Monthly Archives: May 2014

MY “ROCKS”…

WOW!!!  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!  I realize that I have made reference to my husband, Christopher, as being my “ROCK” in previous posts.  “THAT”… he is!!!  My “EARTHLY ROCK”!!!

Folks, this bible study by Beth Moore… “BREAKING FREE” …has completely blown me away… AGAIN!!!  During week #9’s studies, Isaiah 26:4, refers to God as the “ETERNAL ROCK”!!!  OMG, folks!!!  I now realize that God, my “ETERNAL ROCK” arranged the unlikely meeting with my EARTHLY ROCK,” Christopher.  In Daytona Beach, FL.  Back in 1993.  WOW!!!  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!  God…IS GOOD!  R-E-A-L  GOOD!!! 

GOD IS ALMIGHTY, folks.  The “BEST”… of the “BEST”!!!  Please allow Him to be your “ETERNAL ROCK”.  I’m asking that you either begin OR continue forward on your Journey of Faith,” folks.  You have NOTHING to lose, but… EVERYTHING TO GAIN!!!

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  Amen.

The “I”- phone…

The “I”– pad.  The “I”-pod.  Does the “I” represent…my “self”… as in… “ME”?  Like my-phone, my-pad, or my-pod?  Perhaps the “I” stands for… “internet”?  Oh please, can somebody tell me what the “I” means???  I’m not sure it even matters at all!!!

Am “I” the only one “wondering”?  The only one who doesn’t know what word that silly letter, “I” represents?  Boy, do I feel stupid, folks!!!  My friend, Jo, commented about this at work today.  Perhaps “this” is indicative of a growing self-centered behavior?  Look at the new gadgets available. “I”-phone.  “I”-pad.  “I”– pod.  NO WONDER FOLKS ARE MORE SELFISH OR “NEEDY” THESE DAYS!!!  It’s ALL about “Me, Me, Me”!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!  “I’VE” NEVER wondered about that!!!  Have you?

WOW!!!  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!  Makes ya think, doesn’t it?  Hey, an idea just struck me… what do ya’ll think about… “U”-phone?  “U”-pad?  “U”-pod…to put the focus more on others?  :/   That’s a bit too much, huh?  Sorry.  I’m tired.  Goodnight, folks!!!

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

Please give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

COPING…

Would you agree that most of us suffer from a low self-esteem?  Be honest with yourself.  I think “WE DO”.  And I have come to believe that most of the “harm” occurs during childhood.  The majority of us don’t even realize that we suffered ANYTHING at all!!!  The MIND IS A VERY POWERFUL THING, folks.  ALL on its own…subconsciously…it develops coping techniques that enable us to continue…”living”!  Simply seeking to survive “LIFE”!!!  (Subconsciously… meaning that we are are not even aware of “IT” occurring within our very own minds… PERIOD!!!)  WOW!!!  Now, I find “THAT” a bit spooky!!!  Our minds performing mental tasks within our beings without “approval”… from…”us”.  Wow!!!  Chew on that  piece of info., mentally!!!

I kept a journal during my counseling sessions back in 2007.  I still have it today, though I am unable to read it.  In that journal, I am sure I discuss different personalities I became at different times, which were also discussed in the previous post regarding Dr. Jill/Mrs. Allen.  WOW, folks.  “THIS”… is an example of how “MY” mind worked, independently, simply seeking to help me survive… “LIFE”.  AMAZING!!!  AMAZING GRACE.
Wow!!!  My life  DOES sound a bit  “CRAZY” after all, doesn’t it???  Welcome to “MY” world, folks!!!  I don’t, however, think I’m feeling quite so “ALONE” anymore…  😉  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, right???!!!

I feel a need to re-state this viewpoint once again.  Right now… “We are who we are based on where we’ve been and how we’ve responded while simply seeking to survive… LIFE”!!!  WOW!!!  That speaks volumes to me!!!  THERE IS “SOMETHING”… “SOMEWHERE”…THAT EXPLAINS… “EVERYTHING”!!!  Touche’!!!  (According to “JILL”)

AND ONE FINAL THOUGHT… We are ALL the same, aren’t we?  Struggling to survive… LIFE.  Isn’t it ironic how this thing we’re ALL struggling to survive is also the thing that “DRIVES US CRAZY”!!!  THINK ABOUT IT!!!   Pretty deep, huh?  EVERYTHING AFFECTS EVERYTHING!!!

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

MIAMI RAISES THE TEMP. IN INDIANA…

as the HEAT climbs to victory!!!  The 2014 East NBA Finals… TIED @ 1-1!!!  GO TEAM MIAMI HEAT!!!

The Indiana Pacers are an impressive young team.  LOTS OF TALENT!!!  LOTS OF SPEED!!!  They’re exciting to watch.  This will, undoubtedly, be a LONG series!!!  Quite fitting, I must add!!!  Either team would be a great rep. for the Eastern Conference!!!  My heart, however, is in it for Miami!!!  Have I mentioned that I have a crush on Lebron James?  Does anyone out there…somewhere…have an “IN” with the Heat?  And…can you get me “IN” too?  😉

Bringing our Heat back to FL for Saturday night’s game #3!!!  GO TEAM MIAMI HEAT!!!

MAY ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

BREAKING THE RULES!!!

WHAT???  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  “I”…am a rule…follower!!!  I do NOT break the rules!!!  Right???  Or…Wrong???  WOW!!!  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!  Folks, I keep on living and learning EVERY, SINGLE DAY!!!

Guess what I learned today?  I am a “RULE-BREAKER”!!!  What???  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  That is correct, folks.  I FINALLY… “GET-IT”!!!  I “thought” I was a fanatic about following laws and rules.   I have GOT to laugh at myself regarding today’s revelation!!!  THIS IS ABSOLUTELY HYSTERICAL!!! 

We ALL know those peeps who don’t think certain laws or rules apply to them, don’t we?  Well, guess what?  “WE”… ARE “THOSE” PEEPS!!!  Folks, I am chuckling, HYSTERICALLY, right now!!!  I FINALLY “GET-IT”!!!   Now, I DO consider myself a good citizen and a good employee, however, NOT ALL laws or rules apply to… “ME”!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!  “THIS”… is especially true regarding those laws or rules that I don’t happen to “agree” with!  I am chuckling so hard right now, folks!!!  I “FINALLY”… “GET-IT”!!!  Laws and rules ONLY apply to us “IF AND WHEN”… we agree with… “THEM”!!!   

Are “YOU” chuckling, yet?  Do “YOU”… “GET-IT”?  Folks, laws and rules apply to ALL of us within specific guidelines.  “FOLLOW” them within the parameters they apply to.  This may seem difficult to understand at times with differing situations, however, policies and procedures at work should ALWAYS apply at work.  Public laws should ALWAYS apply in public.  Traffic laws should ALWAYS apply on the streets…in traffic.  😉  You get-it, right?  Me too!!!

“PEEPS”… ARE “PEEPS,” folks.  None of us are perfect.  Laws and rules are often broken and/or not enforced.  Hhhmmm… and “LIFE”… IS DIFFICULT, folks???  GO FIGURE!!!

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

AGAIN…REALLY???

OMG!!!  DOUBLE OMG, OMG!!!  You are NOT gonna believe this, folks!!!  Oh, please come along on ANOTHER trip to “Jill’s World”… (This is getting kind of fun, huh?)  😉  Ready???  Here we go…

My son, Chase… is 15 YEARS OLD… TODAY (5/19/14) !!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHASE!!!  How to celebrate???  We started the day off, EARLY, at the DMV (Dept. of Motor Vehicles).  Yep, that’s right, Chase wanted to start this day off celebrating by getting his “Driving Permit”!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!  Let the “CRAZINESS”… B-E-G-I-N!!!

First of all, I think I may have gotten just a little “LOST” looking for the correct building out at the HUGE courthouse area/complex.  Government buildings EVERYWHERE!!!  I experienced just a little anxiety as I stopped to ask a very helpful gentleman (worker) for directions.  BAM!!!  We were right where we needed to be!!!  I was NOT lost!!!  We were already there…in the correct building’s parking lot… “I” just DIDN’T KNOW IT!!!  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  There were no signs directing traffic.  It appears that I accidentally exited the main drive and was simply… “lot-hopping”???  This explains the lack of “signs” directing me to the correct parking lot in front of the correct building!!!  HA!!!  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!

Poor Chase.  We started walking toward the building and had to return to the van “TWICE,” ( 2x’s) as I had little bouts of… “flightiness”.  Yep, I first panicked over my…checkbook!  OMG!!!  Where is it?  Not in my purse.  I could not find it back in the van, either!!!  They’ll take credit, right?  So, we head back towards the entrance… “UNTIL”… I felt something in the leg pocket of my scrub pants!!!  OMG!!!  I just HAD to go back and get rid of the item in my pocket!!! ” What if we have to go through a detection thingy and they make us remove everything from our pockets, Chase?”  I had to go back to the van AGAIN to rid my pocket of its contents…a sanitary napkin!!!  DOUBLE OMG, OMG!!!  I simply COULD NOT deal with that embarrassment… TODAY!!!

Poor, poor Chase.  Third attempt at entering the, “correct,” building WAS A CHARM!!!  We walked up to the “reception,” bullet-proof, glass-protected desk and were motioned right back to desk #4!!!  The computers were slow, Chase had to provide all the required paperwork, questions were asked, Chase answered, etc., etc., etc.  Meanwhile…I glanced around and noticed a patriotic front license plate, available for purchase.  OMG!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  The plate I chose has an American flag on it… AND… it says…YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS!!!  It says:  “Americans Helping Americans”!!!  SHUT-UP!!!  Americans helping Americans… ARE… People Helping People!!! “P.H.P.!!!”  DOUBLE OMG, OMG!!!  I CANNOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP, folks!!!  GO TEAM USA!!!

So,  Chase received his temporary learner’s permit, photo i.d.!!!  What an awesome pic he took!!!  Both kids are growing up way too quickly, but we are enjoying every moment!!!  Another “fun” day!!!  Chase finished the requirements, Chris gathered all the documents, and I accompanied Chase this am to get his permit!!!  GO TEAM ALLEN!!!

Just ANOTHER day in “Jill’s World,” folks.  Oh, I get so much joy in finding the humor that surrounds the “CRAZINESS” involved with simply seeking to survive DAILY LIFE!!!  I like myself better when I choose to laugh as opposed to allowing myself to get frustrated or angry!!!  IT IS WHAT IT IS!!!  I pray that God will guide me as I maneuver through these daily hassles.  Amen.  ( OMG!!!  “THIS” idea is PERFECT for ANOTHER post regarding a completely different situation in… “Jill’s World”!!!)  Stay tuned…

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

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

 

GO TEAM MIAMI HEAT!!!

Game #1 of the series between Miami and Indiana goes to the Pacers.  Congratulations.  There’s some exceptional talent on that young team.  And they sure played a great game on Sunday 5/18/14.  I enjoy watching talented players on the basketball court.  End of story.

In moving forward, however…Indiana definitely NEEDS to feel more HEAT!!!  The temps are much cooler up North.  With minimal to no “humidity”.  Go Miami!!!  It’s time to turn up the… “HEAT” … in Indiana this Tues. 5/20/14!!!

MIAMI HEAT = A Number One Team @numberoneteam.net!!!

GO TEAM MIAMI HEAT!!!

MAY ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

LIVING and LEARNING…

When a conflict arises, most individuals think they are “RIGHT”.  That other fella…is “WRONG”!  Everyone finds it difficult to admit fault.  Even during casual conversations.  Think real hard about this for a moment.  What is most important, here?  Being “RIGHT”?  Winning the argument and perhaps damaging a relationship?  Or backing down from your stance in order to maintain a healthy working relationship?   Depending on the consequences, “THIS” is an EASY CHOICE, right?  Or…maybe not…

Some folks find it necessary to ALWAYS be correct.  To ALWAYS… win the argument.  We all know these individuals, don’t we?  They are not the folks we prefer to spend our “FREE” time with, are they?  OUCH!!!  “I”… was one of “those” individuals.  FOR MANY YEARS!!!  I had so much “ANGER” eating away inside me  that I ALWAYS, A-L-W-A-Y-S created “chaos” as a means of releasing some of that inner turmoil!!!  I thank God for my husband!!!  He sure helped me through some difficult times!!!

It is so mentally and emotionally “FREEING” to simply say… “I’m sorry.”  Regardless of the situation.  Misunderstandings WILL occur between members of EVERY team…at some point.  Perhaps actual disagreements.  WORKING TOGETHER, however… IS A MUST… to be successful.  The main goal is success, correct?  There is no room for “PRIDE” to get in the way.  Admitting sorrow for any disruption in a team’s ability to work together is the FIRST STEP in resolving conflict.  SOMEBODY’S GOTTA TAKE IT!!!  Why not you?

Boy, “LIFE” is sure a journey, huh?  For ALL of us.  We ALL have “STUFF”.  A.K.A.:  “ISSUES”.  I am dealing with my “ISSUES,” folks.  It took me a very long time to even figure out what my “ISSUES” were.  I don’t know how to explain it, but discovering “MY” issues has helped to stop the madness.  I no longer feel pressured to prove my worthiness to those around me.  God’s opinion is the only one that matters at all.  The truth is…  I am unworthy.  I make mistakes along the way, folks.  Every day.  I am not perfect.  I… AM HUMAN!!!  I do, however, give the best of myself for “JUST” today, “EVERY” day!!!

JUST FOR FUN…  try saying: “I’m sorry” whenever possible and witness the positive results for yourself!!!  Humility “lifts” you higher in the eyes of the beholder.  Kindness is contagious!!!  Good deeds have a positive impact…on “SOMEONE”… “SOMEWHERE”!!!

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

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

 

TIMING…

IS EVERYTHING!!!

When to say something…matters.  When to do something…matters!  WOW!!!  Being at the right place at just the right time… MATTERS!!!  This is so true, isn’t it?  “TIMING IS EVERYTHING!!!”

We’ve ALL heard “THAT” before, haven’t we?  “WHEN” to say or do something is critical.  “Throwing”… your thoughts or opinions out there IMMEDIATELY; “WAITING”… for a better time or place to insert your “ideas” PATIENTLY; OR “KEEPING”… them to yourself, “PERIOD”!!!  The same is true for our actions.  “INTERVENING”…IMMEDIATELY; “WAITING”… TO TAKE ACTION; OR “REFRAINING”… from doing anything… PERIOD!!!    

“THIS”… is difficult, folks.  THINKING… before responding verbally or reacting physically… IS A MUST!!!  “I”… have gotten much better with this.  And I can, honestly, say that I like this “change” that is occurring within me.  I am much…”calmer” these days.  I do not “FLY”… off that handle anymore.  I may… “PITTER, PATTER, OR PUTTER… off, but I don’t  “FLY” off… ANYMORE!!!  😉

So, what explains this “change” in me?  The #1 reason?  All glory be to God, who has been seeking my attention for many, many years.  Oh yeah, and… “I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS.  NO TURNING BACK, NO TURNING BACK!!!”  The #2 reason?  I am, FINALLY, dealing with MY “ISSUES”…A.K.A., MY “PLATE OF CRAP,” which is ALSO… “THANKS TO GOD”!!!  AMEN.

“THINK”…  BEFORE YOU “ACT,” FOLKS!!!

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN. 

 

 

 

SILENCE…

IS GOLDEN!!!

No thoughts or opinions needed!!!  Just…keep quiet.  God knows your thoughts… ALWAYS!!!  That’s enough, folks.  It is often better to keep your thoughts or opinions to yourself.  Especially if they are contrary to others’.  And ESPECIALLY… if your “contrary” thoughts or opinions have NOT been sought.

I am learning, folks… TO KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT!!!  Jill’s opinion ( that’s “ME”), doesn’t ALWAYS matter!!!  I tend to be opinionated, okay?  I admit it.  Everyone… EVERYONE… always knew how Jill (“me” again) felt about EVERYTHING ever discussed about ANYTHING!!!  Yep, I was one of “those” people.  “THOSE” people who are easy to dislike!!!  Even when simply seeking to… “HELP”.  F.Y.I.:  HELPING is often HURTFUL… and… UNNECESSARY – even if you’re “RIGHT”!!!  Interesting, huh?  “RIGHT” can often be “WRONG”!!!  

Everyone.  EVERYONE… adds their own little “spin” to EVERYTHING!!!  It AMAZES me how individuals can view the exact same thing… differently!!!  God intended us to be different.  He did not, however, intend for us to be evil.  “Think about it!” ( another tribute to my brother, Bob)

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

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

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!  AND MAY GOD BLESS THE WHOLE, WIDE WORLD!!!  AMEN.