Monthly Archives: July 2016

STEPS OF FAITH…

have lead me RIGHT to Anastasia Baptist Church (ABC) yet AGAIN, folks!!!  I am NOT certain why or what I’m supposed to do aside from coming “TOGETHER” with this particular ABC LifeGroup that has been tugging on my heart strings for a few weeks now.  “Early Risers LifeGroup.”  Yep, the name says it ALL, folks!!!  This group meets at 8:00 am on Sunday mornings at  church.  :/  That’s early for “ME” to get around and go ANYwhere…for ANYthing…ANY day of the week!!!

My mornings are generally reserved for God.  They’re typically the SAME in that I’m a “SLOW” riser who begins my days just lying lazily in bed while I begin thinking and praying.   Followed by more Thinking and more Praying.  Followed, STILL, by MORE THINKING and MORE PRAYING…”STILL”!!!  :/

So, I recently became interested in this particular, Early Risers LifeGroup at ABC upon learning of their mission:  Outreach SHOPPING for HomeAgain of St. Johns, which is a project now in development here in St. Augustine to serve out county’s homeless.

BAM!!!  Here I go AGAIN, folks!!!  Being pulled back to focus on “HELPING” the homeless.  I am certain there are numerous posts way back there…SOMEWHERE…in the archives of this blog about that exact “tugging” pull or desire.  A desire for me to, somehow, “HELP” homeless people survive “LIFE,” whether at work, a shelter , on the street, or in the county jail system.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK… my heart is smiling as I recall special memories added to the bank from not-so-long-ago.  Thank-you, Jesus.  Amen.  🙂

BAM!!!  So, plugging in to this AMAZING “Early Risers LifeGroup” at ABC is but ANOTHER “STEP” for me to take on this, My Spiritual Life Journey.  This group of “Early Risers” just feels “RIGHT” for where I am currently positioned along “MY” journey from “HERE” to “THERE”.  HALLELUJAH.  AMEN and AMEN.

GO TEAM EARLY RISERS LIFEGROUP!!!  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.

 

WHEN HELPING HURTS

An idea just struck me…RIGHT UP-SIDE MY HEAD, folks!!!  OUCH!!!  Soon AFTER publishing the previous post, “GIVING IT TO GOD”.  And I suddenly feel compelled to STRESS a MAJOR point.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  So yep, we’re taking another “JOURNEY” to “JILL’S WORLD”.  READY???  READY!!!

Hhhmmm…”TEAM BUILDING”.  And “HELPING”.  How, exactly, do those two things “FIT” together???  I do NOT mean to say that each of us should desire the SAME things for everybody…in EVERY situation.  No.  That is NOT what I am saying.  NOT AT ALL.

I simply wish that folks would try to “HELP” in any given situation how they feel called to do so, according to God…NOT Satan, which is often hard to discern.  “HELPING” to YOU…may mean “HURTING” to ME.  I still maintain that we ALL “SEE” things differently based on where we’ve been and how we responded to situations while simply seeking to SURVIVE this thing called “LIFE”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

BAM!!!  What an AMAZING way, established by an AMAZING God, to ensure that ALL the bases are covered.  I do feel pretty certain that “MY” way…???…???…???…will NOT be “YOUR” way.  And NOT for the exact same reasons.  But THAT’S OKAY, folks.  GOD’S WAY…???…???…???…WILL PREVAIL.

Please remember…GOD LOVES ALL OF US!!!  EVERY DAY.  IN EVERY WAY!!!  And everybody.  Everybody.  EVERYBODY… should have SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE seeking to “HELP” them “SURVIVE LIFE” along their “JOURNEY” from “HERE” to “THERE”.  😉  “SHALOM,” my friends, and in ALL sincerity…”I SURE DO HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE…ONE FINE DAY”.  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.

 

 

GIVING “IT” TO GOD

My heart aches.  The “SAFETY NET” highlighted in the previous blog post did NOT work-out “RIGHT” as presumed.  NOT according to “MY” desire.  But, my FAITH is strong, folks.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“TRUTH IS”… God has sovereign control over everything.  EVERYTHING.  “IT” worked-out…???…???…???…according to HIS plan.  NOT “MINE”.  And “THAT”…???…???…???…is OKAY, folks,  because…???…???…???…GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!

God has sure blessed me with some pretty AMAZING teammates to “HELP” me through  “DIFFICULT” situations faced in daily “LIFE”.  We ALL struggle, folks.  Separately and individually.  Yet “TOGETHER”.  Can we please, Please, PLEASE…???…???…???…just “HELP” each other along the way from “HERE” to “THERE”???

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 SAFETY NET

BAM!!!  Thank you, Jesus.  It is so, So, SO obvious that man-made rules/criteria are NOT going to capture ALL scenarios of EVERY situation possible.  “SOME” things (people) will certainly “FALL” between the cracks.  Unintentionally.  “IT IS WHAT IT IS.”  Nobody’s fault.  Nobody’s “mistake,” but it still hurts somebody.  Somewhere.  SOMEHOW.  OUCH!!!

It is so, So, SO heartwarming to witness an established “SAFETY NET” actually  “HELP” a teammate as needed…according to “ME”.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  Granted, different teammates “SEE” different situations…???…???…???…“DIFFERENTLY”.  😉   Thank-you, Jesus.  ALL THE BASES WERE COVERED, YET AGAIN!!! (This time).

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.

 

F.Y.I.

GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!!!  (Pppsssttt…just a reminder to my“SELF,” folks)  😉

Yep, I have allowed my“SELF” to wallow in “GLOOM, DESPAIR And AGONY On Me”!!!  For a FULL week + now!!!  :/  (HA!!!  I just googled searched that ole’ tune from HEE HAW!!!)  What a quick and easy way for me to turn things around, folks.  A SONG!!!  ANOTHER SONG!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  ALL IS WELL, folks.  My heart is now smiling after lifting my hands and head to the sky (the ceiling of my bedroom) to say, “THANK-YOU, JESUS”!!! 🙂

Psalm 118:24, NLT
This is the day the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it.

It is now 8:56 am on Wed., 7/27/16.  And I “GET” to go to work today, folks.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I am so blessed to have a  “J-O-B”  that I actually love, Love, LOVE!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

“HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY WEDNESDAY,” folks!!!

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 COMFORTER

Thank-you, Jesus!!!  Your word is speaking volumes to me.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.

It has been a “DIFFICULT” week, folks.  It appears I am too vocal about my Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in the workplace.  Satan is EVERYWHERE, folks.  Waiting to attack from any possible angle, via any “carrier” or teammate.  🙁  OUCH!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“THIS”…???…???…???…disturbed me, to say the least.  I actually observed teammates complaining about  “ME” to a third party through a glass window, behind a closed door.   I quickly scolded and then convinced my“SELF” to disregard ALL paranoid ideations fabricated in my mind while observing that “CIA” (complaint-in-action), thereby allowing my “SELF” to forget ALL about it.  For 2 days.  “UNTIL”…that third party teammate finally initiated “THE” conversation with me,  disclosing those recent complaints with an aim at altering my behavior.   :/  OUCH!!!

I immediately sought comfort, or vindication DIRECTLY from the bible, folks!!! According to MATTHEW 5:10, “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs”.  BAM!!! Persecution against God’s followers is actually cause for celebration, folks!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 

And then MATTHEW 5:11-12 goes on to say:  “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.  Be happy about it!  Be very glad!  For a great award awaits you in heaven”. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

“FIST-BUMPING”…

COPS IN CLEVELAND!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Thank-you FOX news(Clayton) for sharing the story and photo of a young boy “FIST-BUMPING” cops in Cleveland at the RNC!!!  Now, “THAT” made my heart smile!!!

PLEASE KEEP “IT” COMING!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  GO TEAM FOX!!!  LET THE “GOOD NEWS” ROLL!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  MAKING “GOOD” NEWS CONTAGIOUS IN AMERICA!!!  AND AROUND THE WORLD!!! 

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.

 

“WALK THIS WAY”

BAM!!!  I awoke this morning as usual.  Thinking and praying.  More Thinking.  More Praying.  Followed by:  MORE THINKING AND MORE PRAYING.   I then jumped on Facebook.  :/  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Facebook prompted me to take some positive action this a.m.  And I would now like  to say that Jesus is guiding me to…???…???…???…“WALK THIS WAY,” folks.  Thank you, Pastor Walter.  And I am following His direction, confidently.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Believing what the word (bible) tells us, according to His word, which is the Word(God).

ROMANS 11:1, NLT
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen.  It gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

Aaahhhhhh…”FAITH” allows us vision to “SEE” what we cannot see.  Which then allows us to BELIEVE what we now KNOW is true, further emboldening us to actually “LIVE” according to that “TRUTH”.  Get it???  Got it!!!  GOOD!!!  And ALL God’s people said, “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.

KEEPING THINGS POSITIVE

I find my “SELF” drawing nearer to God amidst the recent, current, and on-going turmoil in today’s world.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

BAM!!!  Drawing nearer to God.  Turning to God.  Submitting to God.  And praying to God were a few of the bullet points from Pastor Walter’s sermon this weekend about “FASTING”.  Pastor Walter even said to “prepare for the BIG STEPS of FAITH” during times of crisis.  Hhhmmm…I tried to blog about the sermon last evening, however did NOT feel the “PULL” to do so…UNTIL TODAY, 7/17/16.  ON THIS VERY DAY. 

The event, “TOGETHER 2016” just occurred YESTERDAY…in Washington DC.  I watched and listened to portions of a taped live stream web-cast of the event while chillaxing in bed this a.m.  One of the speakers encouraged folks to go out.  “GO OUT” into communities.  I was getting “PUMPED,” folks!!!  And the moment he said to “GO OUT” into  our churches…???…???…???… WELL, I was up and in the bathroom readying my “SELF” to head RIGHT over to church.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  (Pppsssttt…and yes, I made it to the church on time)  😉  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

WHY… should I go there “NOW”?  WHAT… will I do or say when I get there???  WHO… will I speak with???  I did NOT know, folks.  BUT… I went back over to ABC (Anastasia Baptist Church) here at the island campus in St. Augustine, FL… where I had JUST attended that very same service last evening.  And “I”…am so, So, SO glad I went there, folks!!!

I began “MEETING & GREETING” teammates at the entrances/exits.  I was MEETING & GREETING teammates in the lobby.  MEETING & GREETING teammates in the parking lot.   MEETING & GREETING teammates EVERYWHERE as I handed out “numberoneteam.net” business cards.  BAM!!!  GOD IS so, So, SO GOOD, folks!!!  I MET SOME AMAZING ABC family members during this little “MEET & GREET” excursion, prompted by that “TOGETHER 2016” rally in Washington DC!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!! 

Upon arriving home, HOWEVER, I was socked squarely in the stomach with news of more police shootings/deaths in Baton Rouge, LA.  🙁  OUCH!!!  I said to my SELF, “SELF!!!  THIS canNOT be happening!!!”  And then I went right back out into the community to MEET & GREET more community members with business cards-in-hand!!!  “I”…was a “CRAZY” woman-OUT THERE IN OUR COMMUNITY– on a mission, folks!!!  “CRAZY”…in a “NOT-SO-GOOD” way.  :/

I later returned home.  Aching ALL over and quickly shouted:  “BACK OFF, SATAN!!!  MY GOD’S GREATER THAN YOU!!!”  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Just as God was telling me to  “SIT  AND PRAY, JILL”.  I did.  And as I prayed God reminded me how important it is to “HANG ON TO HOPE”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Hanging on to HOPE is tough when being constantly bombarded with “HATE” via the news media.  OUCH!!!  And I am now including MY “SELF” among that group as I realize that MANY of my blog posts have focused on “NEGATIVE” news, NOT positive.  Forgive me, Father.  I am messing up … RIGHT and LEFT in a deceptive manner.  Especially in thinking I MUST physically go out there and DO something to make a difference “MY” way… according to “ME”!!!  BEFORE praying and seeking God’s guidance in the matter.  OUCH!!!  🙁

My head is hurting, folks.  I REALLY need to spend alone time with God to clear away some cob-webs.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  “ALL IS WELL,” though, as I continue moving forward.  At least I’m “STILL” learning.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  At numberoneteam.net…even if the pace is painfully “SLOW”!!!  “TURTLE SLOW!!!  DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!  🙁

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.

 

DO NOT TAKE THE BAIT!!!


My heart aches AGAIN, folks.  I just scrolled past a hate-fueled Facebook  post regarding a protest of angry individuals blocking a highway in Baltimore.   OUCH!!!   Satan is working OT, ATT(Over-Time, All The Time) “BAITING” hooks with ANGER…HERE IN AMERICA…using the “RACE” lure…AGAIN!!! 

PLEASE…do NOT bite, folks.  “DO NOT TAKE THE BAIT!!!”  Satan is so, So, SO tricky!!!  He uses life’s difficulties to create negative/EVIL situations.  I repeat:  “DO NOT TAKE THE BAIT!!!”  JUST SAY “NOOOoooooo”… to RACE “BAITING”!!! 

“WE SHALL [ALL] OVERCOME,” folks.  We ALL have “ISSUES” that Satan uses while seeking to “BRING US DOWN,” literally, into the fire-pit of HELL!!!  The “RACE” bait is one of Satan’s favorites as he fishes for his victims.  SADLY…there are MANY biters of different colors.  🙁  As is the case with ALL other “ISSUES,” as well.

“D-O   N-O-T   T-A-K-E   T-H-E   B-A-I-T…from either side of this “ISSUE,” folks!!!  Or…SPIT IT RIGHT BACK OUT if/when that unyielding “HUNGER” for “SOMETHING” allows you to bite!!!  And then fill that empty place with “LOVE,” folks.  “GOD”.  He will “FILL ME[YOU] UP TO THE TOP”!!!  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.