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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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Special message from Big Sky Buckeye:  I will be traveling to visit family and also help my mother who has been coping with many struggles in recent months.  She is doing much better, and I am looking forward to seeing her as well as other family.  I will continue to post daily while I am away.  I appreciate your continued support.

Greetings Big Sky Buckeye readers!  Every Tuesday shares a Haiku series of short poems.  Today’s theme revolves around God’s creation in “Nature’s Calling.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on June 8 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 June 8 from thoughts shared from the words of American author and Christian lecturer John Eldredge.  His message reminds us to closely study the contrasts found in Scripture.

Many of you enjoy photography (either your own or someone else’s).  The Fort Peck Dam was constructed during the New Deal era (1930s) in northeastern Montana.  Check out the new photograph added on May 29 in the Photo Gallery. 

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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 and writings can be found in the archives, which will be updated frequently with past selections.  Enjoy!

Past Favorites: Man-Cave Friends

Exercising tonight on my stationary bike

Making me feel very much like a young tike

 

Listening to a playlist of songs from the past

Hoping that my strength and stamina will last

 

Setting a quick pace as the pedaling begins

Missing a day on the bike would be quite a sin

 

Biking regularly in this Man-Cave each night

Looking around the room, there is quite a sight

 

Sharing space with a sofa full of Teddy Bears

Watching and smiling at me as they all stare

 

Pushing and pulling the handles in front of my face

Pedaling with high energy at a fast and furious pace

 

My biking adventure will continue all of this week

Realizing these “beary” friends will be here to peek

  

The photo at the beginning of this post is taken inside Mrs. Buckeye’s “Bear Room.”  While I use the room to workout on my stationary bicycle from time to time, the real purpose of the room is obvious.  

Charles Stanley Quotes

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Knowing that God is ever-present motivates us to think, speak, and behave in ways that glorify Him.

From U:  “Where can I go from your spirit?  Or where can I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.  If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”

Whenever you’re not sure how God thinks about sin or deals with it, go to His Word. He will guide you into truth.

From Titus 3:3-5:  “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”

Fulfilling Hope (Haiku Series #139)

Trust

In midst of life’s storms

Lord’s encouragement builds hope—

Blessed hand of grace

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Promise

Led by the Spirit

Born into new life through Christ—

Righteousness brings hope

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Faith

Growing in our love

Finding hope’s meaning of life—

Believing in Christ

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Monday Memories: At the Door

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Jesus stands ready

 

He understands life

With its hardships

 

He’s walked there

Experiencing it all

 

His body bears

Marks of death

 

Hands forever scarred

Feet harshly pierced

 

He defeated death

Empty tomb proclaims

 

He understands thee

Life’s never-ending turmoil

 

He offers hopefulness

Encouraging and loving

 

His reassuring voice

Calming all worries

 

Life’s sufferings appear

Generating lasting tenacity

 

Trusting in Him

Rock of Salvation

 

Sending steadfast love

From heaven above

 

Faithful and righteous

Extending into Eternity

 

Never be afraid

Always trust Him

 

Hearing His words

Praising and soothing

 

Giving peaceful strength

Against harsh times

 

Open one’s heart

Closed door opens

 

Jesus stands ready

  

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This Christian poem was written and published in July, 2019.  Writing faith-based poetry continues to be one of my favorite places to be.

Healing Brokenness

From Psalm 103:1-5:  “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all His benefits—who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

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Scattered by earth’s hopeless winds

Relationships, bodies, hearts

Life filling with brokenness

Divine healing, God imparts

 

Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Healing comes from purest source

Balm of hope offers treatment

Mind, body, and soul endorse

 

Amazing grace saves sinners

Hope now strengthens and rebounds

Mercy and love rebuild faith

Forgiveness heals and surrounds

 

Healing balm making us whole

Caring for lifetime of scars

Miracle restores fullness

God’s Glory shining from stars

 

Finding places and people

Savior Jesus leads our way

Bearing our burdens as well

Healing brokenness this day

 

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A traditional African-American spritual, “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” serves as an inspiring complement to this poem.  You are invited to take a moment to listen.

Curious Trivial Facts

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

More pizzas are sold and delivered on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year–a primary reason that Super Bowl Sunday ranks second (behind Thanksgiving) as the biggest day for food consumption in the United States.

The penny is the only currently minted U.S. coin featuring a profile [President Abraham Lincoln] that faces to the right.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Glorious Gospel (Elfchen Series #62)

Invitation

Love

Creating mankind

Jesus calling us

To love one another

Peace

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Salvation

Life’s

Darkest depths

Rescued by Jesus

Sharing His Good News

Grace

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Transformation

Mission

Without fear

Reshaping this world

To right side up

Jesus

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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Past Favorites: Oceans

This  poem was  published in July, 2019, and features an early attempt at writing poetry using mystery-filled imagery.  It was originally written in March of the same year as an  entry for a poetic publication.  While the poem didn’t make the cut, it has been well-received here on WordPress.  

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A life can sometimes seem deep and dark

Just as the oceans’ waves find their mark

 

From season to season, a person splashes along

Just as the oceans redeploy, intense and strong

 

Hardships and misfortunes grudgingly arrive each week

Just as the oceans’ depths mask secrets, waiting to seek

 

Morning’s sunrise embraces, cheerful and bold

Just as the oceans splash water, much too cold

 

Today brings a bit of uncertainty and sadness

Just as the oceans bring a light of happiness

 

One wonders and dreams of a better life

Just as the oceans dispense little strife

 

A walk along the sandy beach sounds great

Just as the oceans’ tides deliver a final fate

 

The gentle waves engage loneliness for a swim

Just as the oceans’ surf arrives without a whim

 

A final desperate, draining breath takes one under

Just as the oceans stand still and start to wonder

 

 

 

 

Precious Time

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Every hour

Holding precious time

 

Every day

Devouring life’s checklist

 

Every week

Running endless errands

 

Every month

Loving family time

 

Every year

Filling life up

 

Every hour

Cherished minutes

 

Every day

Another blessing

 

Every week

Career focus

 

Every month

Birthdays celebrated

 

Every year

Vacation time

 

Every hour

Savoring

 

Every day

Energizing

 

Every week

Achieving

 

Every month

Maturing

 

Every year

Remembering 

 

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