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.

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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Nature’s Calling (Haiku Series #138)

Captivating

Mountains to valleys

Earth’s blessed contrasts invite—

Highest to lowest

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Everlasting

Probing earth’s oceans

Endless waters reaching shore–

Never grows weary

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Spellbinding

Galaxy’s journey

Universe enriches life—

First contact with stars

John Eldredge Quote

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If the narrative of the Scriptures teaches us anything, from the serpent in the Garden to the carpenter in Nazareth, it teaches us that things are rarely what they seem, that we shouldn’t be fooled by appearances.

From Proverbs 21:2:  “All deeds are right in the sight of the doer, but the Lord weighs the heart.”