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Lenore Buth
Northern California
I'm a Christian wife, mother and grandmother who's fascinated by life and people and excited to see what tomorrow brings.
Interests: Life with my husband, our family, music, art, reading, and, being part of our faith community.
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Ever wondered how to guarantee every day is a good day? Yesterday, in a Costco checkout line, the shopper ahead of me shared the secret. As usual, the place teemed with shoppers, most of us scowling and fidgety. The attractive woman ahead of me seemed to have all the time in the world. She looked around with a half-smile, as if slightly amused. The pleasant checker said to her, "Well, how are you doing? Hope you're in the middle of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Listen, my children, and you shall hear the fictional tale of a teacher who got a surprise--and who teaches us all. Picture the beginning of the school year at Spring Street School: When brand-new teacher Angie White stopped by Principal Green's office his assistant, Sue Timms, handed her a stack of file folders. "You'll be replacing Martha Black, who just retired. She had your fourth-graders as third-graders last year and kept these notes on students and class materials. "I'm not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
“Bite your tongue!” That’s what moms—and teachers—used to say when one of us kids said something hurtful or gossipy. “Zip your lip” means the same thing. Different words than we'd use today, but the meaning is timeless: “Think before you speak.” We more often hear, "Tell it like it is,". It sounds good, but afterwards, we often wish the speaker had kept mum. Thoughtless words "pop out" easily Ever been with a good friend and blurted out something like this?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Have you ever realized you walked through the previous 24 hours blind and deaf? I have. Maybe you have, too. Times like that I listen, but do not hear. I look, but do not see. Not the people. Not the beauty around me. Usually I make it through the routines of the day, but my heart isn't in it. It happens most often when I feel overwhelmed by some knotty issue I have to work through. Ever been there? Ways... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Have you ever noticed how each link in a chain needs the others or else it can extend no farther than its own length? It's an imperfect comparison, but God links us to the people around us, too. In ways we may never know, He uses us in the lives of others to carry out His purposes. We have no need to understand how for that to be true. All we need to do is trust and pray, then leave... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Do you ever watch headline news, then throw up your hands and say, "What is going on in our world?" More and more it seems our society has lost its way. Lots of people celebrate the death of "outdated standards of the past." They maintain we live in a time of No Rules. No Way. No How. If that were good I don't think we'd hear "Our society is broken" from so many in politics and on talk shows. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Maybe you've noticed the words "Keep Calm and Carry On" popping up here and there and wondered where they came from. I love that slogan because it fits so well in so many places. At home. At work. At church. It traces back to Great Britain and World War II. The Government formed the Ministry of Information to help keep up morale on the home front. This Agency produced a series of posters to be displayed in shop windows, on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Ask any bride or groom what they want from their marriage and they'll answer, "A happy marriage. One that lasts. "I just want to make him--or her--happy." On that happy day it's love, love, love all the way. You'd never hear one or the other proclaiming to their guests, "Once this day is over it's ME FIRST all the way!" That attitude kills love as surely as Roundup kills weeds. After every wedding comes a marriage Over time it's easy... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Sometimes God chooses unlikely ways to remind us we have a lot to be thankful for, doesn't He? Today I learned a lot by eavesdropping on someone else's conversation. Let me explain. After running an early morning errand I stopped a local restaurant and got jolted out of my private little pity party. (It wasn't much fun, anyway.) The hostess seated me in a booth next to two men in another booth. I couldn't help overhearing most of what they... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Dear Mom, Whatever your age--or the ages of your children--you are a world-changer. I didn't understand that in the beginning. I wish I had. If you're a younger mom and feel overwhelmed, this is for you. If your children are grown and you wonder sometimes whether you accomplished anything in your life, this is for you, too. Consider this a love note from one mom to another. You matter--and don't you forget it. Much joy in your journey, Lenore ____________________________________________... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
"Strategies to make every day better." It sounds too simple, doesn't it? I hear you saying, "If I'm having 'one of those days,' how on earth can I make it better? But you can, I can, we all can. If we choose to grab hold of the power. Here's how. 1. Decide to make it a good day When I was a young mom I read a book that challenged my thinking. The author maintained that more than any other... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
We all carry around within us a self-image that traces back to words. Good words and not-so-good words. If your memories of childhood only make you smile, you're blessed. Many were not so fortunate. Maybe you've spent most of your life trying to forget what someone said or the name(s) they called you. Likely that was someone you cared about. A parent. A sibling. Someone who betrayed you. It's the people we love who hold the power to wound us... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
It doesn't matter how strong we are, at least now and then we all have times we run out of hope. * One day of despair lives in my memory as vivid as yesterday. That day I drove home along a beautiful tree-lined boulevard glad no one could hear me screaming. At God. The same God I've loved and trusted since childhood. The One who said in Scripture his plans for us are good, plans to give us hope and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Hi, Lisa, I'm assuming you mean the image from my May 21, 2012, post: Right? Then, yes. Isn't that a clever drawing? Sorry, I can't locate my exact source, although I usually buy my images from Dreamstime. However, as far as I'm concerned, feel free to use it and I'm glad it fits your poem. Blessings, Lenore Read my blog at:
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, , Recently someone said, "I know so many couples that have split up I'm beginning to wonder if it's even possible to have a happy marriage!" At the time every reply I thought of sounded lame. All day long her remark kept my brain on simmer. Here's what I wish I had said to her. For starters, I know of three essentials for a strong marriage. Commitment - Putting each other and one's marriage first. It's vital that we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. --Seneca Reading that quote reminds me of my long-ago friend, Myrna, and the priceless gift she gave me. She and I were farm wives who lived in old farmhouses around the corner from each other, maybe a mile apart. Myrna was maybe 10 years older and her three kids were slightly older. I was a coping-as-best-I-could city gal with four young daughters. She offered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
I remember being an earnest young mom trying so hard to do everything right and be sure our little darlings were safe. One dear older lady watched me washing off my toddler and every surface around her. If our little girl dropped a toy I'd snatch it up and wash it before giving it back to her. This sweet older friend said, "Aw Honey, don't worry about a little dirt. We all eat a bushel of dirt before we die,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
By now it's old news that the Fifty Shades of Grey books and the recently released movie are big hits. So far the Fifty Shades books have sold over 100 million copies and first weekend movie audience broke records. People who track such things say most book buyers were/are women and it's estimated 68% of that initial movie audience was female. All I can say is, I don't get it. A thumbnail sketch of the plot I haven't read the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Have you ever wanted to scream because you were so busy you felt your life was out of control and this time you might snap? Me, too. And it has nothing to do with our age, or whether we're married or single, with children or none, or whether we're at home or hold down a job. It's all about being over-committed. Usually by our own choice. According to a recent newspaper article, author Christine Carter has a name for that.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
I don't know about you, but I'm longing for lazy time in the sun, looking out at a deep blue ocean, with palm trees and endless sun... Some place like Acapulco, for instance. I hadn't thought much about Acapulco before the January day I heard a convention speaker describe it in Chamber-of-Commerce terms. All I knew about him was his name: Zig Ziglar. Once he took the podium he spun some country stories, his southern accent coming through. the stories... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Even though I live in California, winter's dark mornings and short afternoons drag me down. Forgive me, all you Midwesterners and Easterners who deal with REAL winter. I admit it, I'm a wimp. When the days start getting shorter my energy levels drop and I gradually notice that I feel less cheery. I hear hot cocoa and a crackling fire calling my name. Once people called it "the winter blues." Now it's known as "SAD." How about you? If your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Some of us feel kind of like this dog as we turn to a new calendar page. A friend told of roaming the hills near his home on a beautiful blue-sky day, accompanied as always by his faithful dog. They came over a hill and heard the high-pitched drone of unfamiliar insects, probably locusts. The unfamiliar din stopped "Marley" in his tracks. The usually fearless German Shepherd crouched and covered his face with his front paws. No amount of coaxing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
In church last Sunday we sat behind pure joy The little girl in the row ahead of us personified our worship theme for the day: "Joy." She swayed back and forth in her polka dot dress, keeping time to the music of the worship team. She kept smiling at her parents and her smile lit up her face. This adorable 4-year old was lost in praise and joy. My husband and I couldn't help smiling, too. We sang the praise... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
When we give a gift to a loved one we want to hear, "Oh, that's just what I wanted!" But sometimes they tear off the wrapping and we get an unenthusiastic, "Oh. That's nice. Thanks." Polite words that puncture our shiny red balloon. So we think, Next year I'll try harder. I'll spend more money. I'll pay more attention. I'll . . . Blame it on our society's skewed opinion of what counts Merchandisers of everything from chia pets to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Maybe this is a year when the phrase "celebrate Thanksgiving" makes us laugh. Or cry. Perhaps money is tight or health is bad or one of our kids has taken a bad turn. Whatever the reason, a turkey won't fix it. Stories of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving seem a million years away from today. Yet I think they can teach you and me a lot about how to live our lives--and celebrate God's goodness. Don't confuse The Mayflower... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth