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.

River of Life

From Psalm 92:12-15:  “The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.  In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap, showing that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

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River of life, unceasing in its travels

Mysteries of life, shall ever unravel


From heavenly source, cascades living water

Shaping clay, molded by Creation’s potter


When ultimate challenges travel too high

Overcoming all odds, courage one’s ally


Life’s purpose, taking self far from safety’s home

Discovering meaning, hidden catacombs


Fate knocking, invisible hand clearly seen

Traveling waters, transparent with routine


Years continue to advance, filled with Lord’s grace

Breathing enduring joy, from life’s timeless chase


Life’s sunset glimmers, over cloudless skyline

Looking back, years richer than any gold mine


Mysteries of life, eternally fulfilled

River of life, journey which only God builds


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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Our bodies may age, but we get old only if we choose to do so–attitude is what makes the difference.

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 less known facts from around the world.

According to mathematicians, a standard deck of cards needs to be shuffled seven times to adequately randomize the cards.

The military salute evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor would raise their visors to reveal their identities. 

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

L. R. Knost Quotes

It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world.  It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.

Forgiveness empties the past of its power to empty the present of its peace.

Always Believe (Elfchen #42)

His Duty


Not others

Leaving with God

His righteous, merciful hand


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His Way


God’s path

Thirsty in spirit

Quenched by Living Water


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His Blessings


In Grace

Believe His promises

Faith matures, waiting for


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Charles Spurgeon Quote

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In some sense the path to heaven is very safe, but in other respects there is no road so dangerous.

From Jude 1:24:  “Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of His glory.”

Ready and Able

From John 15:4-5: “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”

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Sometimes in life, failure knocking

Darkest times, odds stacked against us

God always, ready and able

His greatness, witness Glory’s plus


Heaven’s Father never ceases

Life’s moments of weakness erased

God always, ready and able

Strengthened, with His sweetest foretaste


Abraham’s Sarah, doubts the Lord

Blessing comes with birth of a boy

God always, ready and able

His covenant, flowing with joy


Hebrew slaves hunger for freedom

Moses feels uncertain, with fear

God always, ready and able

Israel now freed, while He steers


Toiling and sweating in darkness

Accomplish little on our own

God always, ready and able

His hope and peace, faith’s firm backbone


Coming to the Lord, trusting Him

Follow His path, at life’s crossroads

God always, ready and able

Willing to lift burdensome loads


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From Matthew 11:28-30:  “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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The thing we have to do in our walk with God is to listen carefully from day to day.

From Proverbs 2:1-2:  “My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding.”

Winter’s Repose

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Winter’s white blanket covers frozen land

Sheltering nature’s glory until spring

Arctic-fed winds seem to blow from glaciers

Sleeping quietly, life conceals its zing


Northernmost Great Lakes transform skies to gray

Flying above, geese enjoy winter’s fling

Small ponds reflect from thick, icy mirrors

Pausing all around, boldness waits for spring


Ancient trees appear to wait in repose

Ignoring life’s deep freeze, buds holding out

Nature’s winter rest, preparing for spring

Arriving tonight, snowstorm’s final shout


Never to worry, winter fades away

Coming on schedule, spring colors each day


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Nelson Mandela Quotes

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For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.

Nelson Mandela overcame oppression and imprisonment to become President of South Africa (1994-1999).  His unwavering opposition to the nation’s policy of apartheid led to much change in his beloved country.

Father’s Blueprint (Haiku Series #118)

His Word

Reading the Bible

Discover truth and wisdom—

God’s shadow lengthens

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Walking with the Lord

Spirit enters heart and soul—

Tasting Bread of Life

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Our Salvation

Sinful nature breathes

Separates us from our God—

Jesus builds a bridge

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