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. <http://fumcwaco.org>.
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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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Decisions

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;
enthusiasm
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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Determination

Don’t dwell on the past;
look to the present
and to the future
with good intent.

Regardless of problems
criticisms, or events,
give the extra effort
and stay on offense.

Fit pieces together
by being resolute;
follow through on plans
and keep on the pursuit.

Turn it up a notch
when needed most
to meet the purpose
with no need to boast.

For God has done it all
by sending His Son;
not by your own works
but in what He has done.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-09-2017
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Plans

By writing out your plans,
Confidence will grow
With each action step,
The momentum will flow.

For plans not accomplished,
Adjustments are made,
Attitudes are changed,
Bad habits start to fade.

Courage is needed
When feathers are ruffled
As new things are tried
And people are shuffled.

Always be determined
To stick to your plans
And continue to attempt
To win over more fans.

Be inspired from reading
Or watching a podcast;
Through Bible verses
Or photos from the past.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-02-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All You Can Be

Learn the playbook
To a successful day
By working to improve
In following the Way.

Use past experiences
To where life has lead
And current instructions
As you step ahead.

You will be unstoppable
As a key player on His team;
Making the impossible happen
From what used to be a dream.

You will do amazing things
Because God is with you.
He will clear the path
And get you through.

He will protect
And watch from above.
Bringing inner peace
And so much love.

In any battle faced in life;
Be it anxieties, trouble
Or worries about the future,
He can turn it into rubble.

So look at any challenge
Squarely in the eye.
Believe that God is bigger,
And tell it “goodbye”.

Success is in having a plan
And prayer is the key.
He will give you the upper hand
To be all that you can be.

By Mark Shields – © 02-23-2017
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Finish Strong

Get involved in the work
The Spirit has imparted
With wholehearted effort
To finish what was started.

Be ready for the call
By being worshipful;
Prompted by strong faith
And always being purposeful.

Use God’s great power
To turn your confusions
Into amazing results
With startling conclusions.

Help others love the Truth
By highlighting the good
And kind acts of people
Doing all they could.

Point out to unbelievers
God’s amazing splendor,
His awesome Creation
So to Him they surrender.

Being saved through
The sanctifying function
Of the Holy Spirit
And trinity conjunction.

Share in the amazing glory;
Stand on the firm foundation
Of God’s reliable principles
Provided for the duration.

By Mark Shields – © 02-17-2017
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The Way

Jesus made community personal
By selecting twelve to be confidants.
To bond together as His apostles
And share the grace He grants.

Jesus made Himself available;
Always a part of a community
So that when two or more gather,
He is among them in unity.

Jesus uses community
To develop our devotion;
Getting people on track
And setting us in motion.

Jesus wants His love
To always be demonstrated
By the way we have loved;
By the way we have related.

The Lord’s Supper is an occasion
Of joy for the Christian Community
So look forward to communion
Each and every opportunity.

Poem By Mark Shields – © 02-11-2017
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Poem Inspired from sermon “Jesus Showed us the Way, 02-05-2017
Ramsdell, Steve. “Sermons.” FUMC Waco. Web. 11 Feb. 2017. <http://fumcwaco.org>.

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