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Thanks for joining me today. Sit a spell and find something that you like. I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing.  Feel free to like, comment,  follow, or reblog a post.

How is your day or week going?  Sometimes we all feel like we are running a marathon race in our daily journey.  It can be difficult to always see the finish line clearly in whatever we are doing.  Thinking of my own trials and periods of anguish, words came to my writing pen to produce “Running in Life’s Marathon” as today’s poetry post.  I hope all of you who visit my blog are finding some encouragement to keep moving forward to fulfill your goals.

Another inspiring quote is posted as well.  American entrepreneur, film producer, and animation pioneer Walt Disney brings a comment about dreams.  I am sure that his life was filled with amazing dreams going all the way back to Mickey Mouse!

In addition to the poetry, enjoy some more entries from my journal in “Encouraging Moment.”  While I enjoy writing poetry, much of my journal writing is inspired from reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts.

Spring is on the way!  In my morning walks, the singing of birds is a welcome sound as winter fades away for another year.  In the Photo Gallery, enjoy a beautiful green meadow from a metro park in central Ohio.

Here are some of the previous posts.  You will find a variety of poems from the past few weeks.

  • Sunrise
  • It Takes A Village
  • The Rule of Three
  • Little Treasures
  • News Flash
  • Just Checking In
  • Sweetest Dream
  • Elfchens by O
  • God’s Mighty Fortress
  • Fairy Tale Dream

Plan to visit the Photo Gallery.  Pictures from the Big Sky Country of Montana and the Buckeye State of Ohio will be posted from time to time.  Unless noted, any photos used on the site have been taken by yours truly (I enjoy sharing some of my photography here).

An Archives tab has been added so that it is easy to find some of my earlier poems.

Walk of Faith

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From the Bible:  For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.  (1 Corinthians 12:13)

Public baptism by immersion occurs on this date

A young girl reveals her amazing walk of faith

The Bible speaks of baptism at every turn

From this girl, we all have much to learn

Believe, be baptized, and continue to be brave

For Christ arose and escaped from His grave

All are baptized into one body so pure

Made to drink one spirit totally for sure

Christ’s baptism launches a ministry rich for all

In God’s presence, His words forever stand tall

A scorned persecutor of the faithful Christian way

Saul baptized as Apostle Paul with richness to say

Believers are baptized under God’s authority of thee

Through the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit which see

Baptism generates a life’s faith walk filled with rich newness

This youthful girl accepts Jesus as Savior with such openness

She feels the transforming spirit of God’s holy water

She accepts God’s purpose for a life that never falters

This young girl’s act of faith inspires so many of us

Opening our eyes to God’s presence to forever trust

I recently witnessed the baptism of a young girl who was ready to make her walk of faith public in front of the congregation.  It was a very inspiring and emotionally-rich moment.

 

A Perfect Seat

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The circus used to be filled with excitement to astound

Today very few are left because spectators don’t abound

A generation ago numerous children experienced it all

Now the mighty Big Top has vanished with a huge fall

 

Sitting in the crowd with a perfect seat

Thrilled to adore another tasty treat

 

The ringmaster keeps the thrilling show moving along

Audiences soon realize that each act lasts only so long

The three rings keep the excitement building and bubbling

Here come the zany clowns who keep the humor rumbling

Dazzling jugglers and daring acrobats delight

Children dream of being in the circus spotlight

 

Sitting in the crowd with a perfect seat

Eagerly watching performances so sweet

 

Lions, tigers, and bears—Oh, what a sight to find

Such bravery shown by animal tamers each time

Always pleasing are gigantic elephants from afar

Their majestic presence makes them the stars

Flying high above the crowd is the night’s final act

Trapeze artists display suspense that never lacks

 

Sitting in the crowd with a perfect seat

Looking forward to each astonishing feat

 

A few circus companies still travel the globe

The “Greatest Show on Earth” needed to fold

Audiences once filled the Big Top with laughter and awe

Now fading and disappearing memories stumble and fall

A new generation of children may never wonder

How a circus brought applause as loud as thunder

 

Sitting in the crowd with a perfect seat

Recalling circus images that will repeat

 

The “Greatest Show on Earth” shut down its operations in 2017 due to declining attendance and revenue shortfalls.  The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was, without a doubt, the greatest circus show of them all.  As a footnote, John Ringling, one of the circus-owning brothers, arrived in a small town in central Montana in the early 1900s.   He planned to invest in cattle ranching and a local railroad.  The tiny, quiet hamlet of Ringling is still on the map today along U.S. Highway 89, but you would never know that it can trace some of its history back to the “Greatest Show on Earth.”

 

Nourishing Love

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A beautiful garden planted in the spring with great love

Flowers and vegetables blessed with peace from above

Every detail carefully planned and tenderly done

All this fertile soil needs now is water and sun

The first few weeks bring excitement and growth

Green buds and a bit of color are amazing both

One week goes by without any tender loving care

The young, immature plants now seem a bit scared

 

I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?

 

Another week passes along without feeling a human hand

The fragile plants begin a slow march back to the land

 

I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?

 

A third week arrives with unhappiness and despair

The once promising garden can’t surely be repaired

 

I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?

 

From high above comes His promise to bring rain

Soon a gentle, nourishing mist reduces the pain

Humans need to be fed from above by Him

We must ask Him gently like singing a hymn

Without loving care, the garden and people will perish

The Lord adores all of His creation with love to cherish

 

Let us never, ever wonder and say . . .

 

I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?

 

To have little faith isn’t part of our day!

Wintertime Blues

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Winter arrives on schedule every year

Bringing too much snow and cold I fear

An ice storm starts off the winter season

Staying off of the roads for good reason

Later snowfall begins to pile up outside my door

Growing deeper and deeper, please no more!

Now a polar vortex is hammering my home

Blowing Arctic air all the way to my bones

For some, they say winter is truly a paradise

Thinking to myself, winter surely ain’t nice

I bundle up in many snug and warm layers

Trying to move outside without any cares

The snow has buried the sidewalk and my car

Shoveling cannot be healthy when it’s this far

I retreat back inside to be near a toasty fire

Deciding to remain in bed until winter retires

Like a bear, I stay warm while we both hibernate

Waiting for spring’s early arrival will be our fate

 

 

 

Moving Forward

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Facing disappointment for many months and more

Feeling frustration and despair beginning to soar

Realizing that this journey needs a mid-course correction

Pointing an unsteady compass in a totally new direction

Tiring from how many others have treated thee in the past

Looking forward to a future that brings happiness at last

Beating up thyself for any past, painful mistakes

Needing renewed courage for a new life to make

Knowing that this life needs a helping hand

Wanting to scan for a nurturing place to land

Reaching out comes the helping hand of thy God

Sending forth His grace to be thy staff and rod

Shielding eyes from a bright sun at a new dawn

Walking forward with energy that’s never gone

 

 

 

 

Mountaintop Wedding

 

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Montana’s Lone Mountain stands above most peaks

Providing skiing challenges and fun for all to seek

Today brings a most special day on this tallest mountain

Witnessing a wedding with more beauty than a fountain

On a clear and cold Friday love will indeed arrive

Blessing the union of two people to forever thrive

This loving couple enjoys their shared passion to ski

Planning to tie the knot with a wedding party to see

The adoring bride and groom arrive at mid-morning

Riding to the lofty summit in a gondola that’s soaring

There’s no more beautiful moment than a wedding

Joining of two lives as one in this majestic setting

Wedding vows are exchanged in wind—bitter cold

Sharing their simple words of love, special and bold

Precious wedding rings left at home, safely hidden

Dropping them in the deep snow would be forbidden

The brief ceremony moves to its eventual conclusion

Watching the husband kiss his wife seals the union

The newly married couple dressed in their skiing attire

Planning to ski down before remaining daylight expires

The young bride is easy to see as she finishes her run

Wearing a white veil on top of her helmet, just for fun

Both the husband and wife are skiers of great skill

Continuing to enjoy a few more runs is quite a thrill

The Lord has blessed this couple’s wedding day

Smiling at their love with beloved words to say

My youngest daughter and her wonderful husband were married on February 2, 2018.  Yes, they were married just below the summit of Lone Mountain in southwestern Montana.  I honor their union with this poem.  The picture was taken by a member of the wedding party, and it captures the newlyweds completing their first ski run as husband and wife.