Power in You

Before there was weakness
Without Christ by our side
But now there is strength
With power inside.

We’ve accepted God’s love
And reach up high
To the intangibles of faith
With power to apply.

Integrating faith
With a lifestyle
By starting each day
With a big smile.

Being of one mind,
Aiming for perfection,
Dreaming big dreams,
Listening for direction.

Carrying out a plan
The Spirit draws
Like Relay for life
Or any great cause.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 07-18-2019

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Instruction

From older to younger
There is this need
To show the Way
And how to proceed.

To give instruction
For the future
Of a better way
And clearer picture.

No more discord,
Anger or arrogance
But only seeking
The thing of relevance.

By looking for ways
Of being kind;
Loving the Lord
With heart, soul, and mind

Then loving your neighbor
As one of your own
So no one ever feels
Sad and alone.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 07-11-2019

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Higher Power

Obstacles faced
Will be removed
Giving a great hope
For a life improved.

Walt Disney was fired
And life was rough
Because he was told
Not creative enough.

Sylvester Stallone
Struggled to make ends meet
Homeless at one point
Then “Rocky” was complete.

Difficulties
Like air resistance
To an airplane
Can give assistance.

Lifting to new heights
Hour by hour
By relying on
A higher power.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 07-04-2019

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The Real Thing

Lake TahoeGood for the soul
Stored up inside
Like water in a lake
From the mountainside.

Refreshed with the real thing
And not counterfeit
But the Word of God
For your benefit.

Giving great power
Through simplicity
When the world offers
Only complexity.

Impossible rules
And regulations
But the gospel message
Gives affirmations.

Where grace is enough
And true devotion
To the only way
Is set in motion.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 06-27-2019

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Unlimited Power Together

InIn the name of Jesus,
There is no fear
But only power
Since He is here.

Lay claim to the ONE
That we proclaim
And unites us all
With power in His name.

He is our great strength
So be confident
For together
We will compliment.

His Spirit dwells in us
To win our battles
With limitless power
And no more hassles.

We gain advantage
Over the enemy
Working together
For a grand destiny.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 06-20-2019

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Spiritual Weapons

Undoing the negative
Thoughts that decimate
Like unbelief,
Despair and hate.

For evil has no control
On the journey
From here to there
Since Christ died for me.

There are spiritual
Weapons like love,
Hope, the sword of faith,
And power from above.

An army of angels
Will keep me learnin’
And just a click away
An inspiring sermon.

A mighty resource
From my iPhone
So I’m never
Ever alone.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 06-13-2019

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Reaching Up High

Inspired by the Savior,
Eager to serve;
Reaching up high
As you can observe.

Focused on a need,
Faithful to a commitment;
Reaching up high
Immersed in the moment.

Enthusiastically
Ready for action;
Reaching up high
With great satisfaction.

Giving from the heart,
A blessing to deliver;
Reaching up high
As a cheerful giver.

Sowing seeds kindly,
A bountiful harvest;
Reaching up high
So many are blessed.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 06-06-2019

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In God We Trust

Many national governments around the world are in debt. National leaders need to be held to account in how they handle the people’s money. This picture was taken by my daughter when she went on a school trip to Washington D.C. in 2012.

Offering a standard
Of honesty,
Answerability,
And integrity.

The Word of God
Sets us free to be
All that He wants
Out of you and me.

A system of
Accountability
In order to avoid
Instability.

Accusations
Of mismanagement
Are dealt with for
Public advancement.

Leaders are then trusted
With good judgment
To put things in order
And handle the budget.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 05-30-2019

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Making a Stand

It takes courage to make a stand against those that oppose our freedom. Below is a picture my daughter took when she went to Washing ton D. C. on a class trip years ago. It’s a photo of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial inspired by the iconic photo of the soldiers raising the flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.

There are going to be
Hard times faced in life
But making a stand
Frees you from strife.

Be a courageous
Servant for Christ
And oppose those who
Are pulling a heist.

The power of the
Holy Spirit inside
Will help to step ahead
And not be terrified.

Make a stand with courage
To those who oppose
With God’s perfect way
And power it bestows.

Let’ work together
As God’s angel army
To provide safety
For you and me.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 05-27-2019

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Give and Be Blessed

The reason for giving
Is to share in service
To people in need
And fulfill a purpose.

Out of love of the Lord
We give our best
As love overflows
So others are blessed.

Generously feeding souls
With thoughts of plenty
So the treasure accrues
In the hearts of many.

Doing the Lord’s work
With a passion
Fulfilling a purpose
Beyond imagined.

Using time, resources
And the desire to share
With those in need
And our choice to care.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 05-23-2019

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