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PLEASE…

DON’T BE A … “L-I-T-T-E-R B-U-G”!!!

OMG, folks!!!  DOUBLE OMG, OMG!!!  The idea for “THIS” post just “HIT” me… right upside my head!!!  No kidding!!!  I hope you will ALL come along for another Journey to “Jill’s World”.  READY?  HERE WE GO…

WHAT???  “Litter-bug”???   “WHERE”… did “THAT”… come from?  LAST NIGHT!!!  At the SAHS graduation at UNF (Univ. of N. FL) ARENA!!!  I drove my daughter and her friend, Sanya, up to the ceremony to honor, celebrate, and support their graduating friends.

The girls both returned home from school, readied themselves, and we left for Jacksonville around 6:00 pm.  THE TRAFFIC???  HORRENDOUS!!!  Both girls vacated the van in front of the arena.  I was “directed” around back… somewhere… close to the stadium where a BIG track meet was in progress.

Numerous colleges were represented at this… “track meet”…  Hhhmmm.  Interesting…  I think I thought I was “lost” back there in that parking lot… around back there… somewhere…???  What an excellent opportunity to… “MINGLE”… and “SHARE”… my business card for “numberoneteam.net”!!!  BAM!!!  “THIS”… was “MEANT TO BE”!!!  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  Boy, did I ever… “MINGLE” AND “SHARE”!!!  🙂

I toured this campus…for quite a little while.  No, I WAS NOT “LOST, ” folks… OR “IF” I was “lost,” at least I “FOUND” myself before the graduation ceremony ended!!!  A mob of people vacated the arena immediately following the ceremony.  I met the girls by the “FOUNTAIN” as we prepared to leave…

Walking along a sidewalk, directly outside of the UNF Arena, there was an empty drink container!!!  Sitting, EMPTY.. .on the sidewalk!  WHAT???  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  What is it that allows people to simply discard their trash on the ground?  There were wooden trash bins around.  Take it along to your vehicle and throw it out later if you don’t feel like walking over to the trash bin… PLEASE!!!

“THIS”… reminded me of the other evening…  I had noted trash strewn around a beautiful park here in St. Augustine, FL.  Treaty Park.  Beautiful.  Scenic.  “Woodsy”.  Trails.  Ponds.  Wildlife everywhere.  Ducks, birds, turtles, fish, squirrels, etc. (Perhaps a gator or two…somewhere…out there.)  Basketball courts.  Tennis courts.  Racketball courts.  Baseball/softball fields.  Dog park.  Skate park.  This place is AMAZING!  AMAZING GRACE!!! (Ppssttt… GO TEAM GRACE)  😉  OMG!!!  Trash was simply lying around in wooded areas, in ponds, along dirt walkways.  DOUBLE OMG, OMG!!!  “WHAT” is it that allows people to discard their trash inappropriately?  Treaty Park is… “AMAZING”!!!  😉  PLEASE… TAKE CARE OF IT!!!

Oh yeah, and “THIS” reminds me, yet, of another incident… back in 1993.  I was working in Ormond Beach while living in Daytona Beach, FL.  I FELL IN LOVE WITH FL (and I also fell in love “IN” FL–I met Chris here 🙂 ).  Anyways, while driving back to my apartment after work one day I observed the car in front of me throwing trash from “her” window…many individual, small articles which I assumed were from an ashtray.  WHAT???  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  Throwing many pieces of small trash-items out of your car???  Onto the road?  Adding trash to the beautiful scenery???  I was so ANGRY!!!  Oh yeah, I got close enough to get the license plate number and I called the police as soon as I got home to report “THIS”…ACT of… “LITTERING”???  The woman on the other end of the line chuckled lightly and thanked me for being a concerned citizen.  END OF STORY!!!  What had I expected them to do to her?  I am not sure what I had hoped to come from this, however there was nothing they could do to “punish” her.  HA!!!  CRAZY… but TRUE!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!

The world is AMAZING, folks!!!  AMAZING GRACE!!!  (GO TEAM GRACE)  Please click on the link below to vote for Grace McCullough during Wet Seal’s Model Search, 2014.  Everyone can vote 1x daily!!!  😉

Let’s ALL take care of the world we live in.  Please.

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

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WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

TEAM MIAMI HEAT…WINS…A-G-A-I-N!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 

“THIS”… is AMAZING!!!  “AMAZING GRACE”  !!! (What???  Did I say “AMAZING GRACE”?  AMAZING GRACE MCCULLOUGH… please click on the link below and cast your vote for Grace as the Wet Seal Model Search continues…)   Oopse, sorry.  I got distracted… AGAIN!!!  😉  Anyways, this makes 4 years straight, for the Miami Heat, as the Eastern Conference NBA CHAMPS, going for their 3rd straight NBA Championship title!!!  WOW!!!  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!

Nothing more needs to be said… (except… did I mention that I have a crush on LeBron James?)  😉

GO TEAM MIAMI HEAT!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!

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“LEAN ON ME”…

WOW!!!  “THAT”… gives me chills, folks.  You all know the song, right?  “LEAN ON ME,” by Bill Withers.  I LOVE THIS SONG!!!  I love, Love, LOVE…”THIS” song!!!  It strongly represents a portion of Number One Team’s message… “P.H.P.”:  PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE, as in… People Helping “Other” People.

Very good, soulful tune.  I encourage folks to seek out this song and REALLY LISTEN to what its words are saying.  Very Powerful.  You will probably notice your head bopping, shoulders bouncing, AND… your feet OR fingers tapping!!!  ALL… while singing along!!!  It’s a very good, Good, GOOD song!!!

I guess I am feeling a bit emotional this evening.  Touched.  Tearful. And very, Very, VERY BLESSED.  Wanting to offer my shoulder to anyone out there as I say… “LEAN ON ME”!!!

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  Amen.

MOVING FORWARD…

to game #6 of the East NBA finals series.  Game #5 went to The Indiana Pacers.  I’d like to make a few comments, if you don’t mind…

1.)  That Pacers team has some great talent.  I feel another “crush” developing…Paul George (I’m not real sure what his first name is, but “Paul” sounds correct…I think)  You ALL know him.  Yep.  A new “crush” is developing.  😉

2.)  Indiana’s Stevenson…???  Boy, he is like a little pesty “gnat,” isn’t he?  You can “shew” him away, but he keeps coming back!!!  I mean that in a “cute” way (I think), but he sure is an irritant!!!

3.)  Lebron James…In foul trouble?  So early in the game???  You’re kidding me, right?

4.) “IT IS WHAT IT IS!!!”

Bringing the “HEAT” home for game #6 on Friday, 5/30/14.  I can “FEEL” it, folks…The temp. is rising as the MIAMI HEAT heads back to FL… TO FINISH THE SERIES!!!

GO TEAM HEAT!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!   AMEN.

 

“LEAD BY EXAMPLE”…

WOW!!!  “THIS” idea just popped into my mind… AGAIN… about one week ago!!!  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!  I am feeling the “urge” to write a post on this topic… RIGHT NOW!!!  Ready?  Here we go…

I recently spoke with my friend, Jo, who is also a co-worker of mine.  Approximately…uuummmm…about 1 week ago.  I reminded her of the times she tried to calm me during situations at work .  I, seriously, inserted myself into everyone’s problems at work.  I FOUGHT THE FIGHT for myself AND others… ALWAYS!!!   I lost… EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!  (Even when I “thought” I had won). 

Jo is AWESOME!!!  She always tried to calm me… QUICKLY!!!  She was ALWAYS  right there, IMMEDIATELY, to calm me.  BAM!!!  I “GET IT”.  I am not even sure Jo “GETS IT”!!!  She was, indirectly, guiding me to this thought:  “LEAD BY EXAMPLE” .  I know that I ALWAYS heard what  she said, but I NEVER “GOT IT”.  Not until…”about 1 week ago”!!!  I rushed into work that morning and gave her a hug!!!  “LEAD BY EXAMPLE”!!!  BAM!!!  I felt like I had been hit right upside my head!!!  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!! Jo had been saying that EXACT same  thing, in her own unique manner, while trying to calm me during certain…unpleasant… situations at work.  I … FINALLY… “GET IT”!!!    OH HAPPY DAY!!!  🙂

“LEAD BY EXAMPLE.”   Some will follow.  Some will not.  LIFE is so very, very difficult for EVERYONE.  Please seek to give the best of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!  Remember: “P.H.P.,”   folks.  People Helping People!!!

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

WHAT???

Are you kidding?  “Don’t make MY job harder than it already is”…???  WHAT???  YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!  A little miscommunication DOES NOT… give you the right to “talk down” to anyone.  PERIOD!!!  MISTAKES HAPPEN!!!  “THIS”… IS LIFE!!!  AND…LIFE…IS DIFFICULT!!!  For ALL of us!!!  Most of us go out there and give the best of ourselves for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!  P.H.P., folks!!!   PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE!!!

Okay, I feel better now!!!  I just needed to “vent” a bit.  I am changing.  Many people have commented how I am calmer these days.  Much calmer.  I don’t jump in to “fight” other people’s battles anymore.  That instant anger…doesn’t occur.  I am a different person these days, folks.  And “THIS” is “GOOD”.  ALL GLORY BE TO GOD.  A part of me does, however, wish that I had stepped in to support my friend today, verbally.  I said…nothing, however.  And “THAT” hurts.

LIFE IS SO, SO DIFFICULT, folks!!!  And when does helping a friend become hurting a friend?  And “WHO” is it that actually needs the help?  I am learning to hold my tongue, bite my lip, and then offer help to those who are willing to accept it.

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

P.H.P, folks.  PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE.

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

THE HEAT SOARS…

As Miami wins game #4 of the Eastern Conference NBA Finals and leads the series 3-1.  Wooo-WHOOOOOO!!!   Have I mentioned that I have a crush on LeBron James?  Who, out there…somewhere… has an “IN” with the Miami Heat???  PLEASE…OH PLEASE…CAN YOU GET ME “IN” TOO???  😉

BRINGING THE HEAT BACK TO INDIANA… for game #5 on Thurs., 5/29/14!!!

GO TEAM MIAMI HEAT!!!  You are, truly, #1 at :  numberoneteam.net.

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  Amen.

KEEPERS OF CASTLES…con’t

1)  PHYSICAL CASTLES (discussed in previous post, dated 5/24/14)

a.  Weight Keeper

b.  Skin Keeper

2)  MENTAL CASTLES:  READY?  HERE WE GO…

a.  Mind Keeper.

WOW!!!  “Mind Keeper,” folks.  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!  In order to be a good “Mind Gate Keeper,” we have got to feed our brains “POSITIVE THOUGHTS”!!!  Numerous times… DAILY!!!  Get it?  Positive… “FOOD”… for thoughts!!!  HA!!!  Now, “CHEW” on that nugget!!!  😉  (Yep, I’m chuckling…)

So, feeding our minds positive thoughts is the MAIN criteria for being GOOD MENTAL GATE KEEPERS?  WOW!!!  These positive thoughts, however, MUST be comprised of… THE TRUTH!!!  And… ONLY…the truth.   ACCORDING TO GOD’S WORD!!!  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!

Satan will try to insert “LIES” by filling minds with negative, hurtful, and evil thoughts.  “GOOD”… MIND GATE KEEPERS, however… must NEVER allow those thoughts to gain ENTRANCE!!!  To get rid of those thoughts, I will simply say something like this:  “BACK OFF, SATAN!!!  MY GOD IS GREATER!!!”  BAM!!!  And then my mind-set, magically…shifts from “bad” to “good” thoughts.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  IT IS “THAT” SIMPLE, folks!!!

3)  SPIRITUAL CASTLES:    Ready?  Let’s keep moving…

a.  Faith Keepers

OMG!!!  “Faith Gate Keepers”…  I’ve got chills, folks.  “THIS”… simply blows my mind!!!  DOUBLE OMG, OMG!!!  “FAITH” keepers… “keeping” our “FAITH” S-T-R-O-N-G!!!  Keeping our “FAITH” … A-L-I-V-E!!!  “IT’S  A-L-I-V-E!!!”  😉

So, what is “FAITH”?  Simply…”IT” is belief that Jesus died on that cross as payment for our sins and that He rose again, 3 days later as proof that this payment was deemed sufficient.  Our sins have been “forgiven”.  ALL past, present and future sins that were, are, and will be committed.  Now, do you accept HIS FREE gift of “ETERNAL LIFE”?  If so, then let your walk with Jesus begin…or continue on-ward!!!  Amen.  Now, “THIS” is what is referred to as “SAVING FAITH”.  KNOWING.  BELIEVING, without a doubt, that you WILL meet your Maker in His Kingdom of Heaven,  ONE FINE DAY!!!  ALLELUIA!!!  

The brief outline of this entire discussion, “KEEPERS OF CASTLES,” is as follows:

I.  KEEPERS OF CASTLES

1)  PHYSICAL KEEPERS

a)  Weight Keepers

b) Skin Keepers

2)  MENTAL KEEPERS

a)  Mind Keepers

3)  SPIRITUAL KEEPERS

a)  Faith Keepers

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

THE HEAT IS ON!!!

In Miami, FL as the Miami Heat leads the East NBA Finals against The Indiana Pacers, 2-1!!!  “WOOO-WHOOOOOOO!!!”

As per one of the television announcers: “Ray” Alley WAS…”OPEN”!!!  And:  “ALLEN” Alley… WAS ALSO… “OPEN”!!!  WIDE…”OPEN”!!!  Ray Allen was sizzling “HOT”!!!  “SWISH”…”SWISH”…”SWISH”…”SWISH”!!!!  Every shooter absolutely LOVES being “IN THE ZONE” like he was Sat. night, to help secure this win in the 4th quarter!!!  Have I mentioned that our family, TEAM ALLEN ( in St. Augustine, FL)… has been huge fans of Ray Allen for many years?  No kidding.  Our son,Chase, proudly donned that #20, green “ALLEN” jersey from his days as a  Boston Celtic!!!

Excellent game, TEAM MIAMI HEAT!!!  You are already “NUMBER ONE” at:  numberoneteam.net.  I love your passion and example of…”GIVING THE BEST OF YOURSELVES FOR “JUST” TODAY… “EVERY” day!!!

GO TEAM MIAMI HEAT!!!  We are LOVING these “SMOKIN’ HOT temps in FL!!!  Please turn UP the HEAT in Miami, just a few more degrees, for Monday night’s game!!!  The talent on both teams is AMAZING!!!  AMAZING GRACE!!!

MAY ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

KEEPERS OF CASTLES…

WOW!!!  “KEEPERS of CASTLES.”  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!

“THAT”… is what we are, folks!!!  EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US… are T-H-E  “KEEPER” of our “CASTLES”!!!  Please notice how that is worded… “WE” (ALL of us) are each the “KEEPER” (singular) of our individual “CASTLES” (plural)!!!

So, what “CASTLES” are we each, individually, responsible for?  Think, THink, THINK!!!  Are YOU thinking???  WOW, “THIS” is DEEP, folks.  Really, REally, REALLY… D-E-E-P!!!  Please come along on another trip to “Jill’s World”.  READY???  HERE… WE… GO…

Okay, “THIS” is an idea I’ve been tossing around in my brain (Jill’s world) for awhile now, partially.  “IT” (the idea) has recently expanded and “IT”… simply “BLOWS MY MIND”!!!  What are those castles?  I propose that those “CASTLES” each of us are the “KEEPER” of, include the following:  1) PHYSICAL;  2) MENTAL;   and 3) SPIRITUAL.  “THINK ABOUT IT!!!” (Ppsssttt… another tribute to my brother, Bob 🙂    Our physical bodies represent that first “CASTLE” in “MY” mind.  Now, let’s examine each separately…

#1)  Our “PHYSICAL” CASTLE = our bodies.  Subgroup A.) The WEIGHT KEEPER.  Folks, my “weight” has been a problem much of my life.  I am not saying that I have been over-weight…“REALLY”… I don’t think.  The emotional/psychological “difficulties” I suffered from resulted in… “weight issues”, most similar to anorexia.  My weight issues began at around age 20 and got sidetracked shortly after my 22nd B-day… due to the accident.  The emotional/psychological difficulties, however, did continue after the accident.   AND… so did the weight issues, which remain an emotional problem to date.  I’d have to admit that the difficulties encountered post the accident have involved “OVER” eating which then involved “OVER” exercising (due to anxiety)… OR… “UNDER” exercising (due to depression), resulting in my being dissatisfied with my body, A.K.A.:  my  PHYSICAL CASTLE”.  WHEW!!!  Now, what constitutes a good “WEIGHT KEEPER” of the “PHYSICAL CASTLE”?  Any thoughts?

Subgroup B.) The SKIN KEEPER.  This may include, but is not limited to, piercings and tattoos.  I think I “OVER-pierced” a bit in my early 20’s.  AFTER… the accident.  3 in my right ear, 4 in the left.  More, MOre, MORE!!!  Now, was that cool?  Just how many are too many?  Or was it compensation for a perceived deficit…somewhere???  “I”AM NOT SURE, folks.  And what about tattoos?  Are they cool?  How many are too many?  Or are they meant to be a distraction from a perceived deficit…somewhere???

The SKIN KEEPER is also in charge of cleanliness.  And grooming.  How does each “GATE KEEPER” choose to present their “PHYSICAL BODY CASTLE”?  Many, many choices  involved for the “GATE KEEPER” of this “CASTLE”.  My head is swimming, folks.  I do not feel capable of addressing the last 2 categories at this time:  #2) MENTAL  and
#3) SPIRITUAL…  “CASTLES”.  More later, folks…

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.