Build Memories Together

Neighbors need to get to know each other, build each other up, and build memories together. This photo was taken before a July 4th parade in my neighborhood in 2009. The kids on their bikes now have their own cars. Some have gone off to college. Some neighbors and their families have moved to different communities but we stay in touch and continue to build memories.

Following God’s Way builds memories and we want others to join us on our journey as we receive God’s Plan For Us.   We then execute His plan together as we walk by faith to victory. Reading today in 1 Peter 3:1-12, we receive God’s ideas for good relationships and good marriages.

Wives should strive for inner beauty with a gentle and quiet spirit instead of outward adornment of fine clothes or jewelry. Husbands, should treat their wives with respect and consider their needs. Both husband and wives should love one another, be compassionate, and humble. Always seeking peace and encouragement in their relationship.

Jesus is our example to follow in our relationships. He submitted to God’s will and in a marriage, two are working together as one to build a life that glorifies God by living in His power. In so doing, we please God because we are a good spouse, a good parent, a good worker, and a good neighbor that makes an impact on others for His purposes.

This day with You Lord, we want to have good relationships. In so doing, we glorify You Lord. We become the person You want us to be and make an impact on others because they see Your power at work in us. Then families are strong, neighbors live in harmony, and we all see amazing days ahead. Amen.

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Flourish in Blessings

Flourish in blessing and build momentum for a beautiful day with God.

Step Ahead

We live in an 
Amazing world today
With technology;
We’ve come a long way.

But it doesn’t work
Reliable as such;
Since at times it works fine
Then not so much.

But with the Lord there is
Dependability,
Capability,
And stability.

As we read the Word
And plant in our mind
The seeds of faith
That we joyfully find.

And in time these seeds
Receive what does nourish
To grow a garden
That begins to flourish.


Poem by Mark Shields – © 09-16-2021
Inspired by
“Flourish in Blessings” Photo - The English take their gardens serious. This picture was taken at Hampton Court in England while on a study/travel tour taken with a college group in 1983. We also need to take serious the inner garden of our soul. Taking care so that what is unseen is also beautiful and a blessing that builds momentum for our journey…

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Questions for Reflection for Study of 1 Peter 3 through 5

We live in a busy world with busy schedules and being able to share some thoughts about this journey with others across this world through the Internet is truly a blessing. The below Questions for Reflection will stimulate thought and offer ideas for applying biblical principles at work, at home, and in all we do.

1 Peter 3:1-12 – What are your feelings and values concerning marriage? What are the principles of Christian living discussed in Peter 2:11 through 3:12? To what have you been called (See verses 3:9 along with 2:21)?

1 Peter 3:13 through 4:6 – Why should a suffering Christian not fear or panic? How is a clear conscience involved with suffering (See verse 16 and 21)? How and when has suffering helped you live by the will of God instead of by human passions?

1 Peter 4:7-19 – How does the fact of Christ’s return keep you sane and sober in difficult situations? What does Peter say about gifts? What gifts do you have? How do you use these gifts? What responses should Christians have to suffering?

1 Peter 5 – What relationship does Peter discuss now? What are the right and wrong ways of leadership? How does God respond to the attitude of humility? How can your response to suffering aid other Christians?

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments.

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts

Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.

“Sermons.” Sermons | FUMC Waco. N.p., n.d. Web.  <http://fumcwaco.org/resources/sermons/>.

“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.

Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.

“Bing.” Microsoft. N.p., n.d. Web. Images >.

“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>.

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Spiritual Journey through 1 Peter 1 – 2

Photo Source – “Bing.” Microsoft. N.p., n.d. Web. Images >.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been looking at ways to apply the word found in 1 Peter 1-2 and sharing some thoughts that not only can benefit you now but also help the next generation too! The greatest of all possessions one can hand off to future generations are the guiding principles taught by Christ Jesus.

Written about in “Climbing Higher” is the need to spend our time on activities that provide a heart of wisdom. The value of these activities will rise over time as commodities that will be useful forever; providing a living hope and a valuable resource forever.

The post “Faith, Hope, and Love Connection emphasized the need to express faith actively by loving God and your neighbor. To see God at work in their life and give praise for strength in times of trouble. To receive God’s love and the joy in looking at better days ahead when we gain the victory to receive the everlasting reward.

A thought from the post “Run the Race to the Finish Line” is that God and the Word are related because they were from the beginning and last forever. Let us set aside time each day to read, understand, and apply God’s Word. The event that gives confidence to our faith is the death of Christ on the Cross. Then the resurrection three days afterwards and the Holy Spirit adds to our confidence which continues to build daily. These resources are made available to us each day to help us boldly run the race to the finish line. 

Taking in the Word of God and sharing with the post “Desire the Word”, the thought was that the Devine virtues in the Word of God are a source of nourishment for the soul. The Word will satisfy your hunger as you take in the values of God.

The post “Step Ahead Along the Path” pointed out that there is a motive for good personal and public behavior. The motive is to give integrity to what we profess. People will then begin to see something different in us and want to have what we have. A clear path will be set so others will desire to step ahead along this path.

In the post “Bridge the Gap”, we are reminded of the unjust suffering that Jesus went through for our salvation. He is our example to follow when we contend with difficulties. Many times, we face unjust suffering for taking actions that do not fit what out of touch authorities say to do. We are controlled with regulation, censorship, or suppression.

Keep up with my spiritual journey over the next few weeks either through following this blog or the Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God – A Spiritual Journey. Let’s share thoughts or ideas about applying our faith so we step ahead along the path to victory.

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Contending with Difficulty

To you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. – Philippians 1:29

In the post “Bridge the Gap”, we are reminded of the unjust suffering that Jesus went through for our salvation. He is our example to follow when we contend with difficulties. Many times, we face unjust suffering for taking actions that do not fit what out of touch authorities say to do. We are controlled with regulation, censorship, or suppression.

Today’s song is about handling the difficulties we face by letting God carry us out of situation. We can contend with these difficulties and be sharpened with fortitude, endurance, and wisdom. The effect is growth, energy, and gained experience that enables greater depth in ministry to others.

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