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.

Open Door

From Psalm 119:25:  “My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word.”

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Seeking to find

His open door

Sharing burdens

Freedom calling

 

Lost in darkness

Hungry, in fear

Welcoming all

Rest now with Him

 

Sinful spirit

Seeking His will

Living Water

From Heaven’s spring

 

No more hiding

Come into light

Safest haven

Sit at His feet

 

Feeling alone

Hearing Love’s voice

Filling us up

His Bread of Life

 

Now forgiven

Chains ripped away

Boldly go forth

Accepting grace

 

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From Matthew 7:7-8:  “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Mount Rushmore Presidents Quotes

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Mount Rushmore National Monument is located in South Dakota’s Black Hills.  The sculptured figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln stand watch.  

Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.

Quiet Love

From 1 Corinthians 13:12-13:  “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.  Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.  And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

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Cherishing quiet love

Humble and enduring

Admiring devotion

Always reassuring

 

Abiding sacred vows

Uniting and growing

Living as single one

True love overflowing

 

Sharing unbridled truth

Caring for love’s duet

Overcoming troubles

Joy shines at each sunset

 

Hearing love’s small whispers

Blessing each day and night

Confessing true feelings

Boundless and holding tight

 

Listening to God’s love

Nurturing lifetime’s stage

Embracing each moment

Unhurried as we age

 

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Expressing her unique songwriting and blessed voice about love’s feelings, Dolly Parton sings “I Will Always Love You.”

Curious Trivial Facts

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This is a new type of post, which will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

Mockingbirds traditionally mimic the sounds and songs of other birds, but mockingbirds found in New York City have been known to imitate police sirens, car alarms, buses, and the beeping of garbage trucks being driven in reverse.

When Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick, was first published in America, it bombed, selling only 3,797 copies in its first thirty-six years in print.

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

Boundless Gifts (Elfchen Series #54)

Transformed

Faith

Perishable, precious

Tested by fire

Rejoice with glorious joy

Indescribable

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Forgiven 

Love

Promises fulfilled

Born a Savior

Quenching world’s dry thirst

Salvation

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Enduring

Forever

Our Savior

Lights our way

His life, His truth

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.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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On each occasion when we observe the Lord’s Table . . . we are not simply to feel or to read or to hear or to see, but to take into our very bodies the taste of our Savior’s sacrifice.

From Psalm 34:8:  “O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in Him.”

Swing Away

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Life’s game passing by

Parked on lonely bench

Watching each inning

From this dugout’s trench

 

Endless time marching

Week following week

Absent from big plays

Life looking more bleak

 

Dreaming great moments

Where are they hiding?

Just needing one chance

Few hopes backsliding

 

Opportunity!

Finally knocking

Time to really shine

Eagerness rocking

 

Now just swing away

Life’s batter’s box calls

Confidence beaming

Stepping in, “Play ball!” 

  

In the film, “The Natural,” starring Robert Redford, Roy Hobbs finally gets his big chance to step into the batter’s box.  Here is the scene from the film.  Indeed, life and baseball find ways to complement each other.

Do You Hear?

From Deuteronomy 6:4-5:  “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”

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Busy with daily lives

Pausing now, do you hear?

As God listens, we should

Opening minds and ears

 

As God’s chosen, come close

Father waits with patience

Intently, carefully

Despite our impatience

 

Read His Word with earnest

Focus on, meditate

God’s living stone, breathing

Do you hear Him, so great?

 

His mercy chooses us

With never-ending love

Calling us from darkness

Finding God’s grace above

 

Face each hour with new hope

Follow with faithful steps

Lives chosen and precious

God waits at our doorstep

 

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From 1 Peter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”