The Next Generation

Stick to God’s plan for you and bring Him glory. If you feel stuck, God will give traction so you can get to your destination. Read this poem as you step ahead this day.

Step Ahead

Moses began
To hand off leadership
To Joshua
Whom he would equip.

So should we in time
For our relations
Hand off what we know
To the generations.

Learning from others 
And their experience 
Helps all in life 
Much like college. 

But doesn’t compare 
To when you hear it
And receive the help 
From the Holy Spirit.

If feeling stuck,
God gives traction
So you can get to your 

Poem by Mark Shields – © 10-07-2021
Inspired by
“The Next Generation”
Photo – Taken December 2019 of my dad on the far left along with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. The greatest resources one can hand off to future generations is our values.

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Dream Big

All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised Him to life. – Philippians 3:10

Jesus gave His life for us so we could be rescued. By accepting Jesus as Savior, our desire to be with God and have the same power that raised Jesus to life is available in our own life.

Take inspiration from the song One Desire by Hillsong as you dream big today. Keep believing in your dreams and that you have something to offer. Keep praying on a regular basis about your aspirations in life so that they are in alignment with God’s will.

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Accomplish the Victory

When we desire to follow God’s plan, we will pray like Jesus did. This will give us instructions for the tasks that need to be accomplished, the ability to keep going towards that purpose God has for us, determination to overcome the difficulties, and the encouragement we will need to accomplish the victory.

As we follow God’s plan through His word today in 1 Samuel 1, we note that Hannah was deeply troubled because she wanted a child. Hannah didn’t give up hope in her desire to have a child but she went to God in prayer when worshiping at Shiloh, she prayed so hard that her lips were moving and the priest thought she was drunk but she explained that she had not been drinking wine or beer but was pouring out her soul to the Lord (v. 15). In the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son named Samuel.

Wanting something very much but not getting it right away does not indicate that it is not God’s will. Life isn’t easy for anyone so don’t back down when a promise is difficult or inconvenient to keep. Keep believing in your dreams and that you have something to offer.

Keep praying on a regular basis about your aspirations in life so that they are in alignment with God’s will. Once they are aligned with God’s will, things will begin to start working so your plans can be carried out and reality will affirm continual pursuit of your dreams.

We come to You Lord again and again on a regular basis for answers to our questions. We pray for things to get better, that we have peace, but most of all that we are following Your will. We invite You into our heart right now. We ask to know Your purpose in our life and the instructions to fulfilling this purpose. We believe that You will give us the power to run our race in life so we accomplish the victory. Amen.

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Questions for Reflection for Study of 1 Samuel 1 Through 4

The journey through the book of 1 Peter came to a close last week and now the journey will go back into the Old Testament for a while through the book of 1 Samuel.

Here is a video about 1 Samuel

The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable to sharing about God’s word. As I share about my study of the book of 1 Samuel over the next few weeks, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make each day amazing!

Questions for Reflection

1 Samuel 1  – What is Hannah’s state of mind? Does wanting something very much probably indicate that it is not God’s will? Do you back down when a promise is difficult or inconvenient to keep? Do you pray regularly and specifically about your dreams?

1 Samuel 2:1-11 – What are the differences between the destinies of the faithful and the destinies of those against God? What does the Lord do for the hungry, the barren, the poor, and the needy? Do you worship the Lord spontaneously as Hannah does?

1 Samuel 2:12-36 – What are Eli’s sons doing with the sacrifices? What other sins are they committing? How does Eli describe his sons’ actions? What is God’s judgment of Eli’s attitude toward his sons? Whom do you try to please? How does this interfere with God’s purpose in your life?

1 Samuel 3 – What is the situation at Shiloh? How does God reveal himself and his Word to Samuel? How does God speak to you? How does Israel know that the Lord is with Samuel?

1 Samuel 4 – In what ways is the actions of the elders (v. 3-4) commendable? Did the Israelites honestly believe the presence of the ark would guarantee victory? Is a Christian guaranteed success?

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 or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God – A Spiritual Journey.

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.  <>.

“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <>.

Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

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

“BibleGateway.” A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

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The Spiritual Journey Continues Through 1 Samuel

I would like take this time to thank you for reading and liking the posts. This blog started from a small group several years ago with just a few followers and now has grown to over 2,400 followers. I’ve found it to be a great tool in my journey through the Bible and you, my readers are holding me accountable to daily Bible reading and study.

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


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Here is a link to all the devotionals done so far.

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Also, the concepts presented in God’s Perfect Timing offer ideas for using our time wisely and the lessons of God’s Plan for Us gives a method towards making an impact in the world in which we live. 

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