Keep a wide vision,
Applaud differences;
The various strengths
And weaknesses.

Understand others actions
Even if you feel
A little upset;
Say it’s no big deal.

For the real big deal
Is receiving God’s grace
And working together
To finish this race.

Keep an open mind
And get all the facts
So to never
Ever overreact.

People are made
To give God glory
So get the full picture;
The whole story.

By Mark Shields – © 05-18-2017
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Excellent Instructions

Being complacent
Never helps to make
This world a better place
For goodness sake.

Stand for excellence
And what is righteous
Instead of being silent
To end a crisis.

Follow the instructions
Found in God’s Word
And He will be true
With power transferred.

He will be faithful
To fulfill His promises
And make many fools
Out of doubting Thomases.

Bringing peaceful rest
For all with liberty
And the outcome
Always victory.

By Mark Shields – © 05-11-2017
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Run to the ONE

Receiving the gift
Obtained through His Son;
In all occasions
I run to the ONE.

Taking just one step,
One step at a time;
Higher and higher
I persist on the climb.

The Holy Spirit
Promised to me;
Joyfully received
And setting me free.

Your Spirit given
Is a great reward;
Flowing inside me
Proceeding outward.

Thank You for the helper
From up above.
May my life be proof
Of Your boundless love.

By Mark Shields – © 05-04-2017
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Patiently Waiting

Every obstacle
will be overcome
by fervently
following the ONE.

Maintaining great faith
That each charge is won
by doing God’s will
until it is done.

Clinging to His Word
and taking action
upon each duty
until completion.

Rejoicing in progress
throughout the day
and keeping on the path
of the perfect Way.

Patiently waiting
For our noble Lord
and receiving the
ultimate reward.

By Mark Shields – © 04-27-2017
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Living with Purpose

Purpose in your life
is a major key
in fulfilling dreams
and being all you can be.

So know your skills
and go after first
the task in which
you are well versed.

An amazing future
will be available
because of who you are;
a person very valuable.

A child of God
called concurring
to His purpose
and His spurring.

The target is His will
so evaluate
and stay on the path
as you navigate.

By Mark Shields – © 04-20-2017
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Blue Bell

Two brothers made
something to be enjoyed.
A cold tasty treat
you should never avoid.

Fresh eggs from the farm,
milk from the dairy
and the end result
is now legendary.

Yummy ice cream
made for the masses.
Working together
to make their batches.

The best in the country;
none going to waste.
Known as the one
with exceptional taste.

Named from a flower
along the countryside.
Blue Bell is its name
reaching far and wide.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 04-13-2017
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Brenham During The Spring

Check out the flowers,
The creamery,
The town of Brenham,
And the scenery.

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Come to the Maifest;
The sight will unfold
As it warms the soul
From the winter’s cold.

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Go by Blinn college
Main building landmark.
Watch the Buccaneers
Or Cubs at Fireman’s park.

The place called Texas
Baseball capital
Where the Brenham team
Is unflappable.

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Many fun things to do
So bring a suitcase
And have a cold one
At the barbecue place.

By Mark Shields – © 04-06-2017


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Bringing Shalom to the World

Shalom is what God
Wants for humankind.
Peace and fulfillment
Is the state of mind!

The kingdom of God
Is infused with Shalom.
A fresh start with grace
To an eternal home.

Jesus is recruiting
Shalom suppliers.
Just willing workers
Is all it requires!

So keep on bringing
Shalom to this realm
By making an impact
With God at the helm.

By Mark Shields – © 03-30-2017
Inspired by Sermon
Ramsdell, Steve. “Sermons.” FUMC Waco. Web. <>.
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Giving it Your Best Shot

In sports, there are times;
A point in the game
When the team either
Fails or meets their aim.

In basketball, it’s
When time is running out
And the clutch player
Can score without a doubt.

All the team members
Are showing their grit
And helping the team
By being a good fit.

It’s the same in life;
You have significance
So go the extra mile
And make a difference.

Turning it up a notch
Giving your utmost
Providing a need
When needed the most.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-23-2017
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When God is with you,
everything is good
but separated,
it’s not as it should.

That’s the reason
all sin He suspends
for on the cross
He made the amends.

Victory comes when
the Lord is with you
and sets you up
with great things to do.

Consider His way
in preparing this day
for the challenges
that will come your way.

Let God be a part
of all decisions;
the ONE who approves
all the great visions.

Visions of a job,
a husband or wife;
of a family
or anything in life.

When you let God drive
wherever you go
and see Him at work,
confidence will grow.

Victories will come
as you give your best;
to meet every test.

Think of a forecast;
how data is sought
to make decisions;
informed like they ought.

And how God is involved
in a future that’s bright
so keep on the path
from His great insight.

By Mark Shields – © 03-16-2017
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