Monthly Archives: May 2017

THE LORD of PEACE…

is in “Jill-ville”!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

My heart is happy, folks.  “I”…???…???…???…am at PEACE.  DESPITE… knowing “TEAM ALLEN” has YET to face our largest battle(s) since beginning our struggle to survive Hurricane Matthew.  🙁 

I awoke this morning…“MERRILY”.   And “MERRILY” worked through my “FAV” a.m. routine!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Praying.  Reading.  Thinking.  MORE praying…  😉  And then I hopped onto Facebook…  🙁  OUCH!!!  And was immediately reminded how we humans are so, So, SO quick to “POINT THE FINGER”…towards somebody ELSE!!!  Yep, “TEAMMATES”  were placing “BLAME” onto other TEAMMATES for “LIFE’S DIFFICULTIES”.  🙁 

My ruffled feathers, however, were quickly smoothed by God’s LOVING HAND.  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!   He, ever-so-gracefully, diverted my conscious attention towards a FAST approaching  s“IT”uation (Thurs., 6/1/17).  And I PRAY that ALL issues will be handled with the “GRACE-OF-GOD”… working “THROUGH” TEAM ALLEN…to shine His LIGHT…on “IT”.  AMEN.

“IT IS WHAT IT IS,” folks!!!  😉  TRYING HARD TO REMEMBER:

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…to survive “LIFE”.

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

“RADIANT LOVE”…

Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

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

BAM!!!  So, I began “THIS”  morning in my FAVORITE way…praying; reading Sarah Young’s “JESUS CALLING;” followed by reading from my bible; MORE praying; NOW blogging…

So anyways, during this morning’s process, I was reminded that God’s radiant LOVE enfolds His children (“ME”), but then my mind QUICKLY diverted to God’s radiant LOVE for ALL of His children…NOT JUST “ME”!!!  The GOOD.  The BAD.  AND ALL THOSE IN BETWEEN!!!  Yep, I QUICKLY realized that GOD so LOVES ALL of His children…EVEN those He leads down different paths than mine.  BAM!!!  Yep, “THOSE”… are ALL my BROTHERS…and SISTERS in Christ, as well.  DISTRACTION ALERT:  “WE ARE FAMILY!!!”  :/  Yep, I’m singin’ another song!!!  And soundin’ pretty good, too!!!  Just sayin’.   😉

God KNOWS we are gonna disagree on issues, folks.  HELLO…”HE LEADS EACH OF US DOWN DIFFERENT PATHS SO AS TO ENSURE THAT ALL TEAMS HAVE “MATES”…to “HELP” them move forward on their specific “JOURNEYS” from “HERE” to “THERE”!!! 

JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD…along YOUR specific JOURNEY with CHRIST.  YOUR “JOURNEY”…???…???…???…IS SUPPOSED TO BE DIFFERENT THAN MINE!!!  IT’S OKAY TO DISAGREE!!!  But it’s the manner in which we choose to resolve those differences that matters the MOST.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“LIFE IS DIFFICULT!!!”  For Everybody.  EVERYWHERE!!!    PLEASE SEEK TO DO ALL THINGS IN “LOVE”.  NOT HATE.  THERE IS A DEFINITE DIFFERENCE…in ALL situations, folks!!!  “DISCERNMENT”…is a gift.  ASK…and you shall receive… 

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.

 

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!!!

KA-BOOM!!!  KA-BING!!!  ALA-KA-BANG!!!  “ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST,” folks!!!  I am NOT kidding!!!  “THIS” other AFTER “THAT” other AFTER “A” AFTER “N”-OTHER…AFTER ANOTHER, AND YET ANOTHER!!!  “A-N-O-T-H-E-R   ONE BITES THE DUST!!!”  OUCH!!! 

We returned home nearly 1 month ago, folks, but I KID YOU….N-O-T!!!  We JUST found out (TODAY) that “TEAM ALLEN” has yet ANOTHER new PROJECT MANAGER to lead our home renovations post Hurricane Matthew!!!  Thereby meaning…???…???…???… “ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!!!”  DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!  Hhhmmm… I lost count AFTER #12-DRUPLE or #13- QUINTRUPLE-DRUPLE-FRUPLE…WHAT-EVER-UPLE!!!  🙁  It has sure been a “CRAZY” ride, folks!!!  BUT…???….????….????….

WE ARE HOME!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  AT LEAST “TEAM ALLEN” …???…???…???… is HOME… as the SAGA continues… “SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW” in St. Augustine, FL.  “STILL.”  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.

 

WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH…

Hhhmmm…I’m NOT quite sure how to finish that sentence, folks.  Times are sure pretty tough.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  🙁  Though I know NO differently than to keep moving forward.  With my head held high and both eyes looking straight ahead.  And with, perhaps, a “DEEP” growl (GRRRrrrrrr) in my throat seeking to hide that  “girly” (WEAK) whimper.

Yep, I have ALWAYS been a Tom-boy, folks.  HA!!!  I now realize that my fighting nature was-and STILL is, at times- “MY” attempt at being STRONG…ON MY OWNSEEKING TO SURVIVE “LIFE”…  WITHOUT GOD.  OUCH!!!  🙁 

Do not cry, Jill.  Do Not Cry, Jill.  DO NOT CRY, JILL!!!  Oh, how I dislike crying, folks.  Always Have.  ALWAYS WILL.  Yep, “I”…???…???…???…am a FIGHTER that generally comes out barking or biting.  NEVER WHIMPERING.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

OUCH!!!  “IT’S CONFESSION TIME,” folks  :/

Yep, “I”…???…???…???… have strayed…AGAIN, folks!!!  I seem to have been so caught up in the “CRAZY” BUSY-NESS (business)of “LIFE” that I have been missing  church services at A.B.C. (Anastasia Baptist Church) And our E.R. (Early Risers) A.B.C. Life-Group class!!!  AND…I have NOT even taken the time to read His word…here lately!!!  UGH!!!  “STOP,” JILL…”IN THE NAME OF LOVE”!!!  (Yep, I’m singin’ the Supremes’ hit from 1965!!!  And soundin’ pretty good, too!!!  Just sayin’.)   😉

Today’s reading from Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” reminds me to turn to God.  To call upon Jesus…and the Holy Spirit to “HELP” me during the times of chaotic difficulty.  Yep, I have been reminded to turn to God seeking His “HELP” to “SURVIVE” this “CRAZY” thing called “LIFE”.  BAM!!! 

THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  I feel a sudden, indescribable, calmness that will surely carry me through these choppy waters.  Hhhmmm…  I feel as though Jesus is calling “ME”…

TO GET OUT OF THE BOAT!!!  And walk…   😮  :/   😉   🙂 

AND SO…???…???…???…”I WILL GO”… 

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 AIN’T GOT NO MONEY, PART II !!!

HA!!!  DOUBLE HAHA!!!  I am chuckling so, So, SO hard, folks!!!  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW!!!  🙂    😉    😮  So-Much-So…that I have JUST been jolted back (or forward)ONTO ANOTHER “TRIP”…RIGHT-ON-INTO  C-R-A-Z-Y  “JILL’S WORLD”!!!  Ready???  Set???  HERE WE GO…(with “ME”… STILL chuckling ALL THE WAY…HEY!!!  Especially since “I AIN’T GOT NO MONEY” was PART I of this “CRAZY” series that JUST  N-O-W developed, yet was FIRST written and published back in April, 2015–just “TRY” to figure “THAT” one out!!!  Please strap yourselves in , folks.   I also encourage you to search & read the ORIGINAL blog post, “I AIN’T GOT NO MONEY,”  4/1/15!!!  Now “THIS” is gettin’ CRAZIER-by-the-minute!!!

SOOOoooooo, NEEDLESS-TO-SAY…”LIFE” has been a bit “DIFFICULT” since Hurricane Matthew destroyed our home back in Oct., 2016.  But, “THANK-YOU, JESUS”!!!  We JUST moved back home 2-3 weeks ago. (the LAST weekend in April)  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

And the “difficulty” continues, folks, as we “TRY” to ready ourselves for furniture delivery/arrival… during continued renovations…with a 2-week house-guest…while prepping to celebrate my son’s H.S. graduation and Eagle Scout ceremonies. (And  it’s ALL “GOOD,” folks)  But…???…???…???… NO WONDER I’M NOT THINKING CLEARLY!!!  RIGHT???  RIGHT!!!  😉

I admit it, folks.  I decided to drop by Walmart on my way home from work Wednesday afternoon…which is REALLY my “FRIDAY”.  Uh-Ha…and I raced right into our HUGE SuperCenter, shopped real quick, stood in line for a LONG while, placed ALL of my items on the check-out counter and stood there watching the fella in front of me until he reached for his wallet as if to pay for his items…when I SUDDENLY realized I entered the store, completed my shopping, AND…was NEXT-in-line to check out in ISLE #6… “W-I-T-H-O-U-T”  MY PURSE, folks!!!(Yep, you read that right).  I, LITERALLY, had NO $ or plastic…to pay for my “STUFF” that was placed atop the check-out counter waiting to be scanned…while numerous “SHOPPERS” lined-up behind me!!!  Eeeccckkk!!!

Aaahhhhhh!!!  Tick, Tick, Tick…  TIME WAS RACING BY…WAY TOO QUICKLY!!!  I PANICKED, folks!!!  The fella directly in front of me was nearly checked-out!!!  I, literally, saw him reaching for his wallet…as I screamed in SHEER PANIC (my family KNOWS that scream QUITE well, folks, and they ALL HATE IT)!!!  I, somehow, quickly explained my predicament to the cashier-fella…and RACED out of the store…HOPING…beyond ALL HOPE…and “PRAYING”… that my purse was  there…in the van!!!  :/

MY HEART POUNDED, folks, as I fearfully “raced” out to the van, recalling how I frequently leave the house, in “FLIGHTY-JILL-“ mode, on my way to work… withOUT my purse…PERIOD!!!  😮  YEP!!! It was HIGHLY likely that I was jogging out to my van…ONLY to discover: “I AIN’T GOT NO MONEY” to pay for those groceries sitting a-top that check-out counter…in ISLE #6 at our local Walmart SuperCenter, here in St. Augustine, FL!!!  OH NO!!!  PLEASE SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!  “SO!!!”

WHEW!!!  My purse was there, folks.  And… I raced back into the store-in “FLIGHTY-JILL,” panicked-sprint-mode…JUST as the fella in front of me received his receipt!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  (I, somehow, was blessed to get a VERY close parking spot…in my usual parking row, or area…in order to “HELP” my“SELF” remember where I parked!!!)  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

AGAIN…”LIFE”…???…???…???…is so, So, SO much BETTER THAN FICTION!!!  I simply canNOT make this stuff up!!!  Yep, JUST ANOTHER DAY, folks, IN “JILL’S WORLD”!!!  :/  I sure do HOPE you enjoyed the ride!!!  😉

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.

 

 

HONEY, WE’RE “HOME”!!!

UGH!!!  It wasn’t supposed to be like this.  We longed to get back home for nearly 7 months after Hurricane Matthew.  We survived the “displacement” phase quite nicely.  And…???…???…???… “TOGETHER”.  TOTALLY!!!  BUT now that we are finally “HOME” again???…???…???…??? “LET THE BICKERING BEGIN!!!”  🙁  OUCH!!!

“UN”-packing the boxes of “STUFF” salvaged from the ruins of Hurricane Matthew is very, Very, VERY “DIFFICULT” when our home is ONLY furnished with 3 beds, a dining room table, sofa sectional and a few appliances.  UGH!!!  I “STILL” (a previous blog post) drive around with clothes thrown on the floor of my van!!!  SAD, BUT TRUE!!!  THINGS ARE SURE IN DISARRAY…at the “ALLEN CASTLE” (another previous blog post-or-two from back in the archives…SOMEWHERE!!!)     🙁 

Furnishings for our bedrooms HAVE been purchased and deliveries are scheduled to begin Thurs., 5/18/17.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Let the unpacking CONTINUE!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

“TEAM ALLEN” is struggling a bit, folks.  We are finally HOME, but are faced with COMPLETE CHAOS!!!  Items we purchased last fall during the Holiday sales season, 2016, don’t seem to “FIT” our new HOME…size and/style-wise.  AND…???…???…???…The house is NOT finished.  INSIDE…OR OUT!!!  There’s ALOT more work to do.  PLUS…many ideas and decisions we made have changed throughout the entire renovation process!!!  “THINGS” are FAR from PERFECT, folks!!!  UGH!!!  WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

And in perusing many of the boxes left to unpack…???…???…???…ALOT of the contents appear to be “JUNK”.  READY for the “YARD” (junkyard).  🙁  OH, but I’m so very, Very, VERY tired.  And I just wanna go to bed!!!  Ain’t nobody got time for “UNPACKING”…AFTER returning home DURING continued renovations POST hurricane devastation!!!  :/

“TEAM ALLEN”…???…???…???…is tired.  We’ve ALL had ENOUGH!!!  We’re tired and we wanna go to bed, or just plain RELAX!!!  “HELP” us, Father, to keep moving forward along this challenging “JOURNEY” of “SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW” in loving kindness toward each other as we near that FINISH LINE that keeps being pushed further back.  And Further Back.  AND FURTHER BACK.  :/ 

HA!!!  And guess what???!!!???!!!???!!!  The new master bath shower doors exploded just last Saturday as the fellas were preparing to install them!!!  Yep… they “EXPLODED”!!!  Both men sustained superficial wounds and the glass shrapnel was Everywhere in our garage!!!  OH NO!!!  PLEASE SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!  “SO!!!” 

We are in NO hurry…for ANYthing, folks.  “IT IS…WHAT IT IS!!!”  My mother-in-law is flying in this weekend for Chase’s upcoming H.S. graduation and Eagle Scout celebration.  She will be here for a couple weeks…amid our unpacked boxes of “STUFF” as our SAGA continues:  “SURVIVING HURRICANE MATTHEW”!!!

WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  “HONEY, WE’RE HOME.”  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO,WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  (Pppsssttt…”NO”…we are NOT having ANY fun yet!!!)  We’re tired.  “TEAM ALLEN”…???…???…???…IS OVER IT!!!  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!  (I do expect some “FUN” to begin, however, with EACH arrival of “NEW” furniture.  And…???…???…???…with the completion of continued renovations!!!)  😉

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, MY FRIENDS

OUCH.  I’ve had some pretty “BAD” days lately and, perhaps, have NOT given the BEST of myself to “HELP” those around me.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Thank-You, Jesus, for some pretty AMAZING team-“BLUE”-mates that surround me at work and “HELP” to hold me up…above the water threatening to destroy “TEAM ALLEN”.  Yep, I have been drowning here recently…in anxiety, worry and fear without even realizing how self-absorbed I have become.  🙁

A simple, “I miss you…, Jill” (indicating I have, somehow, been different) and those personal testimonies of God’s GREATNESS helped me to re-focus on Him…and others.  NOT my“SELF”.

“THANK-YOU, MY FRIENDS”… for sharing God’s LIGHT forward with “ME” during my time of “DARKNESS”.
“BACK OFF SATAN!!!  MY GOD’S GREATER THAN YOU!!!”  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 

“JILL IS BACK!!!”  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.

 

HELPING WITHOUT HURTING…

begins with me, you, him, her, “THEM” right here, and “THEM” over there too.  TRUTH IS:  Everybody.  EVERYWHERE…can “HELP” Somebody…without HURTING Anybody.  ANYWHERE.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Define your specific purpose (Pppsssttt…EVERYBODY’S GOT ONE) and then work towards the achievement of that purpose by “HELPING” teammates in a manner that does NOT hurt other teammates.   Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

P-L-E-A-S-E…Try NOT to expect (or demand) that others “HELP” achieve YOUR purpose.  It is YOURS.   JUST DO IT!!! (GO TEAM NIKE’!!!)  😉   

For example:  There is a mission opportunity for folks to “HELP” the homeless within our community by giving food items for the development of “TRUST BAGS”.  These “TRUST BAGS” are developed and transported to an organization that delivers them to homeless individuals right here in St. Johns County, FL.

Now, “HELPFUL” folks have recommended seeking donations from local grocery stores, however, “THIS”…???…???…???…is “OUR” mission.  NOT Walmart’s or Publix’s.   But ours.  “O-U-R-S.”  We seek donations, ONLY, from individual teammate’s who feel called to give to this cause.

DEFINE…your purpose, folks.  And then do what “YOU” can do to meet that purpose…WITHOUT demanding that YOUR cause becomes others’ BURDEN.

GO TEAM!!!  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.

 

 

 

 

HOME…SWEET HOME

Aaahhhhhh!!!  “TEAM ALLEN”…???…???…???…is HOME!!!  FINALLY.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  After nearly 7 months of being displaced by Hurricane Matthew.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Yep, we are finally home, folks.  There is MUCH yet to be done in regards to the renovations needed…”IN”-side  A-N-D  “OUT”.  UGH!!!  🙁  BUT…???…???…???… “TEAM ALLEN” IS HOME!!!  Time to start putting our lives back together AGAIN.  :/  (Easier said than done.)

The WORST is over, right???  Or wrong???  WE ARE HOME!!!  “TEAM ALLEN” IS HOME… yet I find my“SELF” feeling almost paralyzed.  Unable to make simple decisions or even tackle sorting through the molehill “MOUNTAIN” of …???…???…???… “STUFF” salvaged from the flooded ruins of Hurricane Matthew.

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FUNNY…I sit here on my day “OFF” work feeling a bit overwhelmed.  Just wanting to crawl in bed…UNDER the covers.  “HELP” me, Father, to SURVIVE “THIS” CHALLENGE while standing STRONG…FIRM IN FAITH.  “For I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.”  AMEN.  Philippians 4:13

GO TEAM!!!  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.