Monthly Archives: December 2016

AMAZING “GRACE CONSTRUCTION”

 BAM!!!  Wed., 12/7/16.  “TEAM ALLEN” met with Steve, the owner of Grace Construction and Bruce, a construction specialist,  at LOWES for renovation ideas at the “ALLEN CASTLE” (a previous blog post).  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  We spent an-hour-and-a-half there… LOOKING, DISCUSSING, AND PLANNING!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 

Steve and Bruce are AMAZING!!!  ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!  Thank-you Jesus for SOMEHOW connecting my husband, Chris, with “GRACE CONSTRUCTION”!!!  I feel certain this connection was orchestrated from above…  😉  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  😉  😉

In short, our home has been RENOVATION-READY for quite awhile now, however,  A-L-L  stands “STILL” until the insurance money becomes available.  OUCH!!!  :/  Everyone involved gets to hurry, Hurry, HURRY-Up and wait, Wait, WAIT…for the money train to come in!!!  DOUBLE  :/  :/

“TEAM ALLEN” has now seen a glimmer of “LIGHT” (GOD) at the end of this very, Very, VERY dark tunnel post Hurricane Matthew, folks.  The excitement is beginning to grow.  And Grow.  AND GROW!!! 

THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  And Thank-You, GRACE CONSTRUCTION.  A-L-L  individuals we’ve associated with from “GRACE” have been ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.  AMAZING GRACE… CONSTRUCTION!!!

Stay tuned for pics of the reno. process, folks.  “I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW THE RAIN IS GONE.”  :/  Yep, I’m listening to Johnny Nash’s  song from 1972 and singin’ along here in “JILL’S WORLD,” folks.  Soundin’ pretty good too!!!  Just sayin’.   😉 WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

GO TEAM GRACE CONSTRUCTION!!!  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 THY NEIGHBOR…

as yourself.  ALWAYS & FOREVER.  AMEN. 

Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Everybody needs a hug NOW…and THEN.  And again.  And Again.  AND AGAIN!!!  (NOT JUST “YOU,” JILL!!!)  :/  OUCH!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  For opening my eyes, YET AGAIN, to “SEE”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” folks!!!  For Everybody.  EVERYWHERE.   Now, I have known this to be 100% TRUE, folks…at least I thought I “KNEW” it…but I seem to have forgotten “IT” amid the difficulties faced by “TEAM ALLEN” post Hurricane Matthew.  🙁

THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  The awareness of this well-known, but forgotten fact recently “STRUCK ME RIGHT UP-SIDE MY HEAD!!!  AND RIGHT BETWEEN BOTH EYES, folks!!!  OUCH!!!

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF, folks. The “JOURNEY” we  ALL travel through “LIFE” is very, Very, VERY “DIFFICULT”.  I, regretfully, realize that I have been so “SELF-ABSORBED” in my own difficulties that I have not been a source of LOVE and/or SUPPORT for beloved TEAMMATES who are also struggling to survive “LIFE”…EVERY SINGLE DAY.

WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I am taking the focus OFF my“SELF,” folks!!!  And putting it back on JESUS!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

TIS THE SEASON…  😉

I plan on giving ALOT of hugs today…BECAUSE other “TEAMMATES” need them too.  NOT JUST “ME”!!! 

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.

 

Mark 12:31

GETTING MY “JINGLE-JILL ON”…

for Christmas, 2016.  🙂

Have I ever mentioned that I absolutely love, Love, LOVE my “J-O-B”???  😉  Well…???…???…???...”YES,” I do LOVE my job and YES, I am CERTAIN I have mentioned that in at least a few posts…back there…“SOMEWHERE”…in the archives of this blog.

AND…I NOW need to EXCLAIM“I HAVE THE BEST CO-WORKERS (TEAMMATES)…EVER,” as well!!!  I do.  I Do.  I DO!!!  No kidding, folks.  “GO TEAM BLUE!!!    WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!”  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

I MUST be honest, folks:  “I”…???…???…???…have been a bit distracted this year and NOT as “INTO” the holiday “CHEER” as usual.  My TEAM-[BLUE]-MATES have gingerly implied that I’m actually a bit “SCROOGE”-ish.  :/  OUCH.  Hhhmmm…I MUST CONCUR!!!  😉

I am NOW pledging, however, to…???…???…???… “GET MY JINGLE-JILL ON?!!!  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  I am continually AMAZED by the countless BLESSINGS  bestowed upon “TEAM ALLEN” during the past couple months since the “ALLEN CASTLE” ( a previous blog post) was flooded by “HURRICANE MATTHEW”. (Oct., 2016)

DISTRACTION ALERT!!!  DISTRACTION ALERT!!!
HA!!!  Typing that word, “FLOODED” has reminded me of our previous “FLOODING” episodes at the “ALLEN ABODE,” as referred to in previous posts.  HAHA!!!  I believe we’ve had 3 different WATER/FLOODING” experiences over the past 3 years, folks!!!  With blog posts to share each experience “WITH” you, as well!!!  HAHAHA!!!  ( I MUST travel “MEMORY-blog-post-LANE” to re-read about our previous dealings with “WATER” and/or “FLOODING,” folks!!!  That’ll sure be worth a chuckle or two!!!  PERHAPS THREE!!!)  😉   AND…”TEAM ALLEN”…???…???…???…marches on…“THROUGH IT ALL”.  AMEN.  (Pppsssttt…”WE,” TEAM ALLEN”…???…???…???…are Christian Warriors, folks…and the VICTORY that has already been WON by Jesus awaits us…ONE FINE DAY!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!)

Just wanting to give a “SHOUT-OUT” to my AMAZING co-workers, “TEAM BLUE” at MCNRC!!!  YOU ARE TRULY THE “BEST”…ALL OF YOU!!!  Thanks for reminding me to FOCUS on the reason for the season  and to NOT let life’s difficulties (Hurricane Matthew) distract my attention from GOD and His GOODNESS.  Anywhere and everywhere.  ALL THE TIME!!!  E-V-E-R-Y  TIME!!!  AMEN.

It is nearly 9:00 a.m. here on this marvelous Monday, 12/5/16.   I have ERRANDS to run before work, folks!!!  GOTTA RUN…

IT’S TIME TO GET MY “JINGLE-JILL-ON”…  😉

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 CHRISTMAS TREE, 2016

BAM!!!   x-mas-tree-2016

“OH CHRISTMAS TREE.  OH CHRISTMAS TREE.”

GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!

Co-workers showed up at our rental house today (Sat., 12-3-16) while I was at work and “delivered” the reason for the season to “TEAM ALLEN”…adding decorations to both living/family rooms including outside doors; a beautiful live tree, complete with lights, garland, bulbs, ornaments, candy canes, tree skirt; 4 stockings; nativity figure; table center piece; candy dish…FULL of “chocolate’ “; a full ham to cook for dinner; etc., etc., etc.

“LOVE” (JESUS)…is the reason for the season, folks.  And…“LOVE IS IN THE AIR…” (song by Tom Jones, 1979, I keep singing over, And Over, AND OVER…again, And Again, AND AGAIN…here in Jill-ville!!!  :/  And I’m soundin’ pretty good too.  Just sayin’.)  Yep, “LOVE IS IN THE AIR”…Every time we “LOOK” and “SNIFF” around…to “SEE” the decorations and to “SMELL” the LIVE Christmas tree here in our temporary home-away-from-home!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

I also keep singing:  “THERE WILL BE CHRISTMAS” for “TEAM ALLEN” to the tune of “BELLS WILL BE RINGING” by Bon Jovi.  :/    The blessings just keep-on coming, And Coming, AND COMING, folks!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!

THANKS SO MUCH…and GO TEAM BLUE!!!  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…

FOR EVERYTHING!!!

Well, “LIFE” has sure been “DIFFICULT,” folks.  More like a roller-coaster ride here for “TEAM ALLEN” recently.  The “UPS” are quickly followed with “DOWNS”…MANY TIMES A DAY!!!  BAD news here…GOOD news there….

Both kids realize that Christmas, 2016 will mostly consist of Home renovations post Hurricane Matthew…meeting our deductibles PLUS covering any extra money we spend beyond what the insurance company allows per specific items.  OUCH!!!  We are already way over budget for the beds and  5 appliances we RECENTLY purchased during the Holiday sales events.

So, my daughter just won (this morning) an early Christmas present from a radio station in Jacksonville, 102.9, for a concert (tonight, Fri. 12/2/16) here in St. Augustine, FL at the amphitheater.  BAM!!!  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!???!!!???!!!  JUST HIT ME RIGHT UP-SIDE MY HEAD!!!  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW!!!  I, simply, canNOT believe she won those tickets, folks!!!  I don’t know who they are, but I guess there’s 4 different bands performing  tonight.  AND…Danielle also won tickets to meet and greet ALL 4 bands, as well!!!  JUST HIT ME RIGHT UP-SIDE MY HEAD!!!  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

concert-in-dec

Danielle cried on the phone, folks.  TEARS OF EXCITEMENT…and disbelief.  I almost cried “WITH” her.  Right There.  RIGHT THEN.  Oh, thank-you, Thank-You, THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  What an AMAZING early Christmas present.  Danielle invited her friend, Serena.  Serena drove home from college in Orlando earlier today.  Both girls are down at the concert right this very moment.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  AMAZING!!!  ABSOLUTELY AMAZING…”GRACE”.

Merry Christmas, Danielle.  And thank-you, Thank-You, 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.

 

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Well, I seem to be at a loss for words, folks.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  Where do I begin?  Where to end??  What to include??  What to leave out???  Hhhmmm…I am conflicted.   “THIS,” however, is a post I feel very, Very, VERY STRONGLY “PULLED” to write, so I shall begin “HERE” and follow where I feel “LEAD”.  WHEW!!!  Sounds like we’re takin’ ANOTHER TRIP to “JILL’S WORLD.” folks.  Are you ready for this “JOURNEY”?  Set??  :/  (I’m nervous!)  Let us go, Go, GO!!!

Hhhmmm…”IN GOD WE TRUST”.  Now, that phrase is speaking volumes to me here lately.  So-much-so, that I ended up at ABC (Anastasia Baptist Church) yesterday morning.  One thing lead to another.  And  Another.  AND YET ANOTHER…”OTHER”.  :/ (I think I got my“SELF” lost in there…SOMEWHERE, folks.)  🙁

So anyways, we have been without WIFI for a couple days here at the rental property and unable to do anything via the internet from this temporary home.  OUCH!!!  :/  No FaceBook.  No twitter.  No LinkedIn.  No e-mail.  No Blogging!!!  NO-“THING”…”NOTHING”!!!  DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!   :/  :/  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Now, yesterday morning’s errands took me close to ABC, folks, so I decided to pull into the church’s parking lot for access of an internet server to receive and send e-mail.  BAM!!!  After completing the internet stuff I needed to do right  “THERE” in “THAT” parking lot, folks, I decided to go inside and see if I could speak with Pastor Walter…WITHOUT an appointment.  NOT!!!  :/  I just wanted a few words to “HELP” guide this “IDEA” forming in “Jill-ville”.  In short, I did say “HELLO,” but did NOT want to intrude on Pastor Walter’s busy schedule.  I will do my “BEST,” folks, to express this God-given idea.  God’s way.  NOT mine.

“IN GOD WE TRUST.”  BAM!!!  Such powerful words, folks.  Words that instill a sense of PEACE and CALMNESS amid “TEAM ALLEN’S” current “DIFFICULTIES”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Chris and I have lived in our  home x 21 years now.  WE HAVE ALWAYS…paid the FLOOD and HOME OWNERS insurance premiums as recommended by “MAN” to “HELP”  survive the “STORMS” of “LIFE”…literally.  We paid,  And Paid.  AND PAID those premiums…seeking to protect “US” in the event of a “DISASTER”.  Well guess what???  Insurance is NOT wanting to cover much of anything!!!    🙁   Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

And the Government wants to “HELP” those people…???…???…???…“THEY” choose to “HELP”.  And “HOW” they choose to “HELP” them…according to “WHO” they are and according to each individual’s capabilities/needs.  Generally speaking, the LESS you have…the MORE “HELP” you get.  The MORE you have…the LESS “HELP” you get…from the feds.  Well, “I GET THAT,” folks. “THIS”…???…???…???…IS AMERICA.  “HELPING”…???…???…???…is what we do BEST!!!  With 50% of the population ALWAYS claiming dissatisfaction…REGARDLESS!!!  Aaahhhhhh…now “THIS” is God’s plan in action, folks:  To ensure that “EVERY”[human]body has “SOME”[human]body on their “TEAM”…to “HELP” support them through “DIFFICULT” times, with the word “DIFFICULT” being open to each individual’s interpretation.

IN GOD WE TRUST, folks.  GOD… IS “HELPING” US TO SURVIVE HURRICANE MATTHEW.  Through ourselves.  AND THROUGH OTHERS, as well.  We have been TRULY blessed in so, So, SO many ways throughout this Hurricane Matthew NIGHTMARE.

We thank-you, Thank-You, THANK YOU, JESUS…FOR EVERYTHING!!!

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.