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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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"Drought" doesn't just mean lack of rainfall. Droughts and losses occur in our personal lives, too. Times when life feels dry and barren, with no refreshment on the horizon. Times when hope has turned to dust. Many of us have trudged through that arid country more than once. Perhaps you're there right now and feel close to despair. How do we endure until God restores the balance in our life and joy blooms again? Just the word "drought" always takes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
"That's not fair!" cries the young child. "But it's my turn!" yells the 8-year old. "I have my rights!" shouts the angry teen. Most adults consider such attitudes a normal part of growing from childhood to adulthood. The trouble is, a lot of people never outgrow their anger when things don't go their way. The results of such immature thinking cause problems that make the news every day. All because of refusing to accept one inescapable fact: Life often lets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Most of us Americans take freedom for granted because it's what we've known and lived under all our lives. Freedom is like the air we breathe. Always there. Perhaps that's why we don't pay much attention to Veterans Day unless there's a veteran in the family or our kids are marching in a band. Oh sure, it's a Federal holiday. If we don't have to go to work we say Hurrah! We forget that Veterans Day is all about honoring... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Remember when we were little and said, "I'm gonna do something important when I grow up!" Most of us toned that down as the years go by and besides, our definition of "important" changed. Some people have a mental pecking order when it comes to jobs, but the more we know, the more we know all jobs matter. Sometimes a job is much more than it seems Mitzi works in a child care center. She earns little more than minimum... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
What kind of gifts will bless our kids all through their lives? Think what you want to plant in your child's heart for life. As a Christian, what I want most for our children is faith in Jesus Christ. We can't just hand it over, but we can make sure they hear the Good News and see faith lived out at home. We can make sure they know that Jesus is forever for us, not forever accusing us. With that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
What really makes us--and our kids--tick? A wonderful friend who's now with the Lord had a favorite saying that answers that question, "Well, nobody does nuthin' for nuthin'." Poor grammar? Sure, but don't miss the truth of it. Every one of us, no matter our age, no matter what, always has a reason for what we do. We expect some kind of payoff. We do what we do because it feels good. Or because it makes us look good in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Maybe you didn't know it had a name. You only know what hurry sickness feels like That sense you simply can't slow down, can't put your feet up and drink a cup of tea, because you'll just get further behind. You smile and get through your days, but the accusing voice in your head says you'll never be quite enough. I know it well. Do you? "Hurry sickness" may sound like a made-up condition, but it's real Google the term... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Have you ever said, "He/she makes me so mad!" I have. We're not hotheads, you and I, but you know how it goes. "Some people" just won't let up. Won't cooperate. Won't face the truth. Won't see it our way. If we let go and spew forth a stream of angry words it feels good. We tell ourselves we're vindicated and we pat ourselves on the back for being strong. That lasts a few delicious moments. But . . .... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
What if right now you looked up from your computer and saw the sky like this? Then comes loud pounding on your front door. You open it to find a frantic smoke-blackened firefighter. He yells, "You must leave! Now! In 3 minutes this place will burn! "Get your family members and RUN!" All photos from The Sacramento Bee. In the September 16th edition of The Sacramento Bee reporter Ryan Lillis tells of one man who got that front-door knock--and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
Remember the sparkle of first love? You couldn't stop smiling because you knew a secret. Somebody knew you--and loved you! That joy can get lost in the dailies of life. Days seem bland, dull, as if you'd lost the ability to feel joy. Maybe it's living day after day with the same other person. Each of you knows the other's annoying habits. Each one can tick off a list of what "drives me crazy." In short, you're good at pushing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at A WOMAN'S VIEW ~ Lenore Buth
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 Aug 28, 2015 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