Step Ahead to Easter

The winter no longer
Cold and blistery
As new growth of spring
Fills us with mystery.

The event of Easter  
took us from despair
To hope as the tomb
Was suddenly bare.

Reminding us now
Of God’s love
That fills us with joy
From up above.

Refueling the soul
And instructive
For the best way
To be productive.

To step ahead 
As we journal
Along the clear path
To life eternal. 

Poem by Mark Shields – © 04-01-2021
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Sure Way

The builders of the Titanic were thought to have made a ship that could not sink but it did. A few years ago, my wife and I went to a Titanic display at the Mayborn Museum on the campus of Baylor University in Waco Texas. Our ticket to get in was this boarding pass.

 As you go on the  
 Voyage each day
 Make sure you get on
 The ship to the sure way.
  
 The way that’s proven
 With a Captain that’s led 
 And can see obstacles 
 Way up ahead.
  
 Someone that loves you
 As written at this link 
 For with the Lord 
 You will never sink. 
  
 But stay afloat 
 And never drown
 With knowledge gained
 In the spiritual realm.
  
 Going the sure way
 Will be very explicit
 For you will be the vessel 
 Containing the Spirit.
  
  
Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-25-2021
Inspired by “Sure Way  
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Unshakable Kingdom

The world wants to trust 
 The wisdom of science
 Yet wrong assertions 
 Cause no reliance.

  
 The world believes 
 Money will bless
 Yet it is limited
And causes stress.

  
 So reconcile to God
 Through Jesus Christ
 And live for the ONE
 Who died for our life!

  
 For the new kingdom 
 Cannot be shaken
 And those who accept Christ 
 Shall be awakened.

  
 A new creation;
 The past wiped clean
 With access through prayer
 To power unseen.

  
 Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-18-2021
 Inspired by
 “Unshakeable Kingdom
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One Common Thread Binds Us

 The Lord gives grace to all 
 That’s always flowing
 Like a rolling stream 
 That keeps on going.

  
 Motivating all,
 His treasure does increase
 To care for each other
 And live in peace.

  
 Affecting our thoughts
 About God’s wonders
 And towards others
 As sisters and brothers.

  
 Beneficiaries 
 Of His vast resource;
 The Holy Spirit
 A powerful force.

  
 That pushes us
 To live better
 With a common thread 
 That binds us together.

  
 Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-11-2021
 Inspired by
 “One Common Thread Binds Us”
   
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Benefits of Discipline

 It takes skilled people;
 Not whippersnappers
 With disciplined skills
 To build sky scrapers.

  
 Every single day
 Giving it their best try
 As the structure
 Reaches way up high.

  
 Little things become big  
 And in the same way,
 Read the Word daily
 As you also pray.

  
 Building your life  
 With faith you acquire
 As the Good News 
 Elevates you higher.

  
 The skies the limit
 In what to expect
 With the Holy Spirit
 Your architect!
  
  
Poem by Mark Shields – © 03-04-2021
Inspired by  “Benefits of Discipline”
This Photo was taken in downtown Dallas while we waited to be seated   at my nieces wedding rehearsal dinner several years ago.  
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Next Leg of the Relay Team

 Our faith initiates
 Action toward
 Accomplishment 
 With help from the Lord 
 
 
 There is peace in the Lord
 Knowing we belong
 On the relay team
 And nothing can go wrong
 
 
 Freed from what entangles
 To run with endurance
 Our leg of the race
 To make a difference
 
 
 Working to build  
 Our faith stronger 
 And stronger to run 
 Longer and longer
 
 
 To be recorded
 Generations to come
 Running the good race
 Until it is won
  
  
 Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-25-2021
 Inspired by
 “Next Leg of the Relay Team“
   
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Eternal Paradise

 Inch by inch everything
 Is a cinch because 
 Of confidence in God
 And what He does
 
 
 Trust in the plan
 Live out your passion
 Step ahead daily
 Expect good to happen
 
 
 Patiently fulfilling
 Your purpose on earth 
 Knowing that God 
 Has given new birth 
 
 
 Even if negatives 
 Bubble up in life
 Look forward to a place
 Where there is no strife
 
 
 Be optimistic
 Since Christ paid the price
 For you have a future
 In eternal paradise 

Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-18-2021

Inspired by “Eternal Paradise

Photo – The photo was taken while traveling up Mt. Haleakala on the Hawaiian island of Maui. It’s dormant now but when active, the lava-flow formed about 75 percent of the island. In fact, all the Hawaiian island were formed from volcanos. Today, these islands are a tropical paradise and the destination of millions who travel there on vacations each year.

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Journey of Faith

 Peace comes by acceptance
 Knowing that we belong 
 Because we have a faith 
 That makes us grow strong

  
 With faith we step ahead 
 And keep on going 
 Because when times are tough
 There is no slowing

  
 Step ahead on this walk 
 God will work it out 
 The details will come
 And remove all doubt

  
 As prove to our minds 
 What the eyes can’t see
 Faith will enter in
 To show what we can be

  
 We build momentum
 In what we’re becoming
 With faith in the promise
 Of what is forthcoming 

Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-11-2021

Inspired by “Journey of Faith

Photo – The picture was taken on a trip I took to Europe after graduating from college. The coliseum in Rome is thought by many to be a site of the martyrdom of large numbers of believers during the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.

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Confident that Faith is Rewarded

 We face many trials 
 Much tribulation
 But there is a reward
 An eternal destination

  
 So keep running the race
 In God’s design
 Running to win
 Toward the finish line

  
 With Confidence 
 Use faith to withstand
 Working together 
 Giving each a hand

  
 Taking on the challenge
 But never bewildered
 Because each task done 
 Becomes a faith builder

  
 Staying focused 
 Not drifting away 
 But maintaining hope
 For each day 

Poem by Mark Shields – © 02-04-2021

Inspired by

Confident that Faith is Rewarded

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Growing Together in Faith

 The world has a way 
 Of making you feel 
 Not very good
 Like what’s the deal

  
 Not quite good enough
 Without any skill
 Causing stress head ache
 Needing some advil

  
 Destroys confidence
 With a mental drain
 Physical hardship
 Plenty of pain

  
 But faith in God’s Way 
 Brings competence
 Adds confidence 
 As a consequence

  
 So get nourishment
 For the inner soul
 Where the true King lives
 And makes you whole
  
 

Poem by Mark Shields – © 01-28-2021

Inspired by “This Day with God Devotional – Growing Together in Faith

Photo – The English take their gardens serious. This picture was taken at Hampton Court in England. We also need to take serious the inner garden of our soul. Taking care so that what is unseen is also beautiful and seen on the outside with acts of kindness. This picture is a garden at Hampton Court which is a royal palace near London.

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