Monthly Archives: August 2016

“TRUST PACKS”

WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  GO TEAM EARLY RISERS LIFEGROUP!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

BAM!!!  Friday, 8/19/16 was AMAZING, folks!!!  The “Early Risers” LifeGroup of Anastasia Baptist Church met for dinner, friendship, fellowship AND…a “TRUST PACKS” packing event!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I ABSOLUTELY love, Love, LOVE this group!!!  And its community outreach with HOME AGAIN ST JOHNS!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

In a nut-shell, This “Early Risers” LifeGroup collects non-perishable food items for the St. Johns County homeless population over a few-months-time-period and then meets to pack 200+ gallon zip-lock “TRUST PACKS,” each filled with items, such as:  water, canned meats and canned fruits (pop-top lids, of course), cracker sandwiches, chips, cookies, breakfast bars, hard candies, hand-i-wipes, etc.

I was so honored to attend my first-ever “Packing” event Friday evening, 8/19/16 from 6-8:30 pm.  The food was GREAT, potluck-style.  The friendship and fellowship was pretty GREAT also.  But let me tell ya’ll…the GREATNESS truly began during the organized line-packing event.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Now, this is when the super-duper GREATNESS of the evening kicked into OVER-DRIVE!!!

I think there were about 10-12 “Early Risers” present last evening.   And yep, “WE”…???…???…???…WERE FOCUSED, folks!!!  Focused on having fun as we danced, sang, chuckled and chatted while strolling through the assembly line to package-up “TRUST PACKS”.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  “Singing, dancing, chuckling and chatting”… while we worked!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  😉

FINAL COUNT…???…???…???…was somewhere between 225-250 “TRUST PACKS” we packaged in gallon-sized zip-lock bags for delivery by our friends at Home Again St. Johns to area homeless “campsites”.  I canNOT stop singing Chris Tomlin’s song, “Good, Good Father,” inside my own“SELF’S” mind, “JILL’S WORLD”.  🙂  🙂  And yes, my heart is smiling real, Real, REAL BIG as I will soon begin to ready my“SELF” for church on this Good, Good Evening…Sat., 8/20/16.

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.

 

SPOTLIGHT NEWS: JACK JOINER

BAM!!!  I am so very, Very, VERY excited to highlight this next individual.  Mr. Jack Joiner was a recent patient at MCNRC who I was blessed to work with 2 or 3x during his rehab. stay.  “AMAZING MAN,” he sure is.  Now, I only treated him a few times for Occupational Therapy, but it was quite obvious  the very moment we met that he (Jack) was special!!!

I loved joking with him…“Hi Jack!!!  It’s ME, Jill!!!” Now, that may sound kinda corny to some-of-you-all, but it was so, So, SO funny to “US”.  I guess ya had to be there.  :/  Anyways, Jack (him) and Jill (that’s me) bonded quickly.  We both felt the connection.  A connection we shared beyond just…???…???…???…“JACK & JILL” or patient/therapist.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

We share a deep, Deep, DEEP Christian bond.  But even beyond being Christians, we have both documented our Christian thoughts and beliefs in written form for other teammates to read.  Yep…Ya see, Jack is author of the book titled, “MEANINGFUL THOUGHTS”.  BAM!!!  He had an author’s copy of his book on the bedside table in his private room at our rehab. facility that  I JUST became privy to during a treatment session one day last week.  I immediately perused through its contents and knew, “IMMEDIATELY,” THEN AND THERE that I was stopping by Barnes & Noble on my way home that very day to purchase my own copy…“IMMEDIATELY”!!!  😉

In short, I ordered it, publish-on-demand, and it arrived just this past weekend.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I took it right to work on Tues. (I was OFF on Mon.) for him to sign…just prior to his Discharge home that very day!!!  WHEW!!!  Now, “THAT”…???…???…???…was meant to be!!!  Thank you, Mr. Jack Joiner for  signing my copy of your book, “MEANINGFUL THOUGHTS”.

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Now, this is a short, paper-back book filled with Jack’s “MEANINGFUL THOUGHTS”.  Many-of-which sound like something I, my“SELF,” would think, or blog about.  Hhhmmm…Jack & Jill think quite alike, we sure do!!!  BAM!!!  Jack’s book, “MEANINGFUL THOUGHTS “. And Jill’s blog, “numberoneteam.net,” which are meaningful short stories of meaningful thoughts are quite alike.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!! 

Now, the copyright for this book is 2010.  Jack was 88 at the time he finished compiling his thoughts for its completion.  You do the math.  I strongly encourage folks to order a copy of Jack Joiner’s book, “MEANINGFUL THOUGHTS”.  What an AMAZING man he is!!!  ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

It is now Thursday and Jack was just discharged home with his wife on Tuesday.  I sure “HOPE” (Heaven Over-Powering Earth) that “ALL IS WELL”.  Goodluck, Jack.  From your new friend and fan, Jill.

Yep, my life was touched by yet ANOTHER angel at MCNRC.  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.

 

 

JUST SAYING “NO”…

to Satan!!!  “No!  NO!!   N-O!!!”  I made a mistake.  I KNOW THAT, but God forgives me, so  I REFUSE to worry about A-N-Y…THING regarding it.  Now, “BACK OFF, SATAN!!!  MY GOD’S GREATER THAN YOU!!!”  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

“I’M SORRY.”

“IT IS…WHAT IT IS!!!”  :/

And…“ALL IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.”  Regardless.  😉

BAM!!!  I awoke this morning to a realization that I made a mistake at work yesterday afternoon.  The anxiety whooshed in and over me like a waterfall, but I quickly turned to God, confessed it, and handed it over to Him.  No matter what, folks, I trust God with ALL my heart, soul, and mind.  I messed up…AGAIN, but Jesus loves me.  This I know.  And God forgives me.  For the bible tells me so!!!  AMEN.

Thank you, Jesus.  I am excited to ready my“SELF” for work and to “FACE THE MUSIC”…accordingly.  ALL IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.  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.

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Aaahhhhhh… A very special friend came over today and gave  me a “FREE” facial during which we were able to visit and “catch-up”.  SCORE!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  “THIS” friend and I go back a long, long way!!!  In fact, we worked for the same rehab. company back in 1995…when I first came to St. Augustine, FL.  Now, “THOSE” were “DIFFICULT” days, folks.

Yep, her and I share a special bond.  We both sustained head injuries…in 1986.  Hers in Aug.  Mine in Nov.  🙁  Those obvious signs of head injury were present in us both back in 1995, from slowed  thinking patterns, speech and muscular movements to emotional lability and…???…???…???…”flightiness”.  OUCH!!!  BUT…WE WERE SURVIVORS!!!  TOGETHER…we learned the ins-and-outs of the “REHAB.” world as therapists seeking to “HELP” patients survive “LIFE”.  She, as a Speech Therapist and I, as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Boy, I am suddenly realizing how very special that friendship was, is, and will remain…“FOREVER”.

I remember a very meaningful pinkie-finger-shake we developed and shared, indicative of our “SPECIAL” connection…WAY back in ’95.  Yep, we knew we were connected.  DEEP.  RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING.  Time passes quickly, however, and “LIFE” took us in different directions for a decade-or-so, before being reunited as members of the same Rehab. team…once again in 2005.  Yep…we were working “TOGETHER AGAIN” on the same, but different rehab. team of professionals.

Jump ahead another decade to now, 2016…and “LIFE” has drawn us apart again.  We no longer work together, and have not seen each other for quite awhile, but the connection we share is still undeniable!!!  My only question…???…???…???…Where did ALL those years go???!!!???!!!???!!!  And “YES!!!  We did the pinkie-finger-shake” today!!!(in case you were wondering)  😉

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.

 

“WORKING” THE WEEKEND

BAM!!!  I love, Love, LOVE my “J-O-B,” folks!!!  Yep, I am “OFF” today (Mon., 8/15/16) because I “GOT” to work on Saturday, 8/13/16.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

BUSY WEEKEND, folks!!!  Very busy, Busy, BUSY!!!  I do, however, have something to share that occurred Saturday….  Not quite sure where to begin, but it was an AMAZING Saturday, folks.  ANOTHER Saturday I was blessed to work at MCNRC.  BAM!!!  I love doing rehab. on the weekends.  (Pppsssttt…it’s quiet.  JUST me and one patient per treatment session.  PERFECT opportunities to “connect” and share the Word with teammates.)  😉

My very first patient Saturday morning was, and “IS,” AMAZING, folks!!!  Now.,“SHE”…???…???…???…is a long-term resident of the facility and boy…“SHE” could sure teach anybody a thing or two about “LIFE”.  BAM!!!  “SHE” spoke of “ISSUES” faced in the Nursing Home as a resident and we then discussed her NON-APPROACH to dealing with them.

According to her, She does NOT report “LOST” money or personal items.  She thinks she knows what she has.  She claims awareness of what “they”(staff) take, or steal.  🙁  BUT…she  lets it go….  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

WHY???  Well, she spoke of NOT reporting or confronting staff as a means of allowing their conscious awareness of wrong-doing, or stealing, to allow or encourage their independent repentance.  BAM!!!  At “THAT” very moment during our conversation… it NO longer mattered whether she remembers things “correctly” in her elderly, near-visually blind, and demented state.  SHE chooses to respond according to her FAITH.  In “LOVE”.    And “THAT”…is pretty powerful, folks.

Yep, I was touched by another angel at MCNRC, folks.  Oh, how I love, Love, LOVE my “J-O-B,”!!!  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.

SPOTLIGHT NEWS: WATER WITHIN, the band

BAM!!!  “WATER WITHIN” is an AMAZING group, consisting of 2 female vocalists accompanied by 1 male drum/instrumentalist.  This group travels world-wide sharing their gifts and God’s word.  We were blessed to be lead in worship by them this weekend, 8/13-14/16 at Anastasia Baptist Church, here at the island campus in St. Augustine, FL.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  SUCH AMAZING TALENT, folks.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I felt like a kid at my first concert (Dan Fogelberg back in the late 70’s at Ohio University where my sister, Laura, was attending.)  Hhhmmm…fun, Fun, FUN time-even though I was NOT excited about going, AT ALL!!!  Not to see Dan Fogelberg, anyways!!!  I didn’t even know who he was at the time!!!  :/  Laura still jokes how I stood atop my chair while yelling, screaming, and I think I may have cried when it was over…???…???…???  :/  ).  And I do still love, Love, LOVE his music to this day!!!  Thanks for the memories, sis.

This group, WATER WITHIN, was so AMAZING that I attended both Saturday evening AND again for the 9:30a.m. Sunday morning service after LifeGroup, “EARLY RISERS”.  Thank goodness I was able to refrain from climbing atop my chair to “HOOT & HOLLER” and sing along with these  fabulous artists as they performed.  God has truly blessed them with a talent that NO words can describe.  I invite you to peruse their page,  http://www.bandpage.com/WaterWithin and please contribute to their Independent label for the manufacture and distribution of their AMAZING music.

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.

OFFICE CHATTER

BAM!!!  Satan love, Love, LOVES ALL the negative office chatter, folks.  Please, just “STOP!!!  IN THE NAME OF LOVE” (GOD).  😉

Oopse, I did “IT” again!!!  I inserted my “SELF” with the negative chatter-boxes for a quick bite to eat the other day and…BAM!!!  Yep,  I threw my 2 cents into the air regarding one-such negative conversation, aimed directly at the intended recipient.  OUCH!!!  “JUST STOP,” JILL!!!  “IN THE NAME OF LOVE”…NOT EVIL.  

I  was a bit upset and quickly said to my-SELF:  “SELF, STAY AWAY FROM THOSE OBVIOUS SITUATIONS” (where chatter-boxes have already gathered) “OR,” at least, “KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT, JILL!!!”  Thankfully, that loose change I “intentionally” threw up into the air in our documentation room at work WAS “pocketed” by the intended recipient.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I did NOT feel GOOD about it, however, because those 2 cents were slung into the air in Satan-style (ANGRILY) NOT Jesus-style (LOVINGLY).  Forgive me, Father.

It is often-times “DIFFICULT” to “LOVE” your neighbor.  EVEN in the most trivial situations, however, The Word tells us:   “Humanly speaking, it [may seem] impossible.  But with God everything is possible.” IN EVERY SITUATION.  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.

 

Matthew 19:26

 

LEARNING TO PLAY…

the game of “LIFE”.  TO WIN!!!

BAM!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Have I ever mentioned that I am “TURTLE SLOW,” folks???  Well,  yes I have.  And Yes I am, BUT…guess what…???…???…???…“THE TURTLE  A-L-W-A-Y-S  WINS THE RACE”!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

“LIFE”…???…???…???…is a game I’ve been “PLAYING” for nearly 52 years, folks.  I am living and learning the “RULES” as I go!!!  (Pppsssttt…”I” have chosen to “PLAY” by God’s rules because I like to “WIN”!!!)  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 

My once, quick-tempered, verbal counter-attacks are becoming a thing of the past.  I must admit that I do STILL launch a word-or two into the open air AFTER “enough-is-enough,” however my shots are usually aimed at the specific target.  I do NOT mess around.  If I choose to comment “ABOUT” you it will be directly “TO” you in the face of controversy…NOT your back.  Now, “THAT”…???…???…???…is “MY” style.  “I”…???…???…???…am a FIGHTER!!!  I will NOT start a fight, but I will sure seek to finish it.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW!!! 

Have you noticed how each teammate responds differently to most situations???  In their own unique and “DIFFERENT” manners???  BAM!!!  I believe “THIS” is according to God’s perfect design in order to “COVER ALL THE BASES”!!!  Hhhmmm…so that EVERYone has SOMEone, visibly, on their “TEAM”.  Double Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm…very intriguing, isn’t it???  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  He died for ALL of us…NOT just “SOME”.

I find my“SELF” realizing that many difficult situations I face are NOT what they appear.  For instance, a teammate’s apparent frustration with “ME” regarding “THIS” issue might actually be the subconscious release of her inner turmoil related to the unexpected death of a friend.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…Thank-you, Jesus, for containing and taming my response to a difficult situation.  No harm.  NO FOUL!!!  Now… RESUME PLAY!!!

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.


 

 

EMBRACING “LIFE”…

and its difficulties.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

7:14 am.  “LIFE” seems…???…???…???…different lately.  I am NOT quite sure what to make of it, but…“I THINK I LIKE IT!!!” (Yep, I’ve been awaking each morning in a state I’ll call, Hhhmmm…“Jilligan”).  BAM!!!  Where did “Jilligan” come from???  DOUBLE Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm….  The car accident that saved my “LIFE” occurred in the state of Michigan…back in ’86.  :/  Jilligan/Michigan.  :/  :/   Coincidence???  Or could it be something else???

Boy, “JILL’S WORLD” (that place I escape to inside my-own-“SELF’S mind) sure seems to be growing a bit larger.  So far we have…#1.) JILL’S WORLD;  #2.) Jill-ville — a very small, 1 stop-light village (Like Fayette, OH-where I grew up) which is capitol of its state–  which is now named, #3.) Jilligan, the state’s full name, or “JG” for an abbreviated version (which could also represent the state of Jill Goble-which just happens to be my maiden name).  Hhhmmm… Jilligan/Michigan.  Jilligan/JG/Jill Goble.  :/  :/  Now, “THIS”… is REALLY getting “CRAZY,” folks.  SORRY!!!  But…”WELCOME TO JILL’S WORLD!!!”  😉

There is definitely something “fishy” goin’ on!!!  I awoke happy and excited…AGAIN!!!  I am NOT kidding!!!  Now, I HAVE gotten better at fighting-off my nasty night-time demons with daily morning rituals of thinking and praying.  More Thinking.  More Praying.  Followed by MORE THINKING.  AND STILL MORE PRAYING.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  SATAN, BE GONE!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  BUT…

“LIFE”…???…???…???…is STILL “DIFFICULT,” folks!!!  EVERY SINGLE DAY…is filled with its unique difficulties.  Thank-you, Jesus, for it is “I”…who is DIFFERENT.  A work in progress.  An ever-changing/growing Christian warrior.  BAM!!!  No matter what happens, folks…“IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL”.  ALWAYS & FOREVER (thinkin’ about Curtis.  R.I.P.).  AMEN.

Time to garb-up and ready my“SELF” for work on this Tremendous Thursday.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Thursday, folks.  Ready???  READY!!!  Now let us ALL go out there and…“MAKE TODAY COUNT!!!” (Ooohhhh, I think I used to write that in early, early blog posts…way back there…SOMEWHERE.  I “THINK”.)  😉

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.

 

 

“OH LORD, IT’S HARD TO BE”…

righteous.  I’m a sinner in so many ways.  I try hard to maintain a grasp on Your hand, yet Satan still fools me each day!!!  OUCH!!!  Now, “THIS”…is the “TRUTH” of the matter, folks.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

🙁  How is it EVEN possible that I continue sinning by not only thinking, but also voicing negative opinions about teammates???!!!???!!!???!!!  STOP, JILL!!!   IN THE NAME OF LOVE!!!  And…JUST SAY “NO” TO SATAN”!!!   Forgive me, Father.  For I have sinned yet again.

Thank you, Jesus, for placing such AMAZING teammates in my life to “HELP” guide me in the “RIGHT” direction.  NOT “LEFT”.  😉  (To each their own…depending on the hand they hold.  When.  Where.  And why.  Now, think about “THAT” one.)

“LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” folks.  For everybody.  Everywhere.  Can we please just try to “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.