Monthly Archives: January 2017

FINDING PURPOSE IN PASSION

Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

There’s ALOT of NEGATIVE passion flying ALL over…EVERY where…OUT THERE in social media, folks.  I “TRY” NOT to respond to the extreme “HATE”-filled comments that get fired in BOTH directions.  I “TRY,” folks.  :/

“I”…???…???…???…am “FLIGHTY”.  I “GET” that EVERYone is Unhappy…???…???…???…about SOMEthing…MANY things…maybe EVERYthing!!!   Aaahhhhhh!!!  I wanna SCREAM as I get engulfed by that EVER-so-familiar, sudden, “off-balanced-ness” that I have come to recognize as “MY” form of ANXIETY.  A “DRUNKEN” sensation I can literally “FEEL” as it engulfs my entire being from head-to toe, dulling my thoughts and staggering my gait.

NOW, “I”…???…???…???…am  T-R-U-L-Y   “FLIGHTY,” folks.  Childhood molestation blurred and buried EVERYTHING in my mind, resulting in an “ODD” and “ANGRY”  perception/interpretation of “LIFE”.    Then a car accident resulting in permanent physical and cognitive deficits at age 22 sent me on a 20+ year “SEARCH” for…???…???…???…”SOMETHING”…that God FINALLY revealed to me when the time was RIGHT…@ age 42.  TEN (10)…very, Very, VERY SHORT years ago.

There are DEFINITELY…???…???…???…”PROBLEMS” here in America, folks.   I “GET” THAT.  BUT PLEASE…can “WE” (ALL of “US”) QUIT COMPLAINING about “WHAT WAS” or “WHAT IS”…and give CONCRETE options for RESOLUTION???

I “GET” the COMPLAINTS, folks.   I do.  I Do.  I DO!!!  Now…”WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THEM???”  My passions get ALL stirred-up in the complaints with NO means to “RELEASE” that negative energy.  Hhhmmm…”HATE CRIMES of PASSION” carried out by citizens…???…???…???…will NOT fix ANYthing in a country filled with “CARING” folks who are simply seeking to survive “LIFE”.

Let us ALL try to “HELP” each other, folks.  “OUR” way.  Or better yet…???…???…???…

“HIS” WAY.  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.

DO YOU KNOW…???…???…???

WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO???  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Where have you been???  Where are you “NOW”???  Where are you going…”TO”???  DO YOU EVEN KNOW??? 

WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  OH, NO!!!

DISTRACTION ALERT!!!  DISTRACTION ALERT!!!  :/

Aaahhhhhh…I canNOT STOP singing Diana Ross’ song, “Do You Know Where You’re Going To,” from 1975…to my-own-“SELF”…inside my-own-“SELF’s” mind here in “JILL’S WORLD”!!!  (Soundin’ pretty good too!!!  Just sayin’)  😉

As I journey through this thing called “LIFE,” I “SEE” things differently…EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!  THANK YOU, JESUS.  I look forward to this new day the Lord has made.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I “GET”…???…???…???…to go to work today!!!  (Pppsssttt…STILL LOVING my  “J-O-B”…as an OTA/L here at MCNRC in St. Augustine, FL.  BAM!!!  GO TEAM MCNRC!!!)  😉

Sorry…I got a little [MORE] distracted there.  :/  But anyways…”THIS IS A [NEW] DAY THE LORD HAS MADE.”  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  And yes…”[I WILL] REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT”!!!  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.

 

Psalm 118:24, NLT

 

“TAKE” #2…

of the “SAME” idea…viewed from a different angle, or point.

BAM!!!  Now, “THIS” is EXACTLY what I was speaking about in the previous blog post!!!  YOU HAVE GOT…to come along on this next little “JOURNEY,” folks.  Yep, another “JOURNEY” into “JILL’S WORLD”!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  READY???  OKAY!!!  (Yep, I’m  startin’ this one off like a “CHEER”)

DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  I had JUST published the previous post and then decided to hop on over to FB…REAL quick to peruse what’s on folks’ minds…before starting my day…here at 12 pm, ET!!!  :/  (Thurs./Fri. is “MY” weekend, folks!!!)  Hhhmmm…peruse, peruse, peruse…OUCH!!! 

DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!  I did NOT mean ANYthing “BAD” by sharing a post that supported the requirement for photo id’s in order to vote.  I had NOT even considered the implications of, perhaps, excluding the “POOR” from voting secondary to their financial inability to afford having a photo id.

I was NOT- in any way, shape, or form- considering finances of anyone, ie:  people paying for their own id or perhaps even adding another tax, special, to pay for poor people’s photo id’s.  I, simply, AGREE with “NEEDING” one.

Folks, some of my FaceBook friends quickly jumped to point out that this would be another financial means of discluding “POOR” or disadvantaged teammates from having a voice.  I, DEFINITELY, do NOT mean to exclude ANYone.  AND, I feel certain that if asked…???…???…???…those  friends  annoyed by needing a photo id to vote  would also AGREE that photo id’s would “HELP” reduce voter fraud.  BAM!!!  WE AGREE.  WE ARE JUST LOOKING AT THE SAME SITUATION FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!

THANK-YOU, my friend, for opening my eyes.  I had NOT considered the different angles of this topic to be viewed.

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.

 

LIKING WHAT I…???…???…???

“FEEL”.  BAM!!!  “I”…???…???…???…am a DIFFERENT person, folks.  “DIFFERENT”… than I used to be.  Thank-you, Jesus.

The inner peace and calmness I feel is nothing short of AMAZING, folks.  DESPITE “TEAM ALLEN’S” current “DIFFICULTIES”.  “I”…???…???…???…am “OKAY,” folks.  “WE” (TEAM ALLEN)…???…???…???…are gonna be “OKAY”.  I JUST KNOW IT!!!  Don’t ask me, “HOW I KNOW,”  just KNOW…???…???…???…THAT “I KNOW”!!!  😉

I NO LONGER…feel a need to “FIGHT,” angrily.  I NO LONGER…lash back at folks with hurtful words that ONLY intensify our disagreements or misunderstandings.  (Well, maybe I DO lash, or fight, back every now-and-again out of anger.  I’m a work in progress, folks)  😉  

EVERYBODY sees things from their own distinct and VERY unique POINTS-OF-VIEW.  Thank-you, Jesus, that I have NOT struggled through other teammates’ experiences (DIFFICULTIES) to REALLY KNOW how I might respond my“SELF”.  And Thank-you, Jesus, for allowing my autonomy to determine my own PATH, yet ALWAYS seeking to guide me through those difficulties I HAVE experienced.

Forgive me, Father.  I’m a SLOW learner.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I may be “TURTLE SLOW,” but I am ALSO “TURTLE STEADY”. (Aaahhhhhh…The  previous description of my Spiritual growth… R-E-T-U-R-N-S!!!AND WE ALL KNOW…
“THE TURTLE  A-L-W-A-Y-S  WINS THE RACE!!!”  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.

 

 

 

“KEEP CALM”…

“AND TRUST GOD”.  BAM!!!  THANKS, JO!!!  For this AMAZING Christmas gift, 2016: a small, fancy card box filled with “a collection of inspiring Scripture verses and quotes to help carry you through tough [DIFFICULT] and challenging times.” By Christian Art Gifts.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  (I, sadly, do NOT know where the book-an additional gift- is that discusses handling those situations when other peeps (teammates/complainers) threaten to disrupt “MY” FAITH.  I pray that I will find it somewhere…out there…amidst the piles of “STUFF” in this rental garage upon our return home…ONE FINE DAY.)  😉 

“KEEP CALM AND TRUST GOD” is written on one card of this 101 card collection.  The back states:  “The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you.”   Ps. 32:8″

AMEN.  And Thank-you, Jesus.  I really, Really, REALLY… NEED YOU 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.

AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR…???…???…???

“STRESS”!!!  Folks, I REFUSE to worry about “SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW”…ANY longer!!!  BAM!!!  I SAID IT!!!  AND…I MEANT IT!!!  (THIS TIME!!!)  😉  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

God is good…All the time!!!  All the time…God is good!!!

God IGood…All The Time!!!  All The Time…God Is Good!!!

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

9:30 a.m.  The sun is shining outside the bedroom windows of this rental home.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  Filtering in a sense of warmth, peace and happiness between the shudders.  🙂  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!

My worries are gone…for “NOW,” folks.  Time to ready my“SELF” for work on this glorious day the Lord has made.  “HELP” me, Father, to be glad and rejoice in it…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.

 

Psalm 118:24

 

THE 2017 CHALLENGE

WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  It’s a new year, folks.  Time for a new “CHALLENGE”.  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I have been sitting here trying to come up with a title for this idea God has implanted here in Jill-ville (my mind) and then BAM!!! “IT” (the title) bopped me right up-side my head…OUCH!!!  😉  “THE 2017 CHALLENGE”.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Now “I”…C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E-L-Y  “FORGOT” about our annual New Year’s “CHALLENGE” here @ numberoneteam.net, folks!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS  for the realization that this recurring and troubling situation we are ALL witnessing here in AMERICA is the “PERFECT” CHALLENGE.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.

We, as a people, are ALL different, folks.  We are each unique.  “WE ARE WHO WE ARE BASED ON WHERE WE’VE BEEN AND HOW WE’VE RESPONDED TO SITUATIONS WHILE SIMPLY SEEKING TO SURVIVE THIS THING CALLED…LIFE.” 

BAM!!!  Now, “THAT” notion goes back to 2013 and the beginning days of this blog as it was developing and growing into its spiritual nature.  And “IT,” (this blog) is ALL about God, folks.  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!! 

Now, it may have taken me awhile to admit that fact, but this blog is ALL about GOD and reacting to OUR daily “DIFFICULTIES” as HE would desire.  HIS way.  NOT ours.   Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

ALL-THE-WHILE remembering that we are each RIGHT where we “SHOULD” be according to GOD’S plan “FOR” us.  And that includes ALL the GOOD.  The BAD.  And the UGLY.  WE ARE ALL IMPERFECT, folks.  In the specific ways we have  each been designed.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

JUST THINK…we were ALL designed perfectly imperfect as a means to ensure that ALL THE BASES ARE COVERED.  EVERY single situation has supporters on EVERY side imaginable.  In my own mind, “JILL’S WORLD, I truly believe that THERE IS A PERFECT REASON…FOR EVERYTHING.  No matter how “CRAZY” some things may appear.

THE 2017 CHALLENGE???  “EMBRACING OUR UNIQUE DIFFERENCES AND SEEKING COMMON GROUND ON WHICH TO STAND.”  BAM!!!  Resolving conflict “OUR” way.  Not mine, yours, his, hers, or theirs.  But “OURS.”  Yep, resolving conflict…???…???…???… “TOGETHER”!!!

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.

“QUIT ‘CHUR COMPLAININ’!!!”…

@ numberoneteam.net.  OUCH!!!  :/  Now “THAT” brings back  memories of previous “DIFFICULTIES” with teammates (co-workers) at MCNRC.  DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!  :/  :/  I am, however, proud to report that my tolerance of complainers has improved quite a bit, folks!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!

I MUST admit that I had to chuckle when listening to clips of the presidential inauguration, folks.  Yep, I sure did. I think I thought I heard President Donald J. Trump tell politicians they’d be expected to quit complaining about problems and to start  “FIXING” them!!!  (Or something to that affect)  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK… 

BAM!!!  “QUIT ‘CHUR COMPLAININ’ !!!”  You tell ’em, President Trump!!!  That kinda sounds like something “I’d” say!!!  HA!!!  That “IS” something I’ve said before.  Like over, And Over, AND OVER…again, And Again, AND AGAIN!!!  Way back there somewhere…in the archives of this blog.  SOMEWHERE.  (Hhhmmm…I wonder if President Trump reads this blog???)  😉

“QUIT ‘CHUR COMPLAININ’ !!!”  BAM!!!  Now that is something that needs to be said to Everybody.  EVERYWHERE, folks!!!  “QUIT ‘CHUR COMPLAININ’ !!!” 

Everyone.  EVERYONE… can do something “POSITIVE” to “HELP” make situations BETTER!!!  YEAH…BE PRO-ACTIVE!!!  NOT INACTIVE OR DESTRUCTIVE!!!

Here’s to “HOPE”…for a brighter future, folks.  And here’s to ALL OF US doing OUR part to:  “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”!!!

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

P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People…to survive “LIFE”. 

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

THE FIGHTS AND RIDES OF LIFE

Boy, the punches just keep on comin’.  And Comin’.  AND COMIN’.  Don’t they???  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

My thoughts are currently with my cousin, Marsha, who just messaged me to ask how “TEAM ALLEN” is doing in our “FIGHT” to survive Hurricane Matthew.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

BAM!!!  Now, “MARSHA”…???…???…???…is staying strong and “fighting” His way…”THROUGH IT ALL”.  Despite currently battling  cancer for over a year; struggling through her son’s recent MVA (motor vehicle accident) which was quickly followed by the death of her mother(my aunt, Barb)… which makes me think of the “RIDE” her whole “LIFE” has been.  Then add in the up-swing of her recent marriage to a wonderful man…somewhere in that boxing-ring-of-“LIFE”.  Yep, now she’s a “FIGHTER,” alright.  AND…a “RIDER”  😉  I LOVE YOU, MARSHA!!! 

I am now considering the fights and rides “I’ve” been on while simply seeking to survive this thing called my “LIFE”.  UGH!!!  Nope, I sure wouldn’t want to go through ALL that again…just to get where I am today!!!  “THANK-YOU, JESUS”…I could NOT have survived this “LIFE” without You!!!

Folks, I invite you to take a few moments and reflect on your “LIFE”.  What a “RIDE,” huh???  I “HOPE” you keep fighting to win…”HIS” way.  Not your own!!!  And remember:  Surviving “LIFE”…???…???…???…ain’t for sissies, folks!!!

BAM!!!  WAKE-UP AMERICA!!!  And…”STAND-UP, STAND-UP FOR JESUS!!!” (Another tune…)  😉 

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 RIDE OF YOUR LIFE

BAM!!!  The ups, downs, twists, turns and “loop-di-loops” associated with just living “LIFE” are enough to make me completely nauseous, folks!!!  Sometimes I just wanna scream…”GET ME OFF THIS RIDE”!!!  Until…I remember that God is in the seat RIGHT beside me.  Holding my hand.  And giving me strength when I am weak.   Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

God is good…All the time All the time…God is good

God Is Good…All The Time!!  All The Time…God Is Good!!

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

(Pppsssttt…I just repeated that phrase to my“SELF” here in Jill-ville (my mind) 3 times.  With a bit more conviction EACH time.  WHEW!!!  Thank-you, Jesus.  I sure needed to hear that.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.   “LIFE”…???…???…???… has definitely been a bit “DIFFICULT” for “TEAM ALLEN” after Hurricane Matthew dropped into our home for a quick visit back in early October, 2016.)  🙁 

Folks, I do NOT know where “YOU” are on  your ride of “LIFE,” but I do HOPE (Heaven Over-Powering Earth) you will hang-on tight and remember, no matter where you are NOW:

“THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!”

Just “HANG ON [Sloopy] to Jesus’ hand…AND ENJOY THE RIDE!!!  (Yep, I’m singin’ that ‘ole 1965 tune by The McCoys to my“SELF” inside my-own-“SELF’S” mind (Jill-ville).  And soundin’ pretty good too.  Just sayin’!!!)  😉 

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL HANGIN’-IN-THERE…TOGETHER!!!

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

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…”EVERY” day!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.