Monthly Archives: September 2016

A BLESSED DAY AT WORK (MCNRC)

BAM!!!  I canNOT make this stuff up. Sometimes…???…???…???…the “CRAZIEST” little molehills become huge, Huge, HUGE MOUNTAINS in “JILL’S WORLD.  :/  I invite you to come along on another trip, folks.  Right Here. RIGHT NOW!!!???!!!???!!!???  Come with….  “COME”…

This past weekend was absolutely AMAZING.  “MISSIONS WEEKEND, 2016” at ABC.  I have been bitten by the “BUG”.  AND…???…???…???… I now feel CONSUMED with “LOVE/GOD”.  I SIMPLY canNOT explain it!!!  My LOVE grows DEEPER “STILL”.  I wonder if those around me can “SEE” what is happening.  Right Here.   RIGHT NOW!!!  In “Jill-ville”…???…???…???  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

My heart is happy, folks.  Although I am struggling with how to be “ME” at work these days.  I like to have “DEEP” conversations with my patients.  “THAT”…???…???…???…is IMPORTANT to “ME”.  And I “NEED” to stay away from most “GROUP” discussions with teammates…AT WORK.  Yep, “LIFE” has sure been “DIFFICULT” lately.  Especially with recent attacks coming from various directions regarding my “FAITH” in the work-place.  :/

So anyway, a patient recently asked, “How come you don’t talk about God anymore?”  Hhhmmm…OUCH!!!  I heard her ask me that question, however I chose not to respond at the time.  Yep, I pretended NOT to hear her question and quickly maneuvered the discussion in an entirely different direction.  “I”…???…???…???…was uncomfortable with how to respond, so I chose NOT to respond AT ALL.  “THEN.”  😉  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I found my“SELF” thinking of her and “THAT” question on my drive into work the very next morning.  Hhhmmm…tears filled both eyes as I thought.  And Thought.  AND THOUGHT…ALL the way to work. (A short 10-15 min. drive, pending traffic.)  I quickly sought out that specific patient the moment I arrived to work…???…???…???…and thus began an AMAZING day filled with HUGE blessings coming at me from ALL directions:  management, therapists, nurses, aides, patients, AND visitors.  ALL of them = “TEAMMATES”.  I was so very, Very, VERY proud to be a member of ALL those “TEAMS” which merge together to become ONE TEAM…working TOGETHER  to “HELP” each other.  To show appreciation for each other.  And to “LOVE” each other.( although “SOME” may NOT view it that way.  “IT IS WHAT IT IS.”)  😉  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

My heart feels so very, Very, VERY HAPPY and full of “LOVE,” folks.  I simply canNOT explain it.  I do wonder if teammates can “SEE” or “FEEL” the changes occurring within “ME,” which is Also-Known-As “JILL’S WORLD (or universe); Jilligan (or state); and Jill-ville (or village).  I realize that I do NOT need to KNOW what others “SEE” or “FEEL”.  I…???…???…???…just need to “BE” ME and “DO” what I do BEST: “HELP OTHERS” along their “JOURNEYS” from “HERE” to “THERE” while seeking to “SURVIVE” this thing called “LIFE”.

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.

 

“I SURRENDER”

BAM!!!  I am a sinner, folks.  I sin MANY times a day.  EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!  OUCH!!!  I have recently been engulfed by life-changing events.  BOOM.  BOOM.  BANG!!!  Things are happening so quickly that I find my“SELF” getting lost in my own “CRAZY” world…“JILL’s WORLD”.  In the darkness I so desperately seek to escape.  :/

Yep, I am a sinner, folks.  Wanting to “HELP” others, yet allowing my selfish “AGENDAS” to somehow get mixed-in with the words I speak and to impact the direction of far too many “STEPS” I take, verbally AND physically.  DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!  :/  :/

Please HELP me to rid my“SELF” of “ME,” Father, and to completely SURRENDER  my“SELF” to You.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

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. 

 

MISSIONS WEEKEND, 2016

BAM!!!  MISSIONS WEEKEND, 2016 @ Anastasia Baptist Church was AMAZING!!!   Saturday evening 9/17-Sunday 9/18, early afternoon-ish was ALL about missions, Missions, MISSIONS-WORK.  That’s it, “MISSIONS”!!!

Representatives, who are also church members, shared mission experiences/opportunities DURING LifeGroup  classes.  Folks shared info. BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER each of the 4 services offered at the island campus of ABC throughout the weekend.  The huge atrium in our church was filled with decorated booths regarding the various opportunities available for members to “SERVE”. Yep,  THAT…???…???…???…was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, folks.

The church member and mission’s rep who shared with our Early Risers LifeGroup on Sunday morning, “EARLY,” 9/18/16… started our morning OFF…???…???…???…[B]RIGHT, “EARLY,” AND CHEERY!!!  :/  OOPSE…DISTRACTION ALERT!!!  DISTRACTION ALERT!!!  (Pppsssttt…a “cheer” JUST started running through my mind, “Jill-ville,” with red, white, and blue Nike’ tennis shoes on!!!  “JUST DO IT!!!”  GO TEAM NIKE’!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!!!!)  And “IT” (the cheer)…???…???…???…goes like this:  (and please remember to clap your hands to the “beat”)  😉

“Ready???  OKAY!!!
Everywhere we go (crowd repeats)
People wanna know (crowd repeats)
Who we are (crowd repeats)
So we tell them (crowd repeats)
We are the Risers (crowd repeats)
The Early, EARLY Risers!!! (crowd repeats)”

DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  (Now, “THAT” was fun, Fun, FUN!!!  Sorry.  :/  Back on track…)

BAM!!!  So, “I SURRENDER”… is THE MAJOR phrase that STUCK with me from the entire weekend which was made by Don, the rep who spoke with our morning LifeGroup regarding his mission trip to India.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  “I SURRENDER”.   Now, “THAT” moved mountains…for “ME”.  Yep, Don spoke of the battle he faced between the fears/thoughts he experienced when entering unknown situations that were potentially dangerous and the military training that had prepared him for “SURVIVAL” in ALL situations that prompted his complete and TOTAL “SURRENDER” to God.  AMEN.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Surrendering, COMPLETELY, to God.   C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E-L-Y!!!   BAM!!!   “I”…???…???…???…want to do that!!!  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW!!!  “ALWAYS & FOREVER.”  Ya see, it wasn’t about what Don could do to save their mission’s “TEAM” in the midst of sharing the gospel with non-Christians who might become potentially dangerous out in the middle of the lush, green woods, “SOMEWHERE”… way out there.  In India.   Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

No, Don spoke of his complete “SURRENDER” to God as he realized their entire mission’s “TEAM” had “NO WAY OUT”Hhhmmm…a military-trained man with “NO WAY OUT” of potentially dangerous situations in which they purposefully placed themselves.  “I SURRENDER”.  BAM!!!  Just letting go and “SURRENDERING”…to God.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  Now, “THAT”…???…???…???…moved mountains in room #108 at ABC, in Jill-ville, during that particular ER LifeGroup meeting.   “EARLY”… on Sun. 9/18/16 of “MISSIONS WEEKEND, 2016”.

Oh, how I love, Love, LOVE ABC!!!  Where the awareness of my entire “SPIRITUAL LIFE JOURNEY ” was brought to “LIGHT” by Pastor Walter West  at our very first meeting back in 2013 as he perused some “CRAZY” thoughts occurring in “JILL’S WORLD” about “LIFE” that were simply scribbled onto numerous pieces of paper, quite erratically.  Oh, how my heart is smiling, folks.  “ALL IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.”

GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!  And ALL I can say is:  “MY LOVE GROWS DEEPER…STILL”!!!  (I think that’s the title of a previous post back there somewhere in the archives of this blog.  Way back there…SOMEWHERE.)  :/

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 DARKNESS OF MY PAST…

impacts EVERY aspect of today, tomorrow, “ALWAYS & FOREVER”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“ALWAYS & FOREVER”…???…???…???…is the phrase I scribbled onto a $50.00 dollar bill back in, Hhhmmm…, I think it was 1985.  Yep, it was given as a b-day gift, so it MUST have been in late October-early November, 1985.  A b-day gift that I could NOT keep.  For MANY reasons.  I, vividly, remember scribbling that phrase, “ALWAYS & FOREVER,” onto the $50 bill and placing it back into the hand of my forbidden lover.

He was married.  And I was married.  But…???…???…???…NOT to each other.  And   “HE”…???…???…???…was the father of “3”.  OUCH.  2 different vows…???…???…???…BROKEN.  2 separate marriages… DESTROYED.   7 lives, at least…???…???…???…SHATTERED.  Oh yeah, “I”…???…???…???…was a MESS back then.  I just didn’t know it yet.  And…???…???…???…I was sure “dying” to learn.  LITERALLY.  I just didn’t know it, yet…

I am certain my “LIFE COURSE” had been mapped out “FOR” me…way before conception.  God KNEW my family’s struggles.  HE KNEW EVERYTHING.  And He was there.  ALWAYS.  I just didn’t know Him yet.

My sister, Lynn, and I shared a bedroom when we were younger.  Our twin-sized beds were positioned parallel to each other in one particular  room we shared on George St. in Fayette, OH.  Boy,  I remember talking to a God that I knew very little about in the darkness of our room as I looked out the bedroom window into a sky full of twinkling stars.  Ouch.  Seems like just yesterday…nearly 50 years ago.    Hhhmmm…I wonder if Lynn spent as many hours lying there awake as I did…thinking, And Thinking, AND THINKING.  Questioning “LIFE” and seeking forgiveness for “things” from a God I didn’t even know at all.  Yep, He was ALWAYS there, alright.  I just didn’t know it, yet…

In looking back,   “LIFE” REALLY seemed to fall apart during my Junior year of H.S.  THERE WAS NO STOPPING OR REDIRECTING MY PATHWAY TO SELF- DESTRUCTION.  Oh yeah, “IT”( my self- destruction)…???…???…???…was a-comin’.  BOOM.  BOOM.  BANG!!!  And “IT”…???…???…???…allowed the conception required for my re-birth.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  “I”…???….???…am a BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN, folks!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  PRAISE JESUS!!! 

I must admit my heart aches.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  I do, however, feel the movement of my lips forming just a slight, slight smile, or grin, as I ponder the enormity of God’s grace.  Hhhmmm…”THANK-YOU, JESUS”. 

Recent events at work have prompted this partial revelation of the darkness from my past as an offering of “HOPE”(Heaven Over-Powering Earth) in the realization that Jesus Christ paid the price for ALL of our sins.  THE PAYMENT WAS ACCEPTED!!!  AND GOD  W-I-L-L  FORGIVE…the moment you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  BUCKLE-UP, folks!!!  And ENJOY THE RIDE…along your “JOURNEY” from “HERE” to “THERE”.  (Pppsssttt…I sure do “HOPE” to see you there…ONE FINE DAY!!!)  😉

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.

 

THANK-YOU, JESUS.

“LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” folks!!!  In a Good, GOOD way.  😉  Yep, I’m singing Chris Tomlin’s song, “Good, Good Father,” and soundin’ pretty good too…here in Jill-ville.  😉  😉

BAM!!!  It has sure been a “CRAZY”-busy couple of weeks, folks.  I do NOT want to “complain” about the wide array of “EVENTS” occurring ALL-AT-ONCE.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  Everything…???…???…???…is a blessing.  EVERYTHING.  THANK-YOU, JESUS.

So, in my “CRAZY” busi(BUSY)-ness, I have allowed my“SELF” to stray from spending alone-time with my Father, God.  Just hurry, Hurry, HURRY-UP and go, Go, GO, JILL…faster, Faster!  FASTER!!! :/  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

SOOooo, I FINALLY “MADE” my“SELF” sit and spend a few precious moments in the Word this morning.  BAM!!!  Sarah Young’s, “Jesus Calling,” is STILL a favorite.  Followed by reading of the scripture referenced in today’s daily devotion.  FOLLOWED, yet, with reading from our current bible study at ABC titled, “STUCK,” by Jennie Allen (NO relation of mine).  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  I, SUDDENLY, feel so very, Very, VERY calm and peaceful within my“SELF”.  I canNOT explain it.  THANK-YOU, JESUS.

Yep, I was “STUCK”…and then STRUCKRIGHT UPSIDE-MY-HEAD!!!  OUCH!!!  With an awareness of how we should NOT allow ourselves to get “STUCK” in the CRAZY, BUSI(BUSY)-NESS of the world around us.  GOD…???…???…???…IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING.  ANYWHERE.  ANY TIME.  PERIOD.   Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

THANK-YOU, JESUS…for drawing me nearer.  “HE LIVES,” folks.  Within each and every-single one of us.  Just “STOP”!!!  (In the name of Love/God).  Be STILL…and you will feel His presence.  Listen…and you will hear His voice.  HE IS ALIVE… 

10:00 am, Wed, 9/14/2016.  Time to ready my“SELF” for work, folks, on this Happy, Happy, Happy Wednesday.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.  “THANK-YOU, JESUS” for bringing a sense of peace and calmness to the BEAUTIFUL chaos of “LIFE” and reminding me that:

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.

“YOU CAN CALL ME”…


BAM!!!  I returned to work this past Thursday morning and abruptly sought-out Nena to change that “Dreary” name I selected on Thursday to a positive name, “Cheery 2″.  Before finding her, however, I was SUDDENLY struck by yet ANOTHER catchy “Nikki”-name I liked EVERY-BIT as much as “Cheery 2“!!! (Pppsssttt… “Nikki”-name = a female name vs. “Nick”-name = a male -name)  😉

First of all, Nena will remain “Cheery”.  PERIOD.  Just “Cheery”.  I, however, am “Cheery 2,” as-in, ALSO.  There you have it!!!  “Cheery & Cheery 2″ = additional “Nikki”-names for me and Nena at work!!! I DO like them very, Very, VERY much.   V-E-R-Y  MUCH!!!  AND THEN…???…???…???…FROM OUT-OF-NOWHERE…

I was quickly struck RIGHT up-side my head with yet ANOTHER “Nikki”-name!!!  OUCH!!!  And I just love, Love, LOVE it as well!!!  IT, my friends = “C.C.,”.  BAM!!!  And “C.C.” =Crazy for Christ.”  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!

SOOoooooo, you can call me “Cheery 2“.  Or you can call me “C.C.“.  😉  HA!!!  I  just google-searched Paul Simon’s song, “You Can Call Me Al” and I’m  S-T-I-L-L  chuckling, folks, as I keep singing that ‘ole tune to my“SELF” inside my-own-SELF’s mind (“JILL’S WORLD”). While tapping my toes and bopping my head to the beat.  And soundin’ pretty GOOD, too!!!  Just sayin’!!!  😉  😉  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!

YOU CAN CALL ME…  “Cheery 2” OR…???…???…???…YOU CAN CALL ME…”C.C.” ( Ba…ba-ba-ba; Ba…ba, ba, ba). 😉

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.

A “DREARY” DAY IN JILL’S WORLD

WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  “DREARY???”  WHY-oh-WHY did I have to pick “THAT” word to describe my“SELF”??!!!???!!!???!!!  Oh bother!!!  You will NOT believe this next little “CRAZY” interaction that took place at work Wed., 4-5 pm-ish!!!  I am NOT certain I will even be able to explain the DEEP…REAL quirkiness of this true-life, CRAZY situation!!!  Please “come”…and I will try, folks.  “Come” along on yet another trip to “JILL’S WORLD”.   C-O-M-E…

Okay, so my “FAVORITE” patient (They’re ALL my favorite!!!) was complaining that she did NOT feel like finishing therapy this afternoon and stated, “I’m weary.”  HA!!!  Nena, the rear-end of “JINA” was RIGHT there with us and she quickly said, “Well, hello Weary” and I bounced RIGHT back with:  “Nice to meet you, Weary.  I’m Dreary”…from way out there in “LEFT” field!!!  :/  “I’m Dreary”???  :/  :/

I SIMPLY wanted to match her negative descriptive word  with a similar, matching/rhyming word.  GET IT???  She was Weary.  So I became Dreary!!!  HA!!!  That was HYSTERICAL…UNTIL Nena chimed in with “HER” adjective/name, saying, “And I’ll be Cheery”!!!  HUH???!!!???!!!???!!!  :/  :/

WAIT A MINUTE.  The  patient said she was “Weary”.  I chose “Dreary”(as a synonym).  Synonym = same/similar.  “I”…???…???…???… chose to be “SIMILAR”!!!   AND then Nena chose an antonym/THE OPPOSITE…???…???…???  REALLY, Nena???…???…???…   “CHEERY”???!!!???!!!???!!!  BOY, there’s ALWAYS one in the crowd, choosing to be “DIFFERENT,” right?  RIGHT!!!  IT’S USUALLY “ME”!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…    

Now, the previous post, JUST written… is about my “BAD” day on Tuesday.  Yep, I was crabby.  I ADMIT IT!!!  Hhhmmm…perhaps that previous-day’s crabbiness was somehow filtering in to affect Wednesday, thereby allowing me to say, “I’m Dreary”!!!  WHO KNOWS!!!???!!!???!!!???

Weary, Dreary…???…???…???…AND  Cheery”???!!!???!!!???!!!  Boy, I am going RIGHT back to work on this Tremendous Thursday to CHANGE my name!!!  From “Dreary” to “Cheery-2″[also]!!!  BAM!!!  I THINK I LIKE IT!!!  Cheery-1 (Nena) and Cheery-2 (“ME”/Jill)  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Cheery-1 and Cheery-2!!!  I  R-E-A-L-L-Y   LIKE IT!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

It’s now time to ready my“SELF” for work, folks!!!  And “I’M” choosing to have a “GOOD DAY”…TODAY!!!  BAM!!!  “THAT WAS EASY!!!”  😉  KNOW YOUR CHOICES!!!  AND CHOOSE WISELY!!! (I just made that up!!!)  :/   

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY THURSDAY to Everybody.  EVERYWHERE!!!  Now, let’s ALL go out there and… MAKE TODAY COUNT!!!  Yep, “STAND-UP, STAND-UP FOR 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.

 

 

I HAD A “BAD” DAY

Forgive me, Father.  Tuesday, 9/6/16 was a “DIFFICULT” day.  Thank-you, Jesus.  I…???…???…??? was a “CRABBY-PATTY,” whose crabbiness had been escalating since Monday afternoon (I NOW realize this as I re-wind and re-play memories of conversations with teammates at work on Mon. pm – Tues. am.)  :/

Yep, my “CRABBINESS” began mid-day, on Monday, 9-6-16.  “LABOR DAY”.  When I, AGAIN, offered my opinion regarding a situation shared with me by a teammate.  OUCH!!!  :/  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I seem to notice that “MY” opinion…???…???…???…is generally contrary to that being presented…especially when there’s “COMPLAINING” involved.  :/  Now, “I”…???…???…???… have  ALWAYS been this way, folks!!!   A-L-W-A-Y-S!!!  I take the side of the “UN” or “UNDER”-represented.  :/  :/  WHY-oh-WHY   …???…???…???… do I do this???   DISTRACTION ALERT!!!  DISTRACTION ALERT!!!

The CHEER:  “Underdog is here.  UN-UNderdog is here!!!”  BAM!!!    Now, that takes me back to previous posts…way back there…SOMEWHERE…in the archives of this blog regarding my, life-long, desire to position my“SELF” alongside the perceived “UNDER-DOG”.  Or, perhaps, that I tend to take the “OPPOSITE/OTHER” side of that being presented which often means standing ALONE.  Oh yeah,  “I”…have ALWAYS been  THAT UNDERDOG, alright!!!  FIGHTING TO WIN…at ALL costs.  :/  Forgive me, Heavenly Father.  Please have Your way in me.  Amen.

And Thank-you, Jesus, for opening my eyes to allow comprehension and differentiation between “RIGHT” and “WRONG” in the early hours of my work day…Tuesday!!!  Thereby prompting repentance which allowed the repair of damage to earthly relationships, or “TEAMS,” caused by my hurtful/hateful words.  (Pppsssttt…it felt real, Real, REAL GOOD to hear my“SELF” apologize to valued teammates, appropriately).  😉

It’s sure been a rough couple of days, folks.  I am NOT certain “WHY,” but my “BEST” sure hasn’t been very GOOD lately.  THE GOOD NEWS???…???…???…”TODAY IS A NEW DAY!!!”  And “JESUS LOVES ME”!!!   ANYWAY!!!

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…especially when having a “BAD” day!!!  (I’m listening to Daniel Powter’s song, “BAD DAY”.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW!!!  Tappin’ my toes under the sheets and boppin’ my head to the beat as the smile on my face and in my heart grows bigger.  And Bigger.  AND BIGGER!!!)  Time to ready my“SELF” for work on this VERY happy, Happy, HAPPYWonderful Wednesday, 9/7/16!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I “GET” to go to work today!!!  Seeking to:  “Unite individuals through spiritual and motivational team building in a manner that encourages P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People…to survive “LIFE” “.  Oh, how I love, Love, LOVE my “J-O-B” @ MCNRC!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

 

NOT TONIGHT, HONEY!!!

I found a recent, unfinished blog post that brought a smile to my face.  And Chris HELPED me fill-in the gaps of that CRAZY evening, thereby allowing me to publish this post tonight regarding a Super Saturday…at the Allen household…over a week ago!!!  Ready???  READY!!!

Now, I REALLY needed a peaceful and relaxing evening at home, folks.  But that was NOT to be the case on that Saturday, 08/27/2016!!!  The conversation went something like this:  Chris came in and asked, “Can you come outside and hold the flashlight for me”???  I said, “Yep,” and out the door we went into the darkness of evening, 8:00 pm-ish.

Hhhmmm…Chris was trying to unhook a hose from the spiket right in front of our house.  The water was turned OFF to the house, however water somehow continued to spray from the side of the spiket, thereby drenching both our entire beings with cold, cold water.  Me, while holding the flashlight and Chris, while utilizing 2 different tools to unscrew the hose from the spiket.  :/

WHOOSH!!!  Water gushed from the pipe as soon as Chris unscrewed the spiket, releasing the hose.  yep, the water gushed.  And Gushed.  AND GUSHED.  Pretty hard.  No, Real Hard.  REAL, REAL HARD!!!  Attempts at affixing the new spiket onto the pipe with water gushing from it proved to be…???…???…???…“MISSION IMPOSSIBLE”!!!

HA!!!  Chris soon grabbed a piece of cardboard for me to block the gushing squirts of water from both our faces and bodies during failed attempts to apply the new spiket…onto the pipe…with water gushing!!!  And Gushing.  AND GUSHING!!!  :/

Aaahhhhhh!!!  We then raced out and began digging in the front yard for another valve to STOP the water flow.  It took only a few minutes, which seemed like HOURS, of panicked digging, searching, and then turning the valve to the OFF position before we cheered at the sound of…???…???…???…“SILENCE”!!!   NO MORE GUSHING WATER!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  Now, Chris just needed to put the new spiket in place for reapplication of the hose to the pipe!!!  🙂  Do NOT hold your breath, folks!!!  :/  The spiket was too BIG and did NOT fit!!!  OUCH!!!  OH NO!!!  PLEASE SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!  :/  :/

Poor Chris was soaking wet from head-to-toe,  AND a dirty, muddy MESS!!!  I tried hard NOT to chuckle folks.  I tried real, Real, REAL hard.  BUT FAILED!!!  MISERABLY.  In fact, I am ashamed to admit that I ROARED with laughter while Chris grumbled about his appearance as he climbed back into his car with the realization that he MUST race back to Home Depot BEFORE closing time for the right-sized spiket needed to fix the leak and restore our household water supply.

BAM!!!  Chase arrived home just in time to “HELP” Chris with the finishing touches.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I SIMPLY wanted 1 night of relaxation, folks.  That’s it!!!  1 night to relax…and do NOTHING!!!  ONE NIGHT OF NOTHING!!!  HA!!!  The unspoken answer to my selfish desire, however, was COMPLETELY understood, in NO uncertain terms:

“NOT TONIGHT, HONEY!!!”  😉

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

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

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” tonight…“EVERY” night!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

CELEBRATING LABOR DAY, 2016…

by “LABORING”…???…???…???…1.) FOR; 2.) IN;  and 3.) OUT-OF  “LOVE”!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“INTERESTING CONCEPT,” huh???  Now, “THAT”…???…???…???…kinda changes how we should view the “LABOR,” or work, that we do or DON’T do, right???  RIGHT!!!

So anyways…???…???…???…  Thank you, Jesus!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I ABSOLUTELY love, Love, LOVE my job at MCNRC, folks.  AND…???…???…???…I “GET” to work this glorious LABOR DAY, 2016!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Let us take a quick trip on into “Jill-ville” and examine each above stated concept, individually, shall we???  WE SHALL!!!

1.)  “LABORING [WORKING] FOR LOVE [GOD].”  To me, this implies that we “LABOR,” or work, which is a form of “HELPING” other teammates, BECAUSE of God’s “LOVE” for us and our “LOVE” for Him(whether we know it or not).

2.)  “LABORING [WORKING] IN LOVE [WITH GOD].”  To me, this implies that we should “LOVE” the labor[work] we are blessed to be doing in order to shine God’s Light and to share His LOVE with ALL those lives he allows and desires us to touch, or to impact, on ANY-GIVEN-DAY…EVERY-SINGLE-DAY!!!

3.)  “LABORING [WORKING] OUT-OF LOVE [BECAUSE OF GOD].”  To me, this requires us to labor [work] in order to “HELP” others because of the immense “LABOR-of-LOVE” displayed by Jesus Christ “FOR” each and EVERY single one of us!!!  “JESUS”…IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN, folks.  Accept Him.  Love Him.  Live for Him!!!  (Pppsssttt…this requires us to “LOVE” our neighbors AND seek to “HELP” ALL teammates along their journeys from “HERE” to “THERE”.)  I sure do “HOPE” to see you “THERE”…ONE-FINE-DAY!!!  😉  AMEN.

That’s ALL for now, folks.  It’s time to ready my“SELF” for work on this glorious, happy, and marvelous day that the Lord has made.  Monday.  LABOR DAY, 2016.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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.

 

Psalm 118:24; Mark 12:31; Ephesians 6:7; Colossians 3:23