Monthly Archives: January 2016

2 CORINTHIANS 12:10

“That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

BAM!!!  “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  Thank you, Jesus.

“I”…have been struggling, folks.  For quite a little while now.  SATAN…IS A CONSTANT BATTLE!!! KNOW this to be true, folks!!!  “Heavenly Father, I ask that you fill me with Your presence…ALL THE TIME!!!  Every second of Every minute of Every hour of Every day.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.”

2 Corinthians 12:10 is speaking VERY LOUDLY to me this day.  “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  AMEN.  I feel certain that God has placed this verse upon my heart so heavily for a reason, folks.  BECAUSE I NEED IT.  RIGHT HERE!!!  RIGHT NOW!!!  At this specific moment of time in “MY SPIRITUAL LIFE JOURNEY”.

Now, “GO [Jill].”  Go and make disciples (Pppsssttt…Pastor Mason ended today’s sermon telling ALL attendees to “GO”.)  Have a blessed day, folks.  READY OR NOT…HERE I go, Go, GOOOOOOOOO… 

“GO” TEAM!!!  MGO, folks!!!  I just realized that the MAIN chant at the ending of most blog posts, GENERALLY, begins with:  “GO”…TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!  BAM!!!  “GO” TEAM!!!  JUST “GO!!!  GO!!!”   DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  😉

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

“ANONYMOUS” by Cindi Wood…

is the bible study we just started at ABC, Anastasia Baptist Church this past Mon, 1/11/16.  WHEW!!!  Pretty intense WEEK #1!!!  Some main points of each day’s study, FOR ME, are presented below:

Day 1 had me looking at…???…???…??? “LIES”.  OUCH!!!  “LIES”…about the REAL person I am.  This triggered memories of being labeled as a liar by my family, beginning somewhere between ages 4-6.  Hhhmmm…had I tried to report the abuse???  And was it simply easier for others to survive it by denying it…thinking I lied…about EVERYTHING, Big or small???  Pretty deep…and painful.

Day 2 triggered memories of being a “QUITTER” during my younger years.  I quit the school track and the County swim teams…BOTH in Junior High School during grades 7-8, age 13-14.  WHY did I “QUIT”???   BECAUSE…I was NOT GOOD enough.  Hhhmmm…according to who???  According to “ME”!!!  OUCH!!!

Day 3 we celebrated the gift of Salvation.  HALLELUIAH!!!  AMEN.  AND THANK YOU, JESUS!!!

Day 4 had me identify specific ways in which God is using me.  I did NOT hesitate as I wrote #1:  as an “OTA/L” seeking to “HELP” people regain Independence post any incident causing a physical, emotional, and/or mental decline in any manner what-so-ever.  And #2:  as a “BLOGGER”, writing numerous posts aimed at uniting people through spiritual and motivational team building in a manner that encourages P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People…to survive “LIFE”.

Day 4 ALSO asked me to devise a plan for the steps I am willing to take in order to grow closer to God.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Writing down 3-4 things that I am willing to do increases the likelihood that I just might actually do them!!!  WAIT… BUT I ALREADY KNEW THAT, didn’t I???!!!???!!!???!!!  OH, BOTHER!!! :/ (Yep, I’m thinkin’ about Pooh Bear, A.K.A., Danielle)  😉 

DAY 5 reminded me how I felt, consciously, “ANONYMOUS” AFTER my car accident.  Walking, talking and thinking were difficult tasks for me to perform due to injuries sustained in “THE” accident.  A college classmate eventually disclosed her initial disgust with me, believing that I  ALWAYS came to lecture and/or lab classes drunk, as indicated by my impaired speech, awkward or imbalanced gait AND delayed mental processing patterns.

“I”…was ashamed.  Embarrassed.  I spoke VERY little for a long, Long, LONG time.  And when I DID speak, it seemed like NOBODY LISTENED!!!  NOBODY LIKED ME, I surmised.  “I”…DID NOT EVEN LIKE MY “SELF”!!!  Significant deficits plagued me for YEARS, folks.  For many, Many, MANY YEARS!!!  OUCH!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

LIFE IS DIFFICULT, folks!!!  FOR EVERYBODY.  EVERYWHERE.  Can we PLEASE just try to HELP each other in our efforts to SURVIVE it (LIFE)???

And lastly, folks:  EVERYBODY…HAS A STORY!!!  What’s YOURS???  Have you identified how God wants you to use that story to “HELP” others???  So tell me…ARE YOU HELPING OTHERS???  Or…ARE YOU HURTING THEM???

“THINK ABOUT IT!!!” (A tribute to my brother Bob Goble.  I love you and may you R.I.P.)

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

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

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

LETTING GO OF THE PAST, PART II

WHAT???…???…???… “PART  II”  HUH???  :/ (THE LOOK)  Bear with me, folks, as I feel compelled to further explain that previous post, published 1/14/16.  Ready???  READY!!!

Now that we understand “WHY” bus rides were VERY DIFFICULT for me when I was a child, I MUST admit that I unknowingly displaced “MY” ISSUES onto BOTH of my children.  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  HOW???  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I’ve ALWAYS done my BEST to ensure that my children did or do NOT have to ride a bus home from school.  OUCH!!!  That has meant 13 years of arranging my schedule and/or leaving work at in-opportune times to pick up my children (especially Danielle) in order to AVOID bus rides home.  Riding the bus home was MY issue, not my kids’.  OUCH!!!

I STILL do this TODAY for Chase, a junior in H.S., since he does NOT have his own car yet.  FAIR…is FAIR, right???  (Yep…I STILL get my “SELF” hung up on “FAIRNESS ISSUES” -in ALL areas- that represent DEFINITE CHAINS that STILL bind me!!!)  DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!  🙁 

BUS ISSUES AND FAIRNESS ISSUES!!!  BOTH of them tied together…SOMEHOW!!!  UGH.  :/  LIFE IS SURE DIFFICULT, folks!!!  FOR EVERYBODY.  EVERYWHERE.   Can we PLEASE just “HELP” each other along the way???     

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.

A VERY BLESSED DAY…

thanks to various community TEAMMATES!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Today is Sat., 1/16/16 and I am so, So, SO EXCITED about this morning’s adventures that I’ve just GOT to share, Share, SHARE them with you!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I invite you to come along, folks.  Yep, we’re taking another trip to “JILL’S WORLD!!!  READY or NOT…here we go, Go, GO…

1st stop…???…???…???…CVS.   To pick up a few quick items and… BAM!!!  I received a $5 cash back coupon for my next purchase…JUST FOR SHOPPING THERE!!!  The cashier announced the coupon as she handed me the lengthy receipt and I quickly shouted:  “WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  A FIVE DOLLAR COUPON???  I’M A WINNER!!!”  Fellow patrons appeared equally excited “FOR” me!!!  GO TEAM!!!  We all chuckled as I exited the store…merrily.

2nd STOP…???…???…???… MARIOTTI’S (dry cleaners).  I handed the attendant my pick-up slip and it seemed to take a VERY long time for my son’s tux pants and his white shirt to make it around on that motorized rack!!!  :/  I had NOT viewed the receipt, but today’s attendant noted an error in the billing… IMMEDIATELY… thereby saving me $11!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  GO TEAM!!!  I was REALLY feeling GOOD then, folks, as I exited the cleaners…Very Merrily!!!

3rd STOP…???…???…???…PUBLIX (the island grocery store).  Teammates were so, So, SO “HELPFUL” in that store, folks!!!   An employee AND customer “HELPED” me out at the Seafood counter to choose a different-than-usual fresh fish to try and then offered cooking/seasoning advice.  GO TEAM!!! 

Then…a Publix employee “HELPED” by clearing up my confusion regarding a Frito Lay savings “SPECIAL” posted RIGHT beneath the “Doritos”!!!  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  BUY 1/GET 1 FREE!!!  HUH…???…???…???…I did NOT know, folks.  Are Doritos Frito Lays???  :/   The employee was NOT certain either, but she accompanied me down the isle to observe the special offer, hoping to clear my confusion.  She even joked about her confusion regarding the question I posed to her regarding my confusion.  Ya still with me???  We both chuckled.  Boy, I sure admired her humility.  She was VERY “HELPFUL”!!!  GO TEAM!!! 

I later searched different isles for Red lobster’s biscuit mix for tonight’s fish dinner, but could NOT find them!!!  BAM!!!   A Very friendly cashier walked me RIGHT over and down the correct isle to those biscuits!!!  And I then followed her RIGHT back to her register to begin the check-out process…IMMEDIATELY!!!  Where, yet, another friendly employee “HELPED” empty individual items from my cart for check-out and he then placed the bagged items back into my cart!!!  Needless to say, I exited that grocery store VERY MERRILY, as well!!!

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.

 

         

 

“SATAN BE GONE”

Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“SATAN BE GONE”…sounds like a stain remover, doesn’t it???  Nope, not a “STAIN” remover, silly.  It sounds MORE like a “SATAN REMOVER”!!!  WAH, WAH, WAH…(bad joke).  :/

WHAT???…???…???…  “YOU” wanna get some of that Satan remover called “SATAN BE GONE”???  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  IT’S FREE, folks.  And…IT’S EASY AS 1, 2, 3 (Yep, “ABC” by “The Jackson 5”)  😉  Sorry, Slight distraction…  :/ 

Yep, you can remove that NASTY STAIN called “SATAN” from your LIFE by simply inviting GOD INTO your heart, mind, body and soul.  A.K.A.:  Your LIFE.  BAM!!!  THERE YA GO, folks!!!  Removing Satan from your life is like…”ABC.  EASY AS 1, 2, 3″!!!  😉

Satan, however, is a CONSTANT BATTLE.  We ALL need a daily dosage of God for the “SATAN BE GONE” to work properly, enabling us to keep moving forward in the “RIGHT” direction.  AMEN AND AMEN.

HELPFUL HINT:  Spend time with God.  Praying.  Thinking.  Reading(especially the Bible, His word).  Talking.  Singing.  Listening.  Etc., etc., etc.  However much time you’ve got to give…FOR NOW.  And please know that the amount of time you give to God reflects YOUR location along YOUR JOURNEY, folks.  YOU ARE RIGHT WHERE YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE…FOR NOW!!!  I GUARANTEE that you will grow, SPIRITUALLY, as you go, thereby choosing to spend MORE time with Him along the way.

WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  1, 2, 3…”SATAN BE GONE!!!”  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  (Aaahhhhhh!!!  I cannot STOP singing that Jackson 5 song!!!)  Loving Michael Jackson @numberoneteam.net.  May you R.I.P.  “WE ARE THE 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.

 

“STRAIGHTENING OUT MY LIFE”

BAM!!!  Now, “THAT” is what I thought I heard my teammate say in the documentation room yesterday at work.  I thought she said:  somethin’, somethin’…”straightening out my life.” as she chuckled.  My ears perked RIGHT UP and I walked RIGHT over to say:

“My life will be straightened out when I’m 10′ under.”  Meaning that LIFE is a continual struggle for EVERYBODY, EVERYWHERE…EVERY SINGLE DAY and to imply that ALL will be well…”ONE FINE DAY”.  IN THE PROMISED LAND.  FOR ALL BELIEVERS.  AMEN.

:/  HI!!!  It’s “ME” here.  “JILL”…the flighty one.  Yep, I had NOT heard things correctly, folks.  Those teammates present before I entered the room had been discussing something completely DIFFERENT and UNRELATED to…???…???…???…”straightening out my life”.  So, RIGHT after inserting my 2 cents about “my life being straightened out when I’m 10′ under,” my teammate, Beth, slowly turned and gave me… the “LOOK”…

:/  “HUH?”  (That’s an “inside-joke” at work) as she explained what she HAD said.  And then we chuckled…TOGETHER!!!  ANOTHER example of:  Just “ME” bein’ “ME”.  Oh but, “JESUS LOVES ME.  THIS I KNOW”.  😉

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.

 

 

“STILL BREAKING FREE…”

of those chains that bind me.  Yep, we started another women’s bible study class at Anastasia Baptist Church (ABC) here at the island campus in St. Augutine, FL on Mon., 1/11/16.  “ANONYMOUS,” by Cindi Wood,  which addresses the negative labels (identities) displayed by four biblical women and asks study-goers to reflect, personally.

I have learned many lessons throughout my life, folks.  AND…I have read, listened to and discussed similar thoughts/ideas for the past 2-3 years since Pastor Walter West “HELPED” me to identify the nature of this “JOURNEY” I’ve been consciously, yet sub-consciously, traveling for MANY years now.  Searching for something.  Someone.  Somewhere.  Out there.  :/ 

It sure seems like I keep learning new applications of old lessons to MY specific “LIFE” story, folks. Things I KNEW, yet I didn’t REALLY know.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Example.  I knew I was a “QUITTER” in LIFE…BEFORE my car accident in 1986.  I quit the track and swim teams in Junior High.  OUCH!!!  Oh yes, I was a QUITTER!!!  What I just realized, however, is that I quit those and other things because I labeled myself as NOT GOOD ENOUGH.  According to “ME”!!! 

And then I quit college in 1984…I wasn’t focused enough.  I quit my marriage in 1986…I wasn’t committed enough.  NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!  NOT FOCUSED ENOUGH!!!  NOT  COMMITTED ENOUGH!!!  I WAS A QUITTER!!!

I fought my way through crazy delusions (false beliefs) which served as an outlet to release my inner ANGER.  My inner anger was the result of inner turmoil that was buried away in the form of DENIAL as a means of …???…???…???…SURVIVAL!!!   “CRAZY,” huh!!!???!!!???!!!???  Yep, my “LIFE” has sure been CRAZY, but it ALL makes sense to me now…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!!!  PRAISE JESUS!!!

“HEAR YE, HEAR YE!!!  I now wish to PROCLAIM my “SELF” a “WINNER!!!”  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  JILL…is NO longer a “QUITTER”!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Wouldn’t ya like to be a winner to???!!???!!!???!!!     Aaahhhhhh!!!  OH NO!!!  It’s ANOTHER(distraction) one of “JILL’S JINGLES,” folks:   I’m a winner.  He’s a winner.  She’s a winner.  We’re all winners.  Wouldn’t ya like to be a winner too???  Be a Christian.  To be a winner. (the Dr. Pepper jingle).  😉

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.

 

MARVELOUS MONDAY, 1/11/16!!!

BAM, folks!!!  The AMAZING weekend has carried over into this “MARVELOUS MONDAY, 1/11/16”!!!  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  GOD IS SO GOOD!!!  ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!  AMEN.

I am NOT real certain how to explain the unexplainable, but…”TO EACH HIS (OR HER) OWN!!!”  RIGHT???  RIGHT!!!  I will “TRY,” folks, to explain the recent unexplainable happenings…in “MY SPIRITUAL LIFE JOURNEY”.  Strap yourself in!!!  We’re taking ANOTHER trip to “JILL’S WORLD”!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

A tad-bit of anxiety hit me this morning as I was reminded of how busy this day could actually be…DEPENDING on my caseload at work.  I had errands, work, and bible study later this evening.  OUCH!!!  I prayed for things to work smoothly.  BAM!!!  This prayer was answered IMMEDIATELY as I arrived at work.  My 7 1/2 hour day  was reduced to 6 1/2 hours…THANK YOU, JESUS!!!  BAM!!!  A WIN-WIN situation!!!  My patient is now receiving the acute care she needs in the hospital and I was given the PERFECT time-slotted for my errands!!!  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  PRAISE JESUS!!!

AND…work appeared “DIFFERENT” this day, Mon., 1/11/16.  I cannot explain it, but there was a DEFINITE “CHANGE”…in the air.  Is it possible that the “CHANGE” I felt so strongly…ALL day…was simply a “CHANGE” within my “SELF”???  Or are the changes occurring among many “TEAM BLUE” mates???  I am NOT certain, folks.  All I know is…”The change felt GOOD”.  AMEN.  I pray the GOODNESS continues…TO INFINITY AND BEYOND…!!!  :/  Yep, Buzz Lightyear…AGAIN!!!  :/  :/

It is currently 6:00pm, Mon., 1/11/16.  I am anxious to begin yet another Bible Study at Anastasia Baptist Church TONIGHT, 7-9 pm, ET, “ANONYMOUS”.  I believe this study will highlight how God uses every-day, ordinary peeps to “HELP” teammates survive life…LITERALLY!!!  Please stay tuned…I am certain I will share details about this bible study in upcoming blog posts.

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.

UNCROSSING THE WIRES…

to find God in today’s mixed messages.  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  I have NO idea, what-so-ever, where to begin this post or what to even write about!!!  Hhhmmm…”SHOULD” be interesting, RIGHT???   :/  RIGHT!!!  😉  Are YOU ready???  ‘Cause I am NOT…  🙁  (Pppsssttt…it’s kinda DIFFICULT to write a post when you’re NOT REAL sure what it’s about!!!)  “Please HELP to guide my words, Heavenly Father.  “Oh God, how I need you NOW!!!  Amen.”

Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…  Let the JOURNEY begin…

“UNCROSSING THE WIRES…to find God in today’s mixed messages.”  Whew.  Recent posts sure indicate the DIFFICULTY I’ve been experiencing in my “LIFE” during the past month-or-so.  And just this weekend I was struck, RANDOMLY, right upside my head (OUCH!!!) with a pastor’s name…”Pastor Bobby Crum,” from Anastasia Baptist Church here at the island campus in St. Augustine, FL.  BAM!!!  And that name stuck!!!  I suddenly remembered a previous conversation with him, 2+ years ago, during which his comments came rushing back…as if to make even more sense to me today than yesterday…in a broader spectrum.

“TRUST GOD” may NOT have been the specific message given then, but it was the intended message I JUST received…THIS WEEKEND!!!  Boy, I was sure taken aback, randomly, as God reinserted that memory to the forefront of my mind as if to somehow “HELP” me with “uncrossing the wires to find God in today’s mixed messages”.  WOW, now “THAT” is AMAZING, folks!!!  AMAZING GRACE.

So, I carried-on with Saturday’s responsibilities and…BAM!!!  I, unexpectedly, ran into a teammate I “NEEDED” to reconnect with(from years ago) to extend a direct apology.  THANK YOU, JESUS!!!  My apology was graciously accepted.  And I can now feel “HAPPY” about, otherwise, unhappy memories from my past.  Amen.

And then “LATER,” who do you think I was given an “IDEAL” opportunity to speak directly with???  Yep, none other than Pastor Bobby Crum!!!  He just happened to be walking up an isle in church as we entered the auditorium.  BAM!!!  “IT”…was MEANT to be, folks!!!  I just had to run right over and thank him for his impact on “MY SPIRITUAL LIFE JOURNEY” TODAY…from his spoken words at a previous impromptu meeting, approximately 2 years ago, that he probably does NOT even remember.  Thank you, Bobby Crum.

Yep, I’m STILL “TURTLE SLOW, but TURTLE STEADY” @numberoneteam.net!!!  It’s been an AMAZING weekend, folks!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!

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.