Monthly Archives: December 2014

JESUS CALLING, con’t

Published 12/30/14 at 9:35 pm, ET

Oopse.  I forgot to tell you about the daily devotion I felt compelled to blog about this morning prior to leaving the house for work.  You know, the blog post that I HAD written this morning, but “LOST” the entire post by neglecting to save and publish it!!!  “THAT” post is what caused the anxiety resulting in my encounter with the road-rage lady.

So, what was the devotion about???  YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE IT, FOLKS!!! The first devotion I read in ~ 2 weeks = Jesus Calling, December 30.  The portions I highlighted are as follows:  “I AM LEADING YOU along a way that is uniquely right for you…, I enable you to to follow this solitary path while staying in close contact with others….Rejoice as we journey together in intimate communion.  Enjoy the adventure to finding yourself through losing yourself in Me.”

MGO!!!  Powerful stuff, huh?   My desires and passions “TO HELP” do appear “unique” and are drawing me on a solitary path away from the routes taken by others.  “I”… am different.  “MY” way of “HELPING” may NOT not be understood by MANY, but… “I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS.  NO TURNING BACK.  NO TURNING BACK.”

Oh, and there’s ONE (1) MORE THING…  The  devotion also talks about enjoying this Journey I am currently on that will lead me to my LOST self in Him!!!  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!   I’VE GOT CHILLS!!!  There are MANY posts back there… SOMEWHERE… in this blog that talk about my leaving OHIO in my mid 20’s on a journey to find my “LOST” SELF!!!  MORE CHILLS!!!

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

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; 1 John 4:7-8; John 15:4

“JESUS CALLING”

is an AMAZING daily devotional book by Sarah Young.

MGO, folks!!!  DOUBLE MGO, MGO!!!  “THIS”… story is unbelievable… EVEN to “ME”.  AND “IT” (the story)… IS ABOUT MYSELF!!!  I CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!!!  “THIS” …IS “LIFE”!!!  Please come along and enjoy this ride with me.  “WE” are taking another trip to “JILL’S WORLD”!!!  :/

“LIFE”… is so busy, Busy, BUSY!!!  Thoughts/ideas are bouncing around inside my brain for blog posts at a rate that I cannot keep up with.  The current “BUSY-NESS” of the holidays has interrupted my daily devotional and Bible reading.  I have neglected to stay in His word for approximately 2 weeks.  🙁

I had made a promise to God that I would read His word prior to racing out of the house for work today.  Folks… I DID(read His word).  And immediately felt a need to blog about today’s devotional.  I wrote a quick blog post and then raced out the door for work.  Hhhmmm… I got a bit anxious as I asked myself… “Self, did you turn the computer off?”  ANXIETY… as I remembered that horrible experience of my computer being “DOWN” awhile ago, so while stopped at a stoplight…on my way to work… I grabbed my phone to dial Danielle (the kids are on Christmas break from school) to have her check the computer.  Meanwhile, the stoplight changed.  I, however, did not move.  The lady in the car next to me became angry (she was in a hurry)so she beeped and “gestured”… angrily.  Oopse.

I started forward, slowly.  The lady was right next to me…gesturing with her right arm/hand and then she pulled over in front of me, erratically, and then on over into the far right lane , indicative of turning.  This lady… was NOT “OKAY”.  She was, in fact, so irate that she was at risk for a medical emergency while driving.  I followed her, wanting to deescalate the situation before she had a heart attack or stroke.  I must admit that “THIS”… was NOT a bright idea!!!  The lady pulled over, waited for me to pull over and then jumped out of her car yelling at me… CONTINUOUSLY!!!  She was so, So, SO angry.  I DID NOT get a word-in, edge-wise!!!

Get this… “SHE” started screaming: “YOU ARE _______ CRAZY!!!”  I wanted to inform her that yep, I “AM” crazy… at numberoneteam.net, BUT she would NOT ALLOW me to say a word.  “SHE” wanted to call the cops.  “I” thought, jokingly:  “go ahead and call the cops… they know me quite well by now!!!”  I kinda wanted to “HUG” her, folks.  I admit it… I AM A HUGGER!!! “THIS”(hugging)… was NOT gonna happen, folks.  She got back in her vehicle and sped away, angrily! I drove on to work.  END OF STORY…

The joke at work became how I was seeking to apologize and then tried to, FORCEFULLY, HUG an irate driver experiencing road rage.  :/  CRAZY, huh???  I know.  I will never, Never, NEVER attempt this tactic again… in “THAT” situation!!!

Heavenly Father, forgive me for allowing my anxiety to cloud my judgement, resulting in this unnecessary…???…???…???… “dilemma” on my way to work today.  “I”… was at fault.  Please wrap your arms around that lady and give her a big hug… from “ME”… THE HUGGER!!!

I noticed, later,  that I had neglected to save and publish that post I just had to write before going to work today.  “IT”… WAS GONE!!!  :/  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!???!!!???!!!  JUST ANOTHER DAY in “JILL’S WORLD”!!!

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

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

“THE DANIEL PLAN”

“IT” all began with Pastor Rick Warren…

WOW!!!  I CANNOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP, FOLKS!!!  YOU ARE NOT… ABSOLUTELY  N-O-T… GONNA BELIEVE IT!!!  WE ARE TAKING ANOTHER “JOURNEY”!!!  Yep, that’s right.  ANOTHER “JOURNEY”!!!  TO A HEALTHIER LIFE!!!  Come along…

I am so amazed by the connections of positivity that have been falling into place since beginning my, so-called “JOURNEY OF LIFE,” seeking to find my “LOST” self following that car accident in November of 1986.  This journey has also been referred to, at some point, as “Looking For Life,” which I now realize has become one and the same as my Journey of Faith, A.K.A.:  “MY SPIRITUAL LIFE JOURNEY”.  ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

My thoughts have a tendency to run pretty “DEEP,” as you all know by this time.  I am currently feeling excited, yet melancholy about…???…???…??? “EVERYTHING” regarding my “LIFE”.  For example, a recent “thought” that’s been tossing itself around inside my brain (like a tossed-salad)  :/  (Sorry.  I, simply, could NOT stop myself from typing that “nonsense”!!!) is the realization that the paths of my potential destruction had been set in place even PRIOR… to my conception inside my mother’s womb.  Now, “THAT”… IS “DEEP”!!!  And while “THAT” brings about a certain sadness, I also feel very, Very, VERY blessed to have been given so many opportunities to accept the Grace of God.  HE… NEVER GAVE UP ON ME.  HE… MADE HIS PRESENCE KNOWN… THROUGHOUT MY LIFE!!!  “I”… AM WORTHY.  “I”… HAVE A PURPOSE, FOLKS!!!  I may struggle for awhile yet in determining the “EXACT” road to take in fulfilling my purpose.   I am, however, FINALLY traveling in the “RIGHT” direction!!!

FINALLY… traveling in the “RIGHT” direction!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Have I mentioned that I recently turned “50”???  I think I have!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WHO-WHOOOOOO!!!  “50… AND FABULOUS,” right???  Pppsssttt… “THAT” is what those marvelous  B-day cookies said!!!  Remember???  The ones that I received as a gift from both sisters, Laura and Lynn.  The SAME cookies that were prepared by my cousin, Tina Sallows Keiser, Baked in what had been the kitchen of my beloved Grandma Goble in Fayette, Ohio, which is now the base of Tina’s own business, “SO SWEET, cookies, cake pops and more”.  Ya still with me???  Please refer back to those B-day celebration posts dated Oct. 28, Oct. 27, and Oct. 25, 2014.  I’m  “RAMBLING”… SORRY.

I have recently become involved in another “Journey”, folks.  A journey to a Healthier Life.  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  A “JOURNEY”… to a Healthier “LIFE” on “THIS”… “MY SPIRITUAL LIFE JOURNEY”???  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  I AM SERIOUS, folks!!!   A friend of mine, Dawn Barbarine, through Bible Study class at the island campus of Anastasia Baptist Church has been on her own, personal journey of Faith.  She is, currently, employed as a fitness trainer at the local YMCA and she is just beginning this, her 1st, “THE DANIEL PLAN,”  study course.

The Daniel Plan???…???…???… was developed by Rev. Rick Warren to follow as a spiritual guide on the “Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle” which will provide increased energy, mental clarity, confidence, strength, and flexibility.  Thereby, allowing Christians to use their God-given talents to fulfill their, God-chosen, PURPOSE.  WOW!!! HALLELUJAH!!!  COUNT ME IN IT… TO WIN IT!!!  AMEN.

Now, I am new to this, “The Daniel Plan”.   I JUST finished Chapter #1 before attending our 2nd meeting earlier tonight!!!  HA!!!  It encompasses FAITH +  FOOD + FITNESS + FOCUS + FRIENDS” through a program designed for the achievement of “a healthier life”.  Chapter 1, “How It All Began,” ended with these EXACT words”  “WELCOME TO THE JOURNEY”!!!  No kidding, folks.  Page 29.  I CANNOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP!!!

“LIFE… IS A JOURNEY,” folks.  Many ups and downs along the way, but I promise:  GOD IS GOOD… ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME… GOD IS GOOD!!!  All you REALLY need to do is… ENJOY THE RIDE!!!

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

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

“HOW GREAT THOU ART”

The title of this post is indicative of my presence of mind as I sit to blog about this VERY heartfelt and moving Sunday, 12/28/14.  My heart feels so very, Very, VERY full… with “LOVE”.  ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

MGO!!! TODAY WAS AMAZING!!!  Think.  Think.  Think.  I, simply, do NOT know where to begin.  The beginning???  Good idea (Pppsssttt…I thought of it myself!!!).  😉  Come along, folks…we are taking another trip to “JILL’S WORLD”…

DOUBLE MGO, MGO!!!  Life continues to be so very busy, Busy, BUSY as a helper, Helper, HELPER seeking to “HELP,” share the Word.  :/  Are ya still with me?  “Busy” as a bee = “busy” as Santa’s elf = “busy” as Jesus’ helper.  I did tell you that we were heading to “MY” world, didn’t I???  HA!!!  Onward… Christian Soldiers…???…???…??? (Sorry.  I could NOT help myself!)

The day started with shopping at my FAVORITE store… WALMART SUPERCENTER!!!  Right here in St. Augustine, FL!!!  I noted an “opportune” time as soon as I parked the van in my usual area… way out there… to ensure that I could find my vehicle AFTER shopping.  There was a large group of individuals traveling together who were just departing a bus way out in the back of the lot.  They were all headed toward the Walmart Supercenter here in St. Augustine, FL.  Yep, they were making a quick bus stop and shop.

I, suddenly, felt the urge to meet and greet these individuals.  Not one (1) of them spoke English, however, “THAT”… did NOT deter me, folks.  None of them spoke English???  NOT a one!!!  I proceeded to hand out numberoneteam.net business cards, DESPITE that little…???…???…???… “OBSTACLE”!!!  In my defense, I guess I figured that they might be able to “READ” English… regardless of whether they spoke it or not!!!  DO NOT ASK ME “WHAT” I WAS THINKING!!!  Perhaps I got, temporarily, “LOST”  in my own mind, A.K.A.:  “Jill’s World”.  I have since reasoned that computers are pretty fabulous these days in that they can even translate messages written in different languages!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I had NOT made a complete “FOOL” of myself, after all!!!

I entered the store, Walmart Supercenter in St. Augustine, FL, feeling “HAPPY” and “EXCITED”!!!  ANOTHER good experience sharing numberoneteam.net cards with teammates… EVEN if they had NO IDEA, what-so-ever, who I was or what I wanted.  Bottom line, they each took a card.  They did appear to perk-up with excitement when I mentioned the internet.  I do hope they visit the site and share, Share, SHARE its message forward.

I completed my shopping quickly (okay, it may have taken about 2 hours) and then I entered the SHORTEST check-out line I could find.  Hoping to get through that short line and out of the store… QUICKLY!!!  HA!!!  “PRICE-CHECK!!!”  Just kidding.  I don’t know what the hold-up was, BUT the lady in front was having difficulties with…???…???…???… “SOMETHING”.  I don’t know what was wrong, but “SOMETHING” was wrong.  So, we waited, and Waited, and WAITED…

Meanwhile, we all became fast-friends in this check-out line, isle #9.  Yep, I handed out more business cards.  We actually enjoyed our “delay” in the check-out line UNTIL… my cookie-cake, accidentally, got left behind on the check-out thingy for the couple behind me!!!  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  Now, wait just one second.  I REALLY told the guy behind me that I’d fight him for that cookie cake!!!  🙂  Now, his wife was thin and he was proud to report that he’s recently lost 40 lbs., so I “WON”… hands down.  Or did I???  I paid money for it AND… one little piece of that frosted cookie-cake will surely add, unwanted, cottage cheese to my back-side!!!  Hhhmmm… perhaps I “LOST,” after all!!!

Chris, Danielle, and Chase went down to Daytona Beach, FL to ice-skate.  I did not go with them this time.  I felt a “pull” to attend the Sunday service at the St. Francis House from 3-4 pm, ET.  Boy, I am so, So, SO glad I did.  Christian (Chris), delivered the message.  And Stewart lead the gospel songs while playing guitar.  I am getting to know some of the “regular” attendees now.  “THIS” event is powerful.  It feels “RIGHT”.

I, then, stopped in to visit a former patient of mine who now resides in a different nursing facility in downtown St. Augustine, FL.  Him and I developed a special friendship during his stay at MCNRC.  He is HYSTERICAL!!!  Oh, the stories we can tell!!!  It sure felt good to visit with him.  He doesn’t MISS A BEAT!!!  We always seem to fall right back into our usual relationship so easily… no matter how long it’s been between visits.  What a great ending to a FABULOUS day!!!

Tomorrow is… “MARVELOUS MONDAY”… already.  Are “YOU” ready to start another week???  ME TOO!!!

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

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

THE “UNDERGROUND WORLD”…

of jail.

MGO (May God Offer) insight or understanding…

MGO, folks!!!  “I”… had NO idea what would be facing Christopher in jail when I pressed charges… simply seeking to “HELP” him.  “SOMETHING”… was wrong on that evening he approached Danielle and myself in an aggressive manner… “IN” the driveway of our home.  Oh yeah, “SOMETHING”… was, definitely, WRONG.  I had NEVER seen him before.  I DID NOT know him… AT ALL!!  I DID KNOW, however, that this young man needed “HELP”.   He was AFRAID of something or someone.

I pressed charges… “HOPING” that this young man would get the “HELP” he needs.  The “HELP”… he deserves.  Folks, I DO NOT know where he’s been, what he’s done, or ANYTHING much about him.  His “LIFE,” however… HAS BEEN DIFFICULT.  “THAT”… I AM SURE OF.  “My” LIFE… HAS BEEN DIFFICULT.  “YOUR” LIFE… HAS BEEN DIFFICULT.

Christopher… is still in jail.  I went to another court hearing regarding his case on Tues., 12/23/14.  People are trying to “HELP” this young man.  He is, however, STILL in jail.  NOT as a punishment.  As a chance.  For “HOPE” (Heaven Over-Powering Earth).  He is, basically, homeless.  No job.  No home.  Nothing.

I, originally, thought that jail would keep him safe and out of trouble.  He would have a place to sleep.  Food to eat.  PERFECT, right?  WRONG!!!  I was able to speak with him at the courthouse on Tuesday.  He does NOT want to be in jail, however, there is nowhere for him to go once released.  Back out on the streets?  In the woods?  Who knows where he would end up???

“I”… am torn, folks.  I wanted to “HELP” this young man.  Tell me, when does giving him food and shelter go from a GOOD thing to a BAD thing due to the negative consequences of keeping him jailed for TOO long???  PEOPLE ARE “TRYING” to “HELP” him.  “HELPING”… IS NOT EASY, folks.

I lifted the “NO CONTACT” order during court on Tues.  Christopher now has access to both my website:  numberoneteam.net AND my land-line, in association with that website.  We have been unable to connect, via phone, as the answering machine is unable to accept charges from his incoming calls.  Therefore, he can leave no message.

Now, JAIL, ya see, has this “underground world” of individuals seeking to “HELP” inmates by contacting their friends/loved ones on the “outside world”.  Of course, “SOME” of these dealings are…???…???…??? shady… to say the least.  BUT NOT ALL, folks.  I have been deeply touched by a very friendly young woman, named Jennifer, who contacted me on behalf of Christopher.  She… has a boyfriend in jail right now.  And “SHE”… is acting as the outside contact person for individuals currently in jail here in St. Johns County.

“WHY”… is she doing this?  Using her phone, her time, her money to “HELP” individuals in jail???  “I”… do not know, folks, but I want to find out.  I tried to call her today at the previous number she had called me from. “IT”… is no longer in service.  “SHE” has a good heart.  I heard that in her voice.  I felt that in her words.  I will keep trying that phone number, folks.  I am hoping she just needs to buy more minutes AND… that she will get the money needed FOR those minutes.

MGO, folks!!!  Call me naive, but guess what I have learned about jail???  Christopher has FEWER RIGHTS.  FEWER FREEDOMS… in jail.  Communication… is “DIFFICULT”.  I filled out an application just today to have video visitation with him.  It takes 3 days, at least, for me to be approved… just to talk to him via a video screen!!!  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I am NOT complaining.  “IT IS… WHAT IT IS!!!”  I appreciate ALL the efforts made by our officials to keep the public safe while also allowing certain privileges to inmates.  REMEMBER… There is a “GOOD” side to EVERYTHING!!!

My heart aches, folks.  I, simply, wanted to “HELP” Christopher.  Somehow, “THIS” isn’t what I had in mind.  But, everyone, Everyone, EVERYONE… “IS” TRYING.  I have learned so, So, SO much about “LIFE” lately.  For instance… “LIFE”… is even more “DIFFICULT” than I thought I KNEW “IT” to be!!!  HA!!!  Now, “MY” LIFE… is DIFFICULT, but I have NO idea, WHAT-S0-EVER, how difficult “YOUR” LIFE is.  And I am realizing that most people don’t even care about the difficulties faced by “OTHERS”.  Now, “THIS”… is sad, but TRUE.  And I don’t even mean “THIS” in a bad way.  Simply stated, “IT IS… WHAT IT IS”!!!

I don’t believe “EVERY-DAY PEEPS” are, intentionally, “THAT” selfish or uncaring.  “LIFE”… is getting more and more “DIFFICULT”… BY DESIGN!!!  Now, you can blame who you want to blame, BUT blaming ANYONE DOES NOT FIX ANYTHING!!!  “IT IS… WHAT IT IS!!!”  As NIKE’ says it BEST… “JUST DO IT”… We ALL need to do what we can to try and “FIX” whatever we think is “BROKEN”.  DO NOT BE A COMPLAINER ABOUT PROBLEMS… FIX THEM!!!

MGO!!!  “I”… have “rambled”… ALL OVER THE PLACE… in this one post.  Sorry, but “I”… am on a MISSION, folks.  Please stay tuned… there will, DEFINITELY, be MORE regarding this story.

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

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, 2014

I CANNOT explain my personal and spiritual growth over the past few years.  WHAT A JOURNEY, folks!!!  HANDS DOWN… “THIS” has been “MY” VERY BEST CHRISTMAS… EVER!!!  2014… YEP… “MY”… VERY BEST CHRISTMASEVER!!!

As usual, we attended the Christmas Eve candle-light service at ABC  (Anastasia Baptist Church) on Anastasia Island here in St. Augustine, FL.  “THAT” evening was quite… “memorable,”  to say the least!!!  Yep… “I DID IT AGAIN”!!!  “YOU”… ARE NOT GONNA BELIEVE IT, folks.  I invite you to come along on ANOTHER trip to “JILL’S WORLD”.  READY OR NOT, HERE WE GO…

Okay, so I raced home from work Wed., 12/24/14 and simply HAD to lay down for a quick “POWER” nap.  IT WORKED.  I jumped up, readied myself for church in a HURRY, throwing on a pair of black nylons at the last minute prior to donning my knee-high black boots, which complimented my red dress and white, sheek wrap. (I admit it.  “I”… am from the North and “WE”… wear panty hose up North, folks!!!) So, our family RACED OUT THE DOOR… and, yep, we MADE IT TO THE CHURCH ON TIME!!!  We had to sit in the VERY back of the church, however, due to our last-minute arrival.  BUT… WE MADE IT TO THE CHURCH ON TIME!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

Hhhmmm… “SOMETHING” was NOT right.  In fact, “SOMETHING”… was VERY WRONG!!!  The nylons I threw on did NOT “FEEL”…???…???…???… “RIGHT”.  We raced into the church and found 4 seats, together, in the back of the church and quickly sat down.  Sitting allowed me to forget about the “funny” fit and feel of those nylons  I quickly threw on to complete my “LOOK”… for church.

Our traditional choral minister???  Pastor David Elder???  He lead the songs, alright.  :/  AND???  He had us stand-up and sit back down, at least 5-10 times during the service!!!  Those black nylons kept falling more, and More, and MORE… DOWN MY WAIST… EACH TIME WE STOOD!!!  Thanks so much, Pastor David!!!  I could NOT, discreetly, pull them up!!!  So, what did I do, you might be wondering???  I DID NOTHING!!!  “THEY”… kept falling, and Falling, and FALLING… throughout the entire… stand-up/sit-down service!!!  Oh no!!!  NOT TONIGHT… NOT AT CHURCH!!!  WHY… oh, WHY do things like “THIS” ALWAYS  happen to “ME”???

Folks, “I”… WAS A MESS!!!  I, somehow, managed to walk out to the tables after service, turn in my candle and then quickly escape out the church doors into the dark of the night.  WHEW!!!  Had anyone inside the church noticed my sagging panty hose???  I DO NOT KNOW, BUT I SURE HOPE NOT!!!  The panties, however???  Had fallen below both knees to the top of my boots before I made it to the van!!!  HOW EMBARRASSING!!!

“I”… could only “LAUGH,” folks.  MGO (May God Offer) insight or understanding as to “WHY”… Oh, “WHY”… do these type of things keep right on happening to “ME”… over and Over and OVER… again, and Again, and AGAIN???  Upon inspection???  I noted that these were an old, Old, OLD pair of maternity nylons I had NEVER discarded after my last pregnancy… OVER 15 YEARS AGO!!!  Nope, I do NOT wear nylon panty hose very often here in FL.  As a matter of fact… I have NOT worn black panty hose here in FL for 15+ years!!!

“IT IS… WHAT IT IS!!!”  :/

I worked 4 hours on Christmas day at MCNRC… EARLY!!!  “I”… was fortunate enough to serve others on this VERY special day.  I enjoyed work.  Raced home to open gifts with my husband and children.  We then headed to our favorite holiday dinner restaurant in Palm Coast, FL:  Golden Corral!!!  We have eaten there quite a bit, lately.  In Oct. for my 50th B-day, Nov. for Thanksgiving and Dec. for Christmas!!!  TEAM ALLEN LOVES GOLDEN CORRAL!!!

I do hope you will refer back to the post regarding my B-day dinner, published on 10/27/14.  Well, that waiter who chased me around with a BURNING candle on top of a piece of cake… to sing “Happy B-day” to “ME”???  Jacob???  Well, he has been there EACH time we have returned for dinner!!!  And yep, “I” ALWAYS… remind him who I am.  (My poor daughter gets horrified by my behavior around him.  He must be about 21 years old)  Now, “HE” reminds me of Zac Efron.  “I”… am NOT kidding, folks.  JUST SAYIN’…

WOW!!!  What an AMAZING Christmas, 2014.  “THIS”… has been “MY” BEST CHRISTMAS… EVER!!!

Jesus is the reason for the season, folks!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

WE A-L-L HAVE “STUFF”!!!

“YOU”… have “YOUR” STUFF.  “I”… have “MINE”.

F.Y.I.:  “MY” STUFF is MORE important than “YOUR” STUFF… TO “ME”.  And vice-versa.  Now, I am not trying to be facetious or condescending.  “I”… am being SERIOUS, folks.  “WE ALL HAVE STUFF”.

YOUR STUFF… is ONLY more important to “Y-O-U”.  BOTTOM LINE:  EVERYONE… “E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E… NEEDS some sort of “HELP”… with something… somewhere…

So, now think about this for a moment.  “YOU”… need “HELP.”  “I”… need “HELP.”  “WE ALL”… need some kind of”HELP,” correct???  Hhhmmm… what is it then, that is gonna motivate “ME” to wanna “HELP”… “YOU”… in ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM???

HA!!!  THAT’S IT!!!  “MOTIVATE.”  People need to feel motivated to “HELP”.  (Pppsssttt… Negativity IS NOT very motivating for ANYBODY.)  Complaining… moaning and groaning… WILL GET YOU NOTHING!!!  EVERYBODY has “STUFF” to complain about… EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!

Remember… GOD IS GOOD.  Positive.  SATAN IS BAD.  Negative.  If you choose to focus on the negative and ONLY present the “BAD,” then don’t expect the positive or “GOOD” to, magically, appear.  Right?   Or wrong???

“THINK ABOUT IT!!!” (A tribute to my brother, Bob)

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

P.H.P., People Helping People.

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

CHRISTOPHER B., 12/25/14

It is now 7:37 pm, ET on 12/25/14.

Merry Christmas!!!

I said a prayer for you last night.  I said  a prayer for you today.  Please, turn to God.  And then… give ALL your “STUFF” unto Him, The Lord.  He loves you… more than you can imagine.  HE will show you the way.

You’ve got NOTHING… to lose.  EVERYTHING… to gain.  Please allow yourself to “TRUST” in God.  JESUS IS LORD.  And remember… “HE DIED TO BE YOUR HERO”.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE…

Sincerely, Jill D. Allen

I DID WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!

“I”… messed up AGAIN???  HOWEVER… DID I DO THAT???  Hhhmmm… come along, folks.  We’re taking ANOTHER trip…”Flighty Jill”… RETURNS to “Jill’s World,” 12/23/14.

I did NOT work today… which had been chosen to be our Rehab. Dept.’s Secret Santa/potluck luncheon.  “MY” Secret Santa, who JUST HAPPENED to be… “JILL, THE GREATEST,” brought my gift to work yesterday.  I, on the other hand, planned to message the person whose name I had drawn to inform her that “I” was her S.S. and would bring her gift to work tomorrow(since I would not be at work today).  HA!!!  “I”… was ON TOP OF IT!!!  I handled that situation, PERFECTLY, or so I thought!!!  UNTIL she messaged back, TODAY, saying that she had already received her S.S. gift!!!  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  HOW CAN THAT BE???

Hhhmmm… you know what that means, don’t you???  I have NO idea who I am giving a gift to tomorrow when I return to work!!!  BUT “SOMEBODY” DID NOT GET A GIFT  from me at work today, so… “THEY” know who “I” am!!!  (Pppsssttt… it is 8:30 pm, ET 12/23/14 and I have NOT purchased the gift yet for the “someone” I don’t even know I’m “gifting”!!!)

JUST ANOTHER DAY… IN JILL’s WORLD!!!  Oh, and there’s more, folks.  Danielle and Chase “GIFT” each other on Christmas EVE.  I managed to take both kids shopping today… together.  AT THE SAME TIME.  AT THE SAME PLACE (Target).  TOGETHER!!!  We managed to exit the store without either child knowing what the other had gotten.  BAM!!!  IT WORKED!!!  I was so proud of myself.  “THIS”… has been such a “CRAZY,” BUSY year, folks.  12/23/14… I took both kids to get each others’ gift AT THE SAME TIME!!!  AND… IT WORKED!!!  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!

All of the gift wrap is stored in the master bedroom, so Danielle came in first (1st) to wrap Chase’s present… a hair dryer.  We decided to remove the hair dryer from the box for wrapping.  Finished!!!  Danielle proudly took it out and placed it front and center… to be opened by Chase tomorrow evening after church.

“Chase, get in here and wrap your sister’s present,” I called from the bedroom.  Minutes pass.  “Chase!!!  Come and wrap Danielle’s present!”  Chase finally entered the room and he immediately started laughing… in that “CRAZY” way he laughs when, almost, embarrassed!!!  I questioned him for a few moments as he continued laughing in “THAT” same manner.  “What is it, Chase?”  HA!!!… he boasted (while STILL laughing), “I think I know what my gift is…” as he picked-up the empty hair dryer box from the bed… RIGHT,  E-X-A-C-T-L-Y, where Danielle and I had left it!!!

“Aaahhhhhh!!!”  I LOST IT, folks!!!  In that crazy, high-pitched tone…SCREECH… that escapes me at times during severe “fits” of laughter!!!  I CANNOT EXPLAIN IT!!!  But Danielle quickly taped it on her I-phone.  And she kept re-playing it… AND RE-PLAYING IT… over, and Over, and OVER… again, Again, and AGAIN!!!

Danielle was upset about it.  Chase was…???…???…???… “whatever”.  My husband was a bit upset, as well, that I had not been able to counter Chase’s suspicion with a “white lie”.  And “ME”???   Well, ALL I could do was laugh… HYSTERICALLY.  COMPLETELY DUMBFOUND!!!   “THE CAT [screech] WAS OUT OF THE BAG!!!”  Chase will NOT be surprised when he opens his Christmas gift from Danielle tomorrow night!!!  :/

“IT”… is almost here, folks.  “CHRIST”-MAS, 2014.  The BIRTH-DAY celebration of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Our Savior.

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

published at 10:30 pm, ET 12/23/14.

 

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY…

as an  ___, ___, ___!!!  😉  WHEW!!!  What a weekend!!!  Fri. 12/19/14 – Sun. 12/21/14.

Friday???   Work, facility Christmas party from 6-8 pm, ET and then “SHOPPING”… afterwards.

Sat.???  Danielle performed at the Jacksonville Giant b-ball game with Showtime USA.  “THIS”… was an amazing event!!!  I set out as usual… to meet and greet folks while handing out numberoneteam.net business cards.  NOT ONE (1) person declined to take a card… WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  AND… get this, folks… I walked right up to a restricted area and spoke with an attendant who put me, DIRECTLY, in touch with the Jacksonville Giants Basketball, Vice President/COO:  Joe Miller.  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I even asked to meet the coach.  AND… the owner!!!  I, somehow, feel a connection between The Jacksonville Giants and numberoneteam.net.  After all, The Giants have been A.B.A. Champs (#1) for the past two seasons!!!  There are so, So, SO many connections.  I am, certainly, excited to explore any potential “TEAM BUILDING” opportunities that may become available in the future.  😉

And Sunday???  Busy, busy, busy… AS WELL!!!  Shopping, gift wrapping, cooking, laundry, AND… I also attended today’s church service at the St. Francis House here in St. Augustine, FL.  I am not certain whether I have blogged about “THIS” previously, but I have been lead to our church’s pastor who delivers Sunday service at this homeless shelter.  His name???  You ARE NOT going to believe it!!!  His name???  Is “Christian”… ANOTHER Chris.  Now, am I the ONLY one making a connection here???  The two (2) previously discussed, significant individuals, both named “Christ-“opher and now a 3rd… named “Christ”ian!!!  Chris, Chris, Chris!!!  WOW!!!  I just got “CHILLS”!!!  Stay tuned, folks.  There will be more of this story yet to tell…

Oh, and this coming Tues., 12/23/14???  Is another court date for… “Christ-“ opher”… the young man encountered by Danielle and myself in our driveway as reported in the “9-1-1” post, dated 10/30/14.  Please refer back to that post for details.  WOW.  ANOTHER “TOUGH”  day in court is approaching, folks.  This young man, “Christ-“opher, has been in jail for nearly 2 months… SINCE that evening’s events.  I am praying that  “Christ-“opher will be touched by the Grace of God.  I am, truly, excited and anxious to learn of his pending sentence… to be handed down so close to “Christ-“mas.  Stay tuned.  There’s more to come regarding “THIS” story, as well!!!

GOD IS GOOD… ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME… GOD IS GOOD!!!  AMEN.

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

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

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

“TIS THE SEASON, folks!!!  BUSY, BUSY, BUSY… as an ELF, ELF, ELF!!!    (Pppsssttt… remember???  “ELF” = a “helper”… helping to share the Word.)  😉