Spiritual Treasures are Forever

Earthly things today
Are short term however
Spiritual things
Are forever.

On the outside
We may fade away
But on the inside
We grow day by day.

Difficulties are
Only temporary
So overcome with the ONE
Who will carry!

This day with God,
There is no limit
To the treasure
Of the Spirit.

Overcome doubts
And grab your treasure
Available now
From our Creator.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 04-18-2019

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All-Surpassing Power

We may face pressure
But never crushed;
We face uncertainty
But never lack of trust.

Persecution
But no isolation;
Maybe struck down,
But no devastation.

In our difficulties
We overcome
With a greater power
To handle them.

For the light shines
Out of darkness
To provide a power
That we can harness.

We have available
All-surpassing power
To bring victory
At our brightest hour.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 04-11-2019

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Ordinary to Extraordinary

The gospel message
Turns the ordinary
Into something
Extraordinary.

For the gift of Christ
On the Cross freed
All believers
And meets every need.

Each and every day,
Show your reverence
To God’s powerful Word
And being in His presence.

Step ahead today
Seeking to explore
And work with others
To discover more.

Passionately
Focused on what you’re doing
And never holding back
In your pursuing.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 04-04-2019
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Encourage and Affirm

The following poem inspired from the song Words by Hawk Nelson.

There will be days
Of frustration
When your hard work
Leads to aggravation
And some may question
Your qualifications
But if you continue
To treat others
With complete respect
And encourage others
Like sisters and brothers
You will get further.
So follow God’s way
And things will be okay.
Give an encouraging word
And others will be spurred.
Fill them up in their youth
With words of God’s truth.
Not breaking them down
But offering the crown;
The crown of victory,
A person of history,
Whose reach is broad
As a child of God.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-28-2019

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Love and the Outcome

Take care of disputes
In neighborly love
And forgive each other
As done from above.

Confront wrongdoings
By being thoughtful
And in unity
Spread the Gospel.

For excellence,
Be ready to pray
And always obey
By following His way.

Emphasize salvation
As not something earned
But something accepted
So good is returned.

As wisdom is gained,
Things will fall into place
With a Spirit led life
And everlasting grace.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-21-2019

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Big Plan

Human plans in life
Are just that … a plan
But the plan of God
Is bigger than.

A plan set in stone,
Solid as a rock,
And a plan assuring
Confidence in our walk.

Creating joy
For the yet to come
With the plan of Christ
For everyone.

The negative past
Is washed away
And the present joy
Highlights the day.

The future brighter
Each and every day
As we worship You
And continue to pray.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-07-2019

Every arrangement in life may not have worked out but as in the song Today is the Day by Lincoln Brewster, we can rejoice for today and be glad in it.

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Desolation to Restoration

Facing difficulty
In a desolate place
But you can meet
It face to face.

From desolation
With so much strife
To a place of joy
And peace in life.

There may be mistakes
Along the journey
But God’s love has
Provided the attorney.

To lift you up,
Carry on His back
Along the right path
And always on track.

Just pray with confidence,
Use scripture to guide;
For the future is bright
When faith is applied.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-07-2019

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Clear Way to Victory

Step Ahead with boldness
Going steadily
Forward with certain
Expectancy.

In Christ Jesus,
We are forever free
And there is victory
For you and me.

As a believer
We are fearless
Because of the power
Of the Holy Spirit.

Faith is an action
With passion it draws
Giving it all for
An excellent cause.

Confidence grows
The more we believe
And a winning tradition
Will be achieved.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-28-2019

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Reference

A man swam from
Catalina Island
In the fog to
California’s mainland.

Visibility
Only fifty feet
So making the shore line
Was a hard feat.

He gave up a half mile
From the coastal bank
Since with no focal point
His spirit sank.

But we have the Bible
For our knowing
That it is heaven
Where we are going.

For as a believer
We have our reference
That points to the cross
For our deliverance!

Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-21-2019

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Game Plan

A good game plan
Is so essential
To winning in sports;
Reaching full potential.

A team sets out
To give due care
To playing at their best
As they prepare.

It’s the same in life
As a good game plan
Is essential to
Becoming all you can.

Think of what to spend
Your lifetime doing;
A purpose from God
Helping your pursuing.

Establishing
A direction for life
To guard against
All kinds of strife.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-14-2019

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