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Do We Really Love?

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When is the last time you said “I Love You”? Did you mean it? I mean did you really mean it? So many people say “I love you” giving no thought to the true meaning of love.

Really, think about it…Do you actions match your words?  Love is not a verb…It is a noun. Love is an intense feeling of deep affection and when the intense feeling is present there is:

  • Patience even when you want to rip someone’s head off
  • Kindness even for the meanest and most undesirable person
  • No envious thoughts no matter how bad you want ____ (you fill in the blank)
  • No boasting even though you are about to burst with excitement
  • No conceit despite how proud you are of ____ (you fill in the blank)

So, the short of it is…

If we say “I Love You” while harboring or expressing any of the following:

  • The opposite of patienceAgitation
    • Cowardice
    • Indifference
    • Resistance
    • Impatience
    • Intolerance
  • The opposite of kindnessAnimosity
    • Hatred
    • Hostility
    • Ill will
    • Indecency
    • Indifference
    • Intolerance
    • Meanness
    • Mercilessness
    • Selfishness
    • Thoughtlessness
    • Cruelty
    • Harshness
  • The opposite of no enviousness (Contentedness)Hatred
    • Ill will
    • Malice
    • Resentment
    • Coveting
    • Spite
    • Opposition
    • Resentfulness
    • Lusting
  • The opposite of no boasting (being modest)Gloat
    • Grandstand
    • Blow one’s own horn
  • The opposite of not conceitedArrogant
    • Cocky
    • Full of Hot Air
    • Ham
    • Know-it-all
    • Loud mouth
    • Narcissistic
    • Self-important
    • Stuck up

Do We Really Love?

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it!

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The Stuff in The Middle

During a conversations with a friend yesterday at work, he said something profound which shook me to my core. “If God showed us The Stuff In the Middle would we take our first step toward the vision He has given us?”

Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law , happy [is] he. Proverbs 29:18

God places a vision, goal, idea, a desire in our hearts. We can see the end results. We may not know how we will achieve the concept but a true believer trusts God and steps out in faith…

But, would we take that first step if we could see all we were going to have to go through to achieve that which God has birthed within us? Probably not!!!

So to ensure we complete that which He has compelled us to do, He gives us a glimmer of the end results and hides from us…

The Stuff In The Middle

Love Lee ♥

A Love Lee Place

Everything Happens For A Reason

We knew this day was coming. It had been thought out and planned meticulously. We were going to get up, get dressed, drive to Austin for a scheduled appointment. Everything went according to plan except…who new everything would change!!!

As we made our way across Austin we are caught in a traffic jam. Concerned we would not make it on time, we called ahead so the physician’s office would know we might be delayed. Never in a million years would we have expected to hear, ” The physician has been called away for an emergency. We are going to have to reschedule your appointment.”

Wow…just like that our plans changed! But, I truly believe everything happens for a reason… Who knows…it may have been God’s protection from:
* A distracted physician
* A malfunctioning piece of equipment
* An unexpected complication

So, the next time things don’t go as planned, just know…

Everything Happens For A Reason!!!

Love Lee ♥

A Love Lee Place

Jack Kimbrough Leaves an Amazing Legacy

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My day started out like any other day at work. While waiting for my laptop to boot up I logged into the phone system to retrieve my voice mails. But, unlike any other day, I hear my cousin Terry’s voice…”Lee Daddy is Gone”.  My body went numb and then I become keenly aware I can’t breathe!!!

On Monday, I received a call from one of our emergency room nurses. She left a message saying I had a family member in the ED who was asking for me. So, when I received the message, I immediately went down stairs to discover my Uncle Jack was in the emergency room. Despite his confusion due to low oxygen saturation, he immediately recognized me and began to converse with me. In the course of our conversation he told me he loved me and was very proud of me. He also told me , “I want to go home”. I immediately made the physician aware of Uncle Jack’s request and after the physician spoke with Uncle Jack and Aunt Sue he agreed to allow my Uncle Jack to return home on Hospice.

OMGosh…now he is gone!!! On January 23, 2013 at approximately 7:30 am. He was surrounded by his loved ones when he peacefully left this world and ran to loving arms of His Heavenly Father.

Jack Kimbrough was a  kind, compassionate, loving and well-respected man in the community which he served. He carried on his father’s legacy by becoming a registered pharmacist and he ran both of our family drug stores in Clute. K&S Pharmacy was on Hwy 288 in the building that is now the Koloche Shoppe and Kim’s Sundries which was on Main Street in Clute next to the post office.

Uncle Jack  never met a stranger in-fact he made everyone who entered his drug stores feel welcome. He loved his community and the people in it. And… everyone loved him. He would meet people after hours to ensure they were able to obtain the medicines they needed and I always was amazed at the different forms of payment he accepted…Cash, eggs, chickens, fresh loaves of homemade bread…whatever his customer was able to pay him with.

My Uncle Jack spoiled me rotten!!! I was the first-born child of his brother Dale Kimbrough and for as long as I can remember, I have been so proud of  my Uncle Jack. Even as a little girl, I was so incredibly proud to introduce him as MY  Uncle Jack!

At age 5, I would walk from our home to the drug store (about a block away) and on the days He was at the store on Main Street  he would greet me at the door of the store and carry me to the corner, walk me across the street so I could continue on my way to kindergarten. Yep, you guessed it…Absolute highlight of my day!!!

While most of his time was spent behind the counter compounding drugs and filling prescriptions there were occasions when he would break away from the stores to spend quality time with his family and loved ones. Even though he had two children of his own he would make time for me.  I remember, how excited I was when he invited me to ride with him to “Old Man Frederick’s” to see all the exotic animals  raised there. Uncle Jack  loved wild animals and exotic animals… That ol’ man had everything! Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh My!!!

Uncle Jack loved to hunt. He and Daddy would take my cousins and me dove hunting in the valley where  we made some really awesome memories together…Of course Leslie, he would pick on me the whole trip and Uncle Jack would say, “he only picks on you because he loves you so much”.  Terry Uncle Jack’s daughter was older than me so she became my role model. She was sweet spirited, soft-spoken and very kind to me.  I loved my time with them all…We were  in those cotton fields hunting for hours making incredible memories without phones, ipads, or laptops…those were the good ol’ days!!!

My Uncle Jack was a wise man too. I spent my entire time in elementary, Jr. High, and High School learning as much as I could because, I was going to be a pharmacist like my Pawpaw Kim and Uncle Jack. Then I took chemistry in my last year of high school! I remember sitting down with Uncle Jack saying, “Uncle Jack, can you please explain the periodic table to me? I just don’t get it.” He would say, “Lee, you’re not suppose to get it. Just memorize it and move on.” While I didn’t get the periodic table, Uncle Jack got me! He said, “Lee, I know you want to carry on the family legacy but you were made to be a nurse. A nurse needs to know why. A nurse gets to ask those questions…you were meant to be a nurse like your Nonnie and Aunt Lillie”. Because Uncle Jack got me, I am now a registered nurse.

My Uncle Jack loved nature! He loved to hunt, fish, garden, and I heard he loved to skinny dip in his pond (Shhhh). As I mentioned he loved wild animals so much so he has not one but two 140 pound Timber Wolves and he has spoiled them rotten!!! Even as sick as he was, he would say, “I gotta get home to my babies”. He loved those beautiful creatures!

As a child I would sit on the counter and “help” Uncle Jack count pills and eat ice cream cones with him on the front steps of the store. As an adult I would sit with him and talk about his garden, fruit trees and wolves. We would discuss religion and philosophy. He would tell me stories about our family and provide history lessons. But, every discussion would lead to my Uncle Jack’s favorite topic…His Family. He loved us all so much and never wasted a chance to tell us! He would always tell me how proud of me he was. He would go on and on about how proud he was of  Terry and Leslie, how much he loved Andi and Daniel and how Aunt Sue’s children were his children. Then he would move on to all the grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He loved my Dad so much and would tell me stories over and over of the fun they would have. He admired his mother and had so much respect for his Dad. But of all his loves…he adored my Aunt Sue!!! His eyes would light up when she walked into the room and would melt when she spoke.   

My Uncle Jack was a loving and respectful man. Just before leaving the emergency room on Monday, Uncle Jack shook hands with the physician and thanked everyone for the care he received by saying, “I thank you and my God thanks you”…

My Uncle Jack Has Left an Amazing Legacy of Love

Love Lee ♥

A Love Lee Place

In Just a Moment

We have all heard the saying…”It is not the breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away” but have you ever really stopped to reflect on the moments? All too often we take the “awe” moments for granted. In-fact they pass us by and all we don’t even realized they’ve occurred…

If you think about it some truly AMAZING events have occurred in a moment!!!

  • As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God
    descending like a dove and lighting on him. (Matthew 3:16)
  • Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has
    healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. (Matthew 9:22)
  • Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that
    moment (Matthew 17:18)
  • At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. (Matthew 27:51)

Wow…moments with eternal impact captured and recorded in God’s word!!!

I have experienced some AMAZING moments; life events worth recording:

  • The moment I asked Jesus to be my personal Lord and Saviour
  • The moment I said I do to Richard Dallas Smith
  • The moment my first-born, Tori Rene Smith arrived
  • The moment the doctor said “It’s a Girl
  • The moment Cheyenne Mary Darrell, our granddaughter came into our lives

But, I have also had some pretty incredible moments which occur in every day life that take my breath away:

  • The moment I walk in the door after a long day at work and am greeted by the sounds, sights, and smells of home
  • The moment Richard walks up behind me while I am cooking dinner. wraps his arms around me and says “I love you”
  • The moment I pick up the phone to hear, “Hi Meme, whatcha doing?”
  • The moment when all my family is here and I realize I am surrounded by laughter

Wow…what can you do to impact a life

In Just A Moment

Love Lee ♥

A Love Lee Place

 

Can’t Take Them Back

All to often we forget how our spoken word impacts others. And, every day we decide whether the impact will be positive or negative. But, what we have no control over is the lasting effects of our words.

King Solomon said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21) and he was sooo right!

Think back to your childhood to a time when someone said something  to you that still impacts you today. I can think of many…In-fact, I can think of words from a week, month, and year ago.

So, how do you speak to others today? Are your words positive and uplifting or are the negative and cutting? There are several ways you can have a positive impact with the spoken word.

  • Speak in Love
  • Practice Giving Compliments
  • Practice Responding rather than Reacting
  • Learn to say I am sorry
  • Learn to say I forgive you
  • Practice positive Self-Talk
  • Remember to say Thank You

The words which flow from your mouth could possible impact others for generations and once those words leave your mouth…

YOU CAN’T TAKE THEM BACK…

Love Lee ♥

Let There Be Light

For all who have visited our home in Jones Creek know all too well the importance of light in my life. In-fact, anyone who passed our home could see the lights from the street as the electric candles burned in every window to illuminate our home.

These electric candles burn 24/7 as a symbol of life to all who pass by. Life, love, and hope that filles our home served as a beacon for all to join us in our celebration. In-fact, prior to moving, I received a card from a neighbor thanking me for keeping the candles burning throughout the night. She suffered from a chronic illness and spent many sleepless nights gazing out her window across the street at our lights stating they served as a symbol of hope for her. One of the saddest moments I experienced when we moved was unplugging my lights and packing them away.

As I unpacked boxes in our new home, I came across the lights. I debated about putting them in the windows but got side tracked and put the box aside and totally forgot about them. After dinner last night, Richard said, “Hey Babe, can you come here for a minute?”. I followed him outside to the front of the house and Oh My Gosh…The entire front of the house was glowing! He had unpacked my lights…

Let There Be Light…We are Home Now!

Love Lee ♥

 

 

 

 

You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light. 2 Samuel 22:29

 

A Burning Heart

I frequently come in from work after dark and last night was no different. As I pull through the gate and made my way down the drive toward home I saw a yellow-orange glow. Then, the closer I got the bigger the glow got.

YES…That man of mine had built a fire!!!

We love to sit out in the evenings around the fire pit and discuss the events of our day. However, last night the discussion was delay a bit as our daughter had walked over to enjoy the fire with us. At some point in the conversation she realized she got a little chilled and decided to stand and move closer to the fire. As she stood over the fire watching it burn, she exclaimed…”Cheyenne come look…There is a burning heart inside the log”. Cheyenne reluctantly got up off the ground where she was playing with her dog and walked over to take a look. Then I heard “Wow…that is cool mom”. While their excitement peaked my interest, it wasn’t peaked enough to cause me to hoist myself up out of the chair I had waited for all day .

After the girls headed home and Richard and I shared the highlights of our day while Richard “tinkers” with the fire. As he looked into the fire he said, “You really should come see this burning heart. The girls weren’t kidding it is really beautiful”. Now for Richard to tell me it was beautiful, I knew I needed to take a look. Looking down into the hollow log the opposite end of the log was shaped like a heart and the embers were glowing with brilliant color…vibrant oranges, deep blue reds, and brilliant yellows.

As I stood and stared into the log, I couldn’t help but think…

Wow…I could see the glow of burning heart from the road but it wasn’t until I got close that I could see the buried embers and feel the intense warmth of the burning heart.

You know…it is very much the same with Jesus. From a distance we know He is there…but it is not until we get close enough to Him that we are able to see His “Burning Heart”

David Crowder says it best!!!

“How He Loves”

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.

We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like an unforseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…

He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us.

He Loves Us With His Burning Heart!!!

Love Lee ♥

There Is A Way Out

Are you feeling trapped by circumstances beyond your control? Perhaps you can’t make your bills, the kids are out of control, or you are forced to deal with difficult people.

There is a way out!!!

The trap in which we are held prisoner is our mindset. We allow our perceptions to set our limits…Often times we perceive the situation to be worse than it is because we cannot recognize it for what it is.

The Way Out is to Change Your Mindset

Rather than view everything as negative we can choose to view each and everything we endure as our Testimony. Our very own story of how God has been so good to us. Think about it…Would you be able to truly testify of God’s goodness if you never had those difficult challenges in life?

 I like to view the adversity as “Walking Out  My Testimony”.

  • I could not testify to God’s provision if I did not know financial ruin.
  • I could not testify to God’s healing hand if I did not almost died from Lyme’s Disease
  • I could not testify to God’s comfort if I did not loose a loved one 
  • I could not testify to God’s grace if I did not sin
  • I could not testify to God’s peace of mind if I did not have to trust Him with my children
  • I could not testify to God’s love if I had not felt what it was like to be unloved
  • I could not testify to God’s understanding if I have not been misunderstood
  • I could not testify to God’s companionship if I had not know what it was like to be alone and without a friend

You see every form of adversity is part of my testimony if I believe God is with me and believe…

There Is A Way Out…

 

He is my Way Out  no matter the circumstance!!!

Love Lee ♥

It’s A Heart Condition

A little girl goes to the doctor’s office for her pre-school check-up. The doctor walks in and introduces himself. He proceeds to listen to her heart and lungs. As he lays his stethoscope on her chest, he gasps and says, “Is that Barney I hear walking around in your heart?”. The little girl looks up with a big smile and replies, “No Silly, that’s Jesus in my heart…Barney’s on my underwear!”.

I love that…no inhabitions!!! Her response was so matter-of-fact and with such conviction. We as adults could learn so much from this little girl.

Often the external display of behaviors, conversations, and associations do not indicate Jesus is anywhere near our hearts. Often we exhibit negative responses based on emotion. Below are some examples of negative emotions and the underlying cause(s).

Emotion/ Underlying Source

  • Fear: Aversion
  • Anger: Displeasure or Hostility
  • Guilt: Inadequacy
  • Depression: Pessimistic
  • Pride: Exaggerated elevation of one’s self
  • Jealousy: Threatened
  • Self Pity: Inability to cope
  • Anxiety: Overwhelming apprehension
  • Resentment: persistent ill will
  • Envy: Hyper awareness of what others have coupled with an unhealthy desire
  • Frustration: Unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs

So, when talking with an angry person who is frustrated you are better able to recognize you are really speaking with a displeased person with unfulfilled needs.

Hmmm…this insight might just put a whole new spin on what you hear that person saying. While you can’t change the circumstances that lead to the negative emotion from this person, we just might be able to have more compassion towards them when interacting with them.

In addition, if you recognize you might possess these emotions you should consider trying to find the source and begin to work through the issues.

When conscious of these emotions we can be somewhat in control of our interactions and reactions. We can adjust our responses and conversations to cater to our audience. What we need to remember is we live for an audience of One. We should speak and live to bring to honor and glory to Him…Father God.

It’s A Heart Condition

So, I ask you my friend…

What condition is your heart in? & Who is that I hear walking around in your heart?

Are you speaking to others and responding to others while bringing Glory and Honor to Your Father?

I have some work to do…How about you?

Love Lee ♥