About bigskybuckeye

Born in the Big Sky Country of Montana and now living in the Buckeye State of Ohio, Richard is the creative mind behind Big Sky Buckeye. Retired after 40 years of teaching, I enjoy writing, photography, traveling, and following a healthy lifestyle.

Grace-Filled Light (Elfchen Series #33)


Lurking nearby

Obeying God’s commandments

Filled with His righteousness


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Our fears

Life’s every trouble

Praise the Lord’s goodness


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From God

Through His Son

Defeating sin and death


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From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

As Christians, believers should feel cherished by a Father, who loves them unconditionally.

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 October 29)

Alan Redpath Quote

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When God wants to do an impossible task, He takes an impossible man, and He crushes him.

From Acts 9:1-5:  “Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.  Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’  He asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’  The reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.'”

Welcome to My Writer’s Corner


Writer's Notebook

Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are 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.

Featured Posts

Welcome to Big Sky Buckeye, who is witnessing a rain-soaking day in central Ohio.  But the rain hasn’t dampened any enthusiasm for writing and sharing my writing journey.  Using themes of temptation, darkness, and light, a series of short poems, which are written in the German-inspired style of elevenie, are on tap.  You you invited to read and experience “Grace-Filled Light.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on October 29 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 October 29 from thoughts shared from British pastor and Christian author Alan Redpath.  His words explain how God uses each of us to accomplish impossible tasks.

Many of you enjoy photography (either your own or someone else’s).  Montana Hall on the campus of Montana State University welcomes me back each time I visit (graduating way back in 1978).  Check out the new photograph added on October 14 in the Photo Gallery. 

Recent Posts

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.  Enjoy!

Waiting with Patience

From Isaiah 64:4:  “From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for Him.”

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Facing life’s dark, endless afflictions

Waiting with patience and new hope

Turning to our Holy, mighty Lord

Reaching for the Spirit’s steady rope


Seeking maturity and insight

Receiving God’s plan, sacred foresight


Witnessing our Father’s faithfulness

Flowing as a gentle river, His love

Nourishing hungry souls from His Word

Touching us, Holiness from above


Continuing to teach, God reaches out

Instilling our confidence, let’s shout


Waiting with patience for our Father

Sending His goodness to those who seek

Filling compassion with steadfast love

Offering Salvation, mercy speaks


Trusting God’s divine wisdom each day

Following His Word, showing the way


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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Waiting isn’t easy, but rushing ahead of the Lord can short-circuit His plan.  Be patient while God works out the details.”

God’s Saving Grace (Haiku Series #104)


Seeds sown and watered

Only God provides the growth—

Living with purpose

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Through grace and mercy

God offers us Salvation—

Won by our Savior

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Trusting Holy Truth

Discovering our new self—

Our true home in Christ

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Elisabeth Elliot Quote

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Faith is not a feeling; it is action.  It is a willed choice.

From Hebrews 11:1-3:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.”

Monday Memories: Lights Out!

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On a deserted, darkened street

Halloween arrives with its treats


The two of us, walking down the lane

Scared and excited, looking for fame


An empty house breathes, coming alive

Energy awakens and desires to thrive


An electrifying party is set for tonight

The ancient house turns up its lights


A full moon illuminates the night sky

Just as witches in black, prepare to fly


Special guests add to the scary fun

Arriving from their past, one by one


Escaping from his creator’s famous lab

Frankenstein stumbles in, frightfully fab


Waking up from sleeping in a coffin bed

Dracula flies over, with a thirst for “red”


Howling eerily, over sighting a rare full moon

Wolfman pounces in, not a moment too soon


Sitting like unsuspecting flowers on a wall

The two of us don’t want this to end at all


Music and spirits fill the old, rundown place

This Halloween returns with a familiar taste


The impromptu party doesn’t last long

Finishing the night with one final song


Precisely tapping ruby-colored shoes three times

A young girl requests to return home before Nine


Walking past the darkened, empty house

You and I cannot even hear a tiny mouse


Realizing again, it’s time for lights out

Planning to return in a year, no doubt


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