Monthly Archives: August 2014

REAPING WHAT YOU SEW

WOW!!!  Think about that for a second… “REAPING WHAT YOU SEW”…

REAP = “to gain as a result of effort” as defined by my handy “Webster’s II” dictionary

SEW = v., to make; n., the end result; n., a finished product, task, or idea as defined by… “ME,” Jill

DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!

—“WHO”… EXACTLY… should reap the rewards of one’s hard work???

—“WHO”… EXACTLY gets to make “THAT” decision?

—“WHO”…EXACTLY… gets the credit???  FOR ANYTHING???

THINK ABOUT IT…

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

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

THE DARKNESS WITHIN…

I KNOW there is a previous post very similar to this one.  Not real sure where OR when, but it is… SOMEWHERE… back there in a previous post.  “IT” discusses how our inner turmoil might eat away at us for so long that perhaps it eventually reveals itself as an outward symptom.  As a “sickliness” that is never diagnosed by medical professionals.  An actual illness.  An actual disease, etc., etc., etc…???…???…???

Today, Wed., 8/20/14 has been a bit “OFF”.  Work started earlier than usual for me.  I needed a nap as soon as I returned home and I just recently awoke, 6:45 pm-ish.  Hhhmmm… while lying in bed thinking…praying…thinking more… and praying more,  the above idea simply smacked me right up-side my head!!!  While I was just lying there thinking and praying… peacefully.          BAM!!!…“THE DARKNESS WITHIN”….DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!

 Perhaps our “INNER TURMOIL” is displayed outwardly as a perceived medical symptom.  “PERHAPS”… that inner turmoil plagues someone long enough that it manifests itself in the development of an actual, fatal disease.  What do YOU think???  Is this possible or NOT???  Hhhmmm… let us also apply this to outward actions…

Doesn’t “INNER TURMOIL” also result in the ability of individuals to act out in evil manners???  To take revenge. To “right” a “wrong”.  WOW!!!  “THIS”… is DEEP, folks.  “INNER TURMOIL”… is BAD.  BAD + BAD = MORE BAD.  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!  Wait!!!   Isn’t “THIS” another one of those things that we already know???  And “IF” we already know this then what can we do about it???…???…???

LET IT GO!!!  Give ALL of your “negatives” unto the Lord.  God is waiting to hear from ALL of us.  “LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” folks.  FOR EVERYBODY, EVERYWHERE.  We are ALL given ample opportunities to follow Jesus.  Ample need to seek His guidance…  His light to “H.E.L.P.” us through the darkness.

I accept negative comments against my posting and I approve ALL of them for other readers to view, as well.  Please realize that I seek no harm to anyone.  This blog is simply a compilation of experiences, thoughts, and opinions of a life I have been “STRUGGLING” to survive for many years (Pppsssttt… I will be turning “50” in October!!!)  :/

This blog takes us through “MY” journey.  My journey of “LIFE” which I now realize is also “MY” journey of “FAITH”.  Take from it what you may… and leave the rest…  “LEAVE IT ALL”… if desired.

Have a blessed day.  (Pppsssttt… Team Allen [my family] LOVES the restaurant “CHICK-FIL-A”!!!)  GO TEAM “CHICK-FIL-A”!!!  😉

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

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

Psalm 18:28; Ephesians 6-9;  Proverbs 15:26; Leviticus 19;17

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS…

is slow to travel.  Bad news spreads like wild fire!!!  Folks, “THIS” was a statement made today at work… by one of my patients.  And “THIS”… is so, So, SO… “TRUE”!!!  “Good news is slow to travel.  Bad news spreads like wild fire!”  WOW!!!  Those were his exact words:  “Good news is slow to travel.  Bad news spreads like wild-fire”!!!  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!

“GOOD NEWS IS SLOW TO TRAVEL.  BAD NEWS SPREADS LIKE WILD-FIRE!!!”

GUESS WHAT???  I am SOOOooo excited, folks!!!  Any guesses???  My husband, Chris… CLEANED MY COOKIES!!!  I will soon be able to download the blog format for “SPOTLIGHT NEWS” at numberoneteam.org!!!  I tried to do this earlier, however, got derailed by those nasty “cookies”!!!  THE “COOKIES” ARE GONE!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  (I think).

I am asking for your continued patience, folks.  It appears that I was required to create a “new” and separate password for the “.org” site…  :/  WHAT???  Are you kidding me???  ANOTHER… password???  That’s right, folks.  I have no idea what that password is, so I am not able to go onto that site and download anything right now!!!  Passwords.  Smashwords.  I need to keep a top-secret, locked device that contains all these different passwords needed for EVERY single, shmingle… ANYTHING and… EVERYTHING REQUIRED FOR…???…???… OH…WHATEVER!!!  Bottom line???  “SPOTLIGHT NEWS” at numberoneteam.org will be…

COMING SOON!!!  😉

“STILL”… COMING SOON!!!  :/

 

PRAYER…

Hhhmmm… someone described the word “prayer” today in a manner that I felt compelled to share in this blog.  It went something like this:

“Prayer is a method of asking God into your life, seeking His intervention.”  Pretty powerful, huh?  The conversation revolved around this topic with all in agreement that most people only seek God in time of despair… when “HELP” is needed.  Many of us completely forget about Him when ALL IS WELL.  BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!!!

Our God is “GOOD”… ALL THE TIME.  ALL THE TIME… GOD IS GOOD.  Ya see, he does not force His way into your heart or your life.  He is polite.  He is patient.  He is loving.   He allows us to choose our paths.  To make mistakes.  To learn from them…or NOT.  HE… IS ALWAYS WAITING TO HEAR FROM US.  And He will be there for each of us to fulfill ALL of his promises.  Oh yeah, GOD IS GOOD… ALL THE TIME.  ALL THE TIME… GOD IS GOOD.

 PRAYER… IS POWERFUL, folks.  Combining daily prayer with daily reading of The Word = DOUBLE POWERFUL, POWERFUL!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

REFLECTIONS, PART III

WORDS.

The question???

WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU AS REFLECTED BY THE WORDS YOU CHOOSE WHEN SPEAKING?

The words we choose to utilize in speaking patterns say so, So, SO much about each of us.  Profanity, slang, angry, kind, respectful, polite, etc., etc., etc.   Those words spoken during our daily conversations ABSOLUTELY… “reflect” what is going on within us…  ABSOLUTELY!!!

The “negatives”… reflect “NEGATIVITY”.  Profanity, angry, or disrespectful word choices suggest that the individuals using them have… “ISSUES”.  And Vice-Versa. The “positives”… reflect “POSITIVITY”.  Hhhmmm… well, that sure makes sense!  But… WE ALL KNOW THAT ALREADY, right???  Or WRONG???  THINK ABOUT IT…

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

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

 

 

REFLECTIONS, PART II

ACTIONS.

Boy, actions sure can speak louder than words, can’t they???  Hhhmmm… let’s think about that for a moment.  DOUBLE Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm!!!  Are you ready for my question to you in this SEGMENT???  Okay, HERE WE GO…

WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU AS REFLECTED BY YOUR ACTIONS???

Now, please be honest… WITH YOURSELF!!!  Are you the same, in mind and spirit, regardless of the company you keep?  Or do you present yourself one way when with family.  Another with co-workers?  And still yet another with friends?  Hhhmmm…  what’s YOUR answer?

There is a post somewhere in this blog that compares myself to “Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde.  “THIS”… is so, So, SO true, folks.  “I” could be a completely different person in different situations with different people.  I sometimes didn’t know myself!!!  And there were even times when I think I scared myself. 

I NEVER knew I didn’t like myself.  I NEVER KNEW IT… CONSCIOUSLY.  Boy, did my actions show it, though.  “THOSE” actions were my attempts at denying anything was wrong .  But, boy I was sure on a one-way path to self-destruction, folks.   The accident that nearly ended my life at one point is also attributed with beginning a new life at another point.  This happened as I began emerging from the coma, 3 weeks later… as a  completely different person.  “I… am an OVER-COMER,” folks.  Trying to make the most of my journey through life here on earth, knowing that I am on my way to HEAVEN… and ETERNITY!!!  Amen.

Please examine your actions, folks.  Negative + negative = more negative.  Bad + bad = more bad.  So what, EXACTLY, do your actions say about the person you are???  And do you WANT to be that kind of person, or NOT???  BETTER YET…DOES GOD WANT YOU TO BE THAT PERSON???  Think about it…

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

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

 

 

 

REFLECTIONS, PART I

MIRRORS. 

WOW!!!  Tell me, what do YOU see when you look into one?  Mirrors sure have a way of revealing things about ourselves that we don’t care to “see”.  Hhhmmm… cellulite.  Pimples.  Wrinkles, etc., etc., etc.   And mirrors lie, don’t they???  Reflecting distorted images.  Oh yeah, mirrors lie…

Especially those mirrors in Dept. Stores, right???  Hhhmmm… clothes shopping… one of my FAVORITE… PAST-TIMES.  😉  Why is it that my daughter looks just like herself in Dept. store mirrors, but I look…???…???  “Oversized” and “OLD”er???  DOUBLE Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm…

Folks, I have got to be honest… my husband took some pics of me while I was sleeping in a beach chair at Lake Winnepesaukee.  Cameras… DO NOT LIKE ME!!!  😉  You better believe I deleted those pics soon after viewing them!!!  I swear I looked like a middle-aged, pleasantly plump woman with “cheater” glasses on with, notable, drooping rolls of skin on my  chin/neck areas!!!  :/  WHAT???  ARE YOU KIDDING!!!  But wait… I AM a middle aged, slightly overweight woman!!!  😉

How much of what we “see” in mirrors is correct, anyway?  Our very own distorted minds impact the way we “see” ourselves.  Many different factors will affect what we “see” looking back at ourselves in mirrors, such as physical, mental and emotional.  Many issues can greatly impact our perceptions of what we “think” we “see” while looking in mirrors.  PRETTY DEEP STUFF, huh?

We’ve all heard how “THE MIND CAN PLAY TRICKS ON US,” right?   “THIS”… is so, So, SO true, folks.  And, I also believe that what we see in our own reflections on the outside tends to “mirror” how we feel about ourselves on the inside.  Hhhmmm…  this suggests that any negative, inner turmoil shows itself in our outward appearance.  SOMEWHERE.  DOUBLE Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm… What do YOU think???

Perhaps we do not always “see” the negatives in other people, but rest assured, they can “see” them in themselves.   Just as we can “see” them in ourselves.  And ya know what?  Most of what we “think” we “see” isn’t real. “Think about it.”  (Another tribute to my brother, Bob.)

Is it possible to change how we perceive that appearance staring back at us in the mirror?  Losing weight, applying make-up, styling your hair, etc., etc., etc. may “HELP,” but it is much simpler than that.  TURN TO GOD, folks.  Tap into that inner beauty that lies deep within you and let your inner “light” shine.  “IT”… is beautiful. Perhaps you will notice  unexplainable, outer improvements made that you can’t identify their cause, such as a smaller nose, thinner cheeks, whatever.  But you can’t explain them.  You just “LIKE” the perceived changes…

Hhhmmm… “THIS” has happened to me.  I can’t remember exactly when I first noticed these “changes,” but I did blog about them.  Somewhere back in time, awhile ago.  I even mentioned these “changes” to Pastor Walter West during one of our private meetings.   DOUBLE Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm.  I wonder if he remembers…

“THIS”… leaves me wondering, myself… Are those “changes” I’ve noted on the outside of my being really a reflection of actual “changes” that have occurred to my appearance?  Or are they simply altered perceptions…coming from within, protruding outward???  Think about it…

PRETTY DEEP, huh?  Please tap into your inner beauty, folks and let YOUR light shine.  Have a blessed day.  BTW (by the way)… “TODAY”… is Sunday, 8/17/14.  “HAVE A BLESSED DAY, folks !!! 😉

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

REFLECTIONS, the INTRO.

WOW!!!  “THIS” (“Reflections”) will be another mini-series involving…???…??? different meanings of that specific word…”Reflections”.  I am not real certain where this will take us, but… PLEASE COME ALONG!!!  It’s another “MIND-TRIP” (like a “road-trip”) to “Jill’s World”!!!  WOOOOOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  READY???  HERE WE GO…

What was your 1st thought when you read the title, “Reflections…”???  Hhhmmm… mirrors, memories, images, exemplifications, etc, etc. etc.???  And if you’re like me… my mind roamed to reflections on water which then led my mind to rock-skipping, fishing, swimming, “On Golden Pond,”… ???   :/ WHAT???  “On Golden Pond”???  THERE!!!  SEE???  My mind kind of goes ALL OVER THE PLACE… and back before I realize I’ve drifted… “OVER THERE…OVER THERE”  🙂  Yep, it’s the navy song again!!!  Sorry folks, but “THIS”… is so, So, SO… “ME”!!!  

The first thing I need to mention as part of this series on:  “Reflections” is a very special song by Justin Timberlake, “MIRRORS”.  Yep,  reflections as seen in mirrors.  Now, this is a LONG song, but very, Very, VERY meaningful to me.  I thought of my husband, Chris, as I listened to the words, initially.  Oh yea, and we danced to that song in our bedroom.  Hhhmmm… is that corny?  Oh well, “THAT” is “US”.  

I do not know when this song was released, but it just became popular to me, RECENTLY!!!  And I would listen to it over, and Over, and OVER again… on “re-play”.  Thinking of my husband as it played… over, and Over, and OVER until I, at some point, began thinking of JESUS.  WOW!!!  I just got “chills,” folks.  “THIS” song became so much more powerful as I began applying it to both relationships, separately.  My relationship with God.  And my relationship with Christopher:  [ OMG!!!   I am JUST NOW making the connection, folks:  Jesus Christ; Christopher!!!  DOUBLE OMG, OMG!!!  I ALWAYS knew God had arranged our “chance-meeting”  😉 ].

Now, for just a few specific applications of this song to both relationships:    1.)  I don’t want to lose Him now.  2.)  He is my reflection…in everything I do.  3.)   I couldn’t get any bigger with anyone else beside me.  And 4.)  You were right here all along.  AMEN.   WOW!!!  “CHILLS”… AGAIN!!!  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!   

In this series of “Reflections,” we will take a look at 1.) Mirrors; 2.) Actions;  and 3.) Words.  I need time to gather myself, folks.  Right now, I’d love to get “lost” in my mind, thinking, as I listen to the words of this song, “Mirrors,” by Justin Timberlake.  Yep, it’s still playing over, and Over, and OVER again on my I-phone…

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

 

THE QUESTION…???

WOW, I can remember feeling…”stupid”???… as I was asked this question in a condescending tone of voice, not so very long ago:

“So…what???  Do you feel special?”  Boy, I sure stuttered and stammered at that point in my life as I was uncertain of how to answer that question… correctly… according to the individual asking it.  Hhhmmm… well I am certain as I answer that question TODAY…

“YES.  I DO FEEL SPECIAL”.  And more-so now as my FAITH has grown tremendously in recent months.  No, I am not perfect and I make mistakes… EVERY day.  So, I may not be “WORTHY,” but I am “SPECIAL” in God’s eyes… JUST THE (imperfect) WAY I AM.

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.