2 STEPS FORWARD…

3 STEPS BACK!!!  OUCH!!!  OOPSE, I DID IT AGAIN…

Forgive me, Father.  My passion for You is STRONG, yet Satan somehow turned ALL of our positive motives and healthy frustration into a negative energy that became toxic…between sisters-in-Christ, “TEAM-BLUE-MATES”.  DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK… 

I come to you, Father, on bended knee.  Please button my lips shut to avoid hurting fellow TEAMMATES based on “MY” passions…which are different from theirs.  HELLO JILL!!!  You wrote it.  Have you forgotten it???…???…???…

“WE ARE WHO WE ARE FOR A REASON…BASED ON WHERE WE HAVE BEEN AND HOW WE’VE RESPONDED TO SITUATIONS WHILE SIMPLY SEEKING TO SURVIVE LIFE.” 

Why-oh-why do I seek to almost force DIFFERENT TEAMS TOGETHER…to fulfill “MY” passion???  JUST DO IT, JILL!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS, for HELPING me  practice what I have preached in the archives of this blog…ALL along.  “JUST DO WHAT YOU FEEL CALLED TO DO.”  Don’t try to force others to participate in achieving your purpose.

WOW…It took a “DIFFICULT” situation.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW, folks, to “PUSH” (Pray Until Something Happens) me forward…on my own.  TO JUST DO IT…on my own!!!  I somehow forgot, folks…”I was NOT alone.  He was with me.  And just doing it with Him…on my own…was AMAZING.  Thank-You, Jesus!!!  YOU…are the ONLY TEAMMATE needed to “HELP” me through DIFFICULT times.

What an AMAZING past few days, folks.  My heart is HAPPY.  My FAITH is STRONG.  And my LOVE, or PASSION, for Jesus Christ keeps growing stronger EVERY day…with new doors opening along the way.   THANK-YOU, JESUS. 

I WILL FOLLOW YOU…to guide me through.

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!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

GO TEAM!!!

“WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!”   Although we’re ALL in this “APART” from-each-other, as well.  🙁  OUCH!!!  My heart is HEAVY today, folks.

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS “TOGETHER”!!!  But SEPARATELY…as per God’s design.  Thank-You, Jesus!!!  My load is lifting…as I sit here alone in “JILL’S WORLD” just think, Think, THINKING… and pray, Pray, PRAYING…  (Thank-you, Mary, for reminding me to “PUSH” through DIFFICULT times, or to Pray Until Something Happens.)

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Hhhmmm…I find it quite AMAZING how you somehow KNEW that I, if NOT “WE,” needed to hear that specific message to “HELP” me, if NOT “US,” survive this current STORM-of-LIFE.  “AMAZING GRACE.  How sweet the sound“…  Thank-you, my friend, for the “P.U.S.H.” you shared to my FB timeline, 1/10/18.

TRUTH IS:   A-L-L  “TEAMS” are divisive, folks…RIGHT on down to each unique individual.  And that is how it’s supposed to be.  Working “TOGETHER”…in spite of our differences.  “HELPING” each other…in different ways.  At different times.  DIFFERENTLY.  As per God’s will.  NOT our own.

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

“TEAMWORK”… extends beyond that in which we can “SEE” a definite “TOGETHERNESS”…to that which appears divided, yet remains intrinsically bound despite its awkwardness.  (Pppsssttt…note to “SELF”:  Being “AWKWARD”…???…???…???…is “OKAY,” JILL!!!)    😉

“IT IS WHAT IT IS!!!”  :/  “HELP” me, Father, to find “GOOD”NESS in ALL things.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  And to move forward seeking “BETTER”NESS, or improvements, further down this road of “LIFE” I choose to follow from “HERE” to “THERE”.  AMEN.

GO TEAM!!!  WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!  (To certain degrees)  🙁 –>  :/  –>  😉  –>  🙂

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.  EVERY DAY.  IN EVERY WAY.  EVEN WHEN IT HURTS!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATAN, BE GONE!!!

Eeeccckkk!!!  Now, “THIS” reminds me of previous posts…way back there, SOMEWHERE, in the archives of this blog.  HEHE!!!  “SATAN, BE GONE”…yep, it STILL sounds like a special shampoo to HELP wash that devil right out of my hair!!!  😉

THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  My heart feels better tonight.  FINALLY!!!  After weeks of sheer heartache and pain for a friend who lost her 21 year-old daughter to domestic violence on 12/15/17.  10 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!

I have been at a complete LOSS, folks.  I knew NOT what to say or do, so I said and did little-to-NOTHING!!!  I stopped by her home after work on Sun. afternoon, Christmas Eve day.  I did go to the visitation and then to the funeral this past week, Jan. 4-5th…That’s it!!!  Nothing in-between.  :/  OUCH.

I FINALLY laid my thoughts/fears/guilt out there to a trusted “TEAM-BLUE-MATE” at work today.  HA!!!  Cath simply reminded me that Satan does NOT want me there to “HELP” my friend survive such a DIFFICULT time.  DOUBLE HAHA!!! 

I ALREADY KNEW THAT!!!  DIDN’T I???  WELL, I SHOULD HAVE, SHOULDN’T I???  “TRUTH IS”…???…???…???…I somehow forgot it, folks, and allowed my“SELF” to avoid being there to “HELP” my friend in need…ALL because of a little discomfort!!!  MY OWN DISCOMFORT!!!

BAM!!!  THANK-YOU, CATH!!!  My trusted sister-in-Christ!!!  THANK-YOU… for telling me what I already knew but  forgot, thereby enabling me to regain His strength in “MY” weakness.  PTL(Praise The Lord)!!!  “SATAN, BE GONE!!!” 

SOOOoooooo…I left work at 6:15 pm, picked up some New York Strawberry cheesecake and stopped over to see my beloved friend, Maria, on my way home earlier this evening.  Thank-You, Jesus…for sending Cath to my aid!!!  “IT IS WELL.”  😉  

Now, get this, folks.  Maria had planned a small group get together for Dec. 27th.  It was scheduled.  ALL 5 of us had confirmed, to what Maria had planned as a prayer circle…for Bree.  To lift Bree up in prayer and “HELP” her and the boys [escape their living nightmare]. Sadly, that prayer-circle NEVER happened for Bree.  She did escape her nightmare, though.  So sad, but “TRUE,” folks.  As will the boys escape…with Maria fostering them during the trial in Mich. with plans to adopt them post trial and return to FL.

THROUGH IT ALL…I am so, So, SO THANKFUL to report that MOST, if NOT all 5, of us will get together within the next few days for a SPECIAL PRAYER-CIRCLE for Maria and family before she heads to Michigan on Tues., 1/16/18,to begin this next “DIFFICULT” stretch of her “JOURNEY”  H-O-M-E…

“SATAN, BE GONE!!!”  MY GOD’S GREATER THAN YOU!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

YOU ARE NOT ALONE, my friend.

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!!!  (Forgive me, Father.  My “BEST” has been lacking a bit here lately as I have drifted further from “YOU,” nearly drowning in these troubled waters while simply seeking to survive “LIFE”…ON MY OWN.  WITHOUT YOU.  AND ALL ALONE.  Thanks again, Cath, for redirecting me to God, allowing me to gain His strength in my weakness.) BAM!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

FINDING GOD…

in EVERYHING.  EVEN WHEN IT HURTS.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

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

Hang onto your FAITH, my friend.  GOD’S GOT THIS!!!  He will carry you, comfort you and strengthen you…to survive yet another “STORM of LIFE”.

“Be still and know that I am God!”  Psalm 46:10

AND DON’T FORGET…

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!!!

ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  AMEN.

 

 

THE BULLY PRAYER

“Soften my anger, Lord, towards a TEAMMATE who is struggling to survive “LIFE”…as a “BULLY”. Guide my words and actions to share You in ALL that I say and  do. Amen.”

Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

IT’S BEEN A DIFFICULT WEEK, folks.  And…  BULLIES…???…???…???…ARE EVERYWHERE!!!  Now, we ALL know a “BULLY” when we hear or see one, don’t we???  And we’re ALL probably thinking of someone in particular.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  I KNOW I AM!!!  Hhhmmm…

Did ya’ll know…???…???…???… a “BULLY” does NOT know that he or she is a “BULLY”.  I think I already KNEW that, but I am JUST now FULLY conscious of it my“SELF,” folks!!!  :/  Yep…

“BULLIES DO NOT KNOW THEY’RE BULLIES!!!”

HA!!!  I used to JUMP right on into the “RING” with bullies and try to “FIGHT” them with my anger regarding their unjust treatment of other “TEAMMATES”.  HA!!!  I did.  I Did.  I DID!!!  I, shamefully, admit there are numerous blog posts back in the archives of this blog regarding my previous “FIGHTING FOR THE UNDERDOG” mentality.  :/  I have since matured a bit, spiritually.  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!

I must admit I do STILL struggle with that one, folks.  I  try my BEST, however, to STOP…and pray FIRST which generally allows time enough for me to don the Body Armor of God and equip. my response to Satan’s negative anger with God’s positive love.

THANK-YOU, JESUS, FOR EMULATING GOD’S LOVE…FOR ALL “TEAMMATES”.  (Pppsssttt…even “BULLIES”) 

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.

BYE-BYE, “CRAZY JILL”!!!

It’s time, folks.  Time for me to let go of my crutches.  “CRAZY JILL” and “FLIGHTY JILL”…???…???…???…HAVE GOT TO GO!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I have spent 30+ years labeling my“SELF” as one or the other.  “CRAZY JILL” or “FLIGHTY JILL”…ALL in an attempt to dissuade negative talk by TEAMMATES behind my back.  🙁  OUCH!!!  Funny, but I am NOT certain if my self-bashing EVER did any good in terms of STOPPING others from thinking/talking negatively about “ME”.  Hhhmmm…

And even though I was ALWAYS just “joking,” I must FINALLY admit that I question “IT” my“SELF”.  I REALLY wonder or fear that I might be “CRAZY,” folks.  Yep, SAY “IT” ENOUGH…AND YOU WILL EVENTUALLY BELIEVE “IT”. AND WHEN YOU BELIEVE “IT”…”IT” BECOMES REAL…TO “YOU”. 

“THINK ABOUT IT”… (a tribute to my brother, Bob.  R.I.P.)

SOOOoooooo, I’m on a mission to come up with a “NEW” adjective to pair with my name.  SOMETHING…???…???…???…”POSITIVE” and UP-lifting…for “ME”.  Stay tuned, folks…

BYE-BYE “CJ, “Crazy Jill”.  BYE-BYE “FLIGHTY JILL”.  AND…

H-E-L-L-O…???…???…???… “___-JILL”

Eeeccckkk!!!  And so…???…???…???… “THE JOURNEY CONTINUES”…  🙂

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.

[NICK &] THE BUG WHO TRIED TO STEAL CHRISTMAS, 2017

DISTRACTION ALERT!!!  DISTRACTION ALERT!!!  HA!!!  Now, I’ve NEVER done this before, but I have a sudden urge to insert an actual “SPOTLIGHT NEWS” post within this blog post!!!  READY???  OKAY!!!  (Startin’ OFF in cheerleading style…)

SPOTLIGHT NEWS…HIGHLIGHTING NICHOLAS ZENZ OF DELTA, OH. 

Now, Nick, my nephew (27-ish years old) “IS” the Grinch at Christmas time…FULL costume-and-ALL!!!  Yep, Nick (my nephew) is SPECIAL…very tall, smart, good-looking, etc.  Just sayin’.  So anyways, Nick has made appearances as “The Grinch” at the Luther Home of Mercy in OHIO, adding cheer to their annual Christmas party for the past 2 years.  Yep, he sure has.  AND…???…???…???…he can ALSO be seen out-and-about visiting family and friends as “The Grinch,” as well!!!  YEP, HE SURE CAN BE!!!  NO KIDDING, folks!!!  Nick recently visited my sister/his aunt, Laura, in the following Grinch garb with his mother/my sister, Lynn, in the photo seen standing behind him/Nick/The Grinch.  :/  OH BOTHER.  YA’LL  STILL WITH ME???

IMG_2850  I simply cannot make this stuff up, folks!!!

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

Now…back to the blog post:  THE BUG THAT TRIED TO STEAL CHRISTMAS, 2017

  OOOHHHhhhhhh…no, No, NO you nasty, undesirable pest (our little holiday respiratory “BUG”)!!!  TEAM ALLEN is surviving.  We ENJOYED  Christmas…”TOGETHER!!!”  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  AND…”TEAM ALLEN” will enjoy our time “TOGETHER” right on up to the New Year, 2018…and BEYOND!!!  :/ (Buzz Lightyear-sorry)  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

HA!!!  BACK-OFF, BUG!!!  WE’VE GOT “HONEY” IN THE CUPBOARD!!!  😉

WHO KNEW???…???…???…  that a little bit of “HONEY” could save the holidays!!!???!!!???!!!???  Jesus and then Grandma Allen KNEW!!!  THAT’S WHO!!!

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.

A [TEA]SPOONFUL OF…???…???…???

“HONEY” :/  (yuck) HELPED me feel better yesterday.  Yes, I felt better yesterday.  AND I FEEL EVEN BETTER YET TODAY!!!  OOOooohhhhhh…A [tea]spoonful of HONEY  :/   (yuck)  HELPED me feel better yesterday.  In the MOST delightful way…HEY!!!

WHO KNEW???!!!???!!!???!!!  Thank-you, Jesus!!!  HE DEFINITELY KNEW.  And thank-you, Barbara Allen, my AMAZING mother-in-law!!!  SHE KNEW TOO!!!  Because He knew FIRST!!!  AMEN.

Where to begin???  (I already know where to end)  😉  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

It appears a “BUG” of-some-sort decided to visit our home for Christmas…”AND BEYOND”.  🙁  Starting BEFORE Christmas with my husband (Chris) -> daughter (Danielle) -> son (Chase)-> now, my“SELF” (Jill)!!!  (Pppsssttt…PLEASE notice there is no adjective prior to my name here,  Aaaahhhhhh…and there’s a purposeful reason for that, folks!!!  STAY TUNED…) 

Thank-you Jesus!!!  And thanks to my mother-in-law, Barbara, my husband took charge…YESTERDAY.  Helping, or encouraging, TEAM ALLEN  to gather and consume 1 teaspoonful of “HONEY”.  :/  YUCK!!!

Yep, my cough was a nasty “PEST” ( because of the “bug”)  😉  yesterday when Chris encouraged me -> Chase -> Danielle ALL to consume 1 teaspoonful of “HONEY”…as per his mother.  YUCK!!!

I went first.  I wanted to “GAG,” but forced my“SELF” to swallow that nasty-feeling “STUFF”.  A.K.A.:  HONEY.   (It felt like a clump of mucus in my mouth-SORRY :/  Then Chase prevailed.  And then Danielle, the LAST…???…???…???… struggled the MOST!!!  But she, TOO, conquered the… HONEY (mucus).  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  The kids and I then went “[AFTER] CHRISTMAS” shopping.  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 

Now, I can ONLY speak for my“SELF,” but I felt BETTER!!!    THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  Thank-you, Barbara.  Thank-you, Chris.  And “PERHAPS”…???…???…???…Thank-you, “ME”.  If you, TOO, will try just 1 teaspoonful of “HONEY” when you’re feeling a bit down, or under-the-weather your“SELF”.

YEP…a teaspoonful of “HONEY” is HELPING me  feel EVEN better yet TODAY!!!  IN THE MOST DELIGHTFUL WAY!!!  😉  HEY!!!

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.

 

 

THE TRACKS OF MY SCARS…

are leading straight to You.   Thank-You, Jesus.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

LIFE [HAS BEEN] DIFFICULT, folks.  53 years of it.  The darkness and pain is being replaced by His light, love and peace.  HELPING me to see His goodness in Everything.  PERIOD.  No more questions.  No more concerns.  JUST PURE FAITH.  DOUBLE PERIOD, PERIOD!!!  :/

GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!  And…???…???…???…GOD IS MY #1 HELPER…@ numberoneteam.net!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

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.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

THE SCARS OF LIFE…

are like a road map that leads us from “HERE” to “THERE”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

LIFE IS DIFFICULT, folks.  For Everybody.  EVERYWHERE.

Who is HELPING  lay-down the tracks of your scars?  God or Satan???  And???…???…???…

“DO YOU KNOW”…???…???…???…

‘WHERE YOU’RE GOIN’ TO”???

GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!  Please allow God to use the pain of your scars to “HELP” lay-down your road-map in His LIGHT.  ACCORDING TO HIS PLAN.  NOT YOUR OWN.

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.