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.

Come to Me

From Matthew 11:28:  “Come to Me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

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Weary, come to Me

Taking time to rest


Hearts filled with darkness

Hearing voice of Christ


Forgiveness granted

Pardoning with peace


Today fills with joy

Tasting Savior’s love




Drifters, come to Me

Seeking light of faith


Nighttime becomes day

Hearing voice of Christ


Hearts filled with sadness

Looking for His Word


Morning shares its grace

Flowing from our Lord




Sinners, come to Me

Welcoming each one


Doubt now shrinks away

Hearing voice of Christ


True freedom now rings

Calling us back home


Unworthy, no more

Trusting Christ, the King


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This free-verse poem is inspired from the hymn, “Come unto Me, Ye Weary.”  Written and published by William Chatterton Dix in 1867, this hymn speaks from the Word of Jesus Christ, found in Matthew 11:28.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote

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The commandment of absolute truthfulness is really only another name for the fullness of discipleship.

From Proverbs 10:9:  “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever follows perverse ways will be found out.”

Steadfast Prayers

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Drought hardens fertile land

Faithfully sowing seeds

Reaching out to God’s hand

Praying for farmers’ needs


Weather forecasts no rain

Boldness in faith remains

Praying for crops of grain

Holding tight to God’s reins


Clouds covering high plains

Showers dancing away

Leaving tears, without rain

Filling hours with prayer


Faith shall never waver

Perseverance, God’s domain

Seeking His good favor

Waiting out this campaign


Steadfast prayers prevail

Bountiful, earthly grace

Sharing rain without fail

Bringing smiles to each face

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From My Journal

agriculture countryside daylight farm

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Our life journey will be filled with trials, but in walking with Jesus, we will see the Promised Land.

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 May 21)

Curious Trivial Facts (5/21)

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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.

The bottle in which Jeannie lived on “I Dream of Jeannie” was fashioned from a 1964 Christmas-edition Jim Beam decanter.

Costumed characters commonly found at amusement parks are known in the industry as “fuzzies.”  On the average, a fuzzie’s outfit weighs forty pounds, and during the hot summer months, under the blazing sun and surrounded by crowds, interior temperatures can heat up to 150 degrees.

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

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 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.

Featured Posts

A recent thunderstorm took my thoughts back to the plains of Montana where every spring dryland farmers place their faith in God with another season of planting.  These images inspire today’s poem in “Steadfast Prayers.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on May 21 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 May 21 from thoughts found in the words of American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker Jim Rohn.  He shares from his wealth of life experiences.

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!

Trinity’s Blessings (Elfchen Series #101)



Fear not

Never be afraid

Be strong and courageous


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With faithfulness

Voice leads us

Hear name now called


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Strengthened daily

Breathing with hope

Never forsaking each believer


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Oswald Chambers Quote

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If you have heard Jesus Christ’s voice on the billows, let your convictions go to the winds, let your consistency go to the winds, but maintain your relationship to Him.

From John 21:7:  “That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’  When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he had taken it off, and jumped into the sea.”

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher.  Following his death from an illness while in Egypt during World War I, his wife took on the task of transcribing the detailed notes she had written from his lectures and sermons.  Gertrude Hobbs Chambers’ efforts resulted in the publication in 1924 of MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.  I frequently read from this devotional, and it has greatly deepened my faith and understanding of God’s Word.

Morning’s Bliss

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Waking up early

Thick darkness greets thee

Quiet time invites

Tranquility’s seas


Hearing rain’s cascade

Rhythm bringing ease

Daylight holding back

Morning’s bliss shall please


Steaming toward light

Music in background

Thoughts wander, carefree

Life’s train now homebound


Arriving on time

Memories retrieved

Harvest of warm hearts

Life’s journey achieved


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