Freebie Friday: Advice – Little Notes Mean So Much

Barbara, Leonard, Sarah and Katelyn

Today we want to introduce you to  Leonard and Barbara Lippy – husband and wife for over 30 years – our friends for over a decade.

Kelly – another close friend, shared this with me:

Several years after they were married Barb and Leonard started a little game that continued for over 20 years. They would write each other notes and then hide it in some place where the other spouse would eventually find it. They dated each note to see how long it took before it was found. It was a playful bantering game; they enjoyed many laughs and special moments with this romantic practice.

These “little notes” have forever affected me! To think how a simple piece of paper improved their relationship and the grace it gave them to endure all the hardships.

On February 15th, 2010, Barbara became seriously ill.  We didn’t know it then, but she only had one month left before the Lord would call her home.  Leonard, obviously mourning the loss of his best and dearest friend, shared with us how he unexpectedly found a note from Barb last Thursday dated 2/10/2010.  The note simply said, “I love you honey, and I am looking forward to fixing you something special for Valentines day.”  That meal would be the last one they would enjoy in their home together.

He found another note stuffed in his sock drawer, “I know Mother’s Day is coming soon and how hard it is for you to know what I would like;  Could you fix this necklace?  I would like to wear it on Mother’s Day when Sarah [their only daughter] and Katelyn [their only granddaughter] are here.”

Kelly continued:

“Can you imagine what effect this simple act could have on our spouse? The affirmation of our love and devotion by this small gesture can produce some astounding results in our marriage, not to mention help the sender as well as the recipient walk in a way that glorifies God and celebrates the love and friendship between a husband and wife.”

When I asked Leonard his permission to share his story he said, “Debi, if it helps one couple, then do it!  Thanks!”

Leonard, thank you for sharing your story with us and helping us remember what’s of most importance.  We have no guarantees for tomorrow, so we must make the most of every opportunity to love, honor and bless the one with whom we vowed “to love and cherish as long as we both shall live.”  This kind of love glorifies God because it is a reflection of His deep love for His Bride – the church!

Won’t you join us in praying for Leonard as the Lord brings him to mind?  It will take time for his heart to heal, and there may be more notes yet to be discovered.  But one thing is certain – God will use those notes to comfort him and remind him that he was loved by a truly, wonderful and godly woman.  Exactly the reason Barbara hid the notes in the first place!

About Debi Walter

Tom and Debi have been sharing encouragements through their blogs for many years. Marriage, Reading God's Word and documenting family history is our focus. Growing in our relationship with the Lord is primary in all we say, write or do. We are grateful for all who desire to join us in the same endeavors.
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8 Responses to Freebie Friday: Advice – Little Notes Mean So Much

  1. Debi, this is a beautiful story. I thank Leonard for sharing it and you for printing it.


  2. Renee Aebli says:

    I am grateful for people like Barbara and Leonard – they get “loving” right. How wonderful that what God placed in their hearts years ago…..still brings abundant reward to Leonard, even now. A great reward of knowing love is the greatest reward next to our salvation. Thank you, Debi, for sharing this story and all the words you write.


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  4. debiwalter says:

    Celia Jones Williams (via Facebook):

    Thanks, Debi! What a beautiful testimony and encouraging word! And thank you, Leonard, for allowing us to benefit from a piece of the devotion you and Barb shared.


  5. Kelley Splitter says:

    Thank you Leonard, you and Barb have been such good friends and God has netted our hearts to yours. Thank you for being so honest with what is going on in your life and a testimony of God’s Grace. We love you and are grateful to God for all his grace and mercies in placing you in our life. Praise God for broken gas lines and forgiveness. Always praying for you friend.


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  7. John P. says:

    This ministered to me greatly! Please pass on to Leonard that allowing the use of his story affected me in such a way that I’m going to love my wife even better than I have before. I will certainly cherish the time God allows my wife and me to have together now much more, and I will be conscious of not taking it for granted.
    I praise God for this story!


    • debiwalter says:

      John, I’ll be sure to let Leonard know. You may be the one couple he was hoping to help bring effective change in their lives. It is a powerful testimony!


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