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.

Nighttime Stardust

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Night after night

Scanning heavens above

Each constellation

Sharing Creator’s love

 

Crossing each bridge

Destination ahead

Chasing every star

Father tucks into bed

 

Hours fill with dreams

Flowing always downstream

Nighttime sky lights up

Flying on stardust beams

 

Sleeping soundly

Night returning from flight

Waking to sunrise

Goodbye for now moonlight

 

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James A. Baldwin Quotes

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I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.

American-born James A. Baldwin (1924-1987) wrote a variety of works in novels, essays, short stories, and plays. He was also an active participant in the civil rights movement during the 1960s.

Life’s Breakwater

From John 4:13-14:  “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.  The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.'”

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Haunting landscape of needs

Darkness, breathless with fear

Back streets can never hide

Overflowing with tears

 

Facing hunger-filled void

Shadows filled with man’s greed

Overburdened labors

Breathing amongst ragweed

 

Walking with heart of pain

Emptiness without dreams

Thirst waiting to be quenched

Beholding mercy’s stream

 

Hearing sorrowful cries

Clamorous, selfish strife

Voice speaking, Son of God

Rising above each life

 

Flowing freshness of grace

Well of Living Water

Each heart again restored

Forming life’s breakwater

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From John 14:1-2:  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Jesus knows that even the smallest amount of faith will allow us to take our first righteous step.

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 September 28)

George Muller Quote

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The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials.

From 1 Peter 1:6-7:  “ In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

German-born George Muller (1805-1898) was a Christian evangelist.  Later in his life, he and his wife spent 17 years involved with missionary travel throughout the world.

Welcome to My Writer’s Corner

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Writer's Notebook

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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Welcome to another day with my writing journey.  Since my first post back in October, 2018, my writing has been blessed with many viewers, and I thank you for visiting today.  Enjoy another faith-based poem with a rich Gospel message in “Life’s Breakwater.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on September 28 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 September 28 from thoughts found in the words of German-born Christian evangelist George Muller.  His words encourage each of us that our faith grows from overcoming life’s trials.

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!

Life Sketches (Haiku Series #197)

Dropping Out

Living off the grid

Not even Google will find—

Modern mountain man

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Glass Slipper Fits

College football’s quest

Cinderella comes knocking—

Another upset!

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Mesmerizing

Marvelous music

Keyboard’s personality—

Piano man’s hands

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Toni Morrison Quotes

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Books are a form of political action.  Books are knowledge.  Books are reflection.  Books change your mind.

Let your face speak what’s in your heart.

Ohio-born Toni Morrison (1931-2019) experienced the ultimate tributes given any novelist when she received the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her ground-breaking novel BELOVED and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.  Her many awards and published works were a testament to her gifts as a writer.

Monday Memories: God is Near

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From Psalm 16:11:  “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

God dwells on a Holy hill

Pursuing those hungry, for His will

 

Away from God, we are forlorn

Seeking refuge, asking to be reborn

 

Our Lord is a most Holy God

Bringing blessings and love, He nods

 

He brings delight, for another week

Filling cups with refreshment, we seek

 

At night, He calms our hearts

Giving wise counsel, new day starts

 

God remains near, always beside us

Walking patiently, without a big fuss

 

He stays close, offering His hand

Facing our challenges, across this land

 

God fills hearts, with joyful gladness

We sing and rejoice, without sadness

 

Our prayers seek a willing ear

Finding a Holy God, without fear

 

Our footing will never slip away

Walking a safe path, God’s way

 

God hears our words and prayers

Sending answers, because He truly cares

 

Under the shadow of God’s wings

Protecting us, safe refuge He brings

Oswald Chambers Quote

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My worth to God in public is what I am in private.  Is my master ambition to please Him and be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how humble.

From 2 Corinthians 5:6-9:  “So we are always confident, even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.