Monthly Archives: February 2016

“HELPING OTHERS”…

by “LOVING” them.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“THIS” means loving teammates “AS-IS”  for today…in this VERY moment…“DESPITE” our differences.  And “HELPING” them however needed…in a loving manner.  In kindness.  In “FRIENDSHIP/FELLOWSHIP”.  AMEN.

WE  A-L-L  NEED “HELP,” folks!!!  That includes you, me, him, her, them, etc.  EVERYBODY…EVERYWHERE needs some kind of “HELP”.  Friendly people…need “HELP”.  Hateful people…need “HELP”.  Rich people.  Poor people.  Tall, short, thin, heavy.  White, black, brown, etc.  EVERYBODY…EVERYWHERE needs some kind of “HELP”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

So, what’s the BEST way to “HELP” others???  In “LOVE”.  Out of “LOVE”.  With “LOVE”.  PERIOD.  Do EVERYTHING IN, OUT OF and WITH “LOVE”.  BAM!!!  LOVE = GOD.  GOD = LOVE.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  And when in doubt just ask yourself:  “W.W.J.D.”??? 

What Would Jesus Do???”  Loving Jesus, knowing Jesus and walking with Jesus REQUIRES us to “HELP”  A-L-L teammates IN, OUT OF, and WITH “LOVE”.  And be on guard against Satan as he tries to fuel your “LOVE” with ANGER/HATE, thereby erasing ANY positive intent you may seek to claim from your negative words/actions. It is so, So, SO nice to know that GOD FORGIVES…EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US, isn’t it???!!!???!!!???!!!

Be kind.  Be loving.  Be helpful.  TO ALL TEAMMATES.

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 SUN’LL COME OUT TOMORROW”

BAM!!!  Hey…have I  E-V-E-R  mentioned that “LIFE IS DIFFICULT”???  HA!!!  OF COURSE I HAVE!!!  Over, And Over, AND OVER…again, And Again, AND AGAIN!!!  “LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” folks!!!  Now, “THAT” statement is so simply simplistic that I ALMOST did NOT identify the reality of “IT”.  WHAT???!!!???!!???!!!  Sounds pretty “CRAZY,” huh???  Yep, I can hardly believe “IT” my “SELF”!!!  Strap yourselves in, folks…we are taking another trip to “JILL’S WORLD”!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

Aaahhhhhh!!!  I am NOT “CRAZY,” folks!!!  It ALL makes sense to me now, kinda!!!  :/  This has been a difficult week, following a difficult weekend, falling RIGHT in line with a difficult month!!!  EVERYTHING has been DIFFICULT!!!  February 2016…HAS BEEN DIFFICULT!!!

So many different things going awry.  ALL AT ONCE.  BAM!!!  More and more demands on our already short supplies of time, money, patience, etc.  “STOP!!!  I CAN’T TAKE ANY MORE!!!”

I awoke this morning in the same ole’ “down” mood as I readied myself for work.  I  felt oddly compelled to post, “THE SUN’LL COME OUT TOMORROW” on Facebook and twitter before leaving the house.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“The sun’ll come out tomorrow”… and I was out the door to begin yet another day.  Living life.  Struggling to survive these difficult times we ALL find ourselves facing together…yet apart.  And wouldn’t ya know I was suddenly reminded of my brother, Bob, during this morning’s drive into work.  OUCH!!!  That hurt, folks.

HOW COULD I FORGET???!!!???!!!???!!!  My beloved brother expired one year ago, 2/18/15, at 58 years young.  E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G  makes sense to me now!!!  N-O-T-H-I-N-G  really matters, folks.  Work issues.  Financial issues.  N-O (little) “T-H-I-N-G” matters!!!  My growing and bitter distaste for “LIFE” this month (Feb. 2016) has been magically and tastefully replaced with a sweetness I cannot explain.  BAM!!!  “I GET IT!!!”

There are no such stressors in “THIS” LIFE that are worthy of distracting me from my purpose of “HELPING” others to survive “THIS” LIFE.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Were the “DIFFICULTIES” I’ve faced this month a “gift”…in disguise???  And were they placed there, tenderly, as a distraction to ensure that I captured the significance of “LIFE,” instantly, with the sudden reminder of  my brother’s death???  “ALL IS WELL.” 

Yep, the dark clouds are dissipating in “JILL-VILLE,” folks.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! “THE SUN’LL COME OUT TOMORROW”.  I JUST KNOW IT WILL!!!  😉

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.

 

YOUR DIRT IS DIRTIER THAN MINE!!!

WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

People sure “LIKE” to talk, don’t they???  About other people’s dirt, of course!!!  Yep, I had to chuckle today as I overheard a teammate confessing that she had dirt, however, professing her dirt to be cleaner than others’!!!  HUH???  :/ (the look).  I am NOT kidding, folks!!!  I SIMPLY CANNOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP!!!

PLEASE STOP(in the name of love)!!!  That teammate’s sins are NOT worse than HIS, HERS, YOURS or MINE!!!  They’re just a bit different, that’s ALL!!!  “LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” folks!!!  For Everybody… EVERYWHERE!!!  And PLEASE REMEMBER:  We are who we are based on where we’ve been and how we’ve responded to situations while simply seeking to survive “LIFE”.  PERIOD.  I will admit I’ve made some pretty BAD decisions/mistakes/sins, folks.  How about you???  It is so, So, SO GOOD to know that God will forgive ALL who repent. (Luke 24:47)

P.S.:  DIRT = DIRT (it’s ALL dirty).  Just sayin’.  😉

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.

GO TEAM!!! WE’RE ALL…

UNDER THE SAME BUS TOGETHER!!!  HUH???  :/ (the look).

I am feeling so very…???…???…???…anxious/uptight these days as we are ALL being pushed to hurry, Hurry, HURRY-UP and go, Go, GO!!!  Do more, More, MORE for less, Less, LESS!!!  OUCH!!!  “LIFE IS SO DIFFICULT!!!”  For Everybody.  EVERYWHERE!!!

Teammates…EVERYWHERE…are throwing each other “UNDER-THE-BUS”.  OUCH!!!  I do NOT like my “SELF” very well at all when I play that game.  “STAND ON SCRIPTURE, JILL”… Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Now “THAT” is amazing to “ME,” folks.  I had not intended to say:   “STAND ON SCRIPTURE, JILL.”  God just gave me those words.  RIGHT here.  RIGHT now as I was suddenly reminded of Pastor Walter recently stating that he can stand by ANYTHING he says as long as it is backed by scripture.  BAM!!!  Thank you, Jesus.  And Thank-you, Pastor Walter.

Folks, we are ALL struggling to survive this “LIFE”…together.  TIMES ARE TOUGH…for EVERYBODY.  Can we just try to “HELP” each other along the way???  And PLEASE… “STOP”(in the name of LOVE) and think before throwing teammates under the bus, folks.  (THAT INCLUDES “ME”!!!)  A “CUTE” realization we discovered just yesterday…???…???…???…  “WE’RE ALL UNDER THE SAME BUS TOGETHER!!!”  😉  Oh, how I love my teammates at MCNRC!!!

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 WICKED WAYS

OUCH!!!  The words I spoke to a teammate on Friday afternoon were deceitful, folks!!!  🙁  As Matthew 15:19 states:  “For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.”  BAM!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I strongly desire to “HELP” people.  I struggle, however, with “HOW” to “HELP”.  My intentions are good, folks, but the methods of helping I employ are and have been deceitful (“EVIL”) in certain situations.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Yep, I used to be VERY confrontational.  I faced most things HEAD ON and would state my views DIRECTLY…RIGHT to your face!!!  BAM!!!  The direct approach, however, proved hurtful to ALL involved.  Even my “SELF”.  I consciously try NOT to confront folks directly these days, but this new indirect approach I am experimenting with seems equally as hurtful…  :/  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

EXAMPLE:  I recently tried to make an indirect point to one teammate by referencing a second teammate who was NOT even present during the conversation.  OUCH!!!  I “think” the point “MAY” have been received as intended, but I’m NOT sure.  I do know, however, that I DID throw this second teammate under the bus in order to make an indirect and controversial point to the teammate I was engaged in conversation with!!!  :/  DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!  “WHY, Jill???”  WHY???

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned…AGAIN!!!  Please provide the RIGHT words for use in tomorrow’s apologies to my respected teammates.  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 MOUNTAINS…

@ Anastasia Baptist Church (ABC) here at the island campus in St. Augustine, FL!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Pastor Walter West was surely speaking DIRECTLY to “ME” tonight, folks!!!  This weekend’s service = “A Beginner’s Guide to Moving Mountains” as we continue in the series:  Mountain Tops.  BAM!!!  I’M A BEGINNER, folks!!!  And…

I LOVE MOUNTAINS!!!  It just-so-happens that “MOVING” them ranks pretty high on my “TO-DO” list, right along with “CLIMBING” them!!!  Yep, I’m thinking about “THE CLIMB” by Miley Cyrus…the motivational and spiritual song that inspired the development of this blogging venture here at numberoneteam.net back in 2013.  WHEW!!!  TIME SURE FLIES!!!

“LOVE”…IS IN THE AIR, folks!!!  It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, 2016!!!  How appropriate to focus on “LOVE” at church “THIS” weekend.  LOVE = GOD.  Did ya know that???  Yep and God = LOVE!!!

LOVE IS NOT AN OPTION…”IF” YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN.  We are called to “LOVE” like Jesus.  “LOVE” like God.  “LOVE.  LOVE.  LOVE.”  Our neighbors.  Our family/friends.  And our enemies.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I MUST admit I have difficulty every now-and-again loving certain teammates, but  “LOVING”…is NOT an option for Christians.  “WE LOVE” as Christians.  “THAT” is what we do!!!  “LOVE.”  EVERYBODY.  EVERYWHERE.  Knowing that ALL of us peeps are EXACTLY where we’re supposed to be…FOR NOW…as we “JOURNEY” through “LIFE” from HERE to THERE.  “LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” folks!!!  Can we PLEASE just try to “HELP” each other along the way???

1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us, “Three things will last forever- faith, hope, and love- and the greatest of these is love.”  BAM!!!  The Beatles had it RIGHT, folks:  “ALL WE NEED IS LOVE”.  😉

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.

JOHN 8:7

“….All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.”  NLT

AMEN and AMEN.  Thank you, Jesus.  Now tell me, just who do I think I am!!!???!!!???!!!???

BAM!!!  Forgive me, Father!!!  “I” AM A SINNER, yet I STILL throw stones at others for “THEIR” sins while ignoring my own!!!  OUCH!!!  I am saddened by this recent incident, but will continue moving forward at my EVER-SO, TURTLE-SLOW pace!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Still living and learning @ numberoneteam.net!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Thank you, Jesus.

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.

 

JOHN 8:7
“….All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.”

WHEN IT RAINS…

IT  P-O-U-R-S!!!  I am taking things in stride, though…and praying for the “BEST”.

Tell me, why is it that “DIFFICULTIES”  A-L-W-A-Y-S  come in pairs???!!!???!!!???!!!  Handling ONE (1) “DIFFICULT” situation is…???…???…???…”DIFFICULT” ENOUGH!!!  I, or “WE,” do NOT need any  more “DIFFICULTIES” added to the current ones!!!  RIGHT???  RIGHT!!!  Oh, and the pain of knowing that YOUR “DIFFICULT” situation adds MORE “DIFFICULTY” to other teammates’ already “DIFFICULT” situations, as well.  IT’S OVERWHELMING!!!  And then…

Don’t you  feel as though you’re wrong NO MATTER what you do to “HELP” fix a “DIFFICULT” situation???  BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!!!  In fact, “THAT”…is RIGHT where I am at this VERY moment!!!  BAM!!!   I give the BEST of myself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day, folks!!!  But, YES!!!  I’M HAVING A BAD DAY…T-O-D-A-Y!!!  :/

“JESUS LOVES ME.  THIS I KNOW.”  AND…”IT IS WHAT IT IS”!!!

I am thinking positive, folks, and employing a very old tactic I used back in the 90’s by telling my SELF:  “SELF, tomorrow WILL BE a better day.  And I KNOW this to be true…whenever I’m having a difficult day…today!!!  (I just may NOT be certain of when “TOMORROW” will actually get here.  Next week?  Next month?  Next year?)

RING, ring…(phone call) WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING???  MORE “DIFFICULTIES,” folks!!!  And so it goes…it feels like torrential rains on this cool, but sunny day in St. Augustine, FL.  Do NOT forget, JILL:

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.

 

 

STEPPING OUT ON FAITH

WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  Did “I” just indicate, by the title of this post, that I am “STEPPING OUT ON FAITH”???  I think so, folks, but I AM SCARED.  “WHAT”…am I supposed to do???  “WHERE”…do I go from here???  “I”…am LOST.  And AFRAID.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I am certain God puts the “RIGHT” people in our paths for just the “RIGHT” reason.  At just the “RIGHT” time.  BAM!!!  My “LIFE” is currently saturated with the “RIGHT” people in, around or at the exact same time.  THANK YOU, JESUS!!!  My life is overflowing with blessings from God.  “EVERY DAY PEEPS.”  P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

Now, I will wait for You to “MOVE ME,” Heavenly Father.  SHOW ME THE WAY…and I will “GO”…

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, folks.  (Pppsssttt…some may be in disguise)  😉

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.

 

CHOOSING YOUR “MASTER” WISELY

“MASTER”???  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“LIFE IS SURE DIFFICULT,” folks.  I have, however, attained a higher sense of “PEACE” today with expansion of life-long views.  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!

SOOOooo…”MASTER”…implies “SLAVERY” as intended for the purpose of “THIS” post, folks.  “CHOOSING” implies a degree of FREEDOM, or choice.  For example, choosing a “MASTER,” in today’s world, correlates to such things as A.)  Choosing a spouse; or B.)  Choosing an employer.  Both will have a significant impact on your view of “SELF” via what you are able or willing to tolerate…in terms of their “WICKED” ways.  How will “YOU” seek to implement positive “CHANGE”???    Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

GRANTED…NO BODY or NO THING is “PERFECT”.  ALL MEN(and women) ARE SINNERS, therefore…EVERYTHING is tainted with “SIN,” to a certain degree.  Which sins are tolerable???  Which ones are NOT???  And according to who???  What???  When???  Where???   Why???  Hhhmmm…STILL thinking, Thinking, THINKING…

Thank God, most of us get to choose our mates and employers in today’s world.  Please CHOOSE WISELY, folks.  And do NOT be afraid to ask for God’s opinion.  Just be open and willing to recognize His answer.  And remember 2 Corinthians 12:10:  “…For when I am weak, then I am strong.” OH YEAH!!!  And of course:  If God brings you to it, He  will lead you through it…VICTORIOUS!!!  “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:13)  AMEN and 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.