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Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are filled with poetry, but I also share short stories, photography, and a few surprises along the way. You are invited to sit a spell and find something you like.  I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing.  You are welcome to like, comment, follow, share, or reblog a post.

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Another Tuesday shares a series of verses crafted in the Japanese style of Haiku.  This genre allows for the use of many different themes.  These three short poems each bring encouragement for today from life’s “Lighter Side.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on December 6 in From My Journal.  While Big Sky Buckeye enjoys writing poetry and short stories, much of his journal writing is inspired from reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts.

You are invited to read a quote updated on December 6 from thoughts found in the words of American author Mary Roach.  She shares a couple of her unique looks at life.

Here’s my Baker’s Dozen, featuring 13 of my recent writings from the past couple of weeks.  Each post is linked to take you right to its location.  Other poems, short stories, and feature writings can be found in the archives (found at the top of the page), which will be updated frequently with past selections.  Enjoy!

Seeking Christian Soldiers

From 1 Samuel 18:14-16:  “David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.  When Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in awe of him.  But all Israel and Judah loved David, for it was he who marched out and came in leading them.”

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Marching upright, heaven’s sacred drum

Accepting His will, faithfully come

 

Shattering evil’s empty façade

Navigating from darkness, with God

 

Trusting His hands, molding every heart

Following Spirit, renewing start

 

Searching heavens, finding lasting peace

Living in righteousness, never cease

 

Leaving sinful ways, Jesus leading

Steering life’s mission, now proceeding

 

Heeding His call, taking faith’s high road

Promising light, Lord’s mercy bestowed

 

Looking past Bethlehem, blood-stained cross

Seeing empty tomb, enemy’s loss

 

Building up redemption’s faithful walls

Touching another soul, God’s grace calls

 

Seeking Christian soldiers, through His Word

Lasting victory, no longer blurred

 

Stepping on ashes, filled with untruth

Marching with Christ, believing His truth

 

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From 2 Timothy 2:2-3:  “What you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.  Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”

Harry Ironside Quote

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The flame of testimony burns brightly when fed with the oil of grace.

From Psalm 23:5-6:  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Harry Ironside (1876-1951) was a Canadian-born pastor, theologian, and Christian author.  This renowned Bible teacher wrote over 100 books, booklets, and pamphlets.

Lighter Side (Haiku Series #207)

Hey, Big Spender

Buying up houses

Trading for largest hotel—

Monopoly’s wealth

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Powerless Circumstances

Bandit on the run

Car’s battery fails to start—

Police bringing charges

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Fitting Ending

Old shoes in tatters

Needing firmer foundation—

Meeting new solemate

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From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

When we pause and look at life through God’s lens, He has a unique way of breaking it down in the simplest of ways.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated December 6)

Mary Roach Quotes

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A bright light at the end of a tunnel can seem warm and inviting, or it can seem mysterious and terrifying.

All good research–whether for science or for a book–is a form of obsession.

Mary Roach (born 1959) is an American author who specializes in writing with themes about science and humor.

Monday Memories: Countless Blessings

Psalm 106:1:  “Praise the Lord!  O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.”

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Life’s journey hurries along

Blessing with joy and her song

 

Remembering His blessings each day

Our mighty God molds us like clay

 

God crafts His creation with love

Offering His blessings from above

 

Rising from cold, darkened tomb

Christ restores light to every room

 

Filling with Spirit, no more strife

Savior extends His bread of life

 Hiding, dark enemy ready to harm and take

Christ’s way conquers, with love He makes

 

Son of Man submits to our Holy Lord

Paying for sin’s ransom, so climb aboard

 

Being gracious for everything that shines

God, Savior, family, home, and love so fine

 

Life’s possessions are meager, they are

Blessings from God will carry us, truly far

 

Pause and consider, dropping to knees and bow

Praising God for infinite blessings, do it now

 

 Psalm 29:11:  May the Lord give strength to His people!  May the Lord bless His people with peace.”

Originally published August, 2019 with revisions December, 2022.

John Wilbur Chapman Quote

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It is not the ship in the water but the water in the ship that sinks it.  So it is not the Christian in the world but the world in the Christian that constitutes the danger.

From Galatians 5:16-17:  “Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.

American-born John Wilbur Chapman (1959-1918) was a Christian evangelist who traveled much of the United States and the world.  He was influenced by the preaching of D. L. Moody as well as the ministry of Billy Sunday.

Peace Yet to Come (Second Sunday of Advent)

From Micah 5:3-5:  “Therefore He shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth; then the rest of His kindred shall return to the people of Israel.  And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.  And they shall live secure, for now He shall be great to the ends of the earth, and He shall be the one of peace.”

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From root of Jesse

Rises spirit of man’s hope

Filling believers with peace

Climbing up faith’s slope

 

Called to one body

Newborn King shall share His peace

Extending bridges to God

Writing hope’s new lease

 

As children of God

Blessed be His peacemakers

Filled with Father’s righteous peace

Hope’s new groundbreakers

 

Future hope muffled

Reconciled through Father’s grace

Reclaiming merciful peace

Bethlehem’s birthplace

 

Hope’s light filled with peace

Easing burdens of others

Shattering sinful darkness

For every brother

 

Creation’s spirit

Promise of restoration

Foretaste of peace yet to come

Hope’s new foundation

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Another beloved Advent hymn is “What Child is This.”  The lyrics were crafted by English hymn writer and poet, William Chatterton Dix, in 1865.  In 1871, the tune of a traditional English song, “Greensleeves,” was added to the lyrics.  This hymn shares the spirit of peace, forever witnessed in the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Helen Keller Quote

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Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness.  It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

From Job 36:11:  “If they listen and serve Him, they complete their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness.”