Category Archives: Positive Thinking

A BLESSED DAY…

at the “CREEK”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

My heart is happy, yet melancholy.  Its smile is forced…as I pry up both sides of its partial frown in  COMPLETE “FAITH”.  🙂  Yep,  the word running through “Jill’s Jungle” (wearing red, white and blue tennis-shoes) this a.m. is…???…???…???… “FAITH”.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  GO TEAM NIKE’!!!  😉  Hhhmmm…where to begin???  Where to end. ???  I have NO idea, but…???…???…???…let the “JOURNEY” begin!!!  Shall we???  (Pppsssttt…ya better “GEAR-UP” with the body armor of God, folks.  We’re heading on in to the Jungle-of-my-mind, folks.  “Jill’s Jungle”)  😉  WE SHALL… 

I was TOTALLY blessed to work on Veterans Day, 2017.  My life was touched by numerous angels…at the “CREEK,” Moultrie Creek Nursing & Rehabilitation Center here in St. Augustine, FL.  Have I EVER mentioned how much I love, Love, LOVE my “J-O-B,” folks???  😉  I SURE DO!!!

AMAZING patients.  AMAZING visitors.  AMAZING co-workers.  Yep,“THE CREEK” is an AMAZING place here inside “JILL’S WORLD.” folks!!!  😉  Not everybody thinks so, but I sure do!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Yep, Sat. 11/11/17 was just another AMAZING day at “THE CREEK,” folks!!!  From an AMAZING patient with FAITH in “THE CONSTITUTION”…to AMAZING patients, visitors and co-workers with a spoken FAITH in The Lord.  I find such DELIGHT in traveling others’ JOURNEYS “WITH” them…for even just one SHORT moment-in-time.  NO PUSHING OR PULLING ALLOWED, JILL!!!  😉  HA!!!

I am learning to put a teeny-tiny cap on my enthusiasm and pure FAITH in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior , folks.  JUST ENOUGH…so as to NOT appear judgmental (when I am NOT judging them AT ALL) or to NOT scare away His children who might be wandering…or just plain “LOST”.  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!

I am a disciple of Christ, folks.  I desire sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior with Everybody.  EVERYWHERE.  NOT to turn them OFF or away from the ONLY Giver of Saving Grace by my “CRAZY,” and undying “FAITH”…IN GOD.  And the Trinity:  The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  Amen.

9:11 a.m.  Sunday, 11/12/17.  And…???…???…???…I now “GET” to ready my“SELF” for work…on this new day the Lord has made.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  AND I WILL SURELY REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 
Psalm 118:24

HAVE A BLESSED DAY, folks!!!  And remember to “KEEP THE FAITH”!!!

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.

COMPASSION FOR COMPLAINERS

WHEW!!!  WHAT A DAY, folks!!!  I awoke in a struggle between Satan wanting me to be annoyed…with “COMPLAINERS” and God commanding me to love them.  :/  The tug-of-war in “JILL’S WORLD” continued for awhile this morning, folks, resulting in the previous post titled, “THE MISSION FIELD”.   Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

And that little-ole’ tug-of-war between being annoyed with “COMPLAINERS” versus loving them continued on into the car with me as I drove my“SELF” to work this morning.  BAM!!!  Those tears QUICKLY STUNG both eyes, folks!!!  Coming out of NOwhere!!!  And forming steady rivers of tears down BOTH cheeks.  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  How can that be???  I surely was NOT crying…yet the tears flowed so smoothly.  Effortlessly.  Almost emotion-LESS-ly.  Hhhmmm….”TEARS-FROM-HEAVEN,” perhaps.  It sure was kinda strange, folks…

UNTIL…I realized that this awareness of my increasing compassion for complainers here recently is somehow related to my acceptance of the “ME”…???…???…???…I used to be.   🙁   An argumentative “COMPLAINER” about ANYthing and EVERYthing.  This new-found awareness resulted in the following FB post shared with my “FRIENDS” on  9/23/17:

“Hhhmmm…God is giving me “COMPASSION FOR COMPLAINERS”.  Thank-You, Jesus!!!  But “OUCH”!!!  This sudden “compassion” I feel is ALSO a reminder that I have been the BIGGEST complainer throughout my “LIFE”.  Especially during my bruised and battered childhood.  I just didn’t “SEE” it for what it was back then…  🙁

Yep, I could ALWAYS find what was wrong…INSTEAD of searching for what may have been right.
🙁 —->  🙂  My frown is now a smile…as I thank God for giving me “COMPASSION FOR COMPLAINERS”…especially my”SELF”.

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”

AND NO FURTHER WORDS ARE NECESSARY…THE END.

 

THE MISSION FIELD

Hhhmmm…now Hurricane Irma…???…???…???… was a “MISSION FIELD” of opportunity to “HELP” TEAMMATES, folks.  Oh, thank-you, Thank-You, THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  For providing the opportunity for “ME” to work during Hurricane Irma, providing “HELP,” how-ever possible, to fellow TEAMMATES, such as patients, family members, co-workers AND my“SELF,” who were ALL simply seeking to survive the “STORM”.  Hhhmmm…now “THAT”…???…???…???…will FOREVER be a HIGHLIGHT of my time served here on earth.  🙂  I suddenly feel the need to thank-you, Jesus.

Yep, I was blessed to “WORK” at MCNRC…through the “STORM,” folks.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  What an AMAZING time-period it was for me to be involved in such a positive situation where there were People Helping People… to survive “LIFE”.  Thank-You, THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  

“YES,” FOR SURE, the conditions were NOT ideal.  We were withOUT power for days.  HANGING-ON, sufficiently, THANKS to God and the facility’s generator, with JUST enough “POWER” for ALL to survive.  My heart is smiling,  🙂  ,  as I MUST say…AGAIN:  “thank-you, Thank-You, THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!”

Yep, “I”…???…???…???…am a SLAVE, folks.  For Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.  A worker-bee.  NOT THE QUEEN.  An indian.  NOT THE CHIEF.  And I feel so very, Very, VERY blessed to have been “FILLED-TO-THE-RIM” with His TOTAL LOVE (and positivity) during yet another “DIFFICULT” STORM-OF-LIFE.

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

GO TEAM MCNRC!!!  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.

 

“PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE”…

is a good, Good, GOOD thing, folks!!!  PRAISE JESUS!!!  ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

Jesus died for you…???…???…???…AND me.  Him…???…???…???… AND her. Them right here…???…???…???…  AND them over there too!!!  GOD loves all of His children.  ALL of “US”.  Everybody.  EVERYWHERE.  WOO-WHOOOOOOO!!!

“WE”…???…???…???….are divided…UN-necessarily, folks.  “P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People”…???…???…???…is NOT a bad thing…AT ALL!!!  PERIOD.  We ALL feel and think differently…as per God’s PERFECT design…for EACH of us!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  We just want to “HELP” different people, or “TEAMMATES”…for different reasons.  In different manners.    Thank-You, Jesus.  We are who we are…FOR A REASON.  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  PRAISE GOD!!!

Satan is so very, Very, VERY tricky, folks.  PLEASE do NOT fall into his EVIL trap of HATING certain “TEAMMATES” for a difference of opinion.  EVERYBODY NEEDS “HELP,” folks!!!  The trick is:  sharing “LOVE”/GOD in your attempts to “HELP” as opposed to sharing HATE/Satan.

Specifically…there are those individuals who are so, So, SO  bound in the politics aimed at convincing us how wrong or EVIL others are who do NOT agree with certain manners or methods of “HELPING”.  WHO to HELP.  WHEN to HELP.  HOW to HELP, etc.   Why-oh-why…are we so, So, SO divided when it comes to “HELPING” people???

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.

SHINING GOD’S LIGHT…

in ALL situations!!!  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“JESUS DIED FOR ALL SINNERS”.  EVERY-SINGLE-ONE-OF-“US”!!!  My body; your body; his body; her body; their bodies right here; those bodies over there; and EVERYbody…EVERYWHERE!!!  Right???  RIGHT!!!  Or wrong???…???…???…???… Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

WE ARE WHO WE ARE FOR A REASON, folks.  As per God’s perfect design.  Now, “HOW” we choose to project the person we have become is tainted with either LOVE (GOD) or hate (Satan).  “WE”…???…???…???…get to choose!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

Now, we can potentially be on opposite sides of various “ISSUES”… because we view them differently…based on where we’ve been and how we’ve responded to situations while simply seeking to survive “LIFE”.  We will NEVER view things from the exact SAME place OR side of the fence, so-to-speak…EVER!!!    

There MUST, however, be Godly manners in which to present ALL sides of EVERY issue or controversy imaginable.  GOD’s way.  NOT mans’.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…     

So, are you shining God’s light as you travel through “LIFE,” on this “JOURNEY” from “HERE” to “THERE”???  Or are you casting shadows of Satan’s  anger, darkness or doubt on controversies in order to add fuel that will spark a fire???  Do You Even Know AND…???…???…???…DO YOU EVEN CARE??? 

I have ONE (1) last thought in closing, folks:
GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!  (NO MATTER WHAT!!!)  Please “CHOOSE” to share HIS LOVE.   Not Satan’s HATE!!!  SHINE BRIGHT, my friends!!!

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 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!!!

“WHERE DO [WE] GO FROM HERE???”

“IT IS WHAT IT IS,” folks!!!  And although I am NOT certain “HOW”…I DO know that everything’ll be alright.   REGARDLESS…of the circumstances faced.  AMEN.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

And pray, Pray, PRAY…

“TEAM ALLEN” has just learned that we need to be out of this rental home as of 12/31/16.  Yep, my husband stopped by the rental agency yesterday to extend our stay and learned that new renters have booked this vacation property via the internet.  :/  OUCH!!!  Our demolished “HOME” does NOT appear that it will be “MOVE-IN” ready in 17 days, folks.  :/    Hhhmmm…pray, Pray, PRAY…

“WHERE DO [WE] GO FROM HERE???” (Barry Manilow)  😉  I do NOT know where we’ll go from here…in 2  1/2 short weeks, folks.  But, I DO know that…???…???…???…“IT IS WELL”. (BAM!!!  Tears sting BOTH eyes, folks, as I now listen to this gospel song by Kristene DeMarco & Bethel Music via my I-phone…gaining STRENGTH from its words)

“THROUGH IT ALL MY EYES ARE ON YOU. “…

“LET IT GO, MY SOUL, AND TRUST IN HIM.”…

“IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.”…

BAM!!!  8:56 am, folks.  I will now ready my“SELF” to face this day while keeping my eyes focused…ON THE PRIZE.  Jesus Christ.  My Lord and Savior.  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.

 

 

LEARNING TO PLAY…

the game of “LIFE”.  TO WIN!!!

BAM!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Have I ever mentioned that I am “TURTLE SLOW,” folks???  Well,  yes I have.  And Yes I am, BUT…guess what…???…???…???…“THE TURTLE  A-L-W-A-Y-S  WINS THE RACE”!!!  DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

“LIFE”…???…???…???…is a game I’ve been “PLAYING” for nearly 52 years, folks.  I am living and learning the “RULES” as I go!!!  (Pppsssttt…”I” have chosen to “PLAY” by God’s rules because I like to “WIN”!!!)  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! 

My once, quick-tempered, verbal counter-attacks are becoming a thing of the past.  I must admit that I do STILL launch a word-or two into the open air AFTER “enough-is-enough,” however my shots are usually aimed at the specific target.  I do NOT mess around.  If I choose to comment “ABOUT” you it will be directly “TO” you in the face of controversy…NOT your back.  Now, “THAT”…???…???…???…is “MY” style.  “I”…???…???…???…am a FIGHTER!!!  I will NOT start a fight, but I will sure seek to finish it.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW!!! 

Have you noticed how each teammate responds differently to most situations???  In their own unique and “DIFFERENT” manners???  BAM!!!  I believe “THIS” is according to God’s perfect design in order to “COVER ALL THE BASES”!!!  Hhhmmm…so that EVERYone has SOMEone, visibly, on their “TEAM”.  Double Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm…very intriguing, isn’t it???  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!!  He died for ALL of us…NOT just “SOME”.

I find my“SELF” realizing that many difficult situations I face are NOT what they appear.  For instance, a teammate’s apparent frustration with “ME” regarding “THIS” issue might actually be the subconscious release of her inner turmoil related to the unexpected death of a friend.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…Thank-you, Jesus, for containing and taming my response to a difficult situation.  No harm.  NO FOUL!!!  Now… RESUME PLAY!!!

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.


 

 

GIVING “IT” TO GOD

My heart aches.  The “SAFETY NET” highlighted in the previous blog post did NOT work-out “RIGHT” as presumed.  NOT according to “MY” desire.  But, my FAITH is strong, folks.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

“TRUTH IS”… God has sovereign control over everything.  EVERYTHING.  “IT” worked-out…???…???…???…according to HIS plan.  NOT “MINE”.  And “THAT”…???…???…???…is OKAY, folks,  because…???…???…???…GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!  ALL THE TIME…GOD IS GOOD!!!

God has sure blessed me with some pretty AMAZING teammates to “HELP” me through  “DIFFICULT” situations faced in daily “LIFE”.  We ALL struggle, folks.  Separately and individually.  Yet “TOGETHER”.  Can we please, Please, PLEASE…???…???…???…just “HELP” each other along the way from “HERE” to “THERE”???

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.

KEEPING THINGS POSITIVE

I find my “SELF” drawing nearer to God amidst the recent, current, and on-going turmoil in today’s world.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

BAM!!!  Drawing nearer to God.  Turning to God.  Submitting to God.  And praying to God were a few of the bullet points from Pastor Walter’s sermon this weekend about “FASTING”.  Pastor Walter even said to “prepare for the BIG STEPS of FAITH” during times of crisis.  Hhhmmm…I tried to blog about the sermon last evening, however did NOT feel the “PULL” to do so…UNTIL TODAY, 7/17/16.  ON THIS VERY DAY. 

The event, “TOGETHER 2016” just occurred YESTERDAY…in Washington DC.  I watched and listened to portions of a taped live stream web-cast of the event while chillaxing in bed this a.m.  One of the speakers encouraged folks to go out.  “GO OUT” into communities.  I was getting “PUMPED,” folks!!!  And the moment he said to “GO OUT” into  our churches…???…???…???… WELL, I was up and in the bathroom readying my “SELF” to head RIGHT over to church.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  (Pppsssttt…and yes, I made it to the church on time)  😉  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

WHY… should I go there “NOW”?  WHAT… will I do or say when I get there???  WHO… will I speak with???  I did NOT know, folks.  BUT… I went back over to ABC (Anastasia Baptist Church) here at the island campus in St. Augustine, FL… where I had JUST attended that very same service last evening.  And “I”…am so, So, SO glad I went there, folks!!!

I began “MEETING & GREETING” teammates at the entrances/exits.  I was MEETING & GREETING teammates in the lobby.  MEETING & GREETING teammates in the parking lot.   MEETING & GREETING teammates EVERYWHERE as I handed out “numberoneteam.net” business cards.  BAM!!!  GOD IS so, So, SO GOOD, folks!!!  I MET SOME AMAZING ABC family members during this little “MEET & GREET” excursion, prompted by that “TOGETHER 2016” rally in Washington DC!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  THANK-YOU, JESUS!!! 

Upon arriving home, HOWEVER, I was socked squarely in the stomach with news of more police shootings/deaths in Baton Rouge, LA.  🙁  OUCH!!!  I said to my SELF, “SELF!!!  THIS canNOT be happening!!!”  And then I went right back out into the community to MEET & GREET more community members with business cards-in-hand!!!  “I”…was a “CRAZY” woman-OUT THERE IN OUR COMMUNITY– on a mission, folks!!!  “CRAZY”…in a “NOT-SO-GOOD” way.  :/

I later returned home.  Aching ALL over and quickly shouted:  “BACK OFF, SATAN!!!  MY GOD’S GREATER THAN YOU!!!”  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Just as God was telling me to  “SIT  AND PRAY, JILL”.  I did.  And as I prayed God reminded me how important it is to “HANG ON TO HOPE”.  Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

Hanging on to HOPE is tough when being constantly bombarded with “HATE” via the news media.  OUCH!!!  And I am now including MY “SELF” among that group as I realize that MANY of my blog posts have focused on “NEGATIVE” news, NOT positive.  Forgive me, Father.  I am messing up … RIGHT and LEFT in a deceptive manner.  Especially in thinking I MUST physically go out there and DO something to make a difference “MY” way… according to “ME”!!!  BEFORE praying and seeking God’s guidance in the matter.  OUCH!!!  🙁

My head is hurting, folks.  I REALLY need to spend alone time with God to clear away some cob-webs.  Right Here.  RIGHT NOW.  “ALL IS WELL,” though, as I continue moving forward.  At least I’m “STILL” learning.  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  At numberoneteam.net…even if the pace is painfully “SLOW”!!!  “TURTLE SLOW!!!  DOUBLE OUCH, OUCH!!!  🙁

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.