Monthly Archives: October 2016

COMING “HOME”

OUCH!!!  “TODAY”…???…???…???…is a “DIFFICULT” day, folks.  10/31/16.  :/  Anxiety has plagued me for a couple hours already.  It’s ONLY 8:45 am, ET.  🙁 

“TEAM ALLEN”…???…???…???…is “DISPLACED”!!!  Aaahhhhhh!!!  Our “STUFF” is EVERYWHERE!!!  Yet we don’t know the specific location of ANYthing!!!  4 peeps and 2 pets in a small home with all of our  belongings stuffed in every nook and cranny is getting “OLD”…very, Very, VERY QUICKLY!!!

JUST “STOP,” JILL!!!  IN THE NAME OF LOVE (GOD)!!!  Forgive me, Father.  Anger and anxiety torment me this morning as I look around at the piles of clean laundry with NOT enough drawer or closet space for clothing items to call their temporary “HOME”.  And the STUFF is just sitting around EVERYWHERE!!!  ALL of which is “DISPLACED” right here along with us!!!  UGH!!!  :/ 

BRING ME HOME TO YOUR PRESENCE, LORD…

I shall run to You…seeking peace and comfort amidst this “CRAZY” inner turmoil.  Thank-you, Jesus.  I am turning, quite purposefully, away from darkness and into Your light.  Oh yes, Thank-you, Jesus.  For…”This is the day the Lord has made.  [I will] Rejoice and be glad in it.”  AMEN.  THANK-YOU, JESUS.  I am “COMING HOME”…in search of You.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.

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

WILL “I”…???…???…???

BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS???  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Aaahhhhhh!!!  My FAVORITE time of the year is approaching very, Very, VERY QUICKLY!!!  And “I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS” is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE X-mas songs by Frank Sinatra.  “An OLDIE, but GOODIE!!!”  😉

We, “TEAM ALLEN,” will be “FINE”…  NO-MATTER-WHERE-WE-ARE!!!  After all,  “HOME”…???…???…???…is where the heart lies, right???  RIGHT!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS.  I can ONLY speak for my“SELF,” folks, BUT…???…???…???…”MY” heart lies with Jesus.  SO, to answer the initial question…???…???…???…

YES!!!  “I”…???…???…???… WILL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS…wherever “TEAM ALLEN” calls “HOME” this X-MAS, 2016!!!

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 PAR-TAY…???…???…???

HAS BEGUN!!! WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  

DEMOLITION of  “THE ALLEN CASTLE” (a previous blog post way, way back there—SOMEWHERE) is currently underway, folks!!!  Yep.  And “THIS”…???…???…???…is so, So, SO exciting!!!  The “OFFICIAL” START date, or DEMO-DAY “#1,” was Wednesday, 10/26/16 as Grace Construction Co. began removal of walls, shelves, cabinets, cupboards, sinks, toilets, appliances, etc.!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  😉

Please stay tuned, folks, for additional posts and pics of the “ALLEN CASTLE PROJECT”…as we “JOURNEY” through the process of “SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW”…. T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

GO TEAM GRACE CONSTRUCTION,LLC!!!  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

LOVE IS IN THE AIR


BAM!!!  Thank-you, Jesus!!!  Words canNOT express the gratitude I feel.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW!!! For ALL the words of encouragement, support and love; PLUS…the acts of kindness; the labor of “LOVE;” the donations of time, food, money, etc, Etc. ETC!!! ALL aimed at “HELPING” our family, “TEAM ALLEN,” to survive Hurricane Matthew!!!    And then today…???…???…???…the B-day wishes and “songs” are rolling in from everywhere.  Thank-you, Thank-You, THANK-YOU!!!  There are NO words to express my gratefulness…Huh???  No words???…???…???…

Oopse…I have mis-spoken, folks!!!  There “ARE” words to express my gratitude.  “LOVE”…???…???…???…IS IN THE AIR!!!  (Aaahhhhhh!!!  A SONG!!!  By John Paul Jones, released in 1978!!!  I just google-searched and listened to this song, folks.  “LOVE IS IN THE AIR”.  I just KNOW it MUST be about GOD!!!  I know it.  I Know It.  I KNOW IT!!!  And…???…???…???…I love it.  I Love It.  I LOVE IT!!!  This song speaks of the wind, the trees, the sunshine, the thunder, the seas.  Oh yeah, this song MUST be ALL about God’s LOVE!!!   And how…???…???…???…”ITS EVERYWHERE!!!”)

My words of gratitude CAN be spoken VERY simply with 3 VERY SPECIAL WORDS…RIGHT BACK AT YA, folks:

“I LOVE YOU!!!”  And you.  And you too!!!

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.

 

GOD IS GOOD…

ALL THE TIME.  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” folks.  I am reminded how “THIS” applies to Everybody…EVERYWHERE… E-V-E-R-Y  S-I-N-G-L-E  D-A-Y!!!  My heart aches.  Yet it smiles…AT THE SAME TIME.  🙂    All-the-while being DRAWN, so purposefully and powerfully,  BACK to God this a.m.

There is ALOT going on.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  I appear to have gotten distracted away from GOD in ALL of the recent chaos.  THIS “VERY” MORNING, however, I was “CALLED” to scurry around in search of my bible and daily devotional, “Jesus Calling,” to “HELP” me get this day started in the “RIGHT” direction.  (BUSTED!!!  I have NOT read from this devotional OR my actual bible…SINCE Hurricane Matthew!!!  OUCH!!!  Forgive me, Father)  🙁

“Jesus Calling,” 10/26/16  begins with:  “COME TO ME when you are hurting and I will soothe your pain.”  BAM!!!  Thank-you.  Thank-You, THANK-YOU, JESUS.  “I”???…???…???…AM COMING, LORD.  And Oh, how the burdens are being lifted as I draw nearer to You…

This day’s ENTIRE devotion in “Jesus Calling” has LIFTED me up, folks.  Tears fill BOTH eyes as I am being referenced to, ONCE AGAIN… the scripture of JOHN 15:5:

“Yes, I am the vine.  You are the branches.  Those who remain in Me and I in them will produce much fruit.  For apart from me you can do nothing.”  NLT

POWERFUL STUFF, folks!!!  Now “THIS” scripture, JOHN 15:5, is “THE” scripture taped to the inside of MY “Jesus Calling” devotional book which was that year’s X-mas gift from our Rehab director back  in 2013.  BACK when the “JOURNEY” of numberoneteam.net had just begun…

My heart is smiling, folks.  And it’s a BRIGHT & CHEERY day here in sunny “Jill-ville”.  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.

 

 

“WALKING AWAY…”

from BLACK MOLD.  We are learning, folks.  “STUFF”…???…???…???…is NOT worth your health and wellness!!!  I will admit that it’s tough to walk way from most of our belongings that are now sitting in our front yard…out by the road…like a HUGE PILE OF “TRASH,” representative of 20+ years of our lives shared “TOGETHER”… OUCH!!img_120trash

The “STUFF” is STILL piled in our front yard, folks.   Chris and I have BOTH made independent trips back over there to sift through that HUGE pile of “STUFF” in search of things to salvage.  :/  STOP…CHRIS & JILL!!!  IN THE NAME OF LOVE !!!  BLACK MOLD is NOT visible to the naked eye…YOU CANNOT “SEE” IT.  Saving a few “THINGS” is NOT worth the potential health risk to our CHILDREN…if NOT to ourselves!!!  LET GO OF THE STUFF…HANG ON TO EACH OTHER!!!  AMEN.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Thank-you, Jesus.  I am at PEACE with the recent damage to our home and the significant loss of personal belongings.  My “HOPE” is HIGH…in a BRIGHT future that offers the promise of peace and prosperity…BECAUSE…”I DO BELIEVE”!!!  IN THE NAME OF 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.

 

 

GIVING THE PAIN TO GOD AND…???…???…???

“CHUCKLING” through it.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“LIFE” can be so, So, SO “CRAZY” sometimes that ya just gotta “CHUCKLE” (laugh)!!!  :/  THANK-YOU, JESUS…for “HELPING” TEAM ALLEN to “SEE” a bit of humor in our current situation.  I invite you to join me, folks, on a “FUN” trip to…“THE OTHER SIDE”…of “JILL’S WORLD”.  Ready???  OKAY!!! (Pppsssttt…that almost sounds like the beginning of a cheer!!!)  😉

HA!!!  I am really, Really, REALLY CHUCKLING!!!  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  Ya see, earlier this evening Chris, Danielle and my“SELF” sat in the family room of this, our temporary home discussing…and “CHUCKLING” over the recent and…???…???…???… “PECULIAR” events impacting our family amidst the current turmoil we are facing here in FL.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

  1. Our home was flooded by Hurricane Matthew.  🙁  And we recently received word that our contaminated belongings, now a HUGE eye-sore in front of our home…OUT BY THE STREET… will NOT be picked up by the city.  🙁                      yard-trash   img_1215-dumpster-notice
  2. We were informed to get a dumpster for our belongings.  HA!!!  Getting a dumpster here in FL is virtually impossible.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  Either there are NONE…???…???…???… OR they’re so, So, SO expensive that you canNOT afford one!!!  SUPPLY & DEMAND, folks!!!  BUSINESS 101.  😉
  3. The original fella we contracted with to complete our home demo. and renovations is no longer with the company.  OUCH!!!  “HE”…???…???…???…gained my husband’s TRUST, but he is now…???…???…???… “GONE WITH THE WIND” (My late mother’s favorite movie.)  R.I.P., mom.  I love you.  And “IT IS WELL…”
  4. Our Home Owners insurance will NOT cover the cost of ANYthing because we also have  FLOOD insurance!!!  And the damage to our home was caused by “FLOODING”…associated with “HURRICANE MATTHEW”!!!  SOOoooooo “THEY”…our Home Owner’s insurance… will pay NOTHING!!!  OUCH!!!   
  5. We were just notified that our Flood insurance policy does NOT include temporary housing provision in the event of an actual flood in our home.  :/  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  So now we must pay approximately $4500 for housing…ON TOP of our monthly mortgage payment!!!  And that is ONLY “IF” we get back in our house in 6 weeks, as originally stated.  I somehow think it will take a bit longer…which will require renting this home a bit longer.  Cha-ching, cha-ching!!!  :/
  6. We are getting a bit nervous about the delay in starting the demolition process of our home. We have already made a down-payment to the contractors…using our own money.  NOT insurance.  They have NOT yet begun the demolition.  How long will the demo. and  renovations take???  6 weeks from contract signing…or  6 weeks from demo start date???   What will insurance cover???  How much of a “HIT”…on TOP of our deductible are we gonna get sucker-punched with???  UGH…too many questions and concerns…  :/
  7. And FINALLY…we just received a “DENIAL” from FEMA for disaster relief assistance from the state of FL.  “BECAUSE”…???…???…???…we have BOTH Home-Owners AND Flooding insurance policies.   DOUBLE  :/   :/  (YES, we WILL contest the denial once we receive the written notice via snail-mail.)  UGH…EVERYTHING takes so, So, SO MUCH TIME!!!  AND POSITIVE ENERGY!!!  (Pppsssttt…my tank is running a bit low on energy, Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  BUT…???…???…???…it’s completely FULL of FAITH and HOPE!!!  AMEN.  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!)  BAM!!!  I AM READY TO PLAY BALL, folks!!!  (Pppsssttt…and “I”…???…???…???…WILL play to WIN!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  GAME ON, SATAN!!!)

“IT IS WHAT IT IS”.  AND…???…???…???…I “GET IT”.  ALL OF IT!!!  Those who are blessed with the ability to bear more of their personal, financial disaster relief burden “SHOULD” bear more of that burden in order to allow organizations to “HELP” those less fortunate.  Our Government is NOT an endless money-pit machine.  The LESS $ they have…???…???…???…the MORE $ they steal from us via taxes…AS LONG AS BIG GOVERNMENT REMAINS IN POWER.    

Get “RID” of BIG GOVERNMENT…???…???…???… “ALLOW”… individuals to prosper and people will return to giving more charitable donations to causes of their personal choices…based on their personal “LIFE” experiences.  AMEN.  We are who we are, folks, BECAUSE of where we’ve been and how we’ve reacted to situations while simply seeking to survive this thing called…“LIFE”.  We The People… want to give our hard-earned $ to those causes that are near and dear to OUR hearts…NOT the Government’s.

SORRY, folks!!!  TIME TO QUIT BABBLING!!!  Have a blessed evening.  G’night.

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. 

GOD’S PLAN

BAM!!!  God has a plan for ALL of our lives, folks.  Mine.  Yours.  His.  Hers.  And Theirs, too!!!  And do you know what???!!!???!!!???!!!  God’s plan ALWAYS far exceeds that of our own.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!

Thank-you, Jesus, for positioning teammates at the perfect locations along my “JOURNEY” to “HELP” guide me in the RIGHT direction… for “ME”.  Amen.  It truly warms my heart to look back over the years at the lives that have touched and “HELPED” to shape my own “LIFE” into what it has now become.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

And it was such a MAJOR blessing (in disguise) on Tues., 10/18/16, to be reminded of that VERY thing…that God’s plan for our lives is so, So, SO much better than we can even dream for ourselves.  WOW!!!  Thank-you, my friend.  I find it so “CRAZY” (here in Jill-ville) how that particular message was delivered directly “TO” me during our conversation a FULL day BEFORE I so desperately needed it!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!  PRAISE JESUS…for preparing me to do battle with the proper enemy…Satan.  NOT man.

ALWAYS REMEMBER, folks:  GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!  NO MATTER WHAT!!!

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.

 

 

“THY WILL”…

by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family.

WHEW!!!  My eyes filled with tears, IMMEDIATELY, as this song played during my drive in to work this a.m.. Tues. 10/18/16.  TODAY was, by FAR, the most emotional I’ve been since   recent “LIFE-JOLTS” have “HIT-N-RUN” right over me.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Recent persecutions at work regarding my Faith.  WORK/LIFE scheduling changes.  Hurricane Matthew.  I FINALLY BROKE, folks.  And “IT”…???…???…???…was a CLEAN break that felt really, Really, REALLY  G-O-O-D. 

Yep, I was a complete wreck, folks.  Scolding my“SELF,” all-the-while, driving my“SELF” to work as I did NOT want red eyes to reveal that I’d been crying.  Ya see, I KNEW co-workers would think my tears were due to devastation, BUT…???…???…???…they were NOT!!!  Those tears running down my face on that drive to work “THIS” morning were due to GOD’S EVER-PRESENT LOVE…”THROUGH IT ALL”.  And the BEST thing is…???…???…???…I can truly SEE “IT” for what “IT” is:  GOD’S LOVE… shining brightly through His people to “HELP” carry our family through these DARK & “DIFFICULT” times.

It took awhile to settle my“SELF” down this morning after punching-in to work.  Thank-you, Jesus, for some pretty awesome Christian teammates who I am certain were meant to “HELP” guide me in the “RIGHT” direction along my “JOURNEY” from “HERE”…to “THERE”.  AMEN.  Now, “THEY”…???…???…???…ARE  T-R-U-L-Y  THE “BEST”!!!  “TRULY”.  😉

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.

 

 

CLIMBING…

another mountain.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Aaahhhhhh…just sitting here listening to “THE CLIMB,” by Miley Cyrus, folks.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I have NOT listened to this song for quite awhile, but was “CALLED” to play it via my i-phone over, And Over, AND OVER…again, And Again, AND AGAIN.  Tears well-up in both eyes, folks, as I gain strength NOW from the exact same song that inspired development of numberoneteam.net…3+ years ago.

Yep, “LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” folks.  But the view is nicer from “ABOVE”.  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  For the strength to keep on climbing…

For according to Paul in 2 Corinthians 9-11:

“Each time He said, “My grace is all you need.  My power works best in weakness.”  So, now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me.  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!!!  “WE”… gain God’s strength in our weaknesses!!!  “HE”…shines BEST in the DARKNESS.  AMEN!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Time to ready my“SELF” for yet another work-day, folks.  And guess what???  The sun is shining here in “Jill-ville”.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  JUST KEEP CLIMBING!!! 

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.