Monthly Archives: August 2015

“WAR ROOM”

I’ve got chills, folks!!!  They’re multiplying!!!  :/  Sorry, but I’m SERIOUS!!!  “I’VE GOT CHILLS!!!”

My husband, Chris, and I went to see that movie this weekend.  “WAR ROOM.”  MGO, folks!!!  What a great, Great, GREAT movie!!!  I cried.  I chuckled.  I belly-laughed.  And I prayed.  Yep, prayer is powerful, folks.  BAM!!!  PRAYER IS REAL POWERFUL!!!  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  “IF”…YOU BELIEVE!!!

I BELIEVE, folks!!!  I spent a good part of the drive from our home out to the High School lecturing our son, Chase, on the absolute power of prayer this morning!!!  I looked over at him while we were stopped at a red light and commented how good his teenage, boy skin is looking.  He agreed, but DID complain about one-lone, reddened and irritable pimple on his forehead…RIGHT between both eyes!!!  I did NOT miss a beat, folks, and quickly raised my left hand up toward the roof of our van and shouted:  “Let us… P-R-A-Y  FOR THE PIMPLE!!!” Oh, we laughed so hard!!!  Thank you so much, Chase, for giving me permission to blog about your pimple.  😉  WHEW!!!  You can take my word for it , folks: “THAT” was HYSTERICAL!!!

“War Room”:  Hhhmmmmmm…what a good Good, GOOD movie!!!  I’ll be going to see it AGAIN tomorrow night with co-workers!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  PRAYER IS POWERFUL, folks!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

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.

MY NIGHTTIME “COMPETITION”…

“MGO” (May God Offer) INSTEAD of “OMG” (Oh My God).  MGO, folks!!!  Chris and I took a quick little trip down memory lane this weekend and I just thought I’d share, Share, SHARE…some of my previous dysfunction with you all.  :/  I CANNOT BELIEVE I’M SHARING THIS ABOUT MYSELF, but strap yourself in!!!  WE’RE TAKING ANOTHER TRIP…to Jill’s OLD world!!!

THOSE DREADED PILLOWS!!!  OH, HOW I HATED CHRIS’ “BEDMATES”!!!  “PILLOWS”!!!  LOTS OF PILLOWS!!!  Regular-sized.  King-sized.  EVEN full-length BODY pillows!!!  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!! Yep, I admit it, folks.  I’m embarrassed, but I must admit that…I WAS JEALOUS OF CHRIS’ PILLOWS!!!

Hhhmmm…I was reminded of those crazy days as I awoke from a nap this weekend…cuddling Chris’ pillow!!!  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  PLEASE…SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!  I am NOT kidding, folks.  I thought Chris was the pillow I was cuddling, affectionately…UNTIL I leaned over, puckered up and looked straight into that dreaded…PILLOW!!!  Aaahhhhhh!!!  Chris and I both got a chuckle out of that one!!!

Now, Chris has ALWAYS liked to “HUG” his pillows.  He  B-E-A-R  HUGS… those pillows!!!  No kidding.  He snuggles up to them and cuddles with them!!!  Oh, how I HATED those dreaded pillows…BACK IN THE DAYS of my mental illness.  Yep, my “MENTAL ILLNESS”.  “I”… was mentally ill…for 42 years of my life!!!  A ticking time-bomb… waiting to EXPLODE!!!  I remember how VERY close I came to exploding…more than just a few times, folks.  Now, “THAT” is scary!!!

Thank you, Jesus!!!  For knocking, And Knocking, AND KNOCKING numerous times.  I finally opened the door and let You in…AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS.  YEARS…of struggling.  YEARS…of searching.  FOR YOU, Heavenly Father.  It feels so GOOD to be headed “HOME”…in the “RIGHT” direction.  “RIGHT???”  RIGHT!!!

And I’m proud to report that I NO longer struggle with Satan’s lies that encouraged such “CRAZY” jealousy of non-living…???…???…??? PILLOWS!!!??!!!???!!!???  “LIFE HAS SURE BEEN DIFFICULT,” folks.  But GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!  AMEN.

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.

MOVING BEYOND SELFISHNESS…

INTO SELF-“LESS”-NESS. (I’ve got chills, folks.  They’re multiplyin’-“GREASE”.  :/  Oh bother, “MOST” thoughts I enter are, somehow, attached to music.)  So anways, I awoke about an hour ago and began this Sunday morning as usual:  thinking, Thinking, THINKING and praying, Praying, PRAYING as I allowed myself to fully awaken, gradually, with God.  Hhhmmm…”MOVING BEYOND SELFISHNESS” is what popped into my mind.  I am not real certain where this idea will take me/us, but I will follow “IT”(“I have decided to follow Jesus”)  :/  And I invite you to come along “WITH” me.  READY???  HERE WE GOOOoooooo…

Hhhmmm…”SELFISHNESS” = a tendency to look out for ONE”SELF”.  MY”SELF”.  YOUR”SELF”.  HIS”SELF”.  HER”SELF”.  Not being too concerned with OTHER”SELVES” (I just made that word up, folks.  “OTHERSELVES”…is NOT a real word!!! It is, however, another one of  “JILL’S WORDS”!!!  MGO (May God Offer) insight or understanding…  I think there might be a post way back there…SOMEWHERE…with a list of made-up words to “fit” topics discussed!  Have you stumbled upon such a “list” during your travels through this blog???  Well, “OTHERSELVES” needs to be added to that “LIST” of “JILL’S WORDS”.  Oh, bother…I will try to go back there to find the list…SOMEWHERE… and add “OTHERSELVES” onto it!!!  (Finding it could take awhile, folks!!!)  I will look…LATER, DUDE!!!  :/

In moving forward, I truly believe “SELFISHNESS” may be a “coping technique” that we utilize, subconsciously, during our Christian infancy while simply seeking to survive “LIFE”.  Hhhmmm…”SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST”…a tendency of ALL living creatures employed to “SURVIVE LIFE”.  BAM!!!  LOOKING OUT FOR #1, the “SELF”!!!

Selfishness is an inborn tendency to ensure our survival.  “THAT’S”…a good thing, folks.  TO A CERTAIN POINT!!!  God has equipped us to survive beyond this “LIFE” into eternity.  He does, however, expect us to grow in our Christianity to a point of loving others as we love ourselves.  “GET OVER YOURSELF!!!”  OUCH!!!  I continue learning, folks, as my walk with the Lord continues...FORWARD…into ETERNITY..AND BEYOND!!!  (Bruce Lightyear)  :/  Sorry.

So, selfishness is “GOOD”…to a point…before it turns “BAD”???  Well, where is that point???  How can you identify  it???  How do you get there from here???  Or here from there???  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

There’s so much to consider along our “JOURNEYS” from “HERE” to “THERE,” folks!!!  How about traveling our journeys “TOGETHER”???  And how about “HELPING” each other along the way???  “THINK ABOUT IT!!!” ( a tribute to my late brother, Bob.  I love you.  May you R.I.P.)

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. 

 

Leviticus 18:19;  Mark 12:31;  Galatians 5:14

PURPOSEFUL LOVE

BAM!!!  “PURPOSEFUL LOVE.”  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  Come along, folks.  It is time for another “TRIP” to…”JILL’S WORLD”.  Ready???  HERE WE GOOOoooooo…WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  (Pppsssttt…you’re coming, RIGHT???  You’re right beside me, RIGHT???  RIGHT!!!)  😉

Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK… “PURPOSEFUL LOVE”???  Loving someone or something on purpose, with purpose.  DOUBLE Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm…loving with drive and determination.  Loving with???…???…???… “INTENT”.  Not just because loving makes us feel all “warm and fuzzy,” but because we choose to love.  EVEN if we “think” we “don’t think” we want to???!!!???!!!???!!!  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  Now, is that even possible to feel something you think you don’t think you want to feel???…???…???…  :/  IT SURE IS, folks!!!  “For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength” according to the Holy word,  Philippians 4:13.  BAM!!!  “JUST DO IT!!!”  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  (Yep, I’m thinking about Nike’)  😉  GO TEAM NIKE’!!!

“ALL WE NEED IS LOVE,” folks!!!  (The Beatles…and YEP, I’m singing that song inside my own “SELF”.  Aaahhhhhh!!!  The “STOP” button is NOT working!!!)  :/

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.

 

MY FEAR WITHIN…

= A FEAR OF LOSING GOD.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“I like the path I’m on.”  I’m scared of those things that may lead me astray.  I’m scared to rely on “MY” wants.  “MY” needs.  “MY” desires.  As “THEY” (my wants, needs and desires)...ARE NOT MY OWN.  Something, somewhere… “Out there”…or deep within my “SELF” controls what I “think” I want, I need, or I desire.  “IT”…is NOT my “SELF”.

Recognizing who or what is influencing  my thoughts at any moment is getting easier as my FAITH in Jesus Christ grows.  I am, however, VERY susceptible to the traps set by Satan to veer me off my current path.  “I like the path I’m on,” folks, no matter how difficult it may be at times.  Jesus is my Lord and Savior.  Jesus is my One and Only…FOREVER.

Blogging is an avenue through which I wish to share “My Spiritual Life Journey” with those who wish to read and follow.  I’ve had ideas for expansion of numberoneteam.net so that I may be able to touch the lives of, “OTHERS”…out there…“SOMEWHERE”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

So, who are those “others” I want to touch???  “Where” are they???  Hhhmmm…am I by-passing  lives right here while searching for those lives…out there???  SOMEWHERE???  How do I get “THERE” from “HERE”???  Aaahhhhhh!!!  I’m entering the “JILL ZONE,” folks!!!  Which leads STRAIGHT to “JILL’S WORLD!!!  :/  DOUBLE Aaahhhhhh, Aaahhhhhh!!!

The lives I have ALWAYS felt that I need to touch are…???…???…??? “OUT THERE”… “SOMEWHERE”.  I am NOT, however, equipped enough to go out there…SOMEWHERE… seeking random lives to touch.  So…“I HAVE DECIDED” to plant myself, FIRMLY, within Anastasia Baptist Church(ABC).  WHAT!!!???!!!???!!!???  OH NO…ANOTHER JINGLE, folks!!!  :/  Yep, God just hit the play/sing button…AGAIN!!!  DOUBLE   :/    :/

“I have decided to follow Jesus.  I have decided to follow Jesus.  I have decided to follow Jesus.  No turning back.  No turning back.”  😉

We, the Allen family, have been members at Anastasia Baptist Church here in St. Augustine, FL for 12+ years now!!!  Pastor Walter has been so instrumental in “HELPING” to identify this “JOURNEY” I’ve been traveling for…???…???…???.. a LIFETIME!!!  Yep…traveling, Traveling, TRAVELING.  Ever so slowly.  OUCH!!!  Yep, still “TURTLE SLOW,” but “TURTLE STEADY.” @ numberoneteam.net.  :/  The tortoise ALWAYS wins, right???  RIGHT!!!  😉

  Wish me luck, folks.  I have a meeting at Anastasia Baptist Church on Mon., 8/31/15 to “HELP” plant roots deeper within our church family for proper growth of my faith and knowledge to occur.  I am scared.  But excited.  “For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13  

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.

“GET OFF YOUR FANNY”…

AND FAN THE FLAME!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Thank you, Pastor Walter!!!

WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  “Get off your fanny…”???  I AM NOT KIDDING, folks.  Pastor Walter ended today’s sermon by encouraging us to get off our fannies and fan the flames within.  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

Those flames = our God-given “GIFTS”.  Our talents.  Our passions.  Our purpose.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…I’ve got a purpose!!!  You’ve got a purpose!!!  He’s got a purpose!!!  She’s got a purpose!!!  EVERYONE’S GOT A PURPOSE, folks!!!

GET OFF YOUR FANNY, JILL!!!  I feel certain Pastor Walter was speaking DIRECTLY to “ME”!!!  Forgive me, Father.  I had big, Big, BIG plans for this weekend, but #1:  I was too tired;  #2:  It was too hot outside; and #3:  I questioned my own capabilities.  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  OH NO!!!  PLEASE SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!  “MY” wants, needs, or fears stopped me from participating in “TEAM BUILDING” opportunities this weekend!!!  OUCH!!!  🙁

FORGIVE ME, FATHER!!!  I could have done more this weekend.  I “WISH” I had done more this weekend.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Boy, I sure hope “TOMORROW” isn’t the day that NEVER gets here.   OUCH!!!  :/  Hhhmmm…pray, Pray, PRAY…

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.

:/ …WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!

Could it be possible that hard-working Americans no longer feel the need to…???…???…???…”pay” their medical bills???  I CANNOT believe I overheard what I think I thought I heard:  “Nobody pays their medical bills anymore!!!”  WHAT???!!!???!!!????!!!  I quickly shot my left arm up into the air and PROUDLY stated, “I DO!!!”  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

We are paying such high costs to “HELP” cover the costs of those who are NOT paying.  What would happen if folks get angry enough and decide NOT to pay  because of the current inflation???  I realize that we get billed outrageous costs for anything deemed “MEDICAL,” but what would happen “IF”  N-O-B-O-D-Y  paid???  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I agree with a teammate’s father:  “That’s the problem here in America”.  People don’t pay their  bills.  Some can’t.  Some can.  Some will.  Some won’t. “Where there’s a will…THERE’S A WAY!!!”  AMEN. 

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.

 

P.H.P., FOLKS

People Helping People.”  As in:  People Helping [OTHER] People.  It is so, So, SO important to take the focus off ourselves, folks.  There is no need to be selfish.  God meets ALL the needs of true believers.  Again:

“GOD MEETS ALL THE NEEDS OF TRUE BELIEVERS.”  HIS way…NOT ours.

Could it be possible that we don’t “NEED” many of the “THINGS” we desire???  Is “MORE” always “BETTER”???  Is having the BEST always necessary???  Hhhmmm...think, Think, THINK…

Misinterpretations of God’s word are ALL around us, folks.  Listen closely for the meaning of unspoken words.  Be observant for any behavioral exclamation points.  And please examine self motives.  Satan is EVERYWHERE!!!  In EVERY negative thought.  In EVERY selfish deed.  OF EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US!!!  OUCH!!!

 AND…PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE, folks.  Remember:  RULES ARE RULES AND LAWS ARE LAWS.  FOR A REASON!!!  We may NOT like or agree with them, BUT we should all try to follow them.  Right???  Or wrong???

The spiritual war has begun.  Let’s put on our body armor and fight to WIN!!!  Hhhmmm…“FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!!!” was a recent topic of a church service at ABC.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I LOVE how that fits in here!!!  (Pppsssttt…I’m a FIGHTER.  He’s a fighter.  She’s a fighter,  We’re a fighter.  Wouldn’t you like to be a fighter too???DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  😉

GO TEAM CHRISTIAN WARRIORS!!!  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. 

 

 

“TODAY”…IS A NEW DAY!!!

HALLELUJAH!!!  LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!!!  Thank you, Jesus.  I “NEED” a new day that is a bit better than yesterday, folks!!!  Yep, I HAD A “DIFFICULT” DAY… yesterday.  “THINGS”…bothered me.  At work.  And at home!!!  BUT… 

WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  TODAY IS A NEW DAY, folks!!!  LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!!!  Now, I will go out there and try my best to make sure that TODAY is a better day than YESTERDAY!!!  For “ME”…which will “HELP” my teammates have a better day as well!!! (Pppsssttt…I think I may have snapped at a few teammates yesterday!)  :/  Oopse.  OUCH!!! .  Forgive me, Father.

YESTERDAY WAS A “DIFFICULT” DAY, folks!!!  But that’s okay.  TODAY IS A NEW DAY!!!

“This is the day the Lord has made.  [I] will rejoice and be glad in it.”  Amen.
Psalm 118:24

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.

 

 

 

PROUD TO BE…

…A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN, folks!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  JESUS IS MY LORD AND SAVIOR.  I believe in the trinity:  The Father(God); Jesus(the son); and the Holy Ghost.  They are 3-in-1.  God = God; God = Jesus; God = the Holy Ghost…3-in-1.
KNOWING where I stand:  CHECK!!!  TAKING a stance …CHECK!!!  And STANDING FIRMLY…”CH…”!!!  :/  I am learning and growing, folks.  I am learning to insert myself…AS myself…among diverse groups of individuals who may NOT share my same thoughts, ideas or beliefs.  I am growing in my FAITH and seeking guidance from fellow Christians along the way.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!
GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!
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.