bit… “crabby”… sometimes.  My daughter tends to be a bit… “snobby”… sometimes.  😉  Like clock-work… EVERY MONTH!!!  We are the ladies of this household.  “WE” …add a bit of “spice” to life around here at the Allen Household!!!

I hope you will all come along on another journey to “JILL’S WORLD”.  This was so, so funny!!!  Ready or not, here we go…  Danielle, Chase, and I headed to Jacksonville, FL this past weekend.  Danielle needs shoes for her prom dress.  Now, Danielle must have changed her mind 3x, BACK-AND-FORTH, before heading to the mall.  1.)  “Yep, I wanna go shopping.”; 2.)   20 min. later:  “No, I don’t feel like going shopping.”; 3.)  “All right.  Let’s go shopping.” this was about 10-15 min. AFTER changing her mind the 2nd time!!!  Oh yeah, my girl gets SNOBBY …with family…when it’s “THAT” time.  I, on the other hand, get… “CRABBY”.  🙂

So, we head up to Jacksonville having some of the weirdest conversations.  We started discussing “SpongeBob Squarepants” after distributing our names, appropriately.  I…am  Mrs. Crabs. (This is what brought us to “SpongeBob”)  Danielle… is Miss Snobs.  We all laughed so hard during our conversations…in the van…to and from Jacksonville, FL.

SpongeBob is a sponge.  Mr. Crabs is a crab.  “I”…knew this…HA!!!  I also knew that Plankton…is a plankton(a microscopic animal organism that floats or drifts in bodies of water).  Well, what about Squidward?  Hhhmmm.  I guess I never really “THOUGHT” about him…that way.  Folks, I just put two and two together during that ride up to Jacksonville on Sat. afternoon!  Squidward is actually a “squid”!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!

Confusion surrounds me, folks.  I guess I got “squid” confused with “octopus”.  I ALWAYS viewed Squidward as a tall, “thin”-like man with a big nose!!!  HE’S A SQUID!!!  OMG!!!  This was hysterical as the “lights” were turning “ON” inside my brain!!!  Absolutely HYSTERICAL!!!

And what about… SANDY???  Chase mentioned her “chubby cheeks” and I LOST IT!!!  Sandy…with chubby cheeks…IS A SQUIRREL!!!  Oh yeah, the LIGHTS continued turning… “ON” with this realization!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!

Now, those things that I happen to find… “HYSTERICAL” tend to get “STUCK” inside me.  I CANNOT RELEASE THE HYSTERIA!!!  OMG!!!  I am not kidding, folks!!!  IT”… GETS TRAPPED WITHIN ME, completely distorting my entire face.  My nose and forehead crinkle up.  My cheeks chub-out.  My upper lip pulls “upward” as my nose crinkles, thereby revealing my front teeth…in chipmunk fashion.  Folks,  I  can be laughing so hard… WITHIN MYSELF… but NOTHING COMES OUT!!!  COMPLETE SILENCE… for just a moment!

Look out when this growing energy is finally released!  It sounds like a cross between laughing and/or crying.  High-pitched screams or wails of utter agony.  “THIS”… drives me CRAZY, folks!!!  Dying of laughter inside myself, but completely unable to release this energy.  It gets trapped within me!!!  Oh, the sheer embarrassment of the “ugly,” distorted “look” on my face!!!  OMG!!!  I simply try to hide my face, knowing how “RIDICULOUS” it must APPEAR… CRINKLED, WRINKLY NOSE, CHEEKS, AND FOREHEAD (REVEALING CHIPMUNK TEETH) !!!  Oh, the embarrassment!!!  Nobody!  NOBODY… wants to be observed looking like… “THAT”!!!

What a fun, FUN day spent with my children up in Jacksonville, FL this past weekend.  We had most of our “FUN” in the van while driving “TO” AND “FROM”!!!  AGAIN, FOLKS… MAKE YOUR OWN FUN!!!  ANYWHERE.  ANYTIME.  EVERYWHERE.  ALL THE TIME (as appropriate).  ENJOY THE MOMENT YOU’RE IN!!!  It’ll soon be gone. Done.  OVER-WITH… in 60 seconds!!!

Give the best of yourself for “JUST” today, “EVERY” day!!!

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

JESUS AT THE TABLE…

Easter Sunday, 4/20/14.  Contemporary service at Anastasia Baptist Church, St. Augustine, FL.

“Table of Resurrected Hope,  Luke 24: 13-35

WOW!!!  A message of… “HOPE”!!!  SHUT-UP!!! (that is meant to be funny 😉  “HOPE?”  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  Folks, MY “HOPE” … IS HEALTHY AND ALIVE!!!

H = Heaven; O = Over-; P = Powering; E = EARTH

H-O-P-E.

Excellent sermon, AGAIN,  by Pastor Walter West.  Yep… HE WAS SPEAKING DIRECTLY TO “ME”!!!  😉

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD.  AMEN.