Category Archives: Positive Thinking

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.

 

“BEING SAVED” TODAY…

FOR WHEN I DIE…ONE FINE DAY!!!

Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

I read a recent comment about a terrorist stating how Jesus does not save Christians from terrorists as he began beheading  a Christian man in front of his Christian wife.  You have got it ALL wrong, my friend (the terrorist).

We Christians are saved at the very moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  “SAVED”…???…???…???…to begin our Christian “JOURNEY” by living “LIFE” to honor Him.  To live our lives “FOR” Him.  Not our selfish “SELVES”.  To love others as ourselves.  To “FORGIVE”.  To “HELP”.  To “TRUST” God…ALWAYS.  To give the BEST of ourselves for “JUST” today…“EVERY” day!!!  Knowing that our “BEST” is sometimes down-right “BAD”.  And  knowing that God forgives us as we continue moving forward on our “JOURNEYS” from “HERE” to “THERE”…according to His will.

Christians become engulfed with “LOVE” and a desire to please the Father…ALWAYS (knowing that we will “Fail,”  daily)!!!  Our “FAITH” grows stronger as we allow the Holy Spirit to “FILL US UP TO THE TOP”!!!  We enjoy “HELPING” others.  We appreciate EVERYTHING.  EVEN while digging through DEEP “STUFF” (“CRAP”-sorry) in search of that gold-nugget of goodness we KNOW is there with God’s intent to move us forward in the “RIGHT” direction…according to HIS will.  NOT OUR OWN!!!  And remember…God has a different plan for EACH and EVERY one of His children.  We are not ALL the same.  We are called differently.  And then there are MANY others, of course, who will choose to exercise their Independence and follow Satan.

“BEING SAVED” allows people to enjoy living “LIFE” for others.  Helping.  Doing.  Being.  Not to just be living for themselves, doing little to “HELP” others.  So tell me…???…???…???…are “YOU” living “LIFE”???  Or are you simply living a slow “DEATH”???

“BEING SAVED” does NOT STOP DEATH from occurring here on earth.  “BEING SAVED” ensures admission into HEAVEN, AFTER death, TO ENJOY ETERNAL LIFE WITH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.  AMEN.

Just sharing thoughts that surfaced after reading a terrorist’s comments.  That’s ALL for now, folks.  Time to get ready for work.  (It’s 10:17 am, ET on Mon, 6/27/16)  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  I “GET” to go to a job that I actually love, Love, LOVE!!!  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.

 

 

“TRUTH IS”…

God can handle ALL of my worries, fears, anxieties, etc….a WHOLE lot better than “I” can!!!  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  Thank-you, Jesus!!!

I awoke this morning to “DIFFICULT” (negative) thoughts/anxieties…about EVERYTHING!!!  I repeatedly sang this one sentence from the same titled song by Kari Jobe:  “Holy Spirit You are welcome here”.  Yep, I sang that same sentence over, And Over, AND OVER…again, And Again, AND AGAIN.  Very calmly and quietly… inside my-own-“SELF’s” mind UNTIL…Satan…???…???…???…was gone!!!  (And I didn’t even need to shout:  “Satan, BE GONE”!!!  HA!!!  I sang instead!!!  Very calmly and quietly.)  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  IT WORKED!!!  (Pppsssttt…I think it was the “song” that scared him away…NOT my singing!!!)  😉

“LIFE IS DIFFICULT,” folks.  For Everybody.  EVERYWHERE.  Do NOT allow Satan to steal your happiness by filling your mind with lies and insecurities.  EVERY situation you enter…???…???…???…offers “WIN-WIN” opportunities.  You will either be VERY happy if things go as planned, indicating that it’s “MEANT” to be, OR…you can remain VERY happy in knowing that it was NOT meant to be…YET, if ever.  ALL-the-while knowing:  JESUS STILL LOVES YOU. NO MATTER WHAT!!!  Just keep moving forward in your walk with Him and things begin to take care of themselves!!!  IT’S AMAZING, folks!!!  AMAZING GRACE.

I do understand if you think I’m “CRAZY”.  😉  I searched MANY years for the physical/mental diagnosis that would explain my “CRAZINESS”.  Numerous medical doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists found NOTHING!!!   N-O-T-H-I-N-G!!!  During 20+ years of searching!!!  (Pppsssttt…I have mentioned that I’m “TURTLE SLOW” in previous blog posts, right???  RIGHT!!!  :/  And yes, I MAY BE PAINFULLY SLOW…BUT very, Very, VERY SURE!!!)  😉  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

So, BAM!!!  God knew when the time was “RIGHT” and He revealed the “TRUTH”…IMMEDIATELY…in the form of a vision.  HIS timing was PERFECT.  And “THAT” is ALL it took, folks.  A quick vision from GOD that allowed me to “SEE” the TRUTH that destroyed many, many years of my life which then jump-started this “JOURNEY” leading straight to HIM.  “THANK YOU, JESUS.  I AM BORN-AGAIN!!!”  WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  IT’S A “PAR-TAY,” folks!!!  Yep,  “there’s a party goin’ on Right Here.” ( RIGHT NOW-inside my own-“SELF’S mind!!!)  “A celebration to last throughout the year.” (ANOTHER song:  “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang)  :/  AND DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!

 Your “JOURNEY” has definitely begun, my friend.  Please let go of your negatives.  Give them to God and enjoy the ride as you and He turn those negatives into positives!!!  TOGETHER!!!   WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!  CLIMB ABOARD, folks!!!  “THIS”…is the “BEST” ride  E-V-E-R!!!  I PROMISE!!!  AND 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.

IN THE NEWS…

Aaahhhhhh!!!  WHAT IS GOING ON???!!!???!!!???!!!  “BAD + BAD = MORE BAD,” folks!!!  JUST “STOP!!!  IN THE NAME OF LOVE!!!”  I CAN’T TAKE ANY MORE!!!  The news is saturated with negative press.  Terror attacks.  Murder.  Death.  Destruction.  “IT”…???…???…???…is ALL negative.  PLEASE…STOP looking for someone to blame, or “PUNISH”.    HOW…???…???…???… can we turn these negatives into positives???  WE MUST TURN THEM INTO POSITIVES IMMEDIATELY!!!  Or the “HATE” and anger will destroy many lives…in many different ways, unnecessarily.

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

There MUST be ways to report the EXACT same stories with a positive twist to them.  Why focus on the “BAD”???  “IT IS…WHAT IT IS”!!!  We do NOT need to hear whose fault it is. Or what somebody did NOT do to STOP something from happening!!!  “IT” happened!!!  Now, what did we learn???  And what can we do differently that “MIGHT” prevent “IT” from happening again???

OUCH!!!  My heart aches, folks.  For Everybody.  EVERYWHERE…affected by any tragedy in ANY manner, what-so-ever!!!  “EVERYBODY” is a “VICTIM,” folks.  “EVERYBODY” needs “HELP” en route from “HERE” to “THERE”.  The kind of “HELP” needed, however, is a bit different for each child of God.  Please “THINK ABOUT IT…” ( a “soft” and tender tribute to my brother, Bob.  R.I.P.)

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 HEARD WHAT YOU SAID…

about “ME”!!!  BAM!!!  I did, I Did, I DID!!!  I canNOT make this stuff up, folks!!!  Please join me on yet ANOTHER trip to “JILL’S WORLD”.  Now, “THIS” is cute…I think.  :/   Ready???  READY!!!

So, I was walking by one of the therapy gyms at work this morning when I heard the distinct voice of a teammate, perhaps, mocking me…???…???…???  I am NOT quite sure how it was meant, but I heard an OTR/L state:   “As Jill Allen(that’s ME) would say,  “QUIT ‘CHUR COMPLAININ’!!!” ”   Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…

WHAT DID I JUST HEAR HER SAY???!!!???!!!???!!!  I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT!!!  A Co-worker complaining to other teammates about their complaining…“F-O-R”  ME!!!  I don’t even need to be present anymore!!!  BAM!!!  AND DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!

So, I later informed the “GUILTY” therapist that I heard what she said… “As Jill Allen would say, “QUIT CHUR COMPLAININ’!!!” ”  And we chuckled…TOGETHER!!!

GO TEAM BLUE!!! 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.

 

GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!

I find myself lost…AGAIN…inside my own mind, A.K.A, “JILL’S WORLD”.  I am struggling, folks.  Struggling to find the “RIGHT” way of responding to regular, every-day situations with teammates…IN A LOVING MANNER.

“GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!!!” Now, “THAT”… is so very, Very, VERY powerful to “ME” right now along “MY SPIRITUAL LIFE JOURNEY”.  It reminds me and then allows me to refrain from judgment in the “HEAT-OF-THE-MOMENT,” sometimes…NOT always!!!  :/

“GOD IS GOOD,” folks.  “ALL THE TIME!!!”  Please do NOT allow yourself to view any negative, misfortunate situations that MAY occur to ANYONE as God-inspired, what-so-ever.  ANYTHING negative is SATANIC, folks.

That little bit of satisfaction we might feel when negative things happen to certain people is SATAN-driven.  GOD LOVES ALL OF HIS CHILDREN!!!  EVERYWHERE.  Not just the ones we view as deserving.  N-O-N-E of us are deserving, folks.

“N-O-N-E   O-F   U-S   A-R-E   D-E-S-E-R-V-I-N-G!!!” But ALL of us are WORTHY…because of God’s GRACE.

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.