From My Journal


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From Big Sky Buckeye

Most times in life, we need to allow God to be the driver as we go down life’s road. Allowing Him to take control of our lives through our faithfulness permits us to be a worthy passenger on life’s journey.

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 February 17)

Eckhart Tolle Quote

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The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.”  The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.

From Hebrews 4:12:  “Indeed, the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Henry Blackaby Quote

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Grass that is here today and gone tomorrow does not require much time to mature.  A big oak tree that lasts for generations requires much more time to grow and mature.  God is concerned about your life through eternity.  Allow Him to take all the time He needs to shape you for His purposes. 

From Lamentations 3:25-26:  “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the Salvation of the Lord.”


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Bright afternoon blues began to darken

Winter’s cold blanket prepares to descend

Snowflakes twirling and dancing, at first glance

Ol’ Man Winter, with a message to send


Grandfather clock proclaims each passing hour

Intricate flakes, magnified in their size

Winter’s harsh intensity growls and howls

Like a hungry wolf, seeking his one prize


Outside, barren landscape feels overwhelmed

Pristine white becomes the color tonight

Modest cabin remains toasty and warm

Ancient kitchen stove consumes wood all night


Staying indoors, cozy and safe

Snowy frenzy roars, no ending in sight

Minutes turn to hours, forwarding to days

Snowbound but home, never a hopeless plight

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Monday Memories: Falling . . .

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Falling . . .

Yet Again!


Hiding from a hail of enemy fire on a blood-filled ridge

Losing a fallen comrade during a Korean winter long ago


Falling . . .

Yet Again!


Abandoning a radiant, young bride on a stormy night

Realizing now this decision was such a selfish error


Falling . . .

Yet Again!


Failing to slow down at a dangerous, sharp highway curve

Seeing a limp, lifeless body slumped in the passenger seat


Falling . . .

Yet Again!


Watching as unforgiving cancer strikes down a loved one

Wishing to stand in her corner and take away all of the pain


Falling . . .

Yet Again!


Hitting the streets looking for a chance to work again

Struggling to comprehend life without a worthy job


Falling . . .

Yet Again!


Drinking another “Jack Daniels” very late at night

Feeling despondent week after week with no life


Waking up . . .

Dropping to my knees!


Thumbing through a Bible

Finding Psalm 18


I love you, O Lord, my strength

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer,

my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,

my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.


No longer falling!


The Scripture in bold type comes from Psalm 18.

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Haiku Series #56 (Life)


Single doughnut left

Grandson loves every bite—

Frosting outlined mouth

donut with white cream on top

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Find a Way

Car window frosted

Scrapper missing in action—

Credit card works great

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Take a Guess

Twin babies arrive

The guessing game now begins—

Who is really who?


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