Monthly Archives: April 2017

LIVING IN DARKNESS…

here on earth.  For 42+ YEARS of my “LIFE”!!!  OUCH!!! (For those wondering…I am now 52)  🙁  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Yep, “LIFE”…???…???…???…has SURE been “DIFFICULT,” folks!!!  The paths I chose to get  me  “HERE”  from  way back  “THERE” …???…???…???… have been, and continue to be, littered with HUGE piles of “CRAP”.  UGH!!!  🙁  FORGIVE ME, FATHER.

Some of my struggles/sins have been laid-out in previous blog posts…way back there…SOMEWHERE.  I have NOT, however, felt called to reveal ALL of my dirty laundry, folks.  Not YET.  Perhaps NEVER.  But the Lord knows EVERY inch of my HUGE mountain of dirty laundry.  AND…???…???…???… He loves me…”STILL”!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 

PRAISE GOD!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  My sins are forgiven.  Even those yet to come.  Yep,  ALL have been washed away by Jesus’ blood…the VERY moment I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

MY CHAINS ARE GONE!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I’VE BEEN SET FREE!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  (Pppsssttt…I MUST admit I’m a pretty SLOW learner, folks.  I’m STILL LIVING.  STILL SINNING.  STILL LEARNING.  and STILL BREAKING FREE from chains that bind me…EVERY-SINGLE-DAY!!!)  Yep…???…???…???… I am STILL “TURTLE SLOW… BUT TURTLE STEADY” @ numberoneteam.net.

WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  THE TURTLE  ALWAYS WINS THE RACE, folks!!!  A-L-W-A-Y-S!!!  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.

 

SURFING WITH SHARKS…

on the “net”.  OUCH!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Social media…???…???…???…is a dangerous “OCEAN” to “SURF,” folks.  It SIMPLY amazes me how teammates “CAN” and “DO” throw “HATE” around so easily in response to “LOVE,” or God.  BUT…”THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!”  For I remembered to…???…???…???…”A.S.A.P,” folks, and have quickly turned that frown  on my face upside down… into a SMILE!!!  🙁 ——–>  🙂  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 

“A.S.A.P.,” folks.  Always Stop And Pray…A-L-W-A-Y-S!!!  Especially BEFORE adding fuel to the fire.

JAMES 1:19-20, NLT      “19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters:  You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.”  Hhhmmm…”And ALL [God’s] people said AMEN.”  Whoa, Oh…   (Yep, I’m listening to Matt Maher on my cell-phone.  Singin’ along…and soundin’ pretty good too!!!  Just sayin’.)  😉

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.

PRAY AMERICA

Deeply saddened by the extreme “HATE” being spewed across social media outlets.  WHERE IS ALL THIS HATE COMING FROM???  I WILL TELL YOU…”SATAN”!!!

Feeling an urge to get my “JESUS ON,” folks, and START CHEERING:  “BACK OFF, SATAN!!!  MY GOD’S GREATER THAN YOU!!!”  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

GO TEAM CHRISTIAN WARRIORS!!!  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.

STILL SURVIVING THE “STORM”…

after ALL these months.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  YOU ARE NOT GONNA BELIEVE  IT, folks!!!  “TEAM ALLEN”…???…???…???…will be moving back to our FULLY renovated home in less than 1 week!!!  “I THINK.” HA!!!  😉  We will remain “HOPEFUL,” yet skeptical…UNTIL the VERY day we move back!!!

Hhhmmm…Hurricane Matthew came and left St. Augustine, FL back on 10/7/16.  Nearly 7 FULL months ago!!!  Eeeeccckkk!!!  :/  “TEAM ALLEN,” however has remained on our feet…STANDING STRONG & FIRM in our FAITH…while “SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW”.  THANKS to the “HELP” offered by so, So, SO many “TEMMATES, including  family, friends, neighbors and strangers from ALL over…EVERYWHERE!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

“THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!”  For guiding us through ALL the DIFFICULTIES faced along this “CRAZY” adventure.  (Pppsssttt…my husband, Chris, views ALL situations in “LIFE” as “ADVENTURES”…HA!!!  What an adventure “THIS” has been folks!!!  DOUBLE HAHA!!!  )

We are NOT holding our breath yet, however, the “LIGHT” is glimmering at the end of this very long and Very, VERY dark tunnel.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Yep,“TEAM ALLEN”…???…???…???…is heading home…???…???…???…S-O-O-N…perhaps in less than a week!!!  (“I CAN ONLY IMAGINE”)  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  (I KNOW, I KNOW…I should NOT be celebrating too early!!!  THE EXCITEMENT IS PALPABLE, folks!!!)  🙂

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.

 

 

“PRAYING IT FORWARD…”

“TO ETERNITY [INFINITY]…AND BEYOND!!!”  (Yep… thinkin’ about Buzz Lightyear.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  In “JILL’S WORLD”.)  :/  ???  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I HAVE “G-O-T”… to share, Share, SHARE this little gold nugget of GOOD NEWS, folks:  Wait for it…

You will NOT believe what I keep right on “LEARNING” as I continue taking  purposeful “STEPS” along this JOURNEY through “LIFE” in the “RIGHT” direction while holding the hand of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.  Hhhmmm…now, “THIS IS AMAZING,” folks.  AMAZING GRACE.  (Pppsssttt…hurry, Hurry, HURRY-UP and wait, Wait, WAIT…for it!!!)  😉

I JUST enjoyed an AMAZING day…that YA’LL could NEVER understand…Right Here. RIGHT…???…???…???…YESTERDAY!!!  In “JILL’S WORLD”!!!  Yep, Thurs. 4/13/17 was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING…DESPITE…this “CRAZY” roller-coaster ride-of-events we’ve been on since Oct., 2016, but especially here lately!!!

From shopping with Danielle; to “UNDERCOVER AGENT” work as Mr/Mrs Allen; to date night with my hubby, including the drive to class (2+ hrs with Jacksonville traffic) and 3 hrs. of CPR class time “TOGETHER;” to dinner at Wendy’s after class at 10:00 pm (4 for $4)  😉  ; to the drive home jammin’ out with the 70’s, yada, yada, yada…  BEST DATE  E-V-E-R, folks!!!  We had such fun…”TOGETHER”…just the two of us (on the drive, BOTH, to/fro) AND with our “CLASS”-MATES, as well as our “TEACHER”-MATES ( a husband/wife “TEAM”!!! )  The ENTIRE day/evening was AMAZING.  AMAZING GRACE.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

So, where am I going with this blog post titled, “PRAYING IT FORWARD”???  I’ll TELL you where I’m goin’…STRAIGHT to the truth…ABOUT “ME”.  :/  To be honest, I was feeling like I did NOT want to go to the class with Chris on Thursday (my day OFF work).  I was dreading it.  UNTIL…???…???…???…I began praying about it.  “Lord, please just HELP me through this.”  I even continued praying about it on the drive to Jacksonville as I locked my vision on white-fluffy clouds in a blue, blue sky.   Yep, I was a bit stressed…Eeeccckkk!!!  A pass/fail situation.  UGH!!!  :/  “LET IT GO.  LET IT GO,” JILL!!!

BAM!!!  And the evening just kept getting better and better…from beginning to END.  We had so, So, SO much fun!!!  ALL evening.  Thank-you, Jesus!!!

So, THERE YOU HAVE IT, folks!!!  I am “PRAYING IT FORWARD” to tell you that “PRAYER is very, Very, VERY POWERFUL.  Praying that you will try it,  Try It, TRY IT!!!  And find that you will like it, Like It, LIKE IT!!!  (UGH…the Oscar Meyer Weiner jingle)  🙁

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 ‘EM COMIN’, FOLKS!!!”

WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  My sister, Laura, just texted a prayer for “TEAM ALLEN” to get back home soon [post Hurricane Matthew]!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  “KEEP ‘EM COMIN’, SIS!!!”  (Pppsssttt…the road has been quite “ROCKY” along our JOURNEY of “SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW” since early Oct., 2016.)

My response…???…???…???…”Praying…in St. Augustine, FL and trying to stay POSITIVE!!!”  While in my “CRAZY” state of “Jill-igan” I also posted on FB, stating:  “PLEASE…TRY to present your negative thoughts, ideas, or opinions with a POSITIVE twist!!!” (the post had a yellow background color…representative of the sun)  🙂 

HA!!!  I think that was more of a “CHEER” for me, “CRAZY JILL,” to stay positive as “TEAM ALLEN’S” journey of “SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW” keeps getting vewy, Vewy, VEWY (Elmer Fudd) TRECHEROUS & “BUMPY” as we go…”SCARILY”-along-the-way…HEY!!!

HA!!!  I GOT THE BIGGEST chuckle from a FB friend who replied with his take on examples to share negative ideas with a positive twist, as follows:  1.  “ok we are all going to die.  but hey, heaven is a great place” and  2.  “the world just sucks, but that is up to you”.  DOUBLE HAHA, folks!!!  I AM STILL CHUCKLING…here at numberoneteam.net.

KEEP THE PRAYERS AND “THE FUNNIES” COMING, FOLKS!!!  We need and LOVE them ALL!!!

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.

 

 

BEING STALKED…

BY CONFUSION (Satan)!!!  Aaahhhhhh!!!  But I REFUSE to allow “IT” (the confusion, A.K.A.: Satan) to make me anxious!!!  “IT IS WHAT IT IS!!!”  RIGHT???  RIGHT!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Yesterday and today…I am being directed to #1: “TRUST GOD” and
#2:  to realize that apart from Him I can do NOTHING!!!  Aaahhhhhh!!!  I AM SO CONFUSED!!!

I feel, STRONGLY, that God is calling “ME” to “HELP” others!!!  Well “WHO,” EXACTLY, are those “OTHERS” He wants me to “HELP”???  My husband???  My children???  (Those both seem, to “ME,” like yet an add-on to simply “HELPING” my“SELF”.)  :/

“LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  Eeeekkkkkk!!!  “HELP” me, Father, to discern the difference between my family and “neighbors”.

I’m struggling…YET AGAIN, folks.  I “FEEL” STRONG, yet may be viewed or judged by some as “WEAK” in my individual response…or lack there-of…to current “DIFFICULTIES” faced by “TEAM ALLEN” as we continue “SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW”!!!

“I”…wanna “HELP”.  “HELPING”…???…???…???…is what I do BEST!!!  And I am ready, willing and able to “HELP” work on renovating our HOME.  JUST TELL ME WHAT TO DO!!!  GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

WE [TEAM ALLEN] JUST WANNA GO HOME!!!  SOONER THAN LATER.  “[WE’RE] TIRED AND WE WANNA GO TO BED”…

JUST SHOW US THE WAY TO GO HOME…

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.

 

Exodus 15:22-25; John 15:5

JUST ANOTHER DAY…

in “JILL’S WORLD”!!!  :/

Well, folks, it is time for me to share this “CRAZY” idea that STRUCK me… RIGHT UP-SIDE MY HEAD (OUCH!!!) awhile ago…

GOD LOVES ALL HIS CHILDREN!!!  Everybody.  EVERYWHERE!!!  REGARDLESS of Anything!!!  ANYTHING!!!   A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

God loves EXTREME conservatives…to EXTREME liberals.  And EVERYTHING in between!!!  Therefore, He sent Jesus (who is REALLY God, Himself) to walk in the shoes of man.  To be a “PERFECT” example.  To perform miracles for witness by man.  And to sacrifice Himself…on the cross (as Jesus [God Himself], God’s only begotten son) in payment for ALL sins committed by those who-so accept Him“SELF,” Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior.)  Amen.  (Feeling confused???  ME TOO!!!   “THIS” is where “FAITH” comes in…”)  😉

Is it JUST “ME,” or does God appear conservative…as the Father???  While Jesus appears liberal…as the son???  Hhhmmm…many, Many, MANY thoughts running through my mind (with red, white and blue tennis-shoes on) STILL waiting to fall into their proper place FOR “ME”…FOR “NOW”…

WHAT AN AMAZING GOD WE SERVE!!!  THE ONE.  THE ONLY… GOD OF  A-L-L GODS!!!  AMEN.  (And to think…???…???…???…He loves us ALL unconditionally…DESPITE our mistakes, or human tendencies, along this “JOURNEY” through “LIFE” from “HERE” to “THERE”.  (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.

ROMANS 8:28, NLT

28    And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE FOR “THEM” (meaning, to “ME,” that God calls each of us differently based on our individual Journeys through “LIFE,” i.e.:  where we have been and how we’ve responded to situations while simply seeking to survive it, “LIFE”).  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

…”ACCORDING TO HIS [specific] PURPOSE FOR THEM”.  BAM!!!  We are ALL different, folks.  With different stories.  And different purposes.  Hhhmmm…He causes “ALL” things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to “HIS” purpose for “THEM”.

OUCH!!!  STOP, JILL.  I need to STOP judging others based on MY individual “callings”!!!  I feel certain that other TEAMMATES are called differently…than “ME”.  Yep, I get to choose my actions….in EVERY situation.   I am “commanded,” however, NOT to judge TEAMMATES’ actions.  PERIOD.  “…let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”  JOHN 8:7, NLT

And remember, Jill…???…???…???…NOT Everybody will be saved.  TEAMMATES are given “FREE” will to choose the turns they make along their Journeys.  It is “MY” responsibility to respond in situations as “I” feel drawn by God.  NOT…to direct OR judge teammates’ responses in accordance to “MY” calling.  KEEPING IN MIND that…???…???…???…”I” am a SINNER EVERY day…in MANY ways.  Repentance is a DAILY ritual here, folks.  For “ME”.  THANK-YOU, JESUS.  “AMAZING GRACE (My Chains Are Gone)”–song by Chris Tomlin. I’ve been set FREE!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

Jesus died for Everybody.  EVERYWHERE, folks.  And GOD, in ALL His GLORY, devised a method to ensure that ALL of His beloved children have support from some of his/her peers.  In ANY/ALL situations along our JOURNEYS from “HERE”…to “THERE”.  😉  NOONE…IS EVER ALONE!!!  PRAISE GOD!!! 

HATERS WILL HATE, folks!!!  HATE is associated with Satan.  And LOVERS WILL LOVE.  LOVE, my friends, is associated with God.  IN ALL SITUATIONS!!!  And DISCERNMENT is very, Very, VERY “DIFFICULT”!!!

Feeling compelled to close here with:  :  “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them”.

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.

 

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I’M GONNA RUN TO YOU…

with OPEN arms to throw around Your neck and OPEN eyes to “SEE” Your will…for “ME”.  AMEN.

LOVE…???…???…???…is bursting OUT…ALL OVER!!!  ALL OVER, ALL OVER IN THIS LAND”…  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  HUH???  I am NOT real  certain, folks, but I think I remember singing a “CRAZY,” quirky little song like that  as a child…back in the day…while living on George St. in Fayette, OH.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

LIFE WAS SURE DIFFICULT… “THEN”.  I JUST DIDN’T KNOW IT YET.  Yep, I was “LIVING IT” and “SURVIVING IT” while somehow choosing to “DENY IT”.  THANK-YOU, JESUS.  42+ years of temporary insanity with confinement in  “JILL’S WORLD”…was the “PERFECT” SENTENCE to “HELP” guide My Spiritual Life Journey…leading straight to the pearly gates for my admittance to Eternal Life in “HIS WORLD”.  ONE FINE DAY.

Oh yeah, my heart is smiling as I sit here listening to Bryan Adam’s song, “Run To You.”  OUCH!!!  It’s kinda funny how my heart is smiling to a tune that has meaning during, perhaps, the most dysfunctional phase of my mental illness  between 1984-86…leading STRAIGHT to the car accident that saved my “LIFE” by seemingly destroying it…back on 11/16/86.

Sorry, folks.  I’m drifting on in to “Jill-ville”…back to memories of my ole, “CRAZY” self.  BACK OFF, SATAN!!!  My God’s greater than you!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Time to open up His word, folks and “GET MY JESUS ON!!!”  Yep, “I’M GONNA RUN TO YOU…” my Lord and Savior.  THANK-YOU, JESUS.

“MY CHAINS ARE GONE.  I’VE BEEN SET FREE”… 

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.